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  • Starting a new school... Tips for getting off to a good start...

    Posted Under: Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington, In My Neighborhood in Wilmington  |  October 11, 2013 7:36 AM  |  274 views  |  No comments

    Sad Kids Getting off to a good start in a new school is important both academically and socially. The best way to help children start well is to register before school starts, if possible, to be sure any curriculum problems can be ironed out ahead of time.
    • Before school starts.
      For children with special needs, or those coming from gifted or other special programs or magnet schools, communication with the school administration should start as early as possible by mail or while visiting the destination area on a house-hunting trip.
    • During the school year.
      If the move is during the school year, parents should check back with the school and monitor their children’s work to be sure they are adjusting well and are in the correct levels or classes. But don’t expect disaster. Often "new kids" are a popular novelty during the year, and nothing beats the bus for making new friends.
    • Making friends is important.
      A good social adjustment at the start is just as important as academic adjustment – especially for junior high or middle school students. While a teacher may assign a buddy for the new child for the first few days in elementary school, junior high students are often left to fend for themselves, and often suffer some days of eating alone in the lunchroom. Parents can help by making a point of finding at least one schoolmate for their child and arranging a meeting before starting school.
    Call or e-mail us. We're pros at helping the entire family get off to a good start in a relocation.  To search neighborhoods by school district, please visit http://cbbaker.com/schoolInformation
  • Want To Stay In Your School District But Want A New Home? Search by Schools | Wilmington NC

    Posted Under: Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington, Home Selling in Wilmington  |  June 18, 2013 11:03 AM  |  377 views  |  No comments
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    Have you ever wanted to stay in the same Wilmington NC school district you currently live in but would like to know what neighborhoods you could look in.  Try out our school search site.  School which level and it will give you neighborhoods in that area.  You can tweek it further as to price, bedrooms etc.  Happy Searching! 
    Schools in Wilmington NC

    Schools Wilmington, NC | www.wilmingtonnc-realestate.com

    Search property by schools, register for school, take Adult Education Classes, and have access to everything you need to know about New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick school systems from pre-school to college. Click on photo for access.

     New Hanover County School Guide

  • Help Stop The Summer Hunger | Wilmington NC

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Wilmington, Schools in Wilmington, In My Neighborhood in Wilmington  |  June 11, 2013 8:25 AM  |  463 views  |  No comments

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  • HOME SEARCH 101: Tips For Locating The Right Schools

    Posted Under: Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington, In My Neighborhood in Wilmington  |  June 3, 2013 11:14 AM  |  424 views  |  No comments
    New Hanover County School Guide
    When it comes time to buy your next Wilmington NC home, your decision will be based on dozens of criteria. If you're like many home buyers, good schools will be at the very top of your list. Even buyers without children are often concerned about the quality of schools. They know property values often reflect the reputation of local schools-both public and private-and that a home near good schools may be easier to sell later on.

    Plan Ahead

    It pays to look at schools early in the house-hunting process so you can narrow your focus to particular neighborhoods. Consider the following approaches and available resources for determining whether a school or school district is right for you and your children.

    Define Your Idea Of "Good" The first step is taking an honest look at your child's educational needs. Is he or she average, exceptional, or is there a learning disability to consider? What are the student's interests and natural abilities? Cerebral? Artistic? Athletic? It won't matter that a school is tops in math and science if your child's educational focus is in language and fine arts. Identifying your child's individual needs will help determine the types of programs and educational approaches you're looking for in a school.

    Get An Overview

    You can tap the resources of several organizations to find out what schools are available in a particular area and how they rank compared with others in the system, the state and the nation. (See the side bar for details.)

    Take a look at the programs that would most interest or benefit your children. Is the local public school strong in those areas? If not, there may be good private-school alternatives in the vicinity.

    Keep in mind that what you see on paper may not provide a complete picture of the school, its resources and the capabilities of its educational staff.

    Identify The District

    It's easy to find out what public school district a house is in-the information is nearly always included in the MLS listing, available through your Realtor. Note, however, that school boards frequently re-draw districts. To help ensure a home is likely to remain in a particular district, you may want to find out how close it is to district lines-being central to a district increases your chances of staying there. Contact the local board of education to obtain a district map.

    Go To The Source

    Also ask the local board for any information available about the school system, special programs, etc. Many boards will provide you with standardized test scores, often broken down for each school and subject area. Private schools often provide test-score information and college-placement statistics as well.

