Choosing the Right School When You Move

Moving to a new city or region can be an exciting adventure. But for parents and young professionals hoping to have kids someday, choosing the right school before you move causes some stress.

For college students, knowing which college, vocational training program, or continuing education courses to take in your area can be confusing. Should you go to a local university or take MCIE early childhood courses? What options are available? How can you choose the right school for you before you move?

If cost and convenience play a role, consider some of the differences between public and private schools, whether for early childhood, high school, or adult education:

Parents of Children

  • Public schools have lower costs
  • Both public and private schools offer convenience
  • Public schools may have free or reduced-cost aftercare programs for children
  • Public schools often have a very wide arrangement of low cost or free extracurricular activities
  • Private preschools and secondary schools have better funding
  • Private school elementary and secondary school instructors have more training
  • Public schools are usually close to home
  • Private schools offer more advanced courses for high school
  • Public schools may have extensive programs for special needs students
  • Private preschool education provides advanced reading and math skills
  • Public schools may offer free lunches or breakfasts
  • Private high schools have college prep courses
  • Public schools in wealthier areas may have more resources

Adult Education, College, and Training Programs

  • Private schools overall have better educational resources and instructors
  • Private schools can be better funded
  • Public schools have more diversity
  • Tuition may be lower at public universities
  • Private training programs offer more specific quality programs
  • Both can offer quality internship opportunities that lead to on-the-job training and employment
  • Both private and public institutions offer quality language support and student welfare, advisors

In the end, most parents decide on school based on cost and commute.

The cost of education factors into the cost of the move. Why? Maybe you want to move to a big urban hub for your job. However, you might not like the local school for a number of reasons.

The school might have a very large student population, not have special services needed by your child, or the commute may be difficult. Or are you looking at moving to a rural area?

Your college-age student might not have the same access to cultural activities, colleges, and amenities you would find in an urban environment.

Find an area that has what your family needs the most. You may have to compromise on the cost of rent or the mortgage. Many families and young professionals choose to live in a more expensive area to have access to quality education.

Before you select a school, review the curriculum, education programs, instructors, and graduations rates. Whether you look at private kindergarten, continuing education courses, or certifications for your job, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

If possible, arrange a tour before your move. Speak to the staff members and teachers. Tour the facilities. Ask questions. Speak with alumni, neighbors, parents, and current students about the school.

Make these decisions before you move to avoid a massive headache later. Too many families and young professionals make a move without thinking about the future in terms of education for themselves and their children.

Prepare now for the future.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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