How to Choose a Non-Public School

Like making any purchase or investment, parents should do their homework:

  1. Research the school’s academic performance including accreditation status, test scores, graduation rates.
  2. Visit the school. Observe the climate of the school in the classrooms, in the hallways and on the playground. Talk to the teachers, administrators and staff. Is the school welcoming? Do people (students and staff) seem happy? How does it feel…is it a place you would entrust your children for most of their waking hours?
  3. Do the curricular and extracurricular programs match the needs of your children?
  4. Does the school’s mission match the values and expectations of your family?
  5. Talk to other parents.

Other resources for choosing a school:

US Department of Education Resource:
Choosing a School for Your Child

Great Schools Parent Chooser:
Find an Indiana school