One of the most important decisions you will make as a parent is deciding which school to enroll your child in. Making the right decision will put them on a path towards lifelong learning, university education, and a successful career. Here are five tips to help you choose the best school for your child.

1) Relationships are the key to learning
The connection between child and teacher is more important than any curriculum. You want to look for teachers who are very engaged, supportive and caring. Have a conversation with a prospective teacher about their current classroom. They should be able to speak about individual students’ strengths and weaknesses and be well informed of their background, interests, emotional and academic achievements. You want a teacher who takes great pride in his or her students’ progress.

2) A quality school is more than just good standardized test scores
Sometimes, good test scores can be an indication that a school is doing a very good job of educating its students, but other times it can be an indication that the school is teaching to the test. Standardized tests only measure about a third of the curriculum that should be being taught in the school. A quality school will teach a rich and complicated inquiry based accredited curriculum wherein students get deep information, develop transdisciplinary learning skills and have their learning authentically assessed.

3) The Importance of Recess
Some school schedules are so overcrowded that there are no opportunities for children to have breaks. This is a big mistake! Apart from the obvious physical benefits of aerobic exercise, studies have shown recess also increases cognitive functioning and skill development in students. More instructional time does not mean more learning if there is no time for reflection so students can consolidate their learning.

4) Teachers Matter more than ever
Excellent teachers make a difference in their student’s learning. Excellent teachers not only met the individual needs of their students but they can accelerate their rate of learning. And good schools champion great teachers. They grow them. Look for schools that provide teachers with mentors, professional development training and that follow best practices. Great schools hire experienced, certified teachers who are passionate about learning and making a difference in the lives of their students.

5) The student is at the center of everything
A quality school has a strong vision and mission that places the needs of the student at the center of all that it does. The essential questions that drive great schools are: What is best for our students and their learning? What best practices are we utilizing in teaching and learning? and How can we continually improve as a school?

At Busan International Foreign School, you will discover these quality school practices and much more! As the international school of choice in Busan, BIFS invites you to come and discover what a quality international education is all about. Come discover the BIFS difference!