Pick the right school district

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Posted: April 15, 2019 - Homebuyer's Blog


Hartz Homes knows that proximity to good quality schools is an important consideration when purchasing a home. It is a major factor especially for buyers with families or young couples who are planning to have children. That’s why Hartz Homes makes sure that its new home communities are in great school districts.

As you do your house-hunting, it’s important to have an analysis of the schools and school districts you’re considering. Here are some things you can do to help you choose an excellent school district wisely.

Do your online research

Most schools and school districts have their respective websites where anyone can get extensive information. The Hartz Homes website provides links to the school district websites. (To make it handy, at the end of this article are links to each subdivision’s school information.) Spend some time checking the sites of each school you’re considering and read parent and local reviews. Take time reading downloadable school newsletters and calendars to familiarize yourself with the local news and events. It is also worth looking at some of the following information:

Standardized test scores

The curriculum being offered

The latest rate of students attending higher education

Awards and certifications the school has recently received

Student-to-teacher ratio

The educational attainment of most teachers

Languages offered; and

Any specialized programs for gifted or needy students

Use your network to get more insight

Your network of family and friends could be helpful in your quest to finding a good school district. They may have some knowledge of a particular school district that you still don’t know about, or they may also have encountered that school you’re considering during their house-hunting.

Either way, you can reach out to those people you know (and trust) and ask for their advice about a particular area and school. You may also utilize your social media accounts by posting on Facebook and on trusted community groups and pages to find out if people have any experience or insight to share. It will be worthwhile if one of your networks has a friend who’s a teacher or a school staff member who can give you an insider’s perspective, which could be more valuable than online information. At the end of day, it wouldn’t hurt to ask!

Visit the schools if you can and if possible

There’s no such thing as going “overboard” when you really want to find a good school district that will benefit your children’s education and the potential resale value of your property. Consider a visit the schools in person to better evaluate each school. You can see for yourself how the schools operate and the interactions taking place. Be sure to call and ask permission first before visiting as schools today have certain restrictions. See the classrooms and common areas and get a feel of the school’s culture and values through observing its people and surroundings.

Please check out these new Hartz Homes communities and their schools:

Armitage Pointe of AddisonSchools
Bella Vista Townhomes of BolingbrookSchools
Lago Vista of Lockport
Leigh Creek of New Lenox, Schools
Marquis Pointe of Montgomery,  Schools
Marywood Meadows of Montgomery, Schools
Nantucket Lakes of New Lenox,  Schools
Park West of Manteno, Illinois  Schools
Playa Vista of Plainfield,  Schools
Shannon Estates of New Lenox,  Schools
Sky Harbor of New Lenox,  Schools
Whisper Creek of Mokena, Schools

Hartz Homes has new home communities in:
Addison, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Aurora, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Lockport, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
New Lenox (Chicago area new home construction)
Manteno, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Mokena, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Montgomery, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Plainfield, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)