For a school to truly be effective and successful, a very important ingredient is the leadership of the school, and that is the principal. The principal must have a vision for the school,, and that he/she can get the faculty, staff, parents, and students to buy into that vision. This brings us to tip #35.
Tip #35: Get to know the principal of your child's school.
Principal: The principal runs the school and sets the tone and culture for the entire school. The principal solves problems, creates rules, polices the students, manages the staff, acts as mentor, evaluates classrooms, and most importantly, constantly communicates and empowers everyone from teachers to parents to the school board. Find out if there is a meet the principal time or set up a small breakfast with some other parents and get to know the principal. Ask him or her questions about the school and the vision for the future. This meeting should tell you a lot about the school and how it is being managed.
To find out the type of questions you should ask the principal, order my book, "A Parent's Handbook: How to Get the Best Education Possible K-6 Grades, from http://www.besteducationpossible.com/ . I hope everyone's school year is off to a good start and you are trying to do something everyday to make sure all children are getting the "Best Education Possible".