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Pei Chen, Home Buyer in Cary, NC

Looking to move and buy a home in Cary or Morrisville by Sept - which communities/ zips have best public schools?

Asked by Pei Chen, Cary, NC Mon Feb 25, 2013

Wanting to move to a community with good public schools as we are looking to start a family, and only want to move once. Not all the listings show the indications of school assignments, so any answers will be helpful.

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Good Morning Pei;

I live in Cary NC and moved here 20 years ago for the high quality of schools in Western Wake Co. Most of my clients are in Cary, Apex and Mosrrisville and I know the subdivisions and schools very well. Many of my clients rely on the data available from GreatSchools.org and they also look at NCReportCard.org. Here are a couple direct links:

Cary Schools - http://www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/cary/
Morrisville Schools - http://www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/morrisville/
Wake Co Schools from NCReportCard - http://www.ncreportcard.org/src/search.jsp?pYear=2011-2012&a…

Living in the area you are interested and having first hand knowledge of the schools can help you directly and I would be honored to assist you in your home search.

Jim Bartlett - Cary Home Seller
Keller Williams Realty - Cary
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In Cary and Morrisvile you're in the Wake county school system which is generally considered to be very high quality. However in the nine years I've lived here their school board is constantly battling and in court. They made drastic changes to how they assign schools last year which essentially made it a limited lottery program so that no one could tell you with certainty where your children might go to school and so all homes in wake county simply said "Wake County Schools"

They've elected some new school board member and the first thing they did was announce that they were discontinuing this program and returning to the older version of assigning schools, and newer listings clearly indicate the specific schools assigned to a home. In order for you to get the most accurate information you really should be working with a buyer broker who can tailor a search to a specific set of schools if this is what you're focused on.

The best site I know of for hard data on any NC school is http://www.NCReportCard.org

I'd be happy to assist you if you're interested. Feel free to contact me directly through my profile here on Trulia. I specialize in buyer side brokering and will never represent both a seller and buyer (Dual Agency) in a single transaction though this is legal and common practice here in NC.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2013
There are a lot of factors that people consider when trying to describe a good school. For some, the bottom line is test scores. Others consider the tenure of the staff or the average class size. And some people look at the age of the facility and the location. There is good information on all three at these websites I’m giving you below.

The main resource for information on schools is the Wake County Public School System website http://(www.wcpss.net). Here you’ll find information about school assignments, as well as the school system magnet program. You’ll find links to each school’s website and "report card" for every school in the county.

NC Report Card http://(www.ncreportcard.com) is the official website by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for everyone to see performance and records of the schools in NC. The goal here is unbiased, data driven "scoring." You can see class sizes, test results, and how each school compares to other schools in the county and the state.

Then there’s Great Schools website, which looks at schools nationwide. This link provides information on Wake County Schools: http://(www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/raleigh/Wake-County-Pub…). This website looks at all the data and factors in parent feedback and comments. It ranks schools in order, provides user reviews and allows you to compare schools.

Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
Are you committed to Cary and Morrisville? Have you considered Chapel Hill, which has, by the way, has 12% agent population. The schools here are uniformly good--check out greatschools.org.

Morrisville in Wake county is much better than Morrisville in Durham country. We moved to Chapel Hill for the schools even though my husband teaches at Duke and living in Durham would have been far easier.

Sometimes the info online isn't enough. You may end up knocking on doors and asking people about their experiences with the schools and various issues that they face.

Where are you working? In Cary? Check the commute from CH to Cary. Another possibility is to consider buying for 5-7 years, then moving a second time when you know more about what is important to you once you have kids. Just a thought. Whatever you decide to do, there are really no wrong answers because nothing is irrevocable. There are always other options.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
Here is a quote from a buyer client who is concerned about the same issues and remarks on the service he has uses to evaluate schools:

"WRT schools – we have so far successfully used the ratings at Greatschools.org. And I believe both Highcroft ES and Green Hope HS have high ratings.
Greatschools.org have given us good guidance both in San Francisco and here so far."

Hope it helps!
Web Reference: http://donjohnsonrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
Sadly the Wake County Public school system is ever changing, I could not as a Realtor recommend purchasing a home based on school assignments for future children. It would be a guess at best.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
You can check out the current school assignment in Wake County Public Schools at this link:

However, student assignment schemes have varied over the years. There is no guarantee from anyone at Wake County Public Schools that the assignment for any Cary or Morrisville address will be the same in 5 or 6 years as it is now.
You are making your "best guess" as to what the situation will be in a few years.

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