Here are some factors to consider:
What’s the classroom environment like? Does the atmosphere seem competitive? Nurturing? How large are classes?
The size or diversity of the school’s population
Remember that for one student, a large school may be overwhelming. For another student, it can provide an ideal mix of people to meet and programs to explore.
What are the school’s average test scores?
How do teachers treat students? What are the standards for student behavior? Do students appear to be involved with their school work? How does the school handle discipline?
Proximity to your home
Is it important to have a school close to home? For your child, a school close to home may be the best option; for another child, a school with a specific academic focus in another area of the City may be a better fit.
Sports and extracurricular activities
Does the school offer a variety of sports, extra-curricular, and before- and after-school programs?
A specific academic focus
Are enrichment activities and gifted programs offered?