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Finding the Right School After a Move

Moving with a family is different than moving on one’s own. We have already collected our best pieces of advice for family moves (see our previous post), and this one might be considered a follow-up. One of the most important things you will do when moving your family is finding the right school for your children. When you move, you re-open unlimited possibilities when it comes to where your kids go to school.

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Our tips for finding the right school for your child/children

Here are some tips to help you find the best schools when moving to a new area.

What comes first?

Are you going to move based on the school, or choose a school based on where you live? The former will give you a great deal of freedom in choosing a school, but the latter will help narrow your choices.  If you have the freedom to move to any area, you may consider partially basing your decision on the schools available. However, if you are limited to moving to a specific area, you may need to do some detailed research.

Know your resources

Who can help you with your search for the right school?  There are various resources you can approach.

Your real estate agent probably has a broad idea of the school systems in the area and can help narrow down your search.  You can also look at public records and statistics to get an idea of the history and academics in the area.  Real estate portals like Zillow.com, Realtor.com, etc., offer options for school searches as well.

Other parents in the community will also be a great resource.  They will know the best and worst aspects of the school and will be able to share that information with you. You don’t know any parents in the area? Don’t worry: Join the local groups on social media and ask for opinions and recommendations.

What Are You Looking For?

Your list may change or expand based on further research. There may be opportunities or extracurricular activities that you didn’t realize were valuable. The important thing to do is to know what you are looking for and cannot compromise on. Are academics incredibly important to you? Or is your child more independent, but needs a strong sports program? Are the arts more in line with your child’s strengths?  You will want to consider not only what school is good on paper, but which school can recognize and nurture your child’s strengths to the fullest potential. This is something only you as a parent will be able to determine, but you may want to ask former teachers where your child flourishes and where they may need more personalized attention. This is a chance to not only find a good school but the right school.

For when you have found a school you consider: This is an interesting article about tips to further evaluate your choice.

If you’re relocating, schools are a top priority. We hope these tips will help you in your search. And if you need help with your actual move – contact us for a free quote!

Sources and further reading:

https://www.greatschools.org/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class-struggle/post/9-ways-to-pick-a-great-school-for-your-child/2012/02/15/gIQAPde3FR_blog.html
https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/

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