Experts agree that Yorba Linda schools are some of the best in California, but busy parents may struggle to find sufficient data to support this belief prior to making a move. Moving is rarely easy, and if you have school-age children, the process may seem overwhelming. If you are considering a move to the southern California area, read on to learn the best approach for school research.

Start with Online Research

Many parents prefer to begin their school district research online. You can find national and state data online for each school district in the area, including school ratings, recent test score data, program information, educator and administrator reviews, parents' ratings and other relevant information. You can even find sites that provide side-by-side comparisons of schools in the area. Although this data will help you narrow down your options, it may not provide all the information you need to choose your new location.

Ask Your RealtorĀ®

Once you have conducted preliminary research, talk to your real estate agent for greater insight. Your RealtorĀ® is a veritable wealth of information regarding local schools and other amenities. He or she can tell you about the local neighborhoods and which schools might best suit your children's educational needs, whether public or private.

If you prefer a private school, you may have more location flexibility. Unlike public schools, private institutions don't typically require students to live within specific geographic boundaries. If you prefer that your children attend public school, however, school district boundaries will help narrow down your house hunt. School districts do change their boundaries from time to time, so verify current information. Otherwise, you may find yourself in an undesirable district. Ask your real estate agent for a list of good schools in the area, and then contact the school to verify their boundary lines.

Visit Schools before Finalizing Your Selection

Once you have your sights set on a specific school or two, arrange a time to meet with the school principal, teachers and staff. Take a tour and don't hesitate to ask questions. This way, you can get a good feel for the school and its potential as an environment in which your child can learn and grow comfortably.

When you've made your school selection, you can begin your home search inside those boundaries. If you select a private school, consider the commute and potential transportation arrangements. Finally, before deciding on a house and making an offer, verify the private school's application procedures. If your child is not accepted for some reason, you may be stuck living in an inconvenient area.

If you have any questions about any Southern California neighborhoods or amenities, contact the experienced real estate agents of the Edie Israel Team. Their professional RealtorsĀ® understand how important these factors are in your neighborhood and home selection, and they can provide all the information you need on Yorba Linda schools and communities.