Maricopa Real Estate: How to Evaluate the School District and School For Your Next Home
Evaluating School Districts: How Your Maricopa Realtor Will Find the Perfect Home For Your Family
One of the biggest considerations that families have when searching for a new home is the quality of the school district in which it is located. If you are moving within the same city, you likely have a pretty good idea of what the schools are like even outside your own zone. However, if you live in a large city or you are moving to a new city, you may not know much about the different school zones.
Your Maricopa real estate broker will be able to give you information about the schools in the zone where homes you are considering are located. However, here are a few more things that you can do to evaluate the schools to determine if the home is located in a place that you really want to move:
Research the Schools Facilities Online
So much information is now available online. You can learn a great deal about the schools in the home’s zoning just by going online. Look at both the school websites themselves, as well as secondary information you find about the school, such as reports from parents whose children have attended the school and official reports about the school’s performance.
You can learn things like what the passage rate is for testing, what disciplinary measures are like at the school, and what kind of focus there is for instruction, such as if the school has a STEM or arts focus. Make sure you look at online parenting groups to get first-hand accounts from parents whose children have attended the schools.
Schedule a Tour of the School Campus
Education officials know how important it is to parents to choose the right school for their children. Therefore, many schools now offer informational tours – even public schools. Depending on the school, the tour may include general information about the school, the chance to observe classrooms, the chance to survey the grounds and recess activities, and the chance to meet teachers and ask them questions.
If the school in question does not offer a tour, check to see if it offers an open house. These are usually offered in the spring ahead of a fall start.
Evaluate Offerings for Special Needs and Special Education
Your child may have special needs that should be met during the school day. These may be medical needs, such as being able to be given medication and receive monitoring, or they may be educational needs, such as needing intervention for a learning disability.
Talk to school officials about how the school will be able to meet your child’s specific needs. Find out if the school provides personnel to meet these needs or if it simply allows you to bring in your own aides.
Learn about Transportation and School Bus Options
Most schools offer some transportation, and certainly all public schools do. However, you may find that the bus stop for your neighborhood is too far from your home for you to be comfortable letting your young children walk to it alone. Or the bus stop may be in a location you do not consider safe.
Your Maricopa real estate agent will point out the bus stop locations when you tour homes, but you should also talk to the school about alternatives if these locations are not acceptable.
Find Out about Extracurricular Activities and After School Programs
Clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities can enhance your child’s school experience and give them opportunities to thrive. After-school activities also help you to supplement your child care when you are a working parent.
Talk to school officials about what extracurricular activities are available for students in your children’s age ranges or grade levels. Ask about things like costs, possible transportation, and additional outings that result from the activities, such as out-of-town trips.
Going through these steps can help you find a Maricopa school that will benefit your children and give them a place to thrive. You may want to begin your search of schools before you begin your search of Maricopa homes. Then you can have a sense of what schools you are interested in, so you can direct your Maricopa real estate broker to show you listings in those zones. That way, you’ll be ready to act quickly when you find a home that you love.
Let The Locals Help You Find The Perfect K-12 Education
Call The Maricopa Real Estate Company today to work with a Maricopa realtor to find your perfect new home. Our real estate agents have been living and working in the Maricopa area for many years, and they know the schools here well. They can help you find a home in the ideal school zone for your family. We have experienced, committed realtors ready to help you. Call our Maricopa real estate company today to start your search.
The Maricopa Real Estate Company
21300 N John Wayne Pkwy Suite 101
Maricopa, AZ 85139