What does your child’s school expect of its students?

When considering the many school options available these days, it is important for parents to assess what a school expects of its students.  After all, we all know that if expectations are high, chances are good that our children will work harder to meet them.  But when expectations are low…285_2928996

Each school determines its academic and social culture.

Parents have the opportunity to assess whether a school’s culture is in line with their goals and expectations for their child.

For many parents, preparation for college is of utmost importance. If that is the case for you, be sure that your school is encouraging your child to focus her attention on that goal.

  • Is there a tone throughout the school that supports the value of a college education?
  • Do your child’s teachers have high expectations for their students?
  • Is your child sitting next to other students whose families place significant value on going to college?

Here are some additional questions to consider as you assess what your current school expects of your child:

  • Are courses challenging and rigorous?
  • Are academic and behavior standards appropriate?
  • What are the profiles of recent graduates?
  • Do all students take the SAT?
  • Do your child’s friends aspire to go to college?
  • Are Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered?
  • Is college counseling and integral part of the high school experience?

Next time, we’ll take a look beyond the classroom…

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Bill Diskin

Bill Diskin

Bill Diskin is Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Cannon School in Concord, NC.