Finding Good Schools in South Florida
What is a “good school” in South Florida?
Whether you are looking to make South Florida your permanent home, or are planning a seasonal residency, you will find that we Floridians take pride in our school systems in the Palm Beaches and on the Treasure Coast!
The article begins, “This you already know: Parents want to send their kids to good schools. So that’s why they flock to neighborhoods—sometimes paying hundreds of thousands more to live there—that purport to have them. But what does “good school” really mean? Is it really all about the test scores?”
Brashich continues, “Increasingly, educational experts say: not really. These days, many of them hail the importance of other, less tangible goals such as fostering social and emotional intelligence. Others tout the importance of executive function skills: the ability to plan, focus, remember instructions, and multitask. In the Finnish school system, purportedly the best in the world, academics are delayed, homework and testing are minimized, and free play time is valued.”
She continues and offers some tips, “So how can you really figure out what that is? As with all things parenting, you have to decide for yourself what’s best for your family.Here are some tips on how to figure that out:
- Determine what kind of learner your kid is?
- Find if the school has the basics.
- Look Beyond academic development.
- Seek creative learning opportunities.
- Consider lower-ranked or up-and coming schools.
- Research (free) alternatives to public schools.
- Check out the “vibe” it really means something.
- Ask yourself what “good means to you.”
Brashich concludes,” If traditional academics and high test scores really are the most important things, you’re lucky: Those are the easiest things to find.
Today, finding a good school means you grown-ups have to do serious homework, figuring out the best fit for your family and zeroing in on schools that are equipping students with the skills and experiences that will lead to a broader definition of success.
Anything else no longer makes the grade.”
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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara