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- Considering Homeschooling? Do Your Homework FirstDoes the idea of keeping your children home and teaching them yourself ever cross your mind? Homeschooling works for many, but even the most ardent supporters say it’s not for everyone and urge those contemplating it to consider all that’s involved before jumping in.
- Student-Teacher Ratio: What the Numbers MeanThe details behind the student-teacher ratio.
- Subsidized Lunch: What the Numbers MeanAn indication of how many low-income students attend a school.
- School Transfer ChecklistIf your child will be starting at a new school, make sure you’ve gathered the documents required for the enrollment process.
- How To Choose a New SchoolMake the search process easier with a few simple guidelines, plus some dos and don’ts for parents to keep in mind.
Moving to a New School
- When You’re the New Mom (or Dad) at SchoolIf you think being the new kid at school is difficult, try being the new parent. Your child may have the ability to make new friends during class, over lunch, and at recess, but for you it’s not so easy. Our experts offer specific ways to reach out and develop successful connections with other parents and your child’s teacher.
- Stepparents and School: It’s Complicated, but Not ImpossibleRemarriage brings happiness and a new start for many hopeful couples, but children from prior marriages must be given time to adjust to a new family dynamic. What role should stepparents have in a child’s school life? Not pushing for too much too soon is key, according to our experts.
- 10 Ways To Help Your Child Successfully Return to SchoolWhether parents like it or not, we are our children’s barometers. How they react to potentially stressful situations like the first day back at school depends on how we act. Teach your child that you believe in her and know she can tackle any challenges that come up during this new school year.
- Kindergarten From the Kids’ Point of ViewAs your child starts kindergarten, she may have more basic worries on her mind than simply being separated from you. It's all part of kindergarten readiness.
- Help Your Child Adjust SociallyFinding the right niche can help your child feel happier at school.
- Ease the Transition to a New SchoolTips to help make this big adjustment easier for your child—and for you.
- Make a Summer Move Easier For Your TeenagerMost families who make a move do so during the summer. Teens often regard a move to a new school as a disaster. “I’ll never have any friends again,” they may tell you.
- Help Your Child Make the Leap Into Middle School Less ScaryStarting middle school can be exciting and fun. But it also can be scary.
- Help Your Middle Schooler AdjustStarting at a new school, especially in the middle grades, can be tough.
- Be Supportive of Your Teen When Your Family MovesMany families move to different towns during the summer. This can be especially hard on teens.
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