Parent Alert: How to Find Out About Schools When You Buy a Home

If you’re like most parents, schools play a big role in your home search – and if you’re buying a home in Lakewood, Long Beach or another nearby community, you may be wondering how to find out about the schools before you fall in love with a house.

Your REALTOR® isn’t allowed to tell you if a school is “good” or “bad.” She can’t tell you that one district is “better” than another. So what are you supposed to do?

Parent Alert: How to Find Out About Schools When You Buy a Home

If you’re a mom or dad, it makes sense that you want to find a school that fits your family’s needs. And fortunately, there are a lot of resources that can tell you what you need to know.

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There are specific metrics you might want to evaluate – not just the way other parents rate a school. You may want to look at things like:

  • Advanced placement programs
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Bus routes
  • Class sizes
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Inclusion classes
  • Language immersion programs
  • Music
  • Special education programs
  • Student-to-teacher ratios

And one thing to remember: Simply because a school or even a district is ranked highly by other parents, that doesn’t mean it’s right for your child.

Additionally, remember that if you’re buying a “forever home,” your child won’t always attend the same school. Check elementary, middle and high schools in the area so you can make a long-term plan for your child’s future.

How Do You Find a Home Near a School You Want Your Child to Attend?

That part is easy. When you find a school you want your child to attend, let your REALTOR know. He or she will start house-hunting for you to find homes that are zoned for that particular school. And if there’s overlap, such as when you want your child to attend both a particular elementary school and a certain middle school, your agent will zero in on homes in the right areas for you.

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