Searching for the Right Home and School in Seattle

Finding the right neighborhood and school is easily one of the top priorities for home buyers as they search for a home. For our Seattle resident readers (or those looking to move to Seattle) we thought we’d share some information regarding the Seattle Public School system and some new schools slated to open in the next few years.

If you have children (or are considering having them) you’ll want to do some homework regarding your options. Now (early spring) is the time when schools are scheduling tours, open houses and hosting information nights. In Seattle Public Schools, students are assigned to a designated area school based on their home address. Families also have an opportunity to apply for a different area school, an option school or one of their different programs such as Montessori, Spectrum, or Highly Capable Cohort –  which are all lottery based. Open Enrollment for these options start next week. WILPACRendering

Cascadia Elementary (top) Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (bottom)

Many new schools are being built in Seattle and will be opening in the Fall of 2016 and 2017.

New schools slated to open:

Arbor Heights Elementary

Thornton Creek

T.T. Minor School

Pinehurst

Cascadia Elementary

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

Hazel Wolf

Additional resources you may find useful:

Address lookup tool – Find your designated school based on your address (also a handy tool when considering a home to purchase).

Seattle Public Schools  – Information regarding the admissions process as well as detailed information on all schools in the district.

Washington State Report Card – Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports.

Great Schools – School profiles and community reviews.

School Digger – Detailed data on every school in the U.S.

 

Looking at it from a real estate point of view (since that is our business after all) we know that having a certain school assigned to an address is a factor in the property value and marketability. When purchasing a home, pay attention to the assigned schools, and also know that boundaries and school ratings are not set in stone.