There are several reasons why your child might become disinterested in public school. Perhaps the information is taught in a style that is disengaging, or your child isn’t connecting with the school staff and teachers. If the classroom or school environment is hostile, or if your child feels socially disconnected, this can cause a dislike for school and an aversion to learning. Here are a few strategies for keeping your child engaged in school and reasons why private school may be a better fit:
Discuss Your Child’s Concerns
Set aside some time to discuss your child’s experience with school in depth. Ask open-ended questions to learn about his or her likes and dislikes. Avoid giving your own opinions and be an active listener. Once you find the reasons behind your child’s feelings, you can work to find solutions. Meet with your child’s teachers to positively address the concerns. Find out what your child’s learning style is and ask the teacher to accommodate it—private school teachers often use several modalities to encourage different types of learners. Discover what your child’s favorite parts of the school day are and celebrate those times to keep his or her focus on the positive.
Request Support for Your Child’s Needs
Your child may not be engaged in learning if his or her specific learning needs are not being met. If your child has unique learning needs, there should be a plan in place to accommodate them at school. Make sure your child’s teachers are following the plan. If your child isn’t receiving attention for his or her needs, ask a teacher, counselor, or social worker to refer your child for help. Private schools are happy to identify and provide support for students who have special needs.
Ensure That Your Child Has Positive Interactions
Your child might be distracted from learning if he or she is dealing with negative social interactions at school. If your child is being bullied, immediately take action. Most states have anti-bullying laws, requiring the school to intervene. If your child has few social interactions at school, ask a staff member to check in on your child daily to help build a relationship. Also consider enrolling your child in an after school program, athletics, or club.
Disconnection and social difficulties are issues more likely found in public schools. At a private school like Orinda Academy of East Bay, your child can flourish in a safe and productive learning environment. Call (877) 884-0221 for admission information.