Margaret Woda of Compton, MD writes a fabulous post about why we cannot answer which schools you should go to or be looking at homes in that district. While I do agree you can get a ton of fabulous information, even down to a school or school's PTA website, a visit still makes sense.
In the Buckhead area of Atlanta we have a number of phenominal elementary schools. One thing we have noticed though is that some of them are bursting at the seems. Three very popular ones are split into two schools with either K-1 or K-2 on one campus and the other grades at a different school. A number of them have 12 Kindergarten classes, yes, that big. They are still great schools, but it's important to understand those nuiances when making a real estate decision on what will work for you and your family.
Then, another great piece of information is if they have any new school buildings planned for the near future, as they do with a few of these schools. Lastly, are they considering redistricting anytime soon?
Like all decisions, there is a lot involved in making a good choice, but the internet has a ton of great information to narrow your list of schools down.
Q. As a military transferee relocating to Maryland, I’m very frustrated about the way you beat around the bush when I inquire about different neighborhoods and schools in Crofton and throughout the D.C. area. Why won’t you answer my questions?
A. Fair Housing Laws forbid real estate agents from providing information to consumers that could be interpreted as “steering” – i.e., directing a client toward OR away from a particular property in a discriminatory manner. In other words, my non-answer should not be interpreted as hiding negative information; the answer could be exactly what you want to hear.
Ten years ago, I probably would have suggested that you visit local schools and talk to individuals who live in neighborhoods you’re considering. Today, however, I can refer you to websites that provide statistical data that may provide you with the peace of mind you’re looking for. This will be particularly helpful for you, coming from another part of the country.
- U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts – Maryland (Search by county and/or city)
- EPA Community Search (Search by zipcode)
- Pollution Scorecard (Search by zipcode)
- Crime Reports (Search by city, state, or zipcode
- Family Watchdog (Search by city, state, or zipcode)
- Maryland Sex Offender Registry (Search by zipcode)
Before you buy a home in Crofton or anywhere, it’s important to be familiar and comfortable with the neighborhood and broader community, as well as any individual home. So don’t hesitate to ask questions because I may be able to suggest additional helpful websites.
Yet it’s still not a bad idea to do some research the old-fashioned way when you come for your house-hunting trip: make a personal visit to neighborhood schools, shopping, dining and recreation facilities BEFORE you buy a home.
And please understand that I’m not trying to be coy when I don’t give you a straightforward answer to your questions. I’m trying to follow the law.
Posted originally to FocusOnCrofton.com
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