The education of our children must always be an important consideration in deciding where to purchase a home. Whether its private or public education, the idea is to get the very best quality education your money can buy.
Many prospective buyers are overwhelmingly concerned with the location of the home as well as the cost. However, studies have shown that home prices often have a direct correlation to the community and the educational opportunities available in or around the community. Primary education is just as important as graduate or post graduate education. This is truer today than it was fifty years ago. Our children can no longer be satisfied with a high school education or even a college degree. Being prepared for the challenges of our global economy will require specific skills, training and one or more advanced degrees.
These are the reasons why parents need to consider the school systems in which they will have to spend the next ten to twenty years navigating through. While there are those with the ability to pay for private school education from the elementary years through high school, the numbers of parents who can afford this very costly investment is shrinking. Additionally, private school education doesn't always translate into the best quality education your money can buy. Before you make the big purchase consider the following.
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Spend as much time if not more than you do looking for the prefect home at the right price, looking into the school systems, whether private or public. Visit the school first once you've narrowed your search to a particular town or district. Many of the private schools encourage your interest and will gladly arrange a tour of their campus. Ask to see the state wide test scores in such core subject areas as math, reading and science, or go on line and review the information, in the case of the public schools. For the private schools, ask to see their college admission numbers, the names of the schools their students were accepted into. Ask about student/teacher ratios, their policies towards academic and social discipline, and the method of governance the school ascribes towards. Ask about the ratio of students who are expelled, for any reason, as well as their sexual orientation or ethnic background. Lastly, ask for a few references of alumni or current parents who are of the same or similar ethnic background as you. If the private school is reluctant to share this information with you, consider whether this is the type of transparent education you want to pay for.
I assure you it will make sense to you once you open up the discussion with the prospective school and listen carefully to what they have to say. This is also true for the public schools since you are also paying for your children's education through your taxes and the cost of the home you are about to purchase.
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