My older daughter, P, is currently enrolled at a small preschool. There are only three levels–beginners, junior kinder and senior kinder–and the entire student population is only about 40 to 50 (divided into morning and afternoon sessions). However, we’ve been trying to look into other schools lately, especially the bigger ones. We’ve been thinking that since P will eventually have to move to a bigger school once she’s elementary age, it might be good to start now.
Many parents used to think bigger always meant better, especially with the stability (since the child won’t have to move schools). However, that may not necessarily be the case today.
Here are some of the pros and cons of big schools and smaller ones. Of course, I’m referring to private schools here.
Big schools are usually stable and already established. These would usually have classes from preschool up to high school, so parents need not worry about looking for another school when the child outgrows the school. Most of the time, big schools are recognized institutions, so it will be a very good reference when applying for college or when transferring to other schools.
Smaller schools, meanwhile, may not be as established as bigger ones. However, these are usually more flexible, and can accommodate progressive curricula, which are getting into fashion these days. Usually, parents can also have better involvement when in small schools. In my case, for instance, my wife teaches at my daughter’s preschool–so I know the people, and I feel comfortable leaving my kids with them.
It’s still a decision we have to make. Of course, there’s the question of finances (tuition costs are so high these days!). That’s worth another blog post altogether.