What are the schools like here?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Spring must be around the corner, the real estate market in Lancaster seems to be heating up.  I had a customer pick out 7 houses he wanted to view, by the next week 4 of them were under agreement.  That first time buyer price range is selling!

I often get asked the question "what is the best school district?."  It's an important matter for those of us with lancaster pa schoolskids.  Realtors can not "steer" people to one school or another.  Buyers must do their own research into the local schools.  Ask people in the neighborhood and look online.  One of the websites you will want to check out is: www.schoolmatters.com

On School Matters, you can compare schools: elementary, middle, and high school.  It tells you student to teacher ratio, total enrollment, the reading and math proficiency percentages ( A measure of the percentage of reading tests receiving a score of "proficient" or higher), and even other parent reviews, if available.

Another option, which is currently our family choice, is cyber school.  Cyber school is a public school system but is done at home with a parent.  All of the books and curriculum, computer, and internet access is supplied.  The student is assigned a teacher but the parent is the one in the home doing the day to day lessons.  All of the lesson plans are mapped out on the website.  Older children do more online and even have virtual classrooms where they interact and do lessons with a teacher and other students.  It is a free program and was a good alternative to home schooling for our family.  Check out www.k12.com for more details.

I'm always amazed at children in other countries where school is not free or mandatory.  So many children in the world are desperate for a chance to learn.  They walk long distances, cram into one room schools, and are excited for the opportunity!  I'm trying to impress on my daughters the importance of education and the privilege that it is.

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Lauren. Getting the parents the school rankings is always valuable information. Happy Valentine's Day to you!!

Feb 14, 2009 07:58 AM #1
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Lauren Krady Lancaster
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Thanks Gary!  Happy Valentines Day to you as well :)

Feb 14, 2009 10:20 AM #2
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Dawn Crawley
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The option your family has chosen looks like a good one. Good information also for buyers relocating with children.

Jan 22, 2011 07:54 AM #3
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Celesta Funk
KELLER WILLIAMS Realty - Millersville, PA

Great job on this post, I decided to re-blog it !!!!!!!! Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 16, 2011 03:26 PM #4
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