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Tandd, Home Buyer in 27516

Are schools determined based on zip code? If so, which elementary, middle, and high schools apply to zip 27516? Would much appreciate any help!?

Asked by Tandd, 27516 Sun Feb 12, 2012

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One of the important things to know about the Chapel Hill Carrboro School System CHCSS is that school assignment is generally based on neighborhood proximity to the school AND socio-economic diversity based on free and reduced lunch. Every time a new school is built, people are redistricted. If you are absolutely set on certain schools, then definitely live close to the schools so that it is not an issue should another school be built. No new schools are expected for several years.

As a generalization, almost all the schools are fairly equivalent. There are die hard parent advocates at each school. The differences become more evident at the high school level. As you already know, the biggest effect you an have on your kids is to spend time reading to and with them, discussing books, etc. What you do at home has an effect.

This is a fabulous area to raise a family. Our kids loved living here.
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Your best info will come from visiting the Chapel Hill/Carrboro scholls web site. This link has the maps for the different elementary, middle and high school districts. When looking on an MLS site or using my web site any listing should have the schools listed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Lots of great information here, but to be really sure, the school system has a form you can fill out online to verify the school assignments for any address.…
They usually try to get back within 24 hours. Let me know if I can be of any help with your home search or getting to know the area. I have lots of great information on my online relocation magazine as well that you may find very useful.
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School Assignment Map~
Larry is right about zip codes having absolutely no meaning in regards to school assignments. I have a link to the school assignment map along with information about each of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City schools on my website
I also have some photos of the schools. Even though a school is only a building sometimes it's helpful to have an idea of what the school looks like when researching the schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Schools systems are not decided by zip code at all., School districts are somewhat randomly drawn by the school board. In fact 27516 while serviced by the Chapel Hill post office also includes large parts of north Chatham County and areas of Orange county outside the Chapel Hill school system.

Within Orange County depending on where you live in the 27516 zip code the schools could be:
Elementary: Morris Grove, McDougal, Seawell, F.P.Graham, Carrboro (Grady Brown - Orange County not part of the Chapel Hill school system),
Middle: Smith, McDougal, Grey Culbreth, Scroggs,(Standford - Orange County not part of the Chapel Hill school system),
High: Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, Carrboro, (Cedar Ridge - Orange County not part of the Chapel Hill school system),

If you are focused on specific schools then searching by zip code is not going to be effective.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Here is Wake County's school assignment that will let you know more about the schools and what streets and areas are assigned to what schools. It was all just changed so rather than giving you an answer it is better for you to research it down to the street you would be living on.
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