If you were to write a list of requirements for your next home, would "good school district" make your list? If it does, you're not alone. According to the National Association of Realtors in a 2014 profile survey, 29% of home buyers had that as a high determining factor on their list when buying a home.
It's no secret that homes in highly ranked school districts tend to sell faster than homes located near lower-quality schools, and history has proven that the majority of these homes hold better value, even during downturns in the economy. With this in mind, even if you don't have school-aged children, it is worth noting local schools as you look for a home.
The Middle Tennessee area is home to many of the state's top-ranked schools. For the past several years, Williamson County has been identified as a mecca for a majority of those great schools, which has led to an influx of home buyers and an increase in home values in the county. So what is it that makes Williamson County Schools so good? The Tennessean recently posed this question in an article, and the answers they came up with are: strong district leadership and goals, highly educated teachers who invest long-term in teaching, and overall strong community and parent involvement within the schools and with their children. The article states that 9 out of 10 relocations in the Middle Tennessee area are driven by the school system. To read more, click here.
So, how can you find the best schools no matter where you are? Real estate Web site Trulia lists these factors as leading ways to determine the quality: age of schools, condition of facilities, student-to-teacher ratios, and standardized test scores.
Schooldigger.com rates schools by state according to the most recent standardized test scores in TCAP Math, Reading/Language, and Science. According to their most current report, Williamson County stands out in the state once again. Out of all public schools in the state of Tennessee, Williamson County is home to 16 of the top 40 elementary schools; 7 of the top 25 middle schools; and 8 of the top 30 high schools. They also boast a 94.4% graduation rate, a composite ACT score of 23.8, and currently have 21 schools that have achieved the status of "reward school."
With great schools, great home values, and a great supportive community, maybe it's time you took at look at Williamson County for your next home! Give me a call!
To learn more about Williamson County Schools, click here!