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How to find the best schools

Schools have been very important to many of my buyers.  We all want our kids to have the best chance possible so it makes perfect sense.  A client recently asked me to find a website that rated or ranked the local schools in a given district.  I started my search on google but ended up bogged down with a bunch of garbage sites.  There are plenty of scammer sites that want to take your money and don’t necessarily have the best information.  After more research, I narrowed it down to a couple of good research sites I can recommend for finding the best schools.

Great Schools : This one is free.  There are some ads but it’s a small price to pay.  You get user ratings here.  Just like on Amazon.  Keep in mind that people tend to speak out more when something is bad than when it is good so the results can be a little bit skewed.  Still, it’s a good place to obtain some perspective.

School Match:  This one is more involved and costs money.  They will generate a “report card” for any given school.  They also provide some rudimentry information about the schools for free.  Things such as how many teachers are at the school, etc.  For $35 you’ll get an unbiased opinion from a neutral third party.  If you have narrowed down your search already, this is probably not a bad investment.

Please leave some comments if you have any personal experience with either of these or have other suggestions.

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  1. April 1st, 2011 at 23:00 | #1

    Keep in mind that people tend to speak out more when something is bad than when it is good so the results can be a little bit skewed

  2. April 1st, 2011 at 23:24 | #2

    Couldn’t say it better myself.

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