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SFUSD School Tours: A Checklist for Families

posted Apr 8, 2016, 10:48 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 1:41 PM ]
School tours are a good way to get to know a school’s staff, principal, parents, students and facilities, to see if it is a good fit for your family. You can also get to know a school by attending community-wide events. You can also watch this short video for a summary of school tour advice. 

Things to note when on a tour:

Logistics
  • School name and address
  • Start and end times
  • Uniform or dress code
  • Number of K classes; size of school
  • Transportation options
School Culture
  • Do you think your child will like this environment?
  • Does the culture of the school fit with your family’s style and values?
School Facilities
  • Accessibility
  • Yard & play structures
  • Buildings, classrooms
  • Gym, cafeteria, auditorium
Staff
  • Principal: What is her/his style, vision, leadership?
  • Teachers: Do you like what you are seeing in the classrooms?
  • Who are the other adults on campus? (paraprofessionals, parent liaisons, nurses, etc.)
Programs
  • Assemblies, school wide activities, field trips
  • Library and technology
  • Art, gardening, science enrichment
  • Collaboration with business and community organizations
  • Other enrichment programs, during the school day and in after care
Supervision
  • How do drop-off and pick-up work?
  • What are the before- and after-school care options?
  • How are lunch and recess supervised?
  • Rainy day activities
  • Discipline policy
Parent Involvement (Beyond Fundraising)
  • What are some easy ways for new parents to get involved?
  • As a new parent, how can you imagine yourself using your skills in this school?
  • How does the school build community with events and programs that are inclusive of all families?
Communication
  • How does the school share information with families?