The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

by Andrew Campanella
The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

by Andrew Campanella


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You want your children to benefit from a great education. But every student is unique. One type of school might be a great fit for your neighbor's child, but it might not work for your son or daughter. Across the country, many parents today have more choices for their children's education than ever before. If you are starting the process of finding your child's first school—or if you want to choose a new learning environment—The School Choice Roadmap is for you.

This first-of-its-kind book offers a practical, jargon-free overview of school choice policies, from public school open enrollment to private school scholarships and more. It breaks down the similarities and differences between traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online public schools, private schools, and homeschooling. Most importantly, The School Choice Roadmap offers a seven-step process that will help you harness the power of your own intuition—and your own expertise about your child's uniqueness—to help you find a school that reflects your family's goals, values, and priorities.

Filled with sage advice from dozens of other parents who have pursued the school search process, and interviews with school leaders and teachers, The School Choice Roadmap is an optimistic, empowering book that cuts through the confusion in K-12 education—so that you can give your children every opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825308154
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 185
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Andrew Campanella has dedicated his career to helping families discover their K-12 school choice options. He serves as president of National School Choice Week, the nation's largest public awareness effort for K-12 education. Previously, he worked in senior level positions at the American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, and the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 An Overview Of School Choice and the Types of Schools Available

Chapter 1 Choice is Powerful, and You Are the Expert 3

Chapter 2 School Choice 101: Things to Know Before You Search 15

Chapter 3 Traditional Public Schools 32

Chapter 4 Public Charter Schools 44

Chapter 5 Public Magnet Schools 55

Chapter 6 Online Public Schools 66

Chapter 7 Private Schools 77

Chapter 8 Homeschooling 89

Chapter 9 Unique Approaches to Education 100

Part 2 Seven Steps to Choosing a School for Your Child

Overview 115

Step 1 Think Back to Your Own Time in School 121

Step 2 Identify Your Goals for Your Child 128

Step 3 Decide What You Want in a School or Learning Environment 137

Step 4 Make a List and Research Schools 152

Step 5 Visit Schools 170

Step 6 Evaluate Schools and Learning Environments 183

Step 7 Choose the School or Learning Environment That Meets Your Child's Needs 189

Frequently Asked Questions 197

Paying It Forward 224

Appendix: National organizations and websites 229

Bibliography 244

A note about sources 260

Acknowledgements 261

About the author 264

Endnotes 266

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