Finding the right fit

The Helena Experience Monday, 01 May 2023

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. It can be overwhelming, with so many options and factors to consider. However, with careful research and thoughtful consideration, you can find a school that fits your child and your family.

Consider the school’s academic programs, curriculum, and teaching methods. Look for a school that has a strong academic reputation and offers a range of programs that align with your child’s interests and strengths.

Beyond academics, your child’s school should offer a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports, music, camps and clubs. These activities can help your child develop new skills, explore their interests, and make friends.

Consider the location of the school and how easy it is for you to get there. A school that is too far away can cause logistical challenges, such as transportation and scheduling conflicts.

The size of the school can also play a role in your decision. A smaller school may offer more individualised attention, while a larger school may offer more resources and opportunities.

Every school has a unique culture that may or may not align with your values and beliefs. Research the school's mission, values, policies and pastoral care program to ensure they align with your family's values.

Take the time to meet with the school’s leadership team and teaching staff to get a sense of their teaching styles, experience, and qualifications. This can help you determine if the school is a good fit for your child’s learning style and needs.

Look for a school that values parent involvement and provides opportunities for you to participate in your child’s education. 

By taking the time to research and visit schools, you can make an informed decision that sets your child up for success.

Helena College encourages parents to visit our campuses in Darlington (Kindy to Year 5) and Glen Forrest (Years 6 to 12) to see if our school will meet your family’s needs. Tours are led by the College’s leadership team and shows the school in operation on a normal day. You will see classes in action and hear from students and staff about what makes Helena College a special place to learn and grow.