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What are the best school districts for SFHs under $400 (if possible)?

Asked by 444wfullerton, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL Mon Apr 23, 2012

We are looking for a SFH under $400 (if possible). We don't plan to have kids any time soon, but have a 10-15 year time horizon associated with our next purchase. Can anyone provide insights as to how to find out the "best" school districts within our budget for a SFH? I know it's a touchy area to have realtors share certain info, but statistical information is fine. Thanks!

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Where do you want to live? How far are you willing to travel to get to work/family/schools etc.? Plenty of excellent school districts exist in Chicagoland ranging from the Wisconsin to Indiana borders and from Chicago to Aurora. That's a big area.
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Still love the city, but thinking bigger picture for a 15 year time horizon. I can't imagine moving to the suburbs at this point.
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You may access particular school ratings on this website and also here

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Jesse McGrath
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Only you can see whats the best district for you. Check out Its a good site.
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The Bell School District in the North Center neighborhood is excellent. Keep in mind that in 15 years schools will evolve and improve. Nettlehorst Elementary School would not have become the school it is today without the involvement of the parents over the last 15 years. Nobody has the crystal ball...

Here is some unbiased info:

Best of luck,

Ivan Sagel
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The best areas with great public schools are Naperville and Homewood floss moor . If you need further assistance in finding a home in these areas please feel free to call me at 708 925 4076 or by email at I look forward to assisting you find a place called home .
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generally the less house you get the better schools, parks, and public amenities you get.. big house means less things outside the home
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Here is a site that might help. You might also just google Chicago public schools assuming you want to stay in the city.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2012, this is a decent website. The best way is to talk to people within the school boundaries that you are interested in. With a $400k budget, you will be somewhat limited to the areas that you can be in. Drive the areas that you like and that work for you, i.e, close to train, highway, lake, etc. and then do your research on the schools within those areas. I live up on the NW side in North Mayfair and love it up here. There are quite a few good schools in this neighborhood, both public and private. Good luck to you.
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