Welcome to the Northwest! I've attached a link to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's School Report Card. On this site you can compare district to district and even school to school based on the standardized testing all of our students must take.
I'm a native Washingtonian and have lived most of my life on the eastside. I think you'll find Bellevue to be a great school district, but check the site as some individual schools are better than others. Issaquah (East of Seattle on I90) and Lake Washington are also great school districts.
If there are specific programs you are looking for, gifted, foreign language, special ed., sports, etc, let one of us know as some districts have certain programs others don't.
I think you'll find that our housing market will be expensive compared to Texas, depending somewhat on where you are coming from. I've had previous clients make the adjustment and would be glad to be of assistance if you find that helpful.
You can compare districts and schools here
I spent many years as a PTSA officer and am a former teacher who raised my kids in the Seattle area and have grandkids in Seattle area schools.
Seattle has some wonderful schools and you have to pick your neighborhoods. Northshore, Lake Washington, and Bellevue School District all have received awards through the years, so you can't go wrong in any of those school districts.
I know prices are lower in most of Texas, so I recommend you start your research in two ways:
1) Check out housing and demographics because demographics drive school results. You can go to http://www.buyandsellseattlerealestate.com , set up a search and then you will have access to the Market Insider tab which gives you market graphs, school and demographic reports for each area you search.
2) Check out the different school districts. At my web site http://www.karenmcknight.com , click on the left hand button, About the Area. You will find links to each of the school districts I mentioned above, links to Washington State's school reports.
Or, you can call me and I can give you a very insightful overview and can snail mail a great book on the Seattle area, its neighborhoods and sites, to you.
Good luck to you in any case,
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Seattle and Eastside schools as a generality get good marks. I have included a link that should answer most of your questions. My father is retired but was a school administrator for 32 years and he has spoken with my relocation client before for the inside scoop.
Let me know if you need anything else or would like to speak with my father.
On my website there are some links you should take a look at. One is the State of Washington's report card on schools outlining test scores by school and district. The second link to look at is "School Digger" where you can get specific information on the schools in a local area and review feedback left by parents. There's lots to look at.
Also, if you're interested in being in the city, Seattle is fond of reading so there's a list of local libraries on this page too.
You can access the information from my website by following this link. http://www.jeffstrandhomes.com/2010/08/seattle-schools-and-l
If I can be of assistance should you consider looking for a home in the Metro Seattle areas of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park or Capitol Hill, please reach out to me. I also work with clients relocating here for careers at Amazon or other tech companies.
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