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Kindergarten Round Up TIme: Issues to Think About When Considering School Options

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Parenting From Balance©

Provided by:  Laura Dotson, MFT and

Manhattan Beach Nursery School….a nice place to grow.

Issues to Think About When Considering School Options

I have broken this down into questions that you as parents might ask when visiting various schools and things you might notice and consider.

Questions:

  1. What is the ratio of adults to children?
  2. What are the limits and how are they enforced? (various forms of punishment: time-outs, missing outside time, etc., and/or rewards such as stickers, privileges, candy, etc.)
  3. Is the curriculum standardized (all children expected to be doing the same thing at the same time) or is it individualized?
  4. How much inside vs. outside time?
  5. How much of the time both inside and outside is structured and how much is free play?
  6. How is conflict handled?
  7. Are parents allowed into the classroom? Separation?
  8. Is there homework? How much? What if it is not completed?
  9. How is progress assessed and evaluated? (grades, testing, parent conferences?)
  10. What are the school’s expectations of children entering in terms of behavior (impulse control, speaking spontaneously, sitting quietly etc.)

Observations:

  1. How is the classroom set up (tables, desks, cozy area with pillows, couches, etc.)?
  2. Are the children moving around the room?
  3. Is the room buzzing with activity or silent except for the teacher’s voice?
  4. Do the children appear tense and anxious or relaxed and engaged in what they are doing?
  5. Pay attention to specific teacher-student interactions. How do they feel to you?

The list of schools provided here, as well as the views expressed by this workshop’s panel members, is provided by MBNS for your personal information only.  MBNS does not endorse the schools listed on this handout, nor does it endorse the views expressed by this workshop’s panel members.

Local Alternative School Options

PRIVATE SHCOOLS
Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School at UCLA www.ues.gseis.ucla.edu
Crossroads School www.xrds.org
Del Sol School www.delsolschool.org
Montessori Schools www.montessori.org
New Roads School www.newroads.org
Play Mountain Place www.playmountain.org
Westside Neighborhood School www.wnsk8.com
Maple Village Waldorf maplevillage.wordpress.com
HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES
Bayshore (Private) www.bayshoreeducational.com
Sky Mountain ( Public) www.skymountain.org
Oak Meadow School (Private) www.oakmeadow.com
City of Angels (Public) http://www.lausd.net/City_of_Angels/home1.html
Laurel Springs (Private) www.laurelsprings.com
A list of schools can be found at: ochomeschooling.com/charter.html
Creative Learning Center www.creativelearningplace.com
Outside the Box http://otb-academy.org
826LA www.826la.org
Riviera Playschool http://rivieraplayschool.com/lab
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cornerstone School (PV) http://www.pvpusd.k12.ca.us/cstone/index.html
The New City School (Long Beach) www.thenewciytschool.org
Ocean Charter ( Santa Monica) www.oceancharterschool.org
The Open Magnet Charter School (LAUSD) www.openschool.org
Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH) www.smash.smmusd.org
Da Vinci ( Hawthorne) www.davincischools.org
WISH Charter www.wishcharter.org
The list of schools provided here, as well as the views expressed by this workshop’s panel members, is provided by MBNS for your personal information only.  MBNS does not endorse the schools listed on this handout, nor does it endorse the views expressed by this workshop’s panel members.

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Comments

2 Responses to “Kindergarten Round Up TIme: Issues to Think About When Considering School Options”
  1. laura krug says:

    hi linda
    this is laura krug from art zone thanks so much for this article this topic is almost a daily discussion i have with o
    parents have you heard of westside neighborhood school? a dear friend of mine loves it and has her daughter there.

  2. laura krug says:

    oh- just saw it on your list – thanks so much for this

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