A question that usually comes up when previewing a home or the area with potential buyers is- "how are the schools". Unfortunately as a REALTOR, I am best not to comment on any school district due to the varying opinions on what makes a great school. I feel that ur local schools are all good. When asked about Highland, I can say that my Dad, my daughters and I all graduated from Highland and I have the typical fond ties to the school district as anyone would have for their Alma Mater.

Schools are a contributing factor for the majority of those buying a home. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, your next buyer might, and they might base their decision to buy on the school district which serves your 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.com: 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 family friends and neighbors but keep in mind that choosing a school is very subjective. One parent might view a school that is noted for the arts a perfect school while another may want a school with a great sports program.

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