As a parent, one is concerned about many aspects of a school, before choosing one for their child. Curriculum, cost, timings, proximity, student performance, scholarships etc. are all factors that one must consider before selecting a school. While a lot of emphasis has been made on how student-friendly a school is, it is equally important to understand how schools relate to the child’s family.
A great school understands the importance of parents and family in the education of a child, and keeps this front and centre, while making any policy. When the family is involved deeply in a child’s education, the child benefits in many ways.
How to know if a school is parent / family friendly?
- School’s first response to your visit / call: Were you met with politeness and helpfulness when you reached out to the school for the first time? A friendly school will have a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. Staff will go out of their way to attend to visitors, new and returning. They will make you feel at home, give you the attention you deserve and assist you with what you were looking for.
- Tone of correspondence: Calls, emails, brochures, and handbooks received from the school use a polite and friendly tone, as opposed a harsh and cold one. Conflict is handled in a professional and fair manner.
- Diversity and inclusivity: An international school caters to students and their families from different parts of the globe. Trio has the privilege of providing the best international education to students from more than 55+ countries till date. When cultures interact, and young minds are involved, good educators, will go to great lengths to inculcate healthy interactions between the students and their families. People who do not understand the local language(s) / English are treated respectfully and are given due assistance. A school that treats individuals from all walks of life, including those outside the school community, with respect, is a safe place to learn.
- Communication: In a great school environment, communication happens both ways and you feel heard. If you or your child requires any additional assistance, the school staff of a parent-friendly school will listen to you, help you to the best extent they can and will be clear and polite about any limitations. PTAs and other interactions are handled professionally. The school will clearly communicate about the syllabus, board, assessments, performance and discuss about concerns unique to your child. The school will maintain adequate confidentiality of any personal information.
Parent – friendly initiatives at Trio
TRIO World Academy - an International School in Bangalore offers a highly inclusive curriculum and welcomes families from all backgrounds. Trio celebrates festivals and important days in the calendar, across cultural backgrounds, religions, caste and nationality. We make children aware of their importance, keeping cultural sensibilities in mind. Our security system comprises of 130 CCTV cameras, secure IDs, and constant monitoring by vigilance officers, to ensure complete safety of children, parents, visitors and staff alike.
At Trio, every member of the school is responsible for building a relationship with the families. Parent teacher communication is open and parents can approach the school at any point for support. One of the unique characteristics of Trio, is it’s organic and closely knit community. We work hard to create and maintain a cheerful and safe atmosphere for our students. All the effort that goes into creating a parent-friendly school is worth it.
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