Today some members of our team viewed a presentation about helping families decide which school may be the best fit when relocating. School Choice’s unique philosophy is that there is opportunity inherent in change, and consultants strive to help families view relocation as an opportunity to evaluate what will best serve a child in his or her education. For example, if a child is struggling in school there may be an opportunity to repeat a grade, or choose a less academically rigorous school.
Our consultants also talked about what they would value when looking for a new school. Not surprisingly, academic quality, a welcoming attitude, and student/teacher ratio were all noted. These are the things I hear about most when our families articulate what is important to them during a school search. However, I have been intrigued by a few cases where families (often on shorter term assignments) place equal, or even more, importance on the education that comes from living in a different part of the world. One family, moving to a European capital, stated outright that they would prefer a less academically challenging school because they placed more value on their daughters having time for a culturally enriching experience. My question is whether or not other consultants have confronted this, or if expats reading this have struggled with the balance between academic rigor and personal enrichment for their children. – Lauren