OK, maybe itâ€™s just because I love visiting schools, but I always tell prospective parents to go to a school that interests them as a potential option for their children. Sure, read Great Schoolsâ€™ ratings, talk to other parents, Google the school, but if youâ€™re going to do one thing only: go to the school.
Go unannounced. Talk to the principal. Watch some classrooms in action. Whatâ€™s the school sound like? What does it look like? Is it quietly buzzing along? Are kids and teachers engaged in work or are they staring out the window? Or, are they fighting? Is there art hanging on the wall? Is it a pleasant place?
You can â€“ and should â€“ look at test scores and data about suspensions, etc., but there is absolutely no other way to get a feel for a school. You have to go. And go more than once, if you can. Bring your child.
But, not sure which school or schools to check out? Then, perhaps, the first step is to visit the MPS All-School Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Blvd.
"The All-School Enrollment Fair is an incredible opportunity for families to meet the people who are leading the charge for improvement throughout our schools, find the school that fits their child and get set for the coming school year," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver in a statement.
Leaders from more than 100 elementary, middle and high schools will be on hand to pitch their programs to parents, who can enroll on the spot. (If youâ€™re looking to enroll on the spot, visit some of the schools in advance.)
Youâ€™ll hear information about bilingual schools, arts programs, Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate college prep programs, language immersion schools, Montessori schools, Career and Tech Ed programs, Gifted and Talented education, STEM and more at the fair, which takes place from 9 a.m. until noon.
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