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School District Selection: How to Choose

The School District Can Make the Difference

For families with children in school, finding the right school district is one of the most important parts of making a move to a new community. It’s not only an investment in your kids’ education but also an investment in the future value of your home: Homes located near great schools appreciate faster than homes near lackluster ones. Whether you are looking for a public or private institution, here are some helpful tips for making an informed decision that suits your family’s needs.

Do your research.
Not that long ago, finding information on schools was complicated. Hard data was tedious or impossible to locate, and families were forced to rely mainly on a handful of influential annual ranking lists and time-consuming investigations to make this important decision. In today’s world, there are an unprecedented number of resources available for finding information about schools. Between the National Center for Education Statistics and independent organizations like GreatSchools.org, finding databases comparing teacher quality, classroom size, school programs, test scores, and more are only a few clicks away.

Do the legwork.
As useful as online research is, your investigation into the right school isn’t complete without paying some visits in person to the schools on your shortlist. This is where you’ll find out about all the school’s qualities that can’t be quantified in a table of data: What is the atmosphere of the classroom? How do teachers engage students? What are the school’s disciplinary policies? What extracurricular activities are offered? How well is the building maintained? How responsive is the administration to parents and students? All of these questions and more can be answered by meeting with teachers, principals, and parents.

Talk to your Maronda Homes representative.
The new home specialists at Maronda Homes are dedicated to helping you find the perfect fit for you and your family. With our extensive knowledge of local neighborhoods and communities we can help you make the right decision between public and private schools, provide information about property taxes, help you stay on top of changes to district boundaries and which schools serve which communities.

About Mike Ramsey

Mike is a graphic designer was a internet marketing specialist for Maronda Homes. Mike was born in Detroit with a pencil in his hand, and now resides in Pittsburgh, PA. When not providing creative solutions for Maronda, he makes cartoons, music, and beer out of his home in East Liberty.

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