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Moving and Choosing Your Child’s New School

ForSaleByOwner May 10, 2023

There’s no question that moving is a big adjustment for anyone, but switching schools can be an especially trying experience for children of all ages. If you’re moving with kids, these tips on changing schools will help you find the perfect scholastic environment for your son or daughter.

Do Your Homework

If you want to do some research about schools in the area you’re moving to, but don’t have the chance visit them right away, there are several websites that rank, rate and show demographical information for schools in your area.

  • The Nation’s Report Card, a website run by the U.S. Department of Education, gives a state-by-state breakdown of academic achievement in grades 4 through 8 and lets you compare states in a variety of categories.
  • The National Center of Education Statistics, also run by the Department of Education, lets you search for public schools within a certain distance from a zip code based on different characteristics and programs the school offers.
  • offers free, in-depth school reports on almost 90,000 public and private schools and 15,000 school districts within the United States.

Take a Tour

There may be ample information online to help you make your decision, but when it comes to getting a good vibe from the faculty, staff and students, nothing replaces visiting the school yourself. Besides giving your son or daughter a chance to check out his or her new school in advance, visiting the school gives you the opportunity to ask administrators and teachers specific questions that may not be answered on the school’s website. Even if you have all of the facts and figures you’re looking for, visiting the school will help you and your child figure out whether or not he or she will be comfortable with the environment there, and that’s one thing you won’t be able to find on a website.

Read Between the Lines

When you tour the school, don’t just take what you’re told at face value. While full-blown skepticism isn’t necessary, take a close look at what you see, and listen closely to what you hear in the building. You should pay attention to how well-maintained the building and facilities are, the age and functionality of classroom technology, how crowded the classrooms are and anything else that’s important to you and your child.

Poll the Car Pool Lane

If you have the opportunity, ask local parents what they think of the school their kids attend. This will give you an insider’s perspective on each school, and parents may be more open to discussing any concerns they have about the school than the teachers and administrators. You can also reach out to friends, family, and family friends in your new city to get their impressions of the school districts. You may be closer to finding the best new school than you think!

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