Getting your younger one into a top-rated school is more of a burden these days. One of the most important obligations that lie on the shoulders of parents is righteous and balanced coaching and schooling of their child. Though Schooling is part of the overall brought-up process, it attracts more attention from parents nowadays due to the rat race scenario. Mostly both parents are busy fulfilling other responsibilities; therefore people now find it more convenient to enroll their children in a top-notch school that has the capability to bestow the values that the child bearer wants their kids to administer. With a population of about 16 million and school offerings at every nook and corner of streets, has made it a very toilsome task for parents. After all, your offspring will be spending a big portion of his /her prime years in their hands. Karachi has the prestige of housing more distinguished schools than any other city in Pakistan.
So, how to arrive at the decision of which choice to make? There are always some parameters that one has to look at. Like household income; many schools ask you to mention your household income and expenses in order to shortlist credible candidates because lets be real! They are in the business to make monetary benefits. Therefore, there is a school to cater for every social class residing in the city. All you need to do is to pen down a list of your priorities and then have a careful inspection of all the information provided below. That should suffice for you, for now, to arrive at a decent choice that fits all your preferences.
Top-Rated Schools in Karachi:
Here we have compiled a list of best schools in Karachi that you should consider based on different factors like; a balanced and stable approach towards traditional and modern methods of the education system, average results, student successes, faculty satisfaction, fee structure, and parent satisfaction.
Points to consider for choosing a school that fits your child:
We have tabulated the various key factors for each school so that it’s easier for you to make a decision quickly.
In past we all have witnessed how unpredictable situations can be without any prior notice; owing to the socio-political scenario there are a few downsides to being a cosmopolitan city resident. There can be a sudden strike or some roadblocks happening at one end of the town.
Even when there is no emergency, there are still traffic jams, rush hours, and developmental work occurring at some place or the other. For kids to be out there on a stretch of time is something that gets me on edge because of the uncertainties, so I guess it must be true for most parents out there. This, in my opinion, should be the first thing to consider. School should be within a walking distance. If not, then it should be easily accessible within a 10-15 minute drive at the maximum. This will ensure your child’s security as well.
2. Security matters
Karachi has seen many unforgiving events that can not be forgotten for a long time. The security of your child is of utmost importance. This is a big nominating factor that contributes to the decision when it comes to the choice of opting for schools.
Some bold things you might set an eye for can be the locality for one thing, and then there is the positioning of the main gate. Whether the school has invested in a proper security system or not? Are there any security devices installed? Are there any protocols that the school adheres to? You can get a good idea just by visiting schools. There is a trend of having open days in institutes where the general public is welcomed. It is a marvelous opportunity to get to talk to existing students, their parents, and teachers. It helps understand what kind of human beings that particular school contributes to society.
Do they let you in instantly? (I guess most of the schools will ask for your identification). Take notice of the means of commute. Does the school offer to take the responsibility or whether vans are easily available? Is there any credibility of the van drivers? How far does the school cooperate and accommodates if a situation of uncertainty occurs? These are just small pointers of what you should be taking into account before shortlisting a school in your wish list. Here are a few more things related to young ones’ security:
- It is much more secure if any of the parents take up the res[ponsibility for commutation instead of hiring vans; this is for the newcomers as they are innocent and are not well aware of security breaches that might occur.
- Be acquainted with the school staff and maintain a healthy relationship with your child’s teacher, staff clerks, and friends.
- In the case of Karachi unrest days, it’s better to keep your children at home.
3. Never go for a Franchise School
Schools that are administered as a single entity are mostly a far better choice instead of the ones running as a franchise. The reason is simply that franchises are too engrossed by the business factor, are short-sighted and tend to work for better monetary profits rather than investing in quality outcomes. On the contrary, those schools which possess the ownership, are much more focussed on the quality that they provide and are all game for competition.
Any business personnel can rent out a bungalow and adopt a franchise. It is important to understand they are there to fill their pockets not enrich your child’s future. It is this mindset due to which you will hardly see permanent faculty in franchises. Teachers are debuted at the lowest payouts possible, so they can leave at their will, without any guilt as well.
Although the above said is true for most, however, I can certainly not generalize the overall picture. There are still some institutes that make efforts to monitor the other branches and take measurable steps for them to make the management of these schools adhere to their school philosophy. Branches under the management of real owners have much better repute and they maintain an overall good standard.
4. Fee Structure
Keeping the diverse nature of Karachi hites, there is a vast range of fees that schools are charging nowadays. It may vary anywhere from 5K to 100K. So it is your call to make your efforts in the institute which does not put a hole in your pocket. You should be aware of the tactics that are deployed by businesses; there can be a variety of hidden costs that are veiled under various heads, like; after-school programs, concerts, different days’ celebrations, get-togethers, foreign trips arranged by the school all cost money You should always ask for a breakup. This is a practice that you should develop in every aspect of transitions. Remember, there is a good school for your budget and it does not mean you have to compromise on the quality of education or your core values.
5. Having a purpose-built campus
As we all are well aware of that there are many schools that have opened up in residential vicinities on rent. I am not going into the legal obligations to that, however, I do want to communicate that we sent our children to learn things not just mentally but physically as well. A balanced environment can be very instrumental in the upbringing of the younger ones. A building can be a strong foundation that can ignite aspirations and equip young souls with an appropriate amount of freedom necessary to trigger their creative juices. Verily, the contrary provision can only dull the environment and thus adversely affect the overall health and energy of the institute and everybody in it. Learning requires an open mind which translates that there should be an adequate amount of natural light, air quality, temperature, and no noise disturbances to distract.
6. Playground is A Must
As already discussed above, the way the architecture correlates leaves an everlasting impact. Getting in touch with natural elements soothes our nerves and boosts immunity and triggers creativity as well. Thereby, open spaces, especially in a concrete jungle like Karachi are something to look into, and trust me your kids are going to thank you for it.
7. Trust your Instincts
You are the best judge of what is best in your kid’s interests. To be able to make a decision you don’t want to regret afterward, you should take the pain of physically being there. All the above information can be collected pretty much online. Once you have finalized your list of schools, it’s time to take trips one by one. Considering, analyzing by roaming around, talking to teachers, the principal, and most importantly the students there. That will give you a pretty good idea of what type of students that particular school is raising. Furthermore, if you can visit the school around closing time and get to talk with a few mothers that will give you the confidence to go ahead with a final decision.
Although family and friends do have their opinions, however, it’s about your child and only you are responsible. So it should be your call! If both parents feel confident, bingo! You just find your kid in a good suit.
It is not advisable to ignore your budget and reach out for a ridiculously expensive school because at the end of the day no school guarantees good results specific to an individual. Therefore it is considered more beneficial by a large percentage of parents to go for a medium-range school that might be a better fit and is a catalyst for their kid’s overall growth.