Moving to a new apartment home can be challenging....even more so if you are trying to determine the best school and district for your family, in addition to find the right community! You likely have so many questions: everything from student-to-teacher ratios, to core subject teaching resources and curricula and beyond. Will your child fit in, make new friends, and maintain his or her learning momentum during and after your move?
No worries! For today's busy parents and apartment families, our tips for evaluating a new school district will help you and your family choose the best new school for your primary, middle or high school student. Let's jump in!
NRED Blog Offers 7 Easy Tips to Help Renters Evaluate a School District
Interview other residents with children to see where their kids attend. There is nothing quite like receiving feedback rom a parent or family that already attends school in the district you are considering...they are likely to have concerns similar to yours and can share firsthand insights and experience.
Contact the district's visitor center or community relations department and arrange a tour or meeting. Bring your student with you....remember to involve your kids in the selection and vetting process.
Consult the websites of the local chamber of commerce, these are valuable resources for data on local schools and their districts. Each chamber usually provides links to school districts in the area.
Don't forget to speak to your student! Involve them in your decision-making process, for choosing both a school and an apartment community. Your student may have insights that you don't....make sure you give them the opportunity to weigh in....it will help them develop their ability to evaluate their own life choices.
Do consider your student's interests in extracurricular activities...does the local district offer music education, and a variety of student clubs? Find out. Studying the arts and other non-core subjects can ensure your student receives a well-rounded and varied education....this is what you want....for your child to become a lifelong learner!
Do consider schools that are not as close to your apartment community....transportation might be provided by the district if your child is accepted into a special program, such as a career or performing arts-focused school. You don't want to limit your child's choices...let their interests and aptitudes guide the decision-making process. You'll be glad you did!
Ask about college-readiness or career counseling services offered by the local school district, this is especially important for middle and high school students. Studies show that students at both levels need help navigating the application process for college and vocational training. Make sure your high schooler has access to these important support systems.
We'll share our favorite quote on education here......don't forget to also ask the Leasing Team for their feedback as you tour potential apartment communities. They can also serve as great resources!
Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. Change is the end result of all true learning. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.