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Steps to a Successful School Search


Education System | Type of School | Steps to a Successful School Search

1 Website Referral

Most schools have a website outlining important considerations such as their address, the school's system and curriculum, extra curricular activities, pictures of their facilities, tuition fees and zoning requirements. It is very useful to use these website, that we have linked to this page, as a starting point in the search for a good school.

2 Request Brochures

If you feel as though you need further information, contact the school and ask them to send you a brochure and an application form.

3 Set up an Appointment or Send in an Application

If you decide that the school is suitable for your child, contact the school to set up an appointment to discuss any questions further. If you have no further questions, send in an application. Documents required may include copies of school reports and passports for verification of your child's date of birth, especially if there is to be a change of curriculum and a suitable class needs to be determined.

4 Wait for a Reply from the School

Possible decisions from the school may be to decline your child's application or to request an interview with your child in order assess whether the application will be considered further.

5 Interview/Assessment

If your child's application is being considered further, the school will ask to meet you and your child. At this time you will be able to participate in a tour of the school as well.

6(a) Waiting List

If your child is been placed on a waiting list, there is little that you can do but wait. It is advisable to keep in contact with the school for up-to-date information on where on the list your child is. It is always advisable to apply for several schools to minimize the risk of failing to find an appropriate school for your child.

6(b) Acceptance

If the school accepts your child, it is likely that you will have to pay a registration fee, provided that the child has the appropriate visa to study. To verify compliance with their catchments policy, ESF schools also require proof of address in the form of a rent receipt, copy of offer letter or tenancy agreement. You will be supplied with information such as where to purchase uniforms, a school calendar and materials list.