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SCHOOL ZONES

There are a multitude of different factors to take into consideration when you are looking at rental properties and trying to decide from among them. One of the factors not all of us really put a lot of thought into is the school zone your rental home falls into. The school district your children will attend is an important part of the overall picture. If you are a senior citizen or a single renter, this variable is not all that important. But for those of us who are raising a family, the school zone is very important. As parents, we want to give our young ones the best of everything. As a renter, you have a chance to do just that when you decide where to live.

School District Makes a Difference

Even within certain geographical areas, school zones that border on one another may have very disparate schools. One district might be among the best in the state while another may be near the opposite end. Making a rental decision when you have children should always be done with a consideration toward school zones.

If your child is gifted in a certain academic or extracurricular area, there may be a district that caters to children with these sorts of gifts. Maybe a district nearby has an excellent vocal music program, or is particularly strong in science instruction. Take these sorts of factors into account when you are shopping for a new condo or townhouse. They are just as important as the view out the front porch of a house, and probably more important than closet space.

Comparing Schools and Districts

As a parent and a renter, you have a unique opportunity to move around as you wish. Unlike a homeowner who is somewhat tied to their house or condominium by their mortgage, you can make a move as soon as your expiring lease allows you to do so. If you have been unhappy with the instruction your child has gotten at his or her current district, moving time can be a time to do something about it. If the problems with your current district are severe enough, making your goals for change high on your list of priorities, you can work backwards from school zone selection to home shopping. Study the districts around your work or the area where you hope to reside and choose one to target based on your child's needs. Then shop around for a home that sits within the bounds of that school zone.

Even in cases where you do not want to switch districts, you can still target specific schools for your child's benefit. For example, many be smaller districts might have just one high school, but several elementary schools. If you feel like one of these schools offers your child a better chance at a stimulating environment and opportunity for growth, see what you can do about finding a house to rent near that elementary school. You'll still be close to work and to local friends, and the move will give you the chance to send your child to the school you have in mind. Plus, your son or daughter will live near his or her classmates, promoting the development of friendships outside of the classroom as the years go by.

While you are living as a renter as your kids grow, you should certainly take advantage of your relative portability to set them up with opportunities for positive academic and social experiences in their school lives. Discovering school zones for rental properties and taking these into account as you ponder. You can think about this aspect of the search as a part of the whole picture, and think of it as a piece to the puzzle. The district you live in will have an impact on your child's education in ways you can only vaguely predict ahead of time.

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