In many ways, private schools offer a different experience compared to public schools. It may represent a culture shock for your child that may take some time to get over. However, as a parent, it is your job to prepare your child as best as possible for the new school year. What are some ways you can get your child ready to go to a private school?
Tell Your Child More About the School’s Mission
Your child may not understand what a Catholic school is or why he or she has to go to school with only girls or only boys. Taking some time to talk up the benefits of going to the private school that you have chosen may make your child more upbeat about going there. It may also help dispel some incorrect notions that he or she may have had about the school and why he or she is going there.
Make Sure That Your Child Attends Orientation
There is a good chance that the school will offer an orientation session before the year begins. This will give your child an opportunity to see the school, meet his or her teachers and possibly meet with some of his or her new classmates. It may also be possible to learn about clubs or other opportunities to socialize with others who go to the school outside of the classroom setting. When a child is familiar with his or her surroundings, he or she may be more comfortable and more willing to embrace the situation.
Allow Your Child to Retain Relationships Outside of the School
If your child went to public school, you may want to allow the child to retain friendships with those at that school. You may also want to encourage your child to play little league or other youth sports offered by the town as opposed to just playing on teams run by the school. This may help with the transition from public to private school as it may take time to make new friends, which means your son or daughter may lean more on those relationships at first.
Children thrive on routine. Therefore, it is important that you help your son or daughter transition smoothly from public to private school. If necessary, you may want to consider working with your child’s teachers and guidance counselors in a coordinated way to make sure your child makes the most of his or her educational experience.