If you have a child that you have decided to send to private school, you probably have many good reasons for doing so. Private schools often have smaller class sizes that make it much more difficult for children who have a hard time paying attention in class or struggle with a learning disability to get more one-on-one time with the teacher. This keeps children from slipping through the cracks, which might happen in a larger public school. However, there are actions that you can take as a parent to make sure that your child gets the most out of his or her private school experience in order to ensure that he or she is successful. Here are some examples of what you can do.
1. Communicate With the Teachers
Your first step is to get to know the teachers. Ask if you could meet with your child's teachers at the start of the year, or at least talk to them on the phone. Try to make it so that the teachers can call you while they are at work, rather than during their personal time at home. Talk to the teachers about particular concerns that you have about your child and give examples as to what has worked in the past that helped your child learn. This will show the teachers that you are fully committed to helping your child succeed and are willing to act as part of the team. Take this time to ask the teachers what you should be working on with your child to help him or her get ahead in the class and cover material more effectively.
2. Alert the School Early for Specialist Intervention
Private schools can get public funds in some areas to bring in specialist intervention that will be able to work with your child. If you think that your child would benefit from such a specialist or if he or she was working with one while in public school, be sure that you talk to the school well before the start of the year to get that set up for your child. The school will have to have you fill out an application and then fill out their own application in order to qualify for the money needed to fund such a specialist.
For more information, talk to your local private schools that you are considering. See what resources they have to help students and parents succeed within the school.