What questions should I ask when touring a new school?

Parent Question
Feb. 3, 2022Updated Sep. 12, 2022

When you tour each potential school, here are some questions to keep in mind:

  1. What is the physical space like?
  2. Ask about the different “levels” offered for each class — such as honors and advanced programs, co-taught classes, resource rooms or learning centers, and special day classes.
  3. What kind of technology and other equipment does the school use?
  4. If your child’s IEP specifies that they receive therapy services or adapted physical education (APE) in a separate classroom, ask to see those areas as well.
  5. What is the school’s lunchtime routine? Will your child need an aide during lunch to help them navigate the cafeteria environment?
  6. Will your child be able to find their classrooms and navigate class transitions independently?
  7. Ask about opportunities for your child to socialize.
  8. If your child needs a movement or regulation break, you may want to discuss other ways your child can get this release during their school day.
  9. Ask about any special equipment your child requires and how it will be supported in each of their classrooms.

For more information about transitioning to a new school, check out our article Making the Leap: The Transition to Middle School or other articles in our Making the Leap series, where you can find a link to a printable school tour checklist to bring with you.

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