Relocating with Children: Finding a School
The Early Bird. When an assignment is scheduled, relocating families should work with their relocation services provider to start the school search process. Once a suitable school has been found, submit applications as early as possible, especially if it has a waiting list.
Do Your Homework. Ahead of any school search trips, assignees and their families may also want to research available schools online. Before visiting a school, assignees should list what’s most important to them, is it the math department, extracurricular activities or perhaps the overall academic record?
Choices Choices. Assignees shouldn’t choose just one school to apply to in case their application isn’t successful. Instead, they need a second and third preference as a contingency.
Supporting Your Assignees. Companies should consider providing assignees with their school allowance at the very start of the relocation process when school searches begin. This will allow assignees and their relocating families to pay registration fees or other up-front costs.
Check the Date. Depending on how the host location’s academic year runs, the time of year a school application is made, may impact the availability of school places. However, if a school does have space, then they will accept children whatever the time of year.
Commute Considerations. Of course, the quality of the school an assignee chooses for their child is imperative, but the location of the facility should be considered, particularly where it is in relation to the family’s home and assignee’s workplace. Additional factors should also be considered to help assignees calculate commute times, like the area’s traffic congestion during peak periods, and whether the school provides transportation to collect and drop-off pupils.
A Family Decision. Where appropriate, assignees should include their children in the school finding process. Helping to decide which school to attend may help them to settle into the new location.
Every day at Cartus, we help to relocate families around the world. We understand the importance of ensuring that these families feel fully supported throughout a move. Their ability to settle into a new location may influence, ultimately, whether the overall international assignment is a success.
If you would like more information on supporting relocating families, or any other aspect of relocation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Resource Hub on Cartus.com.