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How To Assess The School District Before Buying A Home

A Numbers Game: Shopping for School Districts

When you're looking for a house, it is important to consider the quality of the school district and the schools your children will be attending. Everyone wants the best price they can get for a home, but it's also important for parents to research at least a little about the type of the schools their children will attend.

What to Look For in a School

When considering schools and school districts, you want to find out about the quality, age, and facilities of the school itself. Also, more importantly, ask about teacher-to-student ratios, spending per pupil, and the percentage of students who go on to college (for older kids). Consider the after-school programs, perhaps the subsidized lunch situation, extracurricular programs, and special education or gifted classes, depending on your particular needs.

How to Research Schools

There are several ways you can collect information about schools before buying a home. You can do an Internet search for schools in a given neighborhood. If you know people who already live in an area, you can ask them about the schools and their experience with the institutions and teachers. There are also government websites which provide data on schools. 

You should consider many factors when looking to buy a house, including the overall cost of owning the home, the safety and beauty of the neighborhood, the location, and the infrastructure, including schools. Hopefully this will help you as you consider homes for sale or when talk with your real estate agent.

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