Happy, you can reach me at email@example.com. I will be more than "happy" to help you. In general. we all want the best neighborhoods/schools for our kids. Realtors might be bound legally but not morally.
greatschools.net, which bases most of its assessment on feedback gathered from parents. Also, here in AZ I direct my clients to the AZ Department of Education. More analytical, and comprehensive approach are yearly "school report cards" issues by theDepartment of Education. In particular, the achievement test results for language and math proficiency.
Combining these resources with personal visits to the schools and interviews with principals, should provide you with the knowledge you need in order to make the most intelligent choice for you and your family!
What price range are you looking in? I could recommend some good neighborhoods. We are in the $350- $370K and I am struggling finding an upgrade from the house I am in now because we recently renovated it. The only plus side is the school districts and location for me.
If you want some land, try Churchville. There is an awesome neighborhood called Priestford Hills that is small and has a community lake. I am trying to get in there. The zip is 21028. Very close to APG.
It's not the elementary schools you have to worry about, just the high schools.
Hope this helps! if you find a house you like go onto http://www.hcps.org and use the school locator to find the school district it is in. Some of the dividing lines are crazy due to redistricting recently. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am in the same boat....
The law prevents us from doing so, otherwise it would be considered "steering". We can however, give you websites that will answer all of the questions that you may have about a school district.
When comparing individual schools, I always recommend clients consult several sources: one is
greatschools.net, which bases most of its assessment on feedback gathered from parents; useful, certainly, but not truly objective. Likewise, NJ Monthly's yearly ranking of high schools is a useful guide, but limited. More analytical -- and far more comprehensive imo (it covers all grades)-- are yearly reports issues by the New Jersey Department of Education -- in particular, the achievement test results for language and math proficiency.
Combining these resources with personal visits to the schools and interviews with principals, should provide you with the knowledge you need in order to make the most intelligent choice.
And the comment that "best" can vary from parent to parent is absolutely correct, as well. There's one school in Fairfax County--Thomas Jefferson--that attracts the "best and brightest" from all over. It often appears in rankings of the top 10 public schools in the country. By some definitions, it would certainly be the "best" school in the area, if your child could get into it. However, I've known parents of kids who've gone there and didn't like it at all. In fact, some transferred to other county schools. For those kids and their parents, Thomas Jefferson wasn't the "best" for them. Another example: My son went to an elementary school that has an excellent reputation. It's small, it has great parent support, and so on. Well, when my son attended the principal was...well, let's say she wasn't the best. Those six years were terrible for our son and for us. He's now attending a very, very, very large secondary school...one that some parents "fear" because it's so huge. Frankly, as parents, we think it's great. And our son loves it. (Vicky, who's commented on this question, is in the same geographic area as I am. She's right on target.) The point: There really isn't a good, universal definition of "best."
Here's a tip. After you check out sites like GreatSchools, check out the schools yourself. That's right: Visit the schools. Sit in on some classes. Stand in the hallways while classes are changing. Wait outside the school at the end of the school day. Attend a PTA meeting. That's a bit of work, true. But if you do that, you'll really be able to determine whether a school is good, and whether it's "best" for you and your child.
Hope that helps.
You can use the following links to find the information that you need.
This link will provide information for all schools within Maryland, including Harford County:
This link will allow for you to find the specific schools for any specific address within Harford County.
This link will provide demographic information and assessment test results data for each of the schools within the County.
I can help you to find a home that otherwise meets your needs.
Have a great day and welcome to Maryland,
Imagine how annoying that is for us!. I promise, we don't do it because we want to. Try GreatSchools.com and you can see the ratings and comments from parents. You can probably also go to the county public school web site to get information on the ratings.
Hope that's helpful.
I understand your frustration, as a Realtor, we are not able to comment on schools their scores etc., if we did, we would be "swaing" a Client. What we can do is direct you to wonderful websites that are full of information that you are looking for, they even name the "blue ribbon" schools. So try to understand where we are coming from. If you have specific area in mind, please let me know I can direct you.
If a buyer bought a home because a Realtor said, "This is a fantastic school" - and it wasn't up to their expectations - the Realtor could find him or herself in front of the Real Estate Board and a Judge. Losing their license could be just the start of their legal problems.
I provide many resources to buyers - where they can research the facts and determine based on facts - what is a "Good School" or a "Safe Neighborhood".
Try: http://www.greatschools..net or http://www.schoolmatters.com