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Coriandré Lawrence

Features Writer

E

LEMENTARY SCHOOL edu-

cation is the foundation

on which a child’s future

will often rest, essentially

becoming a vital investment in

both your child’s education and

well-being. Choosing the right

prep school, however, takes

research and careful planning as

there may be several factors

one may have to consider

before arriving at a decision.

In this, our first-ever Prep

School Guide, The Gleaner

has provided details on some of

the schools you may be consid-

ering ahead of the new school

term. But just in case the deliber-

ation process becomes tiresome,

here is a list of things to think

about when making your choice.

WHICH SCHOOL IS BEST?

This part of the decision-mak-

ing process can be fun, but

without the correct approach, it

can create unwanted dilemmas.

Therefore, knowing your focus

is key. For some parents, religion

is an important aspect of their

child’s education, and though

Christianity is the predominant

religion in Jamaica, there are

several prep schools associated

with various denominations. For

others, it may not only be

academics, but also sports and

other extracurricular activities.

Use research and facts as a

guide, and the elimination

process becomes easier.

WHAT’S BEST FOR THE FAMILY?

There is a certain joy associated

with seeing your child in the

uniform of your desired school,

but is the school of your choice

realistic? You may be doing

your child and your family a

disservice heading down an

unrealistic path. Take into

consideration tuition, location,

as well as environment when

making your decision.

PAY A VISIT

Do not limit your research to

phone calls, friends, and

browsing the Web. Taking a

trip to a few of the schools

can be valuable. Walking the

grounds, talking to staff, and

observing the institution in

full operation can be that

added detail you will need in

your final decision.

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THE GLEANER’S PREP SCHOOL GUIDE 2018 | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

Choosing the best prep school for your child

LISTOF

PARTICIPATING

SCHOOLS

KINGSTON & ST ANDREW

Alvernia Preparatory

Ardenne Preparatory & Extension High

Dunrobin Christian Academy

Hagley Park Preparatory

King’s Gate Preparatory

Liguanea Preparatory

Meadowbrook Preparatory

Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory

Queen’s Preparatory

Richmond Park Preparatory

Rose Gordon Kindergarten &

Preparatory

St Hugh’s Preparatory

St Theresa Preparatory

Wolmer’s Preparatory

OTHER AREAS

Belair Preparatory & Early Childhood

Black River Preparatory

DMP Academy

Eber Kindergarten & Preparatory

Immanuel Success Preparatory &

Kindergarten

Knox Junior School

Midland Preparatory

Portmore Missionary Preparatory &

Kindergarten

St Jago Cathedral Preparatory

St John’s Preparatory