How to Make the Most of Your Campus Visit

A campus visit is a time to find out more about a school and get a feel for what a day there would be like for your child. Don't miss the opportunity to find out as much as you can during your tour - see our list of questions to ask.
A campus tour is an important part of the decision making process when you are looking for the right school for your family. We encourage families to come and see our classrooms, mingle with teachers, and experience our community. To make the most of your visit, be sure to come prepared with questions and things you want to see that are important to you and your child.

QUESTIONS TO ASK
As a parent visiting a school, what should you look for? What questions should you ask? Here are some recommendations:
  • What is the curriculum like? What special area classes does the school offer?
  • What is the typical class size?
  • Are there breaks in the school day? What is the availability of recess and other chances for students to get some fresh air?
  • How much time do students spend on homework each night?
  • What role does technology play at the school? Is there a 1:1 program of laptops, iPads, or other tablets?
  • What are the lunch options? Is lunch provided by the school or delivered by vendors? Can students bring their own lunches?
  • What can students do after school? Is there a program of optional after-school activities? Is extended care available, and for how long?
  • What team sports are sponsored by the school and at what grade levels?
  • What support systems are in place should a child begin to struggle at school, either academically or socially?
  • Where do most students attend school at the next level? (High school or college, depending on the grade range of the school)
  • Is financial assistance available for families who may need help with the costs of attendance? What is the application process like for financial assistance?
  • For students entering in upper elementary or middle grades, what skills are important that may not have been emphasized at their previous school?

GET A FEEL FOR THE SCHOOL
In addition to asking the questions that are important to you, use your visit as a chance to experience the climate or “feel” of a school. 
  • Is there a welcoming feel to the school? How are parents and children received there?
  • What are the interactions like between students? Between adults?
  • Does the school seem to be student-centered or adult-centered?
  • What is important to the school? 
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Mason Preparatory School is committed to the education of the whole child in preparation for secondary education through the cultivation of respect, integrity, and personal responsibility within a nurturing environment that results in a productive citizen of a global community.