Moving? How to find the right school for your child

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams ELITE Realty
kid in schoolMoving to a new residence may bring both excitement as well as dilemma to any parent. Concerns about the proximity, fees, quality of education and teaching methods raise to both parents and children. You may opt to either public or private school education for your child, but the solution is simple: get yourself some immersion.

1. Make sure of what you and your kid want in a school.

Do you like a school that is near work so it will be easier for you to drop and pick them up? Do you prefer a school that is run by your church? It all depends to you and your child. No matter what features you want in your school, you have to stick to the basics: proximity, school environment and quality of education.

2. Get a list of prospective schools and contacts months prior to school opening

Get online and check school listings in the new area. Sites like ourchild.net provides a comprehensive search tools for schools that can be filtered into different categories and needs. You can search the local school board and save an initial list of schools by proximity.

3. Filter-out schools that do not meet your initial needs

Next is to scrap out school listings that take more than an hour to commute, or are way too expensive (unless you don’t mind the budget). Stick to what you initially have in mind. Your list will funnel down to such that you can initially call or search online. You can search their website or Facebook pages. The nice thing about social media is that you can also have an idea of what kinds of students do they have.

4. Take advantage of open houses

Schools organize open houses wherein you are free to visit and get the feel of the school environment. Take you kid with you, let him mingle the students. Take the opportunity to ask questions such as admission requirements, school standards and culture.  

5. Finally ask your kid what he/she thinks

Are you up to develop your kid’s competitive edge by sending him to an very prestigious academe? Why not? In as much as you want him graduate from best school around, it will still be your kid’s decision in the end. He must feel as nervous as you are in a new environment, so letting him choose where to study is a great way to make him adapt and get comfortable easier. The least thing you would want to see is a grumpy kid who hates school, right?
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The Josh Bath Team

Keller Williams Elite Realty

604-468-0010

www.joshbath.com

Comments (4)

Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Sacramento, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

When you have a family, schools are a very important part of any move. Thanks for the reminder of what's important.

Oct 27, 2011 06:53 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

These are great tips for the consumer and they should really think through the process.

Oct 27, 2011 07:12 PM
Mike Engeman
Momentum Realty Group - Irvine, CA
Irvine Real Estate Specialist

Kids love to be a apart of the process, especially older ones.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 27, 2011 07:35 PM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Josh,  grat post with lots of ideas for parents and children...thanks for sharing.

Oct 27, 2011 08:03 PM