A good education paves the way forward, and making sure that you have chosen the right high school for your child is an investment in their future that you cannot afford to not give careful thought to.

There are more high schools out there today than there were some 20 years ago, but while there is so much variety, the criteria that you use to choose the right kind of school for your child stays the same. While the goal is to of course get your child a quality education that will see them starting adulthood off on the right foot, they will hopefully be spending the next 5 years of their lives at the school and as such you will want them to be receiving their education in a safe and positive environment.

At Kleinwater College we’ve guided hundreds of young minds through the final 5 years of their formative education, and we’ve helped to lay the groundwork for either the next step in their education or for the early years of their careers. At our college, we pride ourselves on giving our students a peaceful, positive place where they can focus on their work, and we could be the perfect fit for your child as well.

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Things to consider when choosing a high school for your child

  1. Visit the school

The only way you will ever get a feel for the school is if you make an appointment to visit or if you attend an open day. This will give you a chance to walk around the premises and see what the place is like, and it will also allow you to have a chat with the staff and find out more about the school’s approach to education.

  1. Become more involved

Many parents are so busy that they simply don’t have the time to get fully involved with the school and its activities. We absolutely understand that. One way that you can get more involved without having to make more space in your itinerary, is to sit with your child and talk about the importance of working hard during the time that they are at school.

When the time comes for your child to attend high school, it is important that you talk to them about their fears and their expectations.

  1. Look at the extras

Sports and clubs are an important part of high school life. Getting involved in extracurricular activities can be hugely beneficial to the future development of the child as both can teach a child a lot about things like team work and discipline. The best kind of high school should be able to offer plenty of extracurricular options.

  1. Think finances

High school doesn’t come cheap these days so you can’t not think about how you are going to finance your child’s education. Some schools, especially those that are not government subsidised, can be quite pricey, although they will usually have some sort of payment plan while there might also be the option of a bursary.

  1. Location is key

Unless you live remotely, you will want to choose a high school that is closer to home so that you don’t have to drive too far to drop off and collect your child from school. Make sure that whichever school you end up choosing, that it is in your neighbourhood.