This is What Parents Look for in a School for Their Child

Every parent only wants the best future for their child. For education alone, this can be quite tricky since there are a lot of schools to choose from. Reputable name? Progressive, traditional, or Waldorf? Reasonable tuition fees? Good reviews on both teachers and students? These are just some of the areas we parents need to consider before we enroll our kids in a school. Not only is school the place that will guide, teach, and mold our children’s character, it is the place they will spend most of their time in. After all, the school is their second teacher after us. So I asked my fellow parents what they look for before they decide what school to enroll their child in. Read below, and let us know what else you look for in a school for your child.

Baby and Breakfast: Education This is What Parents Look for in a School for Their Child


“Our main goal was to look for a school that would provide our children good quality education with balanced academic and extra curricular activities at reasonable fees. One major criteria was that it had to be a Catholic school to ensure that our beliefs and practices at home will be the same. Another important factor we had to consider was the location and accessibility.”

– Edna Concepcion Gatmaitan, mom of an 8 year old, Grade 2


“As a mother who wants the best future for my children, I consider these important things in choosing the best school for them. For their primary (grade school) years, my first priority is a good foundation, specifically when in comes to morals, good values, and religious faith. I was raised by my parents with a strong faith and belief in God as well as good values which were strengthened because of the teachings in the school I was enrolled in. And this is the same thing I would like my children to be taught as well. It doesn’t have to be an exclusive (Catholic) school, but a school that has subjects for Christian Living or Doctrine. And for their secondary and tertiary school, I would prefer a school where they will learn how to be independent and more practical. Where they will be treated fairly and be taught effectively. I would also give my children the decision to choose the school they prefer, where their interests and skills will be acknowledged, but still, taking into consideration the factors that I have mentioned. I am not after the name or fame of the school, I am after the quality of education that will benefit the welfare and future of my children. I firmly believe that if a child has a good foundation when it comes to good values and quality education, everything follows.”

– Jho Daen Peteza, mom of a 12 year old and 6 year old, Grade 7 and Grade 1


“First is the approach–is it a traditional school, Montessori, progressive, or Waldorf? Then the environment–is it conducive for learning? Will my kids be comfortable? When I find that these two are both checks, then we decide if we can work our budget for that school.”

– Daniel Kaity Bato, mom of an 8 year old, Grade 3


“The first thing I check are the teachers–if they are friendly, warm, engaging, well-educated, well-trained, and if they genuinely care about the kids. Second is the curriculum and the programs for the students–if they are appropriate for my child, provide opportunities for growth, and are not limiting. Lastly, I look at the end result or product so to speak. I check the alumni and other students–check if they were happy with the school and their growth through reviews.”

– Kunie Gonzales, mom of a 5 year old


“For our eldest boy, we opted for a progressive school during the first few years of schooling. Looking back, we realized that for the early schooling of our kids, referrals played a big role in our selection. Other than this, proximity was the only consideration, provided of course that the tuition wasn’t out of our budget. A year ago was when our selection process became a bit more complicated. This was because our son was going to be Grade 1. We loved the progressive school he was in but felt it was too “small”. Another factor was that it ended with Grade 6. And knowing that he would need to transfer anyway, we thought it best to move him much earlier. We saw how much he learned and how he was ahead of his cousins and other friends in terms of academics with the progressive school, but our choice for a “big school” was a traditional one. Again, referrals or reviews (meaning families we knew in the school) and their feedback played a big role next to the school’s established name. What won my husband and I over was the wholistic approach the school had–not just focusing on academics, but also on character formation. I also appreciate the focus of the school that we the parents are truly the primary educators of our children. Nearly a year after moving my son to this big school, my husband and I are very happy with our decision, most especially because we see how quickly our son adjusted and how much he enjoys going to school.”

– Monique Garcia Fernandez, mom of a 7 year old and 4 year old, Grade 1 and Kindergarten


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