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Sharon, Home Buyer in Raleigh, NC

thinking of moving to Raleigh from south fl and wondered if your zip code mandates the public school you attend. Does gifted help w/ transfers?

Asked by Sharon, Raleigh, NC Thu Aug 26, 2010

My main priority is excellent public schools. I would like an established neighborhood close to dining, shopping w/ at least 1/3 acre and privacy in the $350-450k range. What about Cary? Thank you

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Many parents relocating to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle settle on Chapel Hill/Carrboro because of the national reputation of the entire school system. School boundaries for high schools were redrawn a few years ago when the LEEDS-certified Carrboro High School was built; elementary school boundaries were adjusted a couple of years ago with the addition of the state-of-the-art Morris Grove Elementary School.

Residents pay slightly higher taxes to support the excellent school system, and the excellent school system along with the presence of the Univerlity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the proximity to the Research Triangle Park keep the property values up.

There are many homes available right now that would meet your stated needs...I have been told Chapel Hill has more restaurants per capita than any town in the United States.
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Sharon, I know of several homes that would suit your needs. Fortunately, we have many great public schools. Reassignment and changing jurisdictions have been a hot topic for many years. However, there are certain areas and neighborhoods that rarely see reassignment. I have school-aged children; therefore, I am pretty well-versed in this area. Gifted does not play a role in any assignment. If you are in a traditional calendar school, you may apply to go to a year-round school (that would be your alternate assignment); however, the application is just like the lottery, random applications are pulled an accepted. If you have a preference on traditional vs. year-round schedule, we can start the home search with that information and narrow down your home preferences from there.
Additionally, the schools are scored academically each year based on end of grade testing (EOG's). Scores are posted on http://www.wcpss.net.
If you decide to make the move to lovely NC, pls contact me! I am aware of many homes that are full of fantastic features and good-sized lots in your price range.
Carrie Dove
Web Reference: http://www.wcpss.net
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We don't know that much about the Raleigh area but believe the area has some very good schools....We are however, very familiar with Sarasota County Florida and its educational offerings.

US News & World Report recently recognized Sarasota County's Pineview School as the 14th top academic school in the nation. Pineview is a 2-12 program involving approximately 2,200 students with an Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate of 100% and a passing rate of 95%.

Sarasota county is also recognized as a wonderful place to live because of its excellent quality of life that includes: a beautiful year round climate, employment opportunities, excellent education, with outstanding social and cultural availability.

It's an area that should not be overlooked.

Best wishes,

Michael Saunders & Company
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Hi! Schools are assigned by address. Go to http://www.wcpss.net (wake co public school system) and click on school locator. Enter an address, and it will display the school options for that address. Each address usually has a traditional calendar and a year round option. There are also magnet schools for which you may apply. If you would like more information, please contact me.
Carrie Dove
Keller Williams Realty
Web Reference: http://www.wcpss.net
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You can go to greatschools.com for help with school ratings. You can check on elementary, middle and high schools in this area.
You shouldn't have a problem finding a home in Raleigh or Cary with 1/3 acre lots for the price range you posted. Apex and Holly Springs will offer good choices as well. There are some lots that offer wooded buffers and this will help with privacey.
I hope this helps.
Take care!
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What a great time to relocate to NC. It is wonderful here. I relocated back to NC from Ft. Lauderdale where I had sold real estate for Century 21 about 16 years ago. I have a daughter in the public schools and love it. You should have no problem finding a great house close to dining and shopping with at least 1/3 acre in your price range in either Cary or Raleigh. You may even want to consider Apex, Morrisville and Wake Forest.

However, our schools are going through a lot of transformation and change. I would recommend spending some time on Google reading articlesand on http://www.wcpss.gov and getting to know how the system works here. It has several differences from many other areas of the country and even the state. We have regular public schools, magnet public schools, traditional calendar, year round, modified year round, etc. with the current school board trying to move to neighborhood schools with a little resistance.

There has been an extensive amont of press lately so you should be able to gather lots of great information. If you have any specific questions about areas and homes available around certain schools I would be more than happy to help. Just send me an email here through Trulia.

Good luck with the relocation.
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The schools assignments in this area have been in the news quite often and the changing of assignments has been the biggest news af all. There are great schools all over Wake County and the following link may help you find the school you desire. You may also look into the magnet schools for schools that specalize in certain areas for gifted children.For more school information in Wake County go to http://www.wcpss.net. You may also want to google Wake County Schools Assignments to get a feel of what is going on in the area.

James Oksen Jr
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Cary is a great community, but you will have more large-lot options in North Raleigh. The Wake County schools are in a bit of a shakeup right now, and it is not clear how attendance areas will be determined in the future. However, in west Cary or North Raleigh in this price range, you can have great confidence that the strong demographics will create excellent schools in these communities. We are hopeful that our excellent magnet program will also survive, but there are budget and political challenges ahead.

Becky Harper
Re/Max United
(919) 233-1999
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Zip Code is not a determining factor, but you can search attendance based on address or view assignment maps here:

Bear in mind that we have a new majority on the Wake County Public Schools board that is overhauling school assignments and trying to keep kids in schools closer to home.

The 1/3 acre is your biggest hurdle, particularly if you want new construction.
Web Reference: http://www.mikejaquish.com
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