Choosing the Best School for Your Child

  • By: Generation Z Team

The fanciest facilities or even the lowest rates, according to both the KHDA and the WSA parent survey results, do not make parents truly pleased. It's not about thorough report cards or a principal who meets and greets every morning in the parking lot.

In reality, it is all about communication/feedback, engagement and accessibility to the personnel, curriculum, and decision making...

Parents want to know what is going on and be able to interact with their school; effective schools make parents feel like they are in a 'partnership' and maintain relationships through a variety of channels.

Good schools provide parents with access to not only their child's teacher, but also to the senior leadership team as needed.

Most parents want to be active in their child's education and school, and strong schools recognize this by allowing parents to volunteer for numerous activities and events throughout the year. As a parent you should take into consideration:


The curriculum encompasses everything the school teaches, including academics and activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities, school trips, and guests to the school are examples of these. Different curricula use various ways to learning.

Every curriculum leads to public exams and qualifications. These will be essential factors in your child's curriculum selection; you may need to consider the requirements of any future university or higher education applications, whether in the UAE or overseas. Furthermore, if you are coming from another nation, your curriculum decision may be influenced by your place of origin, as you may wish your child to assimilate back into your home country's school system at some point.

Education quality

You will base your decision on the learning results and performance of schools. Annual inspection reports enable you to examine these and other areas of schools in greater depth.

The school setting

Your child will spend a significant amount of time in school, and all facets of school have an impact on his or her social development and personality. Try to schedule a visit of the school as part of the decision-making process, interact with administrators, teachers, and students, and observe the school in operation. You should discuss how the school is structured, whether courses are mixed or streamed based on aptitude, how transportation is organized, and the arrangements for lunch and breaks. You can also learn about the school's policies on exams, assessments, punishment, dealing with bullying, communicating with parents, and integrating technology, to mention a few.

In short, get as much information as possible before proceeding.