Choosing The Right Elementary School From A Distance
There’s no doubt about it: moving is stressful. Apart from the logistics of actually moving from one home to the next, if you have a school-aged child, you now have to worry about finding them the perfect school. Not only do you have to find the perfect school, but you have to find the perfect school for them.
If you’re moving to a new area from afar and you don’t have any insider insight about the school districts, you may think your only information will be gained by searching through websites that rank schools arbitrarily 1-10 based on various standardized test scores. The problem is that these scores don’t paint the entire picture, and as TIME notes, other online review sites can be categorically deceiving. There’s so much more you and your child need to know when choosing a new elementary school. We’ve gone right to the source – the schools – to ask them questions that parents like yourself want to hear most.
For example, does your child require a structured environment, or do they excel with a more laissez-faire approach? What type of extracurricular activities does your child enjoy? Does the school you are looking at offer them? These are just a few of the considerations that are fundamental to your child’s education, but they’re often far too difficult to find answers for in a timely manner. That’s where our Seattle School Guide can help.
The Seattle School Guide allows you insight into insider information before you even step foot in the Emerald City, let alone become an insider yourself. It answers the important questions, like how much recess time various schools provide, both public and private; how much time is allotted for lunch; or the percentage of parents who responded favorably when asked if the school is responsive to the input and concerns of families – just to name a few.
There’s no doubt that metrics are incredibly important when determining which elementary school your child will enroll in when you’re unable to see the schools first hand, but that data is more harmful than helpful unless you know where it originated. The Seattle School Guide answers questions you may not have thought of, and its statistics are beyond reproach. The only way for this to be the case is by talking to families and schools personally to understand what various schools have to offer (and where those schools fall short). That’s exactly what we did to help you during this extremely significant step of your move.
If you’re in need of a realtor in the Seattle area, get in touch with us. We can help you navigate the difficult waters of finding the perfect home in the perfect school district, no matter where in the world you currently live.