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We are looking to buy a house in February...are there any ways to determine which schools are good/bad in our area?

We will be buying a house in Feb but cannot decide what city to move to because we don't know what school we want to send our kids to. How can I get info about schools? Are there any specific websites I can use to search schools ratings/ranks?

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collegexmamix28

Asked by collegexmamix28 at 8:16 AM on Jun. 7, 2013 in Home & Garden

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  • Try googling your state's name and school rankings. I was able to find my local school's ranking based on test scores this way.
    tessiedawg

    Answer by tessiedawg at 9:06 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Go to the school district and get the test scores from each school, call the police department and get the crime ratings for the neighborhood surrounding the school. You can also get information from this website http://www.greatschools.org/

    ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 9:07 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • A Realtor should have that information too.
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:09 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Greatschools.com has a decent scoring system as well as parent reviews for some schools. I think when you look on Realtor.com or trulia.com, the school information links to greatschools.com or posts their scoring of the schools.

    You can also go to the school website and look at their NCLB scoring which should tell you what you need to know as well. That's if you know where you are interested in moving and what schools you will be zoned for.

    Also, real estate sites are not always accurate about school zoning, so it's always best to verify the information on the school district website to make sure what schools the property is zoned for.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:36 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • I think checking out the schools scores is great but there's a lot that it leaves out. Is it a snob school? Do they have orchestra for a child gifted with the violin? Is sports the most important thing in the school? What are the teachers like? Are they ones that teach the test or are they ones that teach the student?

    If you're looking at a certain neighborhood I'd take a walk around the school and talk to the teachers, see what the school has in extra activities? etc. If you have a child who wants on one of the "lesser" sports teams (say golf) and the school doesn't have a team then where does it leave your child?

    Grades are great but most children need more then that. They want to be involved in activities and make their friends thru them.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 10:54 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • There is a website that shows the SAT scores from the schools. And how many kids go on to college. That is a good way to determine it.
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 10:54 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • You can google every school in the area you are moving to, many cities have a school site that lists everything from test scores to how many kids get the "free lunch" program .
    2kids2dogs2cats

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 11:24 AM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • If you Google your cities of choice, they'll have their own Web sites which will link to the sites of schools, government entities, even local attractions.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:02 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Pop into your local Chamber of Commerce - they might have some insight too.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 8:12 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

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