What questions should I ask when touring a new school?
When you tour each potential school, here are some questions to keep in mind:
- What is the physical space like?
- 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.
- What kind of technology and other equipment does the school use?
- 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.
- What is the school’s lunchtime routine? Will your child need an aide during lunch to help them navigate the cafeteria environment?
- Will your child be able to find their classrooms and navigate class transitions independently?
- Ask about opportunities for your child to socialize.
- 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.
- 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.