    See For Yourself

    Make plans to visit the schools you are interested in. Schedule appointments with the principal and some of the teachers in your child's grade. Inquire about school policies and procedures. Discuss your child's strengths and weaknesses, asking how the school would handle them.

    Interview The Neighbors

    Perhaps the best way to investigate a school is to talk with parents whose children attend. Visit neighbors in the area and ask them to be candid about what they like and dislike about local schools.

    Let Us Get You Started

    We'll be happy to provide the phone numbers and website addresses of the schools and districts in our area. Be aware, however, that complying with fair housing practices, we may not be able to provide you with all the information you seek. Discussing school quality can be construed as "steering" buyers to or away from particular neighborhoods, which could be viewed as discrimination-even if unintentional.

    That being said, we'll do everything we can to support your efforts to locate the right home and the right schools to meet your family's needs. More information and scores here.....http://www.cbbaker.com/school_info.php


    American School Directory: (800) 444-4488. P.O. Box 7003, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-7003. Web. E-mail. With over 108,000 individual websites, provides every K-12 school in America (public and private) a free Internet presence and identity. Includes pictures, maps, art, information, calendars, etc.

    National Association of State Boards of Education: (703) 684-4000. 277 S. Washington St., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA. 22314. Web. E-mail. Offers quick reference state profiles for basic education information and data taken from U.S. Department of Education statistics. Includes statistics to allow comparisons between a state and the national mean.

    School Match: (800) 992-5323. 5027 Pine Creek Drive, Westerville, OH 43081. Web. E-mail. For a fee, you can receive a report card on any public school or one of thousands of private schools in the U.S. At an additional cost, they will list up to 15 schools that match your criteria identified by their questionnaire. They also assist families with special-needs children and those moving overseas. All reports are confidential. If you are making a company move, your company may pay for School Match's assistance.

    Yahoo!: Web. You'll find a state-by-state directory of schools and their websites, along with other useful information.

  • Search for Schools in the Wilmington Tri-County Area | Wilmington NC real estate

    Posted Under: Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington, In My Neighborhood in Wilmington  |  April 18, 2013 10:11 AM  |  389 views  |  No comments
    Find a school that you like, then search for homes in that school district. Made easy for you.

    Schools in Wilmington, NC

    Search property by schools, register for school, take Adult Education Classes, and have access to everything you need to know about New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick school systems from pre-school to college. Click on photo for access.

     wilmington nc real estate tri county school guide

    New Hanover County has 25 elementary schools, 7 middle schools and 5 high schools. The schools are organized in grades as k-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Recent enrollment was a little more than 22.900 students. County government is working hard to keep up with the rapid population growth with additional schools. The community understands that part of its steady growth is due to the quality of its public school system and has voted overwhelmingly in favor of bond referendums to add both new schools and technological enhancements throughout the district. The school district has benefited from a supportive community that turns out hundreds of volunteers to work with students who need extra help. You can search homes on our website by schools.  Please visit here... http://www.cbbaker.com/school_search.php . It is wise to call the office below with any questions and concerns.  Ask about redistricting plans before you purchase. 

    The office for New Hanover County Schools is located at 6410 Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington and can be reached at 910763-5431 and their website iswww.nhcs.k12.nc.us.

    The office for Brunswick County schools is located at 35 Referendum Dr., NE Bolivia, NC. The telephone number is 910 253-2900.

    Pender County School’s office is at 925 Penderlea Hwy in Burgaw. The telephone number is 910 259-2187.

    Both New Hanover and Pender school districts are beneficiaries of a large, active group called Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. CIS is common nation wide, but the CISCF group has been active in our area for more than 25 years. Its focus is on ensuring that students have access to the “Five Basics”. These are defined as follows:

    A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult 
    A safe place to learn and grow 
    A healthy start and a healthy future 
    A marketable skill to use upon graduation 
    A chance to give back to peers and the community

    There are a number of private schools in New Hanover and in the other counties. The largest is Cape Fear Academy, which is a secular school with a K-12 student enrollment of about 500. It has received a lot of attention due to having 100% of its graduates enter a four year college program. Its website iswww.capefearacademy.org.

    The Friends School of Wilmington is operated in the Quaker traditions of equality, h armony, simplicity, service and academic excellence. It provides pre-school classes through eighth grade. The website is www.fsow.org.

