CB058386The schools your child attends can have a huge impact on the rest of their life, from the college they end up in to the career that they have. So it’s no surprise that when you are looking for a new home, one of the most important things to consider are the nearby schools and the school district that the home is in.

If you are evaluating the local schools as part of your home search, there are a few things you should keep in mind. These tips will help you determine if the school is the right match for you and your child.

If your child is still in preschool or just about to start preschool, the most important thing about their education will be their relationship with their teacher. Preschool is the first time that a child will really spend the day away from loving family members and friends. A teacher that is understanding, engaged and involved with the children at that age will help develop a lifelong love of learning.

It’s also important to look for schools where reading is encouraged from an early age. If there are books in the classroom, or the school takes trips to a local library, that is often a great sign.

Schools that introduce mathematics from an early age are also ideal. From an early age, children have an innate understanding of very basic math concepts, so look for a school where teachers discuss those basic math concepts, like counting, in the classroom.

It’s not just about the test. School measure themselves very often on their rankings in standardized tests, but that’s not the only thing that contributes to a child’s education. You want to choose a school with a diverse, varied curriculum. If the school has an excellent music or art program, it can also help contribute to your child’s education in a very positive way.

One of the most important factors in ¬†your child’s education will be the teacher. So schools that invest in teachers with things like mentoring or continuing education are often some of the best schools that you can choose from. Look for a school where teachers are encouraged and are adequately prepared to teach their classrooms.

Lastly, don’t be fooled by a name. A school may have “private” in its name, but it is not necessarily a better school than a public school. Observe a classroom and the campus in action for yourself, and judge the school based on what you see. That way, your child can have success in their new school, and you can enjoy your new home.

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