Because your child is an individual, his educational needs are just as individual. Public schools fill the needs for a majority of teens but there are many who struggle academically and/or socially. For too many teens, the social and academic problems they face are overwhelming. You may have spent some time looking at other options. You may have visited some other types of schools. And you may be overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next.
This is where an educational consultant can be a great help. A good educational consultant will:
- Recognize the needs of the individual
- Have up-to-date knowledge of all the options
- Advise you based on your child’s specific needs and goals
- Have first hand knowledge of educational institutions and their personal attention to students
- Understand the best way to evaluate the different schools
You may find the consultant on the Internet, other public sources, or through word of mouth from parents or students who have been helped.
A good consultant will be able to give you a list of references along with testimonials. He or she will also have knowledge of the programs and education offered at each school, how long the school has been in operation and how much staff turnover they experience. They can help you to develop an education plan for your child and, once you have chosen a school they can help you with the enrollment process.
Once you have found a consultant, discuss your requirements and any special needs your student has. The goal is to find the right fit for your child.
If your teen is in a crisis situation with drugs, alcohol, sex, failing school, trouble with the law, or any other such problems that would make it difficult for you to get your child to agree to another school, if you have concerns about his or her immediate safety, your educational consultant can arrange for your child to be picked up and taken safely to the school.
Advantages of Private Schools
Private schools typically have smaller class sizes than public schools allowing for more personal attention. Students learn to strive for excellence through learning good study habits.
Exercise and participation in sports is required at most schools building healthy bodies as well as minds.
For students with self-destructive behavior a secure school may be the best option. Some private schools are secure facilities which help your teen with emotional needs, addictions, and social skills in a safe environment. Many provide group and/or private therapy.
Each private school is unique. The goal is to find the one that is right for your unique child. A good Educational Consultant can make all the difference.
Finding an Educational Consultant Source:
- Caring-4-Youth (online)