Provides Answers about Schools for Realtor
- June 5, 2008
As a Realtor in
asked many questions. When people
look for a new home they have a lot of questions. Every home shopper I've met wants to
know everything about their prospective neighborhood to. Answering these questions is a big part
of what we Realtors do.
I can answer
some of these questions, but others I am not. Fair Housing Laws protect homebuyers
from various types of discrimination.
For example, Federal and State laws forbids me from helping a homebuyer
find a home in a particular neighborhood based upon the buyer's preference of
racial demographics. This is known
as "steering" and its a bad idea even if requested by the client. I agree with Fair Housing Laws and do my
best to comply with them.
important question I'm frequently asked is, "How are the schools in this
area?" Potential home buyers often
want to find areas with the best public schools if there are children in the
family. I want to be helpful to my
clients, so I help them find the answers they are seeking. However, I avoid offering my personal
opinions concerning specific schools.
As a real estate professional in Spokane,
I would rather provide facts gathered and presented by third parties and let the
person shopping homes for sale in Spokane make up their own mind.
good sources of objective information concerning the quality of schools very
important to real estate sales associates and to homebuyers. Usually, I rely on official information
from the Washington State department of education. In Washington this department is called the
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). OSPI publishes a report card on each
school district and anyone who wants to look can find it on the internet
Washington State Report Card provides a lot of information about each school
district in our state. However, it
doesn't compare school districts of schools with each other. It merely displays WASL Results, Student
Demographics and Teacher Information.
It would be up to the interested person to manually compare the data
between various schools districts.
This is why I enjoy finding articles in newspapers and magazines that
compare schools. Sometimes you can
find regional comparisons.
Magazine recently published a very helpful article for those seeking the top
schools in a particular area. On
May 17, 2008 they published an article titled: "The Top of the Class, The
complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools." In this article Newsweek gives people
what they are craving to know about education, they actually compare
schools. Search Spokane Real
difficult to compare schools and it's nice to see a method in print. Newsweek Magazine basically ranks
schools by a ratio of advanced placement exams (Advanced Placement,
International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests) taken in that school divided by
the number of graduating seniors in May or June. The higher the ratio the higher the
school ranks. They count advanced
placement tests taken by juniors and seniors, so a school could have a ration of
1.0 if half the juniors and seniors take one advanced placement exam. See the article for more information on
Spokane County has three schools in the Newsweek list and
State has twenty-four. The top public schools in Spokane County are Mount Spokane
(1.235) in Mead, Lewis & Clark (1.223) in Spokane and Joel E Ferris (1.181) in Spokane. The top school in
Washington had a ratio of 6.717 advanced placement exams per senior the top
school in Spokane had 1.235 advanced placement exams per senior so there is
still plenty of room at the top.
Still this is a comparative indicator of the quality of schools here in
Spokane County, Washington State and the Nation. I as a Realtor am glad to have