During the longer days of Spring, parents start to think of the next school year and in some cases this is a big step, children leaving Primary school to start a new life in Middle School.
The question many parents ask themselves is, ‘How do I know which is the best choice for my child at this important time?’
The obvious choice is between a state school ( either fully state, or semi state/private) or a totally private school.
If you are unsure of your child’s French class equivalent click here for an equivalence table.
What should parents consider when looking at these different options?
Consider the school environment, is it safe? What sort of outside contact do the students have?
How many students are in the classes? Some young teenage students thrive better in smaller classes because they are shy or they lack self confidence, others prefer bigger social groups.
Meet the teachers, what sort of teaching approach do they have? It is very important to be positive and constructive when teaching young teenagers.
Look at the programmes and the exams that will be offered at the end of the learning stage. Does your child want to follow a francophone or an anglophone programme? Will they take IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme exams? Will they take the French BOI option? Will there be a mixture of both of these until the last two years of school?
What sort of university will your child need to consider? What country is your child likely to prefer to study in?
So there are some fundamental questions that need to be asked in this milestone of your child’s education.
The most important thing to do is take the time to consider the options, involve your child in the decision and take every opportunity to discuss with the teachers in any school you visit!