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Q: Online resources for comparing public schools ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Online resources for comparing public schools
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: mlbaum-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 13 Feb 2006 22:38 PST
Expires: 15 Mar 2006 22:38 PST
Question ID: 445527
I am researching public schools systems in preparation for buying a
house but haven't been able to find much in the way of resources
online.  Can someone help me find a resource that ranks and provides
information on local public school systems?
Subject: Re: Online resources for comparing public schools
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 14 Feb 2006 07:16 PST

There are several very useful online tools for comparing public
schools in a given area, and for providing other information about
communities as well.

Here are the key resources that can help you in this regard:


The federal Department of Education has a comprehensive search for public schools:
U.S. Department of Education 
Public school data 2003-2004 school year

You can search by entering just a small bit of information -- for
example, just a zip code, or a city and state -- and the database will
return a list of schools, with information on each.  There is no
ranking, per se, but you will get in-depth information on enrollment,
student/teacher ratio, and other pertinent information.


A similar tool will allow you to pull up information for entire school districts:


I'll also mention this lookup tool:
Public Schools Lookup

which is very easy to use, though the information is quite similar to
the Dept. of Education database.


A commenter (below) mentioned another very useful site which I recommend as well:

This site pulls together a lot of information and links for individual
schools, school districts, and communities.  Numerous rankings are
provided, and you can search for a number of different options,

--Search schools by zip

--Compare schools side-by-side

--View School Agency Rankings

--View Town / County Rankings


A slightly different take on things can be had at this site:

Although it doesn't offer deep information on individual schools, it
does provide a lot of context for the overall communities -- crime
rates, housing costs, weather, even local radio stations.   Worth a


Lastly, you can usually get very detailed information on schools from
the websites of either the school itself, or from the Board of
Education/School District site in which the school resides.  The sites
above contain links to local school district sites, and I would
encourage you to make use of them as you continue your explorations. 
If you need any assistance finding a site for a particular school
district, just let me know.

I trust this information fully answers your question.

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm happy to assist you further.


search strategy -- Used bookmarked sites for school and community information
Subject: Re: Online resources for comparing public schools
From: indyiansumr-ga on 14 Feb 2006 04:20 PST
You might find some info at:

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