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
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.
The main resource for information on schools is the Wake County Public School System website http://(www.wcpss.net). Here youâ€™ll find information about school assignments, as well as the school system magnet program. Youâ€™ll find links to each schoolâ€™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 thereâ€™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!
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.
"WRT schools â€“ 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!
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.