The Madison Metropolitan School District offers a vast variety of expertise and opportunity for all ages and education levels. I definately would visit the school districts site at http://www.athomein.com I have a 7th (middle school) and 5th (elementary) school age children. Until you are here, and actually have a moment to drive through some of the neighborhoods you may not be able to narrow down your seach for schools. When I have clients relocating into area I set up meetings for the parents and the principals of the schools with interest so they can see the teachers and classrooms in action - they get a feel for the floor plan and are offered a general overview of the school's curriculum. You chilren's education will possibly be one of your more important concerns. The neighborhoods that feed into these schools will help determine your lifesyle's likes and/or needs. I spend a good amount of time with clients moving into the area ..... you definately need to get a tour of the area.....put on your walking shoes and ask a lot of questions. Please don't hesitate to drop me an email - I would be happy to connect you to soccer, swimming, dance, karate.....other curricular areas you will no doubt need. All in All - You Will Love it Here!
Donna Birschbach - The Birschbach Team
As you kow, you do have many great answers already. I would be happy to send you a Relocation Packet from any school you are interested in. Also, if you are planning a trip to house hunt, I am happy to find newer homes in move-in condition in multiple school district so that you can get a feel for the neighorhoods too!
I believe the schools in the Madison and surrounding communities are very good. It really does depend on what you are looking for in a school. Is it the size of school that is most important, or is it the curriculum, or is it their reputation, etc.?
Also consider the location... if your children are invovled in after-school activities such as sports or jobs, think about the driving time from home to their activities.
Most Realtors have a good understanding of the schools in their area of expertise. I would suggest getting in contact with one to establish a relationship and help you in your search.
Here is a link to a search site that may help you determine what best meets your needs.
Best of Luck to you in your search for the "best school".
Hope that helps.
Since each person's criteria for what constitutes a 'best school' can vary, I suggest going to a website, such as greatschools.net. It is a great resource for obtaining various information on different schools in the area in order to find what matches best with you.
If you need help with any properties or anything else, let me know.