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:
- School name and address
- Start and end times
- Uniform or dress code
- Number of K classes; size of school
- Transportation options
- Do you think your child will like this environment?
- Does the culture of the school fit with your family’s style and values?
- Yard & play structures
- Buildings, classrooms
- Gym, cafeteria, auditorium
- 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.)
- 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
Parent Involvement (Beyond Fundraising)
- 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
- 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?
- How does the school share information with families?