623-2500. Best of luck and don't hesitate to call if I can be of assistance.
I just had a buyer from Chicago that is relocating to the Hampton Roads area; they really found http://www.schoolmatter.com a huge help. As an agent we are not suppose to "steer" clients to certain areas, however, as a born and raised native of Virginia Beach, I know the more desirable areas. I would be more than happy to provide you with any information you are seeking. Please feel free to contact me directly.
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Word of mouth is a good way to go as well. However, keep in mind that everyone's opinion is their own. Try and speak to as many people as you can to get a true feel of the neighborhood or school.
As far as being out of district and driving to a desired school, the City of Va. Beach does not allow that unless it is for child care before/after school or if you child is accepted in to a gifted program, http://www.vbschools.com/curriculum/gifted/index.asp or an academy program, http://www.vbschools.com/curriculum/academyprog/index.asp.
Please contact me directly if I can be of assistance. Karen@cox.net
I always recommend John B. Dey Elementary, Great Neck Middle, and Cox High if you are choosing Virginia Beach. They have great scores, teachers, and standards. Here is the site for Virginia Beach Schools if you would like to look at them: http://www.vbschools.com/index.asp. I live in Cape Henry off of Shore Drive and my Husband is retired Navy Capt and was stationed at the Naval Station. The commute for him was just fine and our kid got to attend those wonderful schools.
There are great areas in Norfolk as well. I would recommend the Ghent or Larchmont Area if you are looking in there. Maury High School District is the best there.
I hope this helps, if you would like a relocation disk just contact me at http://www.ginawilkinsonandassociates.com. Thanks again.
For Va Beach, it is Cox, First Colonial, Kempville, and Kellam.
I was born and raised in Va Beach, but when I bought a home I opted for Chesapeake. I got more for my money and am in a great school district. Both cities have strict rules about districting. Schools receive money based on students, so the option of you providing transportation probably will not matter. I recommend researching the schools and buying in a favorable district you like.
I would recommend http://www.greatschools.net to all my buyers. I also recommend that they visit the school when they find a home that interests them. I also recommend looking in BOTH cities and comparing the values house to house.
School websites and SOL results are found on my website:
Hope that helps! Best of luck to you in finding your new home.
If you need any questions answered, feel free to contact me.
We currently live in Va Beach because my husband was stationed at Oceana and it made better sense, but we loved living in Chesapeake when we were stationed here before.
Something else to think about might be depending on what your husband does and if you want to stay here longer than one tour, he could get orders to a different base in the area so you might want something central. Good luck with everything!
No one can gage how suitable a school is but YOU..the parent. Take a week to visit the schools personally and find out what schools are best for your children. Use the internet as a resourse then call the schools and ask for information regarding their standings and make an appointment to visit them yourself. Sometimes, the highest rated schools by others don't match your family needs. Being military, you may be used to Dodds schools and certain programs that make a difference. It's just that important.. Don't forget to check out Peninsula schools. I know it may be a hassle with the tunnel but you have military facilities all over the Peninsula and it may cut down on the time spent going to the commissary, doctor appointments, etc. if you use the facilities there. Since you're in NC, call the lodging on the base and come up for a week. We've stayed at both Southside and Peninsula lodging and they are vey helpful, convenient and economical.
I'll be glad to help you with your home search and with finding the location of the schools so you can make a decision. I'm both former military and retired military spouse.
For middle school, if your child cannot make it into Kempslanding for middle school then Great Neck Middle or Lynnhaven Middle schools are the best.
These are in Great Neck. It has the lowest jet noise zone also. I have lived here a long time and know what I am saying about the schools. We moved to Great Neck just for these two reasons.
Now, one is in high school and one is in middle school.
I am a military spouse as well and know the area and school districts well and would love to help you find your perfect home, in a school district you like. Please feel free to email or call me directly.
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other areas...the schools that feed into Cox High School are pretty great too. You should really give her a call!! Amazing!
Best of luck!
(I buy houses, I'm not an agent so I wouldn't be your best bet for knowledgable elementary school districts)