What is the best way to research public schools in neighborhoods in which you are house-hunting?
Technically, real estate agents aren't supposed to comment on schools. Test scores don't tell the whole story. And online ratings sites can be skewed by passionate boosters and detractors to the point of being meaningless. So, when you are house-hunting and have small children, what are some reliable techniques to evaluate the schools they will attend?
Go to google, type in the schools name, maybe add a common issue in schools or just type comments, see what comes up.
Before you buy a house and while you are checking out the schools, you may also want to see who your neighbors are. Check to see if any sex offenders live around you by looking at the list established under Megan's Law. http://www.registeredoffenderslist.org/megans-law.htm
You should google search your state's education department. Most states have an education department that can give you information such as each school's rankings, etc. Also, it's a good idea to visit the schools in the neighborhood you intend to buy your home. Ask to speak with the principals of the schools, and most administrators will be glad to give you the facts you are looking for. It's very good that you are thinking about that, because a lot of people don't take this in to consideration when purchasing a home.
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