Visit your neighborhood school and any Signature Schools you are interested in. Call the school office to set up a site visit or inquire about their open house schedule. When you visit, actively ask questions to make sure the school is the right fit for your student and your family. Consider the following:
Are enrichment and gifted programs offered? What's the classroom environment like? Does the atmosphere seem competitive? Nurturing? Do students appear to be engaged in their schoolwork? What exceptional education support and resources are offered? How does the school recognize student achievement? How does the school prepare students for college, careers or the workforce?
Comfort and Safety
Do you feel comfortable walking into the school? What are the security policies and practices? How does the school handle safety issues?
Parent and Community Involvement
How are parents involved at the school? How does the school communicate with parents? How are local businesses and community organizations involved with the school? Are there additional opportunities for students through community partnerships?
Respect and Discipline
How do students respond to staff? Does staff appear to be attentive to the students' needs? What interventions are available for struggling students?
How is technology incorporated into teaching and learning? Are there special resources available at the school?