This is a question I receive from a growing number of parents. First and foremost, this is mainly an issue of collecting data for you. But, additionally, regardless of the school choice, your student, if in a more challenging environment, needs to be able to handle the challenges.

Do NOT rely solely on comparative school rankings to make this kind of decision. School rankings can be misleading. When schools are ranked primarily based on grades, grade escalation may be an issue to consider or be aware of. Higher comparative grades do not always correlate with successful environments. Ask (strenuously, if possible) to observe classes. Speak with other parents to determine how the teachers interact with the students. Determine the level of automation that goes on in the classroom. Some online environments are devoid of challenge, perhaps surprisingly.

Let’s talk more soon and more directly on this issue.