by Reward Realty
on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 7:28pm.
Schools are often a huge factor in the home you purchase whether you have children now, or are considering having children at some point in the future. A few years ago (~2013) the California Department of Education decided to change the way school scoring was calculated in order to take into account a number of parameters which account for the quality of education that is received. During this time, a company called Great Schools came into the picture and was able to claim a spot on many popular home search engines. Their ranking system is scored from 1-10 and also based on a variety of factors which include, diversity, test scores, community feedback, etc.
On my website, I have adapted the Great Schools scoring and placed that information at the top of the page so that while searching through listings it is easily accessed. My website is using a plug-in from their company so it is important to understand that the schools listed are those which are closest to the home, and not necessarily the school assigned by the district. Prior to making an offer, I always recommend that my clients confirm assigned schools via the school district website. Here are some helpful hints on how you can do a quick search using Google to find the assigned school:
For this example, I will use Union School District, however you can sear similarly for any other nearby district.
In the search bar type: union school district school finder
The schfinder.com and schvision.com websites are the ones that I look out for when confirming schools. Of course, the most secure and reliable way would be to call the district directly for confirmation. If you choose to continue by using the schfinder website, please continue using the following instructions.
You will have the opportunity to type in the address for the property you are looking for. If for some reason you do not see the street name or number listed, this may indicate that you are not looking in the correct district. Once the property address is entered, select search and you will see the assigned schools. It is not uncommon to have separate districts for elementary/ middle and high school.
I hope this helps with answering some of your questions regarding assigned schools! Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you need any additional assistance!