Navigating the School Choice Process

Whether your child is 7 or 17, the school choice process can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! Below are 16 considerations for choosing the right school, and I have picked up some specific tips that will help you navigate this process throughout your child’s life.

Also, please join me for my next monthly Zoom webinar on Nov. 9th at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing the SAT & ACT in the age of COVID with a special guest, Bill Huston from MindfishRSVP HERE. If your child is a sophomore, junior, or senior, you won’t want to miss this!

Hope to see you virtually soon!



  • What are the school’s identified mission and values?
  • What are your identified values and mission?  Do they align?
  • What is the school’s educational philosophy?
  • What is the school’s curriculum?
  • What is the school’s approach to students mastering standards?
  • How are teachers held accountable?
  • How are teachers supported in their professional development?
  • How will your student’s development be supported by peers and adult mentors?
  • How are students held accountable?
  • Know your student’s learning profile.
  • Help your child to understand their learning style.
  • How are individual students with unique perspectives, needs and dreams served?
  • In what ways will your child will be engaged in the classroom?
  • What are the compelling educational experiences beyond the classroom?
  • How do the school’s graduates fare in college, and later professionally?
  • Will the investment required result in commensurate life-lasting returns?”

Here are some other resources to help you navigate the school
choice process:

Essay Tracker List

Value Exercise

School View


Chalk Beat

What Colleges Are Looking For

What Are Colleges Looking For?

In late September, I had the pleasure of virtually discussing The College Application During Covid-19 with a group of parents and students. Thankfully for technology, we are able to bring the video to you to watch with your students at your leisure.

One of the areas that we touched upon was “What Colleges Are Looking For” in an applicant. Take a look at the top qualities that you can help nurture in your home!

  • Drive
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Initiative
  • Contribution
  • Diversity of Experiences

Grab a drink, some popcorn and spend a few minutes learning more about the five areas above, how the process has changed during the age of Covid-19 and more!

Finally, if you or others are beginning the school choice process for the 2021 school year, you will want to tune in on Monday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. for another virtual discussion: School Choice – What to Consider. Please RSVP HERE.

Have a great day!