What should we look for in choosing a quality school?

Test scores and statistics offer only one small measure of an effective educational process.

Here are five indicators of a good school:

Parent involvement: Parents volunteer in the classrooms, on curriculum committees, on the PTA and at fund-raisers.

Teacher enthusiasm: Teachers go the extra mile, depend on experience but aren’t afraid to try a new approach, respond to students individually and work to meet their needs. A good teacher nurtures a love of learning in her classroom every day.

High standards: Children are expected to work to their highest potential and are given the help they need to reach it.

Community support: Schools have the political and financial backing of everyone, and have business "partners" who provide added money and opportunities for students. Innovative administrators Schools combine the best of the old ways with newer materials and methods to help all children succeed.

Seattle Times School Guide

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