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Finding Good Schools and Recreation

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Before finding a new home in a new neighborhood, you should consider the schools and recreational facilities of any neighborhood you consider moving to. If you are having trouble picking the right neighborhood, then you might even want to first decide on a school for your children to attend in a general area and work from there to find the best neighborhood.

Selecting a school

To begin the search for the best school for your children, you should first decide on what type of school best fits your needs. Since there are several options (public, private, independent, or charter) knowing the type you desire in advance can help you pinpoint the best one for your family.

Once you know the type of school to look for, search online for schools in your desired neighborhoods. You can begin your research by going to the website of each individual school and school district.

Another method to find good schools in another area is to ask the faculty members from your children's current school for any recommendations. Since these professionals are likely to be familiar with other educational institutions and instructors, they can be a big help in finding a new school when you move.
When you have the list of potential schools, you can start researching them by going to the website of each school or its district. While performing your research, pay special attention to the following:
  • Quality of education and student performance
  • Ratio of students to teachers
  • Extracurricular activities
After finding out this information, you can call and arrange a phone meeting with the principal of each school you are interested in. In your discussion, ask about any information you couldn't find on the school's website. For instance, you should ask about what security measures are in place and what other steps are taken to ensure the students' safety.

If your child has special needs, mention this to the principal to find out if the building is handicap accessible and if there are any programs geared toward special needs students.

You should also ask the principal about the school's other services and programs. Find out about the extracurricular activities offered, such as sports, arts, music, and other clubs.

TIP: It is a good idea to contact a member of the Parent Teacher Association, so you can get the view of another parent with a child currently attending the school.

Once you have all the information you need, make arrangements for you and your child to visit each school you are considering. By touring the building, you can get a firsthand look at the facilities. Be sure to check for the cleanliness and safety of each school. Since your child will have to spend a lot of his or her time at the school, seriously consider his or her feelings before making a final decision.

Finding recreational facilities

Once you have found the right school, you can focus on finding activities for your kids to do after school. You can search the Internet to find attractions and other places of interest close to your desired neighborhood. Find out about local parks and pay them a visit to see if they are clean and well maintained.

You can also find stuff to do by looking at local magazines advertising local area attractions. Additionally, you can explore the neighborhoods' shopping malls, restaurants, and any other place your kids can go to socialize.
Here are some other places of interest to consider investigating:
  • Amusement parks
  • Boating and fishing facilities
  • Gyms
  • Public pools
  • Community theaters
Once you find the perfect school for your kids and locate the best recreational facilities, you'll be one step closer to finding the right neighborhood for you.

  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on August 27, 2009

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