Beyond the Classroom: Key Factors to Prioritize When Choosing a School

February 1, 2024

While selecting the best school for their child, parents must consider various factors. School safety and security, facilities, extracurricular activities, technology access, and support services all play an important role in the educational experience for your children.

School Safety and Security: Schools that provide children with a safe and secure environment have well-trained team members and emergency protocols in place. There are policies and procedures that are followed to create a positive school climate and secure atmosphere. Schools should provide you with a copy of the campus safety plan to review if asked.  

Physical Facilities: Having access to physical learning spaces and resources is an important consideration for parents. While students can learn in any environment, having the option of attending in-person classes, on-campus workshops, and collaborating with other learners in an enriching environment provides an opportunity to make meaningful friendships and connections. Plus, learning together creates needed bonds and community for your children. 

Extracurricular Activities: Beyond academics, schools that offer a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports, arts, music, theater, drama, clubs, and community service allow students to explore interests and talents while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, leadership, time management, and communication. 

Technology Integration: Interactive tools and multimedia elements prepare students for the digital age, equipping them with essential skills for the modern workforce. Collaborative platforms and online resources also enable communication, promoting a more globally-aware educational experience. 

Support Services: Schools that provide comprehensive support services, including counseling, special education, college and career planning, and resources for students with diverse needs, are valued by parents who want their children to receive personalized attention and assistance.

With the number of public, private, and homeschool options available to families, parents have many factors to consider when selecting a new school. The Classical Academies, an organization of seven tuition-free public charter schools across North County, offer these benefits and more. These publicly funded charter schools offer in-person, hybrid, homeschooling, and virtual options for students in grades TK-12 to all students who reside in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties, regardless of school district or boundaries. 

New Student Open Houses occur in late January and early February 2024 for those interested in Fall enrollment. Families can meet the teachers, view the curriculum, and tour the campus of their choice. Visit for more information or call 760-842-8000. 

The Classical Academies is an organization of award-winning, tuition-free, public charter schools serving 5200+ students in grades TK-12 in North San Diego County.

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