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Monika is not online. Last active: 1/16/2005 10:38:10 AM Monika
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Registering Children For School
Posted: 16 Jan 2005 10:31 AM

My neices and nephews will be starting school for the first time in the US next year. How do I get them started? Do I go to the school or somewhere else?
priya is not online. Last active: 5/17/2008 6:22:37 AM priya
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Re: Registering Children For School
Posted: 21 Feb 2005 01:08 PM
Hi Monika,

Yes you have to go to school and pickup the application form. If they are landed immigrants then you should carry their I-94, passport and recent Immunization with you.

Chk' this site monika:$STATE/48/improve

How to Plan an Effective Visit:

Do your homework before visiting schools. Read about the schools you'll be visiting. Examine their school profiles on and make note of any questions that arise about student performance, resources or teacher background. You'll want to ask the principal these questions when you visit each school. Talk to other parents and go to the online edition of the local newspaper to search for articles about the schools.
Schedule your visit. Call the school's main telephone number and ask to speak with the school secretary. Explain that you're considering enrolling your child and would like to make an appointment to visit, ask questions and get a feel for the campus. Find out if you'll be able to meet the principal and a few teachers while you're there.
Ask and observe. When you visit a school, be sure to ask questions and observe the environment. The sample questions below can help you get started.
Key Questions to Ask:

Does this school have a particular educational philosophy or mission?
What is this school's approach to student discipline and safety?
How does this school encourage and monitor students' progress toward meeting grade-level standards?
What kinds of library resources are available to students?
How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?
How do the arts fit into the curriculum? Is there a school choir, band or orchestra? A school play? Art classes?
What extracurricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for students?
How do students get to school? Is free school busing available?
How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?
What professional development opportunities do teachers have? In what ways do teachers collaborate?
What are some of the school's greatest accomplishments? What are some of the biggest challenges this school faces?

Also chk'

It also varies from state to state. So talk to the school advisor.
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