How to choose a new school when you move

Relocating can be tough, especially if you have kids. However, in these trying financial times you need to go where the work takes you. You can’t let a good thing down just because it is too stressful to move or your child is already in a good school. When you are moving, finding the right new school for your children might be the most stressful part – on top of packing, unpacking and lugging furniture around. However, there are a number of ways to decide on the right school for your child in your new neighborhood. Here are some ways to choose a new school for your kids when you relocate or move.

First, you need to do your research, even before you make the move. In fact, you might even want to let the school decide what neighborhood you relocate to. In some instances you might find a great school, but it might not fall within the same address zone as your zip code. So before you purchase a home, make sure to find the school first. What you want to do is compare some of the best or most well known schools in a specific area. Use test scores, graduation rates, teacher performance records and parent reviews to make your decision. After this you can narrow it down to a few contenders.

Next, visit the schools that you have narrowed down. Perhaps even meet with the principle, teachers, counselors and even some of the students. This is a great way to get an overview of a school and a general feeling as to whether or not your child will enjoy going there. It might be wise, when you do meet with teachers, to have a set list of questions available to ask them. When you are looking at new schools for your child it is better to be completely prepared.

After you’ve done the initial research it might be wise to bring your child along to visit the school. It is important to include your child in the decision making process, because they will be the one attending the school after all. When you do bring your child to the school you can introduce them to the teachers, principle and other kids. Be sure to read their face closely to make sure they are actually enjoying their visit and not feigning it. Once you narrow your selection even further you can usually spend a few days thinking about it.

Lastly, if you do make a final selection you want to make sure that you can afford a mortgage in the particular area that the school is in. You can use a site like to find the best mortgage rates or you can do a general survey of the real estate market within that zip code online. Who knows, you might even choose to rent before you buy. At the end of the day,

your child’s education is one of the most important considerations to make when you relocate.


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