How to find school for your children in the US

Finding a good school for your children can be a challenge, especially if you’re an immigrant parent. You may not know where to start or what steps to take next.

To help, I’ve outlined some of the most important things you need to know about finding a good school for your kids:

Challenges of school search as an immigrant parent

It can be a challenge to find a school for your child in the United States. You may not know the language, the culture and its customs. You might not know how the school system works and what’s expected of your child at each grade level.


A study shows that students from immigrant families are significantly segregated, with schools playing a larger role in segregation than neighborhoods.

According to American Economic Review, immigrants achieve some advantage in part by choosing to settle in locations that offer better prospects for their children.

There are many more unknowns that you should consider before deciding on where to send your child to school:

  • The grading scale used by schools varies from state-to-state so it’s important for parents who don’t speak English as their first language (or even second) to learn about grading scales so they can evaluate them properly before enrolling their kids in any particular program or institution.* This analysis showed that immigrant parents face unique challenges to their involvement due to language barriers and lack of familiarity with the educational system of a host country.

  • Some states have statewide rankings websites where parents can get an idea about how well their local schools perform on standardized tests such as SAT/ACT scores and graduation rates.*

  • Schools may also have reputations within their communities through things like parent reviews or “word-of mouth” referrals from other families already familiar with them.*

Research possibilities.

You can also find information about schools on the internet.

You can ask your friends and family for recommendations, or you can look online for reviews of various schools.

If you have a child in school now, ask them what their favorite teachers were and why they liked them so much! This will give you some insight into what kind of teacher your future kids will have to work with once they start kindergarten or first grade.

Visit schools in person.

  • Visit the school in person. You can’t really know whether or not your child will be happy at a school until you’ve met with the principal, teachers and students. If they aren’t interested in seeing you on campus, there may be another school out there that would make more sense for your child’s needs and interests.
  • Talk to other parents who have children at that particular institution of higher learning (IHOL). Ask them about their experiences with the school—their kids’ grades, activities and classes. What do you like most about this particular place? Is there anything that makes it difficult for them as well?


Talk to your child’s teachers.

  • Ask the teachers how they would describe the school’s culture. Do you feel welcome, accepted and comfortable?
  • Ask your child’s teacher about what he/she enjoys most about teaching at this school. Is there a special project or activity that brings him/her joy? What are some of his/her favorite things about working here?
  • How often does he/she visit other schools in your area to share ideas with other teachers and administrators (this could be useful information if you’re considering moving).

Talk to other teachers, guidance counselors, and other people who know about the local schools.

  • Talk to people who know about the school.
  • Talk to people who know about your child.
  • Talk to people who know about your family.
  • Talk to people who know about your situation, including what it’s like being a parent at different ages and stages in life (e.g., young parents vs older parents).
  • Ask around on forums or social media groups that discuss the local schools and their experience with them; if possible, join them!

U.S. schools are surprisingly diverse and different depending on where you live.

U.S. schools are surprisingly diverse and different depending on where you live. There are many options for you to choose from, as well as many ways to find out about schools in your area.

You can find a school that is right for your child by checking out their website or asking around at the local library or community center; some families even get together once a week during open hours and discuss what they like and dislike about their children’s current school experiences!

Should you homeschool your child instead?

If you’re looking to homeschool your child, it’s important to understand what that means.

Homeschooling is a way of educating children at home, rather than sending them to a public school. It can also be referred to as “unschooling” or “self-directed learning.”

Homeschooling allows students and parents freedom over their education and teaches them how best to teach themselves.

There are many benefits of homeschooling: Your child learns from teachers who know him well; they learn how he learns best; they get more attention from the whole family than they would in a regular classroom setting (which may be hard if there are other kids around); most importantly, he gets used!

Get information from friends and family.

If you don’t know anyone who has children at a particular school, ask your friends and family members if they know of any good schools in the area that might be right for your children.

You can also look online to see what other parents have said about the schools they’ve attended.

If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s always worth checking out social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter—especially if there are no official websites! The best way to do this is by searching for keywords related to your desired school (e.g., “elementary math”).

Once you’ve found some relevant posts from friends or other parents who sent their kids there before (or even worse: after), make sure that these individuals are familiar with both their child’s performance levels as well as any setbacks along the way so far!

Determine your child’s specific needs.

You can also use this checklist to determine your child’s specific needs:

  • What are your child’s specific interests? Do they like sports, art, music or other activities?
  • What is their personality? Is it shy or outgoing? Does he have a lot of energy or does he prefer being quiet at home?
  • How do you think your child will do in school (e.g., how much time do they spend reading or doing homework)?

Find a good therapist who can help outline your child’s needs and interests in a way that you can understand.

Find a good therapist who can help outline your child’s needs and interests in a way that you can understand.

You should be able to get a therapist who is familiar with your child’s needs and interests, as well as the type of treatment they need.

Some therapies work better than others, so it’s important to find someone who will work with your child on an individual basis based on what they need at this moment in time.

Get as much information as you can about the program your child will be accepted into.

The first thing you need to do is get as much information as you can about the program your child will be accepted into.

The school’s principal and director, along with admissions coordinators and counselors will be able to provide this information. You should also talk to teachers at the school who have experience working with students like your child.

Lastly, ask each of these people if they know anything about specific programs that might be right for your child’s needs. This can help you narrow down what schools may or may not work well for him/her academically or socially.*

If possible pick up an application packet from each program so that you have all of the necessary paperwork in hand when talking with representatives from different educational institutions

You can find an excellent school for your children in the US if you know where to look

If you are looking for a good school for your children, it is important to know how and where to look.

There are many schools in the US that offer excellent education for children of different ages and abilities. Your child’s needs must be met before you can find the right school for them.

It is also important that parents have an understanding of what they need their child’s education to include in order to succeed later on in life.

It could be language classes or math classes; however, whatever it may be, finding this out ahead of time will help make sure that when choosing between schools all parties involved understand what each one offers so there aren’t any surprises later on down the road when applying yourself towards academics at college or university level!

If you’re thinking of moving to the United States with your family, it is important to understand that accessing information about schooling is not an easy task.

This is especially true if you are an immigrant and do not speak English as your first language. However, with a little bit of research and patience, there are many schools that will welcome your children into their programs.