At any level of education, a school should be a place that you feel confident and comfortable sending your children. Beside when they're at home, your kids most likely spend the most time at school or participating in school-related events. As a responsible parent, you want to make sure that school is a healthy and safe environment for your child.
But how on earth can you see what happens at a school when children actually occupy the hallways? As much as you'd like to believe you can get the inside scoop by simply being a "cool parent," the odds are that you won't get the entire story of how things are happening during school hours.
"Schools provide you and your family some level of service."
Instead of being left in the dark, look into mystery shoppers that specialize in education. Despite that they're not shopping for a product of any kind, professionals are trained to see what things are like at schools, both in the private and public sectors. At the end of the day, schools provide you and your family with some level of service. So that being said, mystery shoppers can be effective as both prospective students and parents in checking out schools, no matter what the level of education that's being examined.
Posing as parents
This is really useful if the kids are at an educational level below college. If you are shopping around for a private high school, junior high or even elementary school for your little one, make use of the mystery shopping field in education. Professionals will start by calling the various schools to see what the service is like over the phone. You're going to want to be able to reach someone at the school for any reason for all of that money you're going to be shelling out. After that, mystery shoppers can look into the admission process to the educational institutions. He or she will interact with counselors and other admissions advisors at schools to see what it realistically takes to be granted acceptance into them. On top of that, pros can handle some of the legwork you would normally do when looking into the programs offered at various institutions. They will look into accessibility of after school activities and the involvement of academic counselors in the students' education. If you're getting ready to relocate, it's not a bad idea to look at some of the different options in public schools so you can choose a good school district when you move.
And as students
Looking at different universities can be an overwhelming process. And if this is your first child going to college, you will soon discover how much of a headache applying for scholarships and financial aid can be. Although you wouldn't think fraud would be a problem in financial aid for higher education, the Department of Education recently discovered that there has been plenty of encouragement by certain schools for prospective students to commit fraud when applying for student aid, according to the Washington Times. Using a mystery shopper is not going to relieve you and your child of all efforts required to apply to schools, but turning to the help of a professional can help significantly narrow down the list of schools that you are looking at together. You can even look into mystery shoppers that visit campuses so you can save on flights and hotels in far away college locations.