I’m not certain how notoreity would cause a parent to sign up, but as in the case of clothes, and cars, brand names can influence a client’s decision.
I would rather not name names. What I really want to know is what the qualities of a successful school are. I think this might be beneficial to many of us who would like to see our schools succeed.
Personally, I think management skillsare absolutely essential to the success of a school. The buck stops at the managers desk. The manager is responsible for every staff member hired, every activity that takes place, the ethos of the school, the condition of the school, etc.
The condition of the school is also important. If I were a parent, I would be very careful of enrolling my child at a school were safety, hygiene, cleanliness and order were not apparent. To me the condition of bathrooms, kitchens, eating utensils, garbage disposal, floors (especially where children have to sleep) and water fountains are some of the most important points a parent should keep in mind before signing up.
Safety is another important point. Earthquakes, fires, electricity, transport and road safety, water fountains (esp. boiling hot water), stairs, elevators, track records of new employees are things that come to mind.
The character and competence of the staff are also important. Are all the employees competent in their individual fields. What about their character. Can I entrust teachers at the school with my children?
What about the curriculum. Wll my child be able to complete the entire curriculun before she/he goes to high school? What about the quality of the books being used? Do I have to edit the book before my child can start studying?
Are there any incentives for students and teachers for a job well done?
I’m not finished yet. I’m coming back in a few minutes.