People choose to change homes for many reasons. Whether it's moving out of state to a preferable climate, to a new region for a better job or just down the street for a bigger house, the relocation rate of Americans is notably high. One growing cause for Americans hiring relocation movers is to live in a better school district.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this trend has been growing since the 1980s, and as early as the late 90s, one out of every six U.S. citizens moved every year. Parents decided to move to areas with high performing schools to get access to better teachers, more resources and improved facilities. Although these moves can be complicated, parents are frequently finding that securing the best education for their children counterbalances the hardship endured.
The best schools
In an effort to simplify the process of identifying the districts that are worth moving to, a new report from the Daily Beast presented a list of the country's top schools. The list was based on criteria such as graduation rate, percentage of college-bound seniors and average SAT and ACT scores.
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Kentucky, placed first on the list. Schools in Dallas, Scottsdale and Tucson rounded out the rest of the top five.
Depending on where you live, these districts might not be a feasible option for you. However, if you're hoping to minimize your reliance on long distance moving and storage, there are a few things to keep in mind for a stellar school district.
Visit the schools
It may seem obvious, but the best way to get a feel for the quality of a school district is by spending time at the schools. Raw statistics can provide a sense of the school as a whole, but by watching interactions between teachers, staff and students, it is easier to develop an understanding of how the school will before your children.
One common element overlooked in a search for a great district is how the area is divided into regions. If there is a great school in one, it might not be available for residents of another. Researching how the region is divided will give you the knowledge you need for finding the right home and school.
Although it's often the case that superior school districts contain higher home prices - after all, many people have likely had the same idea you did - this isn't always the case. If you're financially savvy, you can find a great bargain be researching lesser known high performing schools. An article by Forbes finds places where you will get the highest return on your investment for homes in areas with good school districts.