Posted by: Pradeep | June 3, 2008

Selecting good school

What makes a school good? The answer is nothing straight forward and neither can be given in simple terms. An indicative list of areas to be probed to reach a conclusion about whether school is good is

  • Teacher : student ratio (total strength of school, number of teaching and non teaching staff, class size).

  • Quality of teachers (Qualifications, experience, levels of motivation, training and development undertaken, competency).

  • Academic and administrative support available to the teachers.

  • Access of staff to contemporary research and development and pedagogic trends.

  • Curriculum design (academic and co-curricular activities).

  • Hobbies and spare time activities.

  • Involvement of every student in different aspects of the curriculum.

  • Study tours and outings undertaken.

  • Academic options available to students.

  • Provision for remedial classes.

  • Non-denominational or denominational nature of school.

  • Organisation of the school day.

  • Discipline.

  • Separation and supervision of younger and older children.

  • Admission policy and procedure.

  • Age group is the same of different children in the entry class.

  • Mix of students from different backgrounds.

  • Student assessment system and records.

  • Past school results.

  • Attitude of the students and staff.

  • Grooming standards, deportment and bearing of students and staff.

  • General awareness and communication skills of students.

  • Affiliation and memberships of the school.

  • Infrastructure available (land, building, laboratories, play fields, library, other facilities) and its quality.

  • Use of technology in delivering the curriculum and in general administration.

  • Cleanliness and neatness of campus : maintenance of building and other facilities.

  • Overall atmosphere and cheer of campus life.

  • Landscaping, greenery, vegetation and foliage of campus – closeness with nature.

  • Location of school in terms of accessibility, environment, availability of community services, possibility of networking with other educational institutes / agencies.

  • Information on Notice Boards.

  • Other sources of funds.

  • Availability of financial assistance to students.

  • Information regarding alumni.

  • Philosophy and mission of the school.

  • Concern, competence, credentials and leadership of Governing body members, Principal and other key resources.

  • Constitution, objectives, public image of owning body (Society / Trust).

  • Functioning of Parent-Teacher Association and its role.

  • Visits by external luminaries and speakers.

  • Integration of school with local community.

  • Participation of school in competitions and tournaments.

  • Career and college entry of school leavers.

  • Transportation arrangements to and from school.

  • Comparative standards of other schools in the area / region /country.

Courtesy : Industry’s Role in School Education, CII

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