When it comes time to pick Firm Schools for your child, first make a list of every school you wish to apply to and then find out when they are going to have an open house. Open houses are crucial to the many phases that go into choosing a private school that will ultimately give your child the education and foundation he or she will grow up on. Some schools have their Open Houses in the Spring and Fall, while some only have them in the Fall. Some in the Fall may only allow you to attend once you file an application. For those schools with a Spring Open House, a visit may give you an advantage for the Fall process because you will have an earlier sense of whether to keep that school on your list for applications. Your planning and investment now will hopefully help decrease your stress during the application process in the Fall.
Web sites can give you a great base on which to start your search for the schools best suited for your child, but that is simply a base. Also, web sites will present their schools in exactly the way they want parents to see them.
Visiting the school either by appointment or an Open House event will give you a chance to see more of the school, meet other parents, inspect the school, meet some of the students and talk to the staff. This will help you, not only to get a good feel for the atmosphere your child will be learning in, but you can get an idea of ratios such as how many students, how many teachers and if it all fits for your child. Perhaps you want a smaller school with lower numbers? Or a larger school with top notch facilities? This is one of the best ways to get a good idea.
In the end, you want to find a school that will bring out the best in your child by nurturing him or her and giving him or her the best learning and growing environment.