All parents dream of offering their child a quality schooling, if possible in the best of the colleges. It is also important to know what indicators are used to measure the value of an institution.
Is it his success rate ? The dynamism of its pedagogical project? The loyalty of teachers? The scope of the proposed options? The number of students per class? Cleanliness of the premises? Security ? The menus of the canteen?
And once the list of criteria has been established, is there really a choice? Not really in public education. As a rule, the child is enrolled in a college close to home. A change of establishment is always possible but derogationsunder very strict conditions.
In private education , the choice is more open, but to what “price”? Even though, as in the public, school aids are possible.
The questions are numerous and the parental puzzle is legitimate.
What is a good college: the results of our survey
In order to help the parents in their decision-making and to define the notion of “good” college, we have gathered the opinion of several professionals: heads of public and private establishments , parents of pupils and presidents of associations but also young college students .
Their testimonies and their advice enabled us to identify a few high quality criteria that we deliver here without any hierarchical order.
It is clear from our survey that the “good” college is the one that allows the child to:
- Successful Schooling
A college that has a patent success rate and a high referral rate supports parents in the belief that it is better than another. High results reassure them about pedagogical effectiveness. Yet some institutions say they pay little attention to it. They are more attached to the rate of transition in general and technological second. According to them, if the number of repetition of third pupils is too large, this is bad sign.
A college that encourages the child, who weaves with him a personalized relationship, is attentive to his progress, his sense of effort, often gains the adhesion of parents. According to them, these values do not appear to exist within an institution with a strong elitist strategy, high school standards, and even less so in an impersonal “college-factory”. A more human-sized, more family-oriented establishment with a motivating and caring accompaniment seems ideal for the child.
A college, a place of learning and acquisition of new knowledge, must also be a center of fulfillment for the child. Some parents are particularly attentive. Many institutions set up activities (cultural, social, humanitarian, religious …) to promote “living together”, open-mindedness, empowerment and self-confidence. But for the children, this socialization passes first by their comrades. For them, no matter the college, as long as they are with their buddies.
- being reassured
Dialogue between parents, college management, teachers and teaching teams, and the desire to work together contribute to good general understanding. The more parents are informed about the practices of an institution, the greater their confidence in the institution and the more the convergence of points of view between adults reassures the child. Shared trust is reflected in her schooling, say the school heads.
- feel understood
A child in difficulty, in academic failure, non-francophone, with language disorders, physically handicapped or intellectually precocious, can easily lose if one does not take into account his “difference”. Some colleges customize their teaching and pedagogical approach and specialize in specific accompaniments. The child, feeling understood and accepted, regains confidence and self-esteem.
Another criterion of choice: practicality
Our survey also shows that beyond the child, other factors – more practical – can be taken into account in choosing a college: the proximity between the institution and the home “to avoid fatigue “, A sister or a brother already enrolled in a school” to avoid trips “, a sick child who benefits from care next to the school … And if this college is not located in the nearest neighborhood, some parents are prepared to request a waiver .
To each child his college?
In summary, our investigation proves that there is not one but several factors that define a “good” college and that the best institution is still the one whose pedagogy adapts to the personality of the child. Some parents feel, however, that if a particular institution corresponds perfectly to the temperament of their elder, it is not necessarily so for their younger siblings.