As parents, we all want the best for our children, and this includes providing them with the quality education that will lay the foundation for their future success. Choosing the right school for your child is quite a daunting task, especially with the many options available, so we believe these will be useful for you.
Whether you are considering a mid-stream transfer or planning ahead of the coming academic session, we have compiled a comprehensive guide that delves into the key factors to consider when deciding on a primary or secondary school for your child.
- Academic Standards and Curriculum:
Academic excellence is crucial for a child’s future success. Evaluate the school’s academic track record, considering factors such as student progress data, past performance awards and so on. Ensure that the curriculum is aligned with your child’s interests, future academic and career goals and their preferred learning style. Ensure that it offers a balance of core subjects, creative arts, and extracurricular activities.
Pampers Private School and Rainbow College offer a blend of Nigerian and British Curricula and have an outstanding academic track record, often attaining 90% or higher pass rates in both local external exams (WAEC) and Cambridge international exams (Checkpoints and IGCSE).
- School Environment and Values:
A positive and supportive school environment is essential for a child’s well-being. Visit the school to observe the atmosphere and interactions between students, teachers, and staff. Take into consideration your personal value system and choose a school that inculcates these principles. A school that fosters inclusivity and diversity will create a sense of belonging and community for your child and family.
Explore the school’s facilities and resources, including libraries, technology infrastructure, and recreational spaces ensuring that the school has the basic requirements to provide a well-rounded education for your child.
Rainbow College has a state-of-the-art boarding facility in Maba, Ogun State and all the schools are equipped with the necessary infrastructure to foster a child’s holistic development.
- Logistics and Practical Considerations:
While academic considerations are paramount, practical factors also play a significant role in your decision. Evaluate the school’s location and accessibility, considering transportation options and potential commute times. Assess the class size and teacher-to-student ratio bearing in mind your child’s individual needs and the best environment for their personality to thrive. Do they need a big school for competition or a smaller school for close monitoring? Also, check if the school or sister schools can cater to multiple children to reduce commute times.
Both Pampers Private School and Rainbow College have day campuses on Lagos Mainland and Island to cater to a wide range of families, and they provide a comprehensive school bus service covering a good number of locations to ease commuting for families. Rainbow College’s state-of-the-art boarding facilities 15 minutes from Lagos State provide a safe and secure all-inclusive educational experience for its students.
- Parental Involvement and Communication:
A school that values parental involvement is more likely to provide a supportive and enriching learning environment for your child. Assess the school’s efforts to involve parents in their child’s education and decision-making processes. Evaluate the school’s communication methods, ensuring that you stay informed about your child’s progress, school events, and important announcements.
Before visiting schools, conduct thorough research to gather information about their programs, values, and reputation. Explore the school’s website for detailed information about its mission, curriculum, facilities, and extracurricular activities. Take a step further by attending open houses or the school’s programs and conversing with teachers and staff to understand their approach to education and their rapport with students. Finally, discuss with people who have children attending these schools to obtain first-hand information that will enable you to make the right decision for your child.
Rainbow College & Pampers Private Schools have scheduled a virtual Open House to provide an opportunity for you to discover more about the school.