If you’re considering an immersive school and wondering how to choose the next one, this is for you. The following blog post will go through seven essential questions before enrolling in immersive schooling. Ask yourself these questions and, ultimately, see which immersion school is best for your personal needs.
1. What are your biggest priorities when it comes to education?
To answer this question, you must first understand what you want from an immersive school. If you want a high-performing academic program and are looking for a school that produces high-achieving students who go on to college, then an immersion school may not be the best choice. The level of support and resources such schools provide often fall short of what intelligent, motivated, but struggling students need to overcome the challenges they face in a traditional academic environment, which is why many choose them as they can get individual attention while still being in the same classroom with their peers.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to take a more entrepreneurial or vocational approach to life and are looking for a school that enables you to be both highly motivated and highly independent, then an immersive school may be the best choice. They often provide individualized attention and give students much more freedom as they are not always forced to follow traditional academic programs.
2. What do your current school environments look like?
This is an essential question because it determines how well your child will fit into an immersive environment. Suppose they currently attend public schools with shallow standards and huge class sizes. In that case, they might have trouble focusing on academics in a classroom with massive competition for the limited resources available. This is especially true for younger children, who often lack the social skills to stand out and get noticed.
3. Does your child have any special needs you want to address with an immersive school?
Many immersion schools offer personalized support for those with ADHD, learning disabilities, or medical conditions. This is especially true if the school is small enough to provide adequate support on an individual basis with a relatively low cost of tuition that would allow you to spend less on resources such as tutoring, therapy, and medication.
4. Will your child be interested in learning a second language?
An immersion school will be able to teach your child another language from a very young age, which is not always possible if you try to DIY. If you’re looking for an opportunity for your child to learn how to express themselves in another language and make friends with fluent students, then an immersion school may be a good idea. If they’re opposed to learning a second language, however, an immersive school may only offer them frustration and will likely not lead to any actual results.
5. How does your family feel about an immersion school?
If your entire family is behind your decision to enroll in an immersive school and fully supports you, then you’re on the right track. It helps if they are already speaking another language, as it will make transitioning into the immersive program much more accessible. If not, they will have to learn to talk to you in a foreign language. If that’s something they’re interested in, don’t stop them from learning, but remember that it takes time and effort, and it may be hard for them to develop a relationship with you if you speak to them only in another language.
Immersion schools can be the ideal environment for your child to learn how to express themselves in another language and be part of a community. No matter where you live, you shouldn’t have trouble finding an immersion school right for you and your family. But if you have any doubts, please contact us, and we will do everything we can to find the best solution for you.