abc the basics School Visit Checklist What to look for when choosing a school Once you have created a list of schools Key questions to ask Things to look for that interest you, contact each school. Most ß What are the school’s beliefs and ß Are the school administration, ofﬁce schools have written information or web- mission? personnel and teachers friendly and sites detailing their programs. As well, you cheerful? ß What is the teaching approach and should take a tour of the schools on your philosophy? ß Are your questions answered to your list. Some schools have open houses, while satisfaction? ß Does the school have a parent others have ongoing tours available upon re- handbook? ß Are the teachers enthusiastic and quest. It would be best if you can have the knowledgeable in their teaching? tour while classes are in, to allow you to see ß What is the intake process for the the dynamic between teachers and students. school? When does this occur? ß Are the students engaged in their learning activities? The following are some questions and ob- ß Is there a waiting list for the school? servations you may want to consider while ß Is there evidence of respect between the ß What are the requirements for meeting with the school’s personnel or tak- teachers and students? bursaries? ing a school tour. ß Are the students well behaved? ß How are students with academic, social or emotional difﬁculties supported? ß Do the teachers show evidence of – CARMELLE WATSON school’s beliefs and philosophy when ß How are modiﬁcations or interacting with the students? accommodations for learning needs Use this as your checklist! applied? ß Does the school provide a sense of community? Take this checklist with you when you visit a ß How are academically strong students prospective school. Photocopy this page or enriched? ß Are the classrooms visually pleasing and download a printer-friendly version from our cheerful? ß How many report cards are sent home? website: www.guidetoschools.ca. ß What technology is used in the ß How many teacher-parent conferences classrooms? Notes: per year? ß How well have the facilities been ß What is the school’s discipline policy? maintained? ß What level of parent involvement is ß Was the lunchroom/cafeteria clean and expected? orderly? ß What is the bussing schedule? ß Did the cafeteria serve a hot lunch and ß What is the bussing discipline policy? healthy options? ß How is technology used to support ß Is the gymnasium an appropriate size learning? with proper equipment? ß What library services are available for ß Is there an appropriate school ﬁeld with the students? playground equipment? ß What extra-curricular activities are ß Does the school have appropriate rooms offered? When are they scheduled (lunch for music, science, art, etc.? or after school)? ß Which organized sport teams are offered?