Many parents want to find the best school in Williamson County (or elsewhere in Tennessee) for their children, and that’s totally understandable.
But what if the “best” school isn’t really best for your child?
Do You Want the “Best” School, or the Best-Fit School?
“No one can tell you what is best for your child based merely on numerics such as test scores or class sizes. Awards don’t translate into well-rounded young adults any more than delicious school lunches do. While these factors are important when assessing your child’s educational needs, the best-fit school stands apart because it meets most or all of the criteria you decide is important for your child—academically, socially, and financially,” says Randall Bedwell of Find Schools First.
When you’re choosing the right school for your child, you need to zero in on several factors—including his or her academic and social needs (and your financial constraints, as well).
The Best-Fit School and Your Child’s Academic Needs
“We all learn in our own specific way, and your children are no different. Finding a school that offers them opportunities to explore their academic interests in a way that best suits their individual learning style is key to their future academic success,” says Bedwell.
It’s not always easy to do that on your own, though, which is why many concerned moms and dads turn to educational consultants.
The Best-Fit School and Your Child’s Social Needs
“At school, your child builds relationships with their peers, makes new friends, and learns teamwork. The framework the school puts into place to support these relationships plays a key role, especially for new students,” Bedwell says.
Each child has unique social needs, which can include sports, after-school clubs, or even one-on-one social interaction with peers.
The Best-Fit School and Your Financial Constraints
“For some families, the best-fit school will always be a private school. For others, the high price of private-school tuition makes that fit undesirable or impossible. While tuition rates vary dramatically in Middle Tennessee, a 2014 Trulia review of schools nationwide found parents spent an average of $10,940 on tuition annually. If you plan to spend $300,000 on a home in a mediocre school district and then pay private school tuition, this is equivalent to paying $520,000 for a home in a highly-rated school district,” Bedwell says.
That means it’s incredibly important to work with an educational consultant who understands the challenges parents are facing—particularly when it comes to real estate.
Do You Need to Talk to an Educational Consultant?