Whether you’re moving cross-country or to another side of town, moving with children takes a lot of planning and effort. But, finding the perfect school closest to your dream home, adds a whole new dimension to the move.
If you’re planning to move to a new area, it’s important to assess the schools that surround your favorite neighborhood or dream home prior to purchase. For this reason, we’ve compiled some tips modified from a realtor.com article that will help you find the best school for your kids:
Tip 1: Research Using the Internet
Begin your preliminary research by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ webpage. Editor and Writer, Kori Ellis from SheKnows indicates that NCES’ site is the primary federal entity that offers publications, reports, district profiles, statistics and other tools to help you find the most adequate school for your children.
If you’re looking for additional resources, Ellis suggests using comparison sites such as SchoolDigger.com and GreatSchools.org—these sites offer a variety of information regarding standardized test scores, school environments, parent reviews and more.
Tip 2: Talk to Your Real Estate Agent
Once you’ve narrowed down the selection of homes, consider talking to your real estate agent about schools. He or she can guide you through the school process by giving you a better overview of the surrounding schools.
Tip: Start your search by using our school search tool.
Tip 3: Visit Your Choices of Schools
Upon narrowing your choices of schools, consider setting up a time to tour the schools and talking to principals, teachers, or administrators. Be sure to develop some questions prior to your meeting. Realtor.com recommends the following questions:
- “What is the school’s disciplinary policy?
- How does the school monitor students’ progress toward meeting grade-level standards?
- Is free school busing available?
- Is there an active parent organization?
- How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?
- What extracurricular opportunities are available for students?”
Before you decide to make your next move, evaluate your school options and look at the long-term prospectus of what it will mean to choose a specific school district over time. It is pertinent to make the right choice, for it can drastically affect your kids’ lives. When debating what school best fits your children’s lifestyles, make sure to consider the tips mentioned in this blog.