If If you are moving with children to a new city or state, chances are great that you will need to do a lot of research about which neighborhood you want to move to.
Most parents would say when moving with children it is very important to find an area that offers quality education for their kids. The challenge is, how do you determine where the good schools are, which neighborhoods they are located in and what makes them good if you are not familiar with an area?
An application for the IPhone that is ideal for researching schools when moving with children is the Great Schools mobile phone application.
You can also go to the full version using a laptop, though I find the mobile version easier to use and more helpful when you are driving from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Features That Make This Tool Invaluable When Moving With Children:
NEED TO FIND ALL OF THE SCHOOLS IN AN AREA?
If you are new in a specific area, you can input a zip code and see all of the local schools that are available in that area. You can further filter this information to only see elementary schools, middle or high schools if you have more than one child. You can even say you only want to see the private schools, or schools that have a 10 rating.
You literally can be driving around with your agent looking at areas and find out the school that is located in that neighborhood!
This moving tool is invaluable to locate neighborhoods that offer the high quality of schools you are looking for.
WANT TO FIND API SCORES OF A SPECIFIC SCHOOL?
When moving with children, API scores matter. What I most love about this application is not only do I see if the schools received a “10″ Great School rating, but you can also see what the API scores are for a specific school. This is really helpful if you are out with a your agent looking at a wide variety of homes.
It is quite possible that two different schools both have a 10 rating, but one school has an API of 960 for the past year while the other is only 920. This may affect which neighborhood you want to spend more time exploring.
HOW CLOSE ARE THE SCHOOLS?
When moving with children, some parents are looking for a neighborhood in which their kids can walk to school. With the Great School IPhone application, you can easily do this. Input a zip code or a street and you will see all of the schools in that area. Perhaps you only want to know the elementary school, so filter that out and then see if that school is walking distance from where you want to move into.
Wishing you a successful move and hope this information was helpful!