As autumn deepens, many prospective families are beginning to look at schools for next year. With so many wonderful school choices, finding the right fit can seem like a daunting task. Here are 10 ways to learn about schools’ philosophies, programs, and communities.

1. Attend an open house. The best way to meet students, alumni, faculty, and parents. Attend information sessions to learn about school philosophy and programs. See the facilities. Talk to teachers in their classrooms. FSM’s next open house is January 10, 2013

2. Tour the school during the day. Get to know a school in action during a school day. Sit in on classes, see the facilities, and ask in depth questions of your tour guide. Schedule a tour at FSM

3. Student visit days will give your child a chance to experience a typical school day. Learn more about student visits at FSM

4. Browse school website for information about philosophy, academics, extracurricular programs, faculty, and more. www.fsmn.org

5. Follow school blogs for more casual snapshots of school life and community connections. You already found ours: blog.fsmn.org

6.  Find schools on Facebook for news, links, photos, and more.  http://www.facebook.com/FriendsSchoolMinnesota

7. Read school publications such as newsletters, magazines, and blogs. FSM news & events

 8. Talk to current families and alumni families. Ask the school to introduce you. FSM admissions

9. Attend school events such as school performances, speakers, sports events, service projects, or community worship. FSM news & events

10. Enroll your child in summer classes. Summer programs may be open to the wider community. FSM Summer Camp

And don’t be shy about calling or emailing schools with your questions. We love to talk to prospective families! FSM admissions