PPS-SF School Tour Checklist
School tours are a good way to get to know a school’s staff, principal, parents, students, and facilities, to see if it is a good fit for your family. You can also get to know schools by attending community-wide events, such as fall festivals or spring carnivals. Here are some things to note when on a tour:
School name and address
Start and end times
Uniform or dress code
Number of classes per grade; size of school
Do you think your child will like this environment?
Does the culture of the school fit with your family’s style and values?
Yard & play structures
Gym, cafeteria, auditorium
Principal: What is her/his style, vision, leadership?
Teachers: Do you like what you are seeing in the classrooms?
Who are the other adults on campus? (paraprofessionals, parent liaisons, nurses, etc.)
Assemblies, school wide activities, field trips
Library and technology
Art, gardening, science enrichment
Collaboration with businesses and community organizations
Other enrichment programs, during the school day and in after care
How do drop-off and pick-up work?
What are the before- and after-school care options?
How are lunch and recess supervised?
Rainy day activities
Parent Involvement (Beyond Fundraising)
What are some easy ways for new parents to get involved?
As a new parent, how can you imagine yourself becoming a part of this school?
How does the school build community with events and programs that are inclusive of all families?
How does the school share information with families?