    Myrtle Grove Christian School has an enrollment of 400 students and the school is supported by more than 50 local churches. It is a K-8 school and its website is www.mgcs.org.

    There are two Catholic Schools, St. Mary School and St. Mark Catholic School. The websites are www.thestmaryparish.org andwww.stmarkcatholicschool.org.

    Wilmington Christian Academy is one of the largest private schools in this part of the state. It was founded in 1969 as a ministry of Grace Baptist and its graduates go on to higher institutions across the nation. Its website iswww.wilmingtonchristian.com

    Wilmington Montessori School follows the Montessori method of teaching and learning and its website is www.wilmingtonmontessorischool.org.

    The state of NC began a public- private initiative called Smart Start that focuses on early childhood preparation of students to begin school. Its varied components and objectives are intended to help the child enter school healthy and with a positive attitude toward being successful. Some of the programs help provide access to high quality and affordable child care, health care and family support services for children five and under. Smart Start in New Hanover county operates as the New Hanover County Partnership for Children (NHCPC). The website is www.newhanoverkids.org.

    North Carolina is well known for its institutions of higher learning, especially the Raleigh Triangle area. The Cape Fear area also has an abundance of colleges because the vitality of its business growth requires a large number of employees with some college training and or technical skills that the state’s community colleges provide. The list of higher education institutions include: UNC-Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College, Mount Olive College, Brunswick Community College, Miller-Motte College and Shaw University

    County Schools
    North Carolina Report Cards
    New Hanover

    Charter Schools
    Cape Fear Center For Inquiry
    Roger Bacon

    Private Schools
    St. Mary's Catholic School
    St. Marks Catholic School
    Wilmington Academy of Math & Science
    Cape Fear Academy
    Myrtle Grove Christian
    Wilmington Christian Academy
    New Horizons
    Coasal Christian High School

    County Schools
    North Carolina Report Cards
    New Hanover

    Early College
    Isac Bear Early College High School
    Wilmington Early College High School

    Cape Fear Community College

    Special Needs
    Easter Seals UCP Developmental Center, Inc



  • Why is it smart to size up the schools before buying a house? | Wilmington NC real estate

    Posted Under: Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington, Financing in Wilmington  |  September 11, 2012 12:07 PM  |  385 views  |  No comments
    To pick a house by the school, please visit http://www.cbbaker.com/school_search.php
    When you buy a house, you also buy into the area schools. Why should schools influence the home choice of even childless couples? Resale values. Families will often spend thousands of dollars more for a home located in a better school district.
    • Start with statistics

    • Typically the best place to start is with research that relies heavily on statistics like test scores, high school graduation and college attendance rates, student-teacher ratios and spending per pupil. This data can give a snapshot of the condition of a school or school district over the recent past. Ask your real estate agent, informed friends and school-finding services.

    • Visit, walk-through, ask
      If you have children and want to find out what the schools will be like for them, you need to visit the schools and see how well they are run, how ancient or modern are the buildings, and how well equipped they are. Pay attention to class size and teacher workload and whether enrichment courses are offered. You also need to talk to school staff to see what problems exist or are looming ahead. Budget cuts, a demographic shift in the area or local development that overwhelms schools with new students -- all can change the quality of schools.
    • Decide for yourself

    • Even if the schools are the best in the state, you should look for what is best for your children. Some youngsters need a small, quiet school where individual efforts are rewarded, others thrive in a large, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Or your children may need personal attention to help cope with special learning styles.

    Here is a Homebuyer kit to help keep you organized in your Wilmington NC real estate home search...http://www.cbbaker.com/pages.php?page=156

    To search all Wilmington NC real estate we invite you to visit www.cbbaker.com
  • We Make It Easy | Put in the School you want | Click and Instantly see all Homes in that School District.

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Wilmington, Schools in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  January 16, 2012 12:05 PM  |  1,013 views  |  No comments

    We like easy.  Finding a home in your childs school district should not be hard to do.  On our website click on schools and put in a school.  Click search and all the homes in that district pop up.  The direct link is http://www.cbbaker.com/school_search.php .  To view reports about the schools you can visit http://www.ncreportcards.com/src or visit http://www.nhcs.k12.nc.us

    Questions?  Give us a call.  That is why we are here. 
    Kay Baker & Associates
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