Chattanooga school consultant, admissions directors share tips for choosing a school

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Members of the Collegedale Academy band perform patriotic music on Thursday, November 11, 2021 during the Veterans Day Ceremony in the Collegedale Commons. The event was moved from the Collegedale Veterans Park to the Commons due to the threat of inclement weather.

Chattanooga's education opportunities are so abundant that when it comes time to choose a school for your child, making a decision can feel overwhelming. Making a list of priorities can help, says Whetstone School Consulting founder Will Newberry, a Chattanooga-based consultant who helps parents select the best school for their child.

"I think it boils down to finding the right fit for your child and your family, not only academically but also what kind of extracurricular programs schools offer and the community," says Ryan Armstrong, director of admissions at Baylor School.

For example, a child who is the right fit for Baylor is engaged in school and extracurricular activities, is well-rounded and cares about a lot of different things, Armstrong says.

"School, of course, is always the priority, but at Baylor specifically I feel like we go far beyond that, and we are very much focused on the whole child and development from social-emotional, artistic, athletic standpoints as well.