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Trina Tanjangco-Cruz, Contributor
February 29, 2012

10 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Child’s Grade School

Choosing a school to fit the needs of your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. By Trina Tanjangco-Cruz
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article_right-school-for-child.jpgThe process of choosing the right school for your child is probably one of the most daunting tasks for any parent. The search for the right school is rarely easy, and you’ll probably second-guess yourself more times than you’re comfortable with. Prioritizing your child’s needs will make it easier to choose the right school. Take into thought your child’s upbringing, capabilities, wants, needs, and motives. The decision of which school to send your child to is not one you want to rush into making.

The most important thing to remember is to ask the right questions. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Ask your child questions about his or her preferences, ask your child’s teachers for more insights about your child’s academic and social life, ask the institutions you are considering about their programs and facilities—ask questions about any issues that are important to you. Choose a school that puts you most at ease. Most importantly, choose a school that not only benefits your child educationally, but will also help mold them emotionally.

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  • Carolyn Ronquillo Mar 01 2012 @ 10:50pm Report Abuse
    May I know the references used in writing this article? Thank you.
  • efvr :) Nov 27 2012 @ 01:15pm Report Abuse
    Very good article! I really do liked it! :D You really light up our minds in taking note on how to pick the right school. There seems to be a lot of points to consider in choosing the right school:

    1. curriculum
    2. location
    3. security
    4. facilities
    5. extra-curricular activities
    6. the students
    7. the faculty
    8. academic record
    9. parental involvement
    10. budget and cost

    Now this is my dilemma, Please help naman though, perhaps you might have some information as to where can I find listings or rankings as to "the best grade schools in metro manila" or in quezon city or makati or mandaluyong. It can any "school rankings" in consideration of course of the majority of 10 criteria you mentioned above.

    This I have been searching since last year pa and asking DepEd as well but until now I have found nothing, still to no avail. :(

    Can you please help us please. :(

    You see we have a daughter just turned 6 last August. She'll soon transfer to a big school next school year. but there's seem to be a lot of concerns we are thinking of:
    - we live in Caloocan (near MCU) at present, renting out but we plan to transfer soon (around 2 yrs from now) to a place somewhere behind SM north
    - our office is in Makati going by car
    - our daughter deserves the best school as she's the top of the class 3 yrs in a row (in Apples and Oranges)

    So our concerns are location of school, location of residence, quality of school deserving our daughter, cost of tuition, etc.

    The nearest reputable school we know is Notre Dame (besides St. Mary's) in Caloocan. That's our only choice but we don't really know it's real ranking of Notre in comparison to other big schools.

    That's why we look for that listing. And if in case we found one, we can have a decision to transfer to that place if really there's a need.. whether in Makati or Mandaluyong or Quezon City.. All for our child's objective.

    Sorry for my lengthy story, I hope you could help us in this listing of the best schools in metro manila or by city.

    THanks thanks very much! :)
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