If you have children now or in the future, the schools in your next neighborhood may play a role in your home purchase decision making. Two great online resources: GreatSchools.org & Public School Review offer articles about how to choose the right school for your family, reviews of schools by parents and students, information about test scores and stats, demographics and more. Great Schools covers preschools, public, private and charters schools K-12 and offers articles and insight regarding your child’s learning environment.

Another source for information are school district sites. Here are links to Los Angeles area district sites:

Schedule a visit to any school you’re interested in. Many host annual open house nights, carnivals and other community events. Talk to parents of children enrolled. And always a good source, ask your realtor!

Whatever school you attend – be active and volunteer! A strong community makes a great school.