How to Evaluate Schools Before You Buy Your Home

Schools are a contributing factor for anyone buying a home.  The question remains: How do you evaluate schools?  What’s the best approach for understanding if your local schools will score your property an “A” or relegate it to the land of “D-” ?

Luckily, there are some excellent resources out there for vetting schools online.   Here are a few I’ve come across which provide a good place to start:

Education.com    A major portal site for education everywhere.   You’ll want to pay particular attention to the schools section, found here:    http://www.education.com/topic/school-and-academics/

GreatSchools.org    A good search engine for researching schools, you can do zip code based searches and learn lots about the public and private institutions in the area.

ProjectAppleseed.org    A website dedicated to improving public schools.  You can learn a lot here about the crucial elements of what makes a local school and excellent local school.

Finally, here are a handful of questions to ask yourself if you’re doing research:

How comprehensive is the school’s safety policy?

What social/support services are available at the school?

How does the school handle discipline?

Are people involved in a parent/teacher organization?

How healthy is the school district’s annual report?

Finally, be sure to ask your agent!

Looking for neighborhoods with great schools?  I can help! 

Lynette Williams
626-788-9288
lynettewilliams@irealtypro.com