Hi! I'm student teaching now and starting to look for schools to apply to, and feel rather lost. What are some things I should look for in a school? What questions do I ask? What research do I do? I already have things like max class size, programs for first-year teachers, and parental involvement on my list - what are some other (obvious and non-obvious) areas I should ask about? (I'm sending this same ask to a few #educhums; I promise I'm not spam!)
Big things for me:
What extracurricular clubs/teams exist? Can I form a new one? If so, what kind of support can I expect?
What can I expect from parent-teacher conferences? Everybody has an idea of what they look like, but schools do them verrrrry differently.
What duties do teachers do? At my school, teachers don’t have lunch duty and don’t have duty during planning, but do have before and after school duty for one quarter each year.
What supports exist for free/reduced lunch kids?
Do you get a classroom allowance for supplies?
What is community involvement like? Do community members cone into the school often?
There’s another question I thought of and forgot… if it comes to me, I’ll edit later.