Choosing the Right Primary School for Your Child


We all want what’s best for our children. But sometimes, we don’t know where to find that. If you want to raise a lifetime learner, someone who is an independent thinker, can express their emotions in a way that raises their self-confidence and self-awareness, and is a natural leader – then you need to choose your primary school very carefully. 

Children attend primary school from the ages of 5 or 6 until about 12. These are very formative years. Primary school sets the stage for your child’s educational future and shapes their desire to learn. Every child learns differently and has unique needs. The primary school you choose should be able to give your child individualized learning opportunities.

Unfortunately, the public school system is sometimes flawed. Teachers are often overtaxed with too many students, leading them to have to focus more on behavioral issues and just “controlling the kids” in order to get a lesson in. In that environment, it can be very difficult for a teacher to really work on what a child needs to become a successful adult.

A private primary school offers you a different option. With much smaller teacher to student ratios and a child-centered curriculum, private primary school teachers are able to focus more on the individual – figuring out what works for your child, and helping them find a love of learning.  


Think about what you want your child to learn and how you want them to learn it. Not all primary schools are created equal, so here is what will give your child the best start to their lifelong learning adventure: 
Child-Centered Education: A child-centered curriculum means that a teacher’s goal is to encourage children to take command of their own learning. The teacher provides support and facilitates learning, while also allowing a child to figure out through their natural curiosities, interests, and passions what drives them. This fosters an initiative within the child to take control of his or her own education. Imagine the self-esteem and confidence-building this instills! 
Play-Based Education: Whether a child has been diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder or not – kids need to MOVE while they learn. This is the absolute best way to keep a child’s attention in the classroom. Teachers should know how to stay ahead of the “wiggles”. And the more they can do their learning outside, the better. 
Visit the School: As you tour a school, take time to observe the teachers. How are they interacting with the students? How do the kids interact with each other? Do they seem to show a mutual respect? Do they seem excited to learn, and are they having fun in the classroom? Are they engaged? 
Trust Your Instincts: If at some point on the tour you’re thinking to yourself “I don’t think my child would fit in well here”, trust those instincts. You know best what your child will respond to. This might not be the right primary school for you, but keep looking! 
Is the School a Good Fit?: Once you’ve chosen a primary school, look for signs that it is a good fit for your child. Are they excited to go to school? Or are they anxious? Do they come home with new ideas or concepts you’d never heard them mention before? It should also be a good fit for you. Does it feel like an extension of my family? Like the teachers and administrators care about my child’s future? 
I’d be more than happy to show you how Shady Oak Primary School nurtures happy, engaged students who develop a lifelong love of learning.

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