For some parents, selecting an elementary school for their child involves time-consuming, savvy investigation. For most, their neighborhood public school is a fine fit, while others may wish to consider their options—religious-affiliated schools, independent schools, magnet programs, language immersion, or schools for students with special needs. Education experts suggest parents do their homework before deciding on the right school or program. Although there’s a plethora of information at parents’ fingertips, both parents and experts agree the most meaningful impressions come from a visit to the classroom.
By Renee Sklarew / Photos by Erick Gibson