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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Finding the Best Schools

Finding the Best School in the US

API Information
Each school every year gets tested and the test results and a report are done. Usually this can be found at the states Education Department Site. Here is California's API information.


Details:

Great Schools
I took a look at my daughter's school and the comments were interesting. It did missed how Great the Chinese parents association is (providing classes and advice on getting into the best college).

This thread at Great Schools on Do test score ratings help you determine the quality of a school? captured a lot of the comments about my daughter's school. As one public CEO said who had a child attend her school, students A+, school officials C. Because the parents give so much extra help to the students the school is doing great. The Principal made a revealing comment the other night that the school gets the lowest funding in Los Angeles county. US News and World Report Best High Schools and High School ...


Personal Observation
I suggest always visit a school. You find out so much just by walking through a school and visiting a class room. If the school won't let you visit a class, this tells you a lot. Schools also have different styles as some are back to basics, and others are more art focused. It's important to find the right school you.


More information on Great Schools
I took a look at my daughter's school and the comments were interesting. It did missed how Great the Chinese parents association is (providing classes and advice on getting into the best college).

This thread at Great Schools on Do test score ratings help you determine the quality of a school? captured a lot of the comments about my daughter's school. As one public CEO said who had a child attend her school, students A+, school officials C. Because the parents give so much extra help to the students the school is doing great. The Principal made a revealing comment the other night that the school gets the lowest funding in Los Angeles county.

Good Suggestions! From City Data Forum

Other issues that cloud the picture when determining quality of schools.....
- All states, all school districts, have issues, controversies, funding matters.
- All states, districts and schools have good points and weak points.
- Teachers are people, their qualities will vary from classroom to classroom. Most are poorly paid. We should value them more!
- Investment in schools can vary greatly between the states.
- Quality of School Districts can vary within a state.
- Quality of schools can vary within districts.
- Districts with lots of Advanced Placement classes and Inter-Baccalaureate schools can be considered very good to excellent districts.
- Most realtors can tell you all about schools in their area. If not, find another realtor. (I'm not one.)

References:
  • Great Schools
  • City Data Forum
  • List of Top Schools from Newsweek
  • Washington Post Best Public Schools Nationally
  • SchoolMatters
  • US Department of Education School Locator
  • US News and World Report Best High Schools and High School ...
  • Grades, Study Skills, and College Admission Books
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