7 reasons why you should choose a neighbourhood school
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Jan 07, 2016
When it comes to choosing a school for your child, most experts, and in fact parents also, suggest going in for a neighbourhood school or a school close to your house. We have rounded up 7 reasons why they support their take.
1) Less physically tiring on the child: Less travel time means less exhaustion for your child. Given the traffic jams etc., do you really want your child to be sitting in a school bus for 45 minutes or more, one way, every day, including extreme weather conditions?
2) More available time: With less travelling, your child is left with more time at hands. The same time can be used to help the child rest and relax, enjoy some free-play, and indulge in unstructured activities, he prefers. For eg: if he is back home on time in the afternoon, give him a free run to do anything he wishes, till his nap time or evening.
3) More access to extra-curricular activities: Most schools have a format where extra-curricular activities, including preparation for tournaments and contests and other team activities, are done post school hours. With a school that is in the vicinity, it is easier to have your child attend these as he doesn’t need too much time to travel back home.
4) More access to academic support: Your child can easily reap the benefit of extra classes, consultation with teachers and seeking their help, done post school hours if he has time on his hands versus when he has to travel long distances to get back home.
5) Less stressful for parents on days when the regular transport is not available: During examinations, sports days, annual days etc., when the regular school transport has been suspended, if your child is in a neighbourhood school, it is less stressful for you to pick and drop him if he is in the vicinity.
6) Available for emergencies: With very small children, including those who have health issues such as breathing ailments, there can always be an emergency for which the parent needs to rush to the school. In such a case, a neighbourhood school is more accessible.
7) Similar type of crowd: A neighbourhood school is preferred by parents of the same locality and therefore your child, meeting people of a similar background and mindset are much higher. This gives the child a feeling of belongingness.
If the neighbourhood school you are considering, meets your other criterias of being a good school—academic balance, teacher quality, infrastructure etc.—then you should go ahead with it and reap the benefits .
| Jan 23, 2017
| Jan 23, 2017
Very true.. completely agree
| Jan 23, 2017
agree... well defined
| Aug 02, 2016
Very True ! I totally agree ..there are parents who really picky while choosing the schools n locality.. They dont realize how much child health and growth will be affected. I have seen parent who put to far school and later of child suffering after a year ,change the school and put to the nearby school!
| Jun 02, 2016
I think it's best decision to choose school nearby ,both for kids n parents.. Totally Agree.
| Feb 20, 2016
| Feb 04, 2016
| Jan 30, 2016
One has to be lucky enough to get an appropriate school in the vicinity
| Jan 22, 2016
Very helpful and constructive suggestions to help the parents for taking appropriate decision. Thanks!
| Jan 18, 2016
I agree vt u. Even me to thought in similar way n put my son in a school near to my home with in 1km distance. Even it is helpful for parents to attend PT meetings and emergencis as I said.
| Jan 12, 2016
Agree with you
| Jan 09, 2016
I agree... Thanks...
| Jan 08, 2016
Very Rightly Said. Totally Agree