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Mitch, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

How can I find a home in an area where my (future) children will attend great public schools?

Asked by Mitch, Chicago, IL Sun Jan 2, 2011

How can I tell where I should buy in order to provide my future children with the best education? Is there a map showing where a person must live to send their kids to the best schools? I want to avoid the insane costs of private school and the necessity for a lottery for a good magnet school. What's my best bet?

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CPS and our MLS and its members do not make it easy to find homes by school district. Most agents don't include the elementary school district for many different reasons. You really need to find an agent that knows the neighborhoods that you are considering and who can match you up with homes in school districts with good test scores.

Funny you wrote this today because I just compiled a list of the Top 20 Chicago Neighborhood Schools on the North Side of Chicago based on ISAT scores. That may not be the best indication of a top school but it is the best way we can objectively compare schools against one another.

CPS does have a school locator at http://schoollocator.cps.k12.il.us/ and there are maps in there. If you know the school you are interested in you can look at its borders.

You can get a copy of my report by opting in at http://homeschicago.info/top-20-schools/.

Because I focus my business on the north side of Chicago, I limited the focus to the north side neighborhoods (not Northwest, West or South) even though there are great neighborhood schools all over the city.

Best of luck to you!

Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus Real Estate Group
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Call or email Barbara Biederman, 773-914-5309, bbiederman@citypointrealty.com. I am a real estate agent of 25 yrs. who raised her children in Chicago & currently has grandchildren attending Chicago public schools. I have a working knowledge of the CPS from working with a number of clients with school-age children.
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Hi there, Mitch! It's a great question - and one we encounter often.
The best bet for you is to find a great, experienced real estate expert to help you with the entire home search process.
A good agent will talk to you about EVERYTHING that is important to you - including your childrens' needs and where you can find schools that will suit your whole family.
If you are still looking for a real estate specialist to help you with your search, check us out at http://www.dreamtown.com/agents/dream-town.htm!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 3, 2011
Mitch here again. I guess what I'm asking is, is there a way to determine what school or school district my children would attend based on my address / zip code / neighborhood? I can read the rankings and form my opinions on what the best schools are, but I want to buy a place where I won't have to shell out for private school. Is there a map of sorts? I.e. living east of Ashland between irving Park and Diversey, your kids go to 'x' school / district, versus south of Diversey sending your kids to 'y' school.

Are you guaranteed the ability to send your child to a given school or within a given district by living within a particular mile radius, etc.?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 2, 2011
we as agents cant tell you what a "good" school is or what a "bad" school is. You should look up schools reports cards, google the school to read articles on it, and drive past them to see if they fit the area you desire.

Matt Laricy
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
mlaricy@americorpre.com
708-250-2696
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 2, 2011
You can google 'chicago neighborhood ranking' and get a number of choices or try http://labs.suntimes.com/reportcards/

philip
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