After giving much thought to the matter, you have come to a conclusion that you want to send your kids to a private school. There are many private schools in Mississauga and Brampton to choose from.
But how do you know which one to choose? We hope that after you’re finished reading the following post, the seemingly daunting decision will be made much, much simpler.
Here’s how you go about it.
- First, write down a list of aspects you want to see in the new school. After that, ask your child to do the same. Now compare between the two. The resulting (much shorter) list will be narrowed down version, with which you’ll be able to proceed to the next level.
Important aspects to consider might vary greatly, but from our experience, you’ll be looking at things like class / study group size, an intimate approach during the transition period, gender separation, religious programs and education level.
- Order your options by level of their importance. There is a developed network of private education in the GTA, but only some of the schools will work well for you and your family.
So first you rule out private schools that that don’t answer your basic criteria, like distance to the school and whether or not the school provides lodgings, or has certain other traits, such as religious studies and church.
Finally, check out the availability of extracurricular activities which might interest your child during his/her school years. It may be sports, a debate club or anything else in this category.
- Once you’ve found several schools that meet all (or most) criteria that were mentioned above, you’ll have to compare between them. You can either use the GTA private education rating system, or attend private school fairs, where you’ll see representatives from many private schools in Brampton and Mississauga, and will be able to examine them more directly.
- Once you think you’ve found the right school for your child - call, or better, visit it’s admission department.
Most private schools in Brampton and Mississauga offer guided tours for parents and potential students. When there, try to see if the pupils and staff look happy and engaged. Ask what degree of parent involvement the school allows and expects, what the disciplinary policy of the school is, and anything else you consider important.
Best of luck in your search, and if you wish to know anything about St. Jude’s Academy and our IB program, let us know. We’re here for you!