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An Education in Relocation

For many families, summer is the perfect time to consider relocating.

The kids are out of school for a few months, so there’s plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements, arrive at your new home, and get everyone settled before class is in session again.

But before you sign on the dotted line for that dream house, ask your real estate agent about the local school districts and in which one your kids will find themselves come August.

The Latest Trends

If you’ve kept up with the current news regarding redistricting for New Hanover County Schools, then you know that students might find themselves adjusting to new institutions regardless of whether they move over the summer or not. Earlier in the year, high schools in our area – namely Laney, Ashley, Hoggard, and New Hanover high schools – faced problems with overcrowding. In an effort to more evenly distribute the student population, the county has been working on a solution which includes drawing new lines around the neighborhoods in the region. Before you make a move, check that your real estate agent has the most up-to-date information about where your new house falls in the school system.

Take a Tour

For most new students, one of their greatest fears is in arriving at the school and having no one they know or with whom they can sit at lunchtime. While asking the school for a tour ahead of time won’t automatically ingratiate your child with the student body and eliminate these fears, it can at least give him or her an idea of where classes are located, how long it might take to navigate the halls, and a general impression of the educational and social atmosphere. Going in blind on the first day is overwhelming, but with a little forewarning, your student can start the year off on the right foot.

Keep Your Options Open

Another important part of relocating with active students in mind is that moving is often a stressful process, one that you probably don’t want to repeat too often if you can help it. When you begin searching for houses you like, keep an open mind about where you’d like to live as well as the kind of educational experience you want for your kids. Would they enjoy public or private school more? Are they starting to get an idea of what they might like to do after high school graduation? These are only some of the questions that may influence where your family will eventually settle, so while you sift through your favorite properties, don’t get discouraged if you have to make some changes in preferences along the way.

If you’re joining us here in southeastern North Carolina, the Michelle Clark Team welcomes the chance to properly introduce you to the area! Contact us to get started on a search for the best home for you and your family, and we can help guide you through the process from start to finish, including acquainting yourself with the area before you even arrive.