When many people are looking at communities to purchase a new home, they might consider factors such as market price, proximity to work, what the neighborhood is like, and local property taxes. However, when you are parents, there is also another very important factor that you need to consider when choosing a new home: the school system that you will be enrolling your children in.
In fact, the local school system is often one of the first things that parents ask real estate agents about a home they are interested in. Are the schools safe? What are the class sizes? Are the teachers known for excellence, and do the average test scores reflect good teaching? What are the extra-curricular programs like?
If you’re a parent who is looking to purchase a new home and move into a new community, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you wil be putting your kids into a good school district.
First, don’t be afraid to visit the local schools with your child and ask for a very brief supervised tour from a school employee. Check in at the school office with your child first, let them know that you are considering enrolling your child in classes at the school, and ask if your child can have a quick look at the school grounds.
Doing this won’t only help you make a decision about which school system you should put your child into, but it will also make your son or daughter feel much more comfortable with the upcoming move. This, along with some research about the school’s education record and performance, should give you a good feel for the local school system.