1. Make a list of what is important to you about the school your child attends.
Consider these: sports, before and after school care, enrichment programs, level of teacher education, test scores, diversity, and programs like foreign language, gifted talented, art, and outdoor education.
2. Look at the neighborhood school in your area.
Go to its website, and the District website to do some research. Find out if academic skills are growing, and look at the Colorado Growth Model data. How much improvement has the school has made in the last 3-5 years? Look at the programs they are using. Meet with the principal or offer to volunteer for a couple of days to learn more. Spending time in a school tells you much more about the quality of education…