Schools are an important part of the decision process for any home buyer. If you plan on moving somewhere and living there for a reasonable amount of time, your schooling options will most likely affect your decision. Furthermore, with all the buzz about charter schools, re-drawing school districts, and vouchers, many parents are re-thinking where they want to send their children to school.
So what are your choices?
-Public schools abound, obviously, and are available anywhere you go. These schools are financed by the government and will admit any student living in their boundary. Not all public schools are created equal, however.
-Charter schools are considered public schools except that they are not bound by many of the rules and regulations that public schools are bound by. A charter school may have been started by the community or a parent, and so they are responsible to their creating organization. Many consider these schools a good alternative to conventional public schools because they offer smaller class sizes and more one on one time with students.
-Magnet schools are another public school option. These schools are selective and specialize in reaching their high standards. Testing is required to get into one of these schools.
-Private schools are just that: private. Free from government by outside bodies like the state or federal government. You’ll pay tuition for a private school because that is how they make their money; that and from their sponsoring religious organization, endowment, etc.
This information is probably nothing new to you. But I encourage you to take it a step further and view this website. Just knowing how the school types differ is not enough. Parents must compare and contrast and decide which school meets their childs specific needs.
The website I just linked to is The Sutherland Institute, where you’ll see a page with links to school rankings in Utah. Use this resource as a starting point to judge which school might be best worth your consideration. While you’re at it, the entire Sutherland Institute is good reading, so spend some time there.
I’ve found that this kind of information is best researched by a buyer well before they’ve made their final decision of where they want to live. It’s such a huge factor, it deserves plenty of time to itself.