Even if you don’t have kids, it’s a smart idea to consider the quality of local school districts when hunting for a new home. While a well-ranked school can often drive up the price of homes in the surrounding district, its presence can help preserve a home’s value and ensure faster resale when you’re ready to move.
Buyers often find that a pricier home in a district with a strong public school is actually a better bargain in the long run. Of course, for buyers who do have children, it’s a win-win situation—a home whose price will remain stable even in a down market, and access to a high-quality education for the kids.
To see which school ratings in the Forsyth, Davidson, and Guilford counties make the grade, check out our comparison below.
Forsyth County Schools
Meadowlark Elementary, in Winston-Salem, has the largest elementary school in the Forsyth school district with over 890 students. In 2015 it ranked 41st of elementary schools in N.C. on Schooldigger.com, better than 91.7% of elementary schools. The student/teacher ratio is 15.9 with 56 full-time teachers on staff.
Whitaker Elementary is among the best schools in Forsyth County and North Carolina. Ranked the 13th best elementary school in N.C in 2015, it performed better than 99.1% of North Carolina elementary schools. Its average standard test score was 96.78, and its student/teacher ratio is 16 to 1 with 37 teachers on staff.
Davidson County Schools
With over 850 students, Wallburg Elementary is the largest elementary school in the Davidson school district. In 2015, it was ranked first among 18 ranked elementary schools in Davidson County. The average standard test score was 81.34.
Friedberg Elementary, in Winston-Salem, was ranked 3rd among 18 ranked elementary schools in Davidson County. It has 464 students, and a student/teacher ratio of 18 to 1. It employs over 25 full-time teachers.
Midway Elementary, in Lexington, was ranked 4th among elementary schools in Davidson County. It employs over 29 teachers, with a student/teacher ratio of 17.9.
Guilford County Schools
Jefferson Elementary is among the highest-ranked schools in Guilford County, with a 5-star rating on Greatschools.org and Schooldigger.com. This public school serves children in grades 1-5, with a student body of about 600 students. In 2015 it ranked better than 97.9% of schools on Schooldigger.com. The student to teacher ratio is 13 to 1.
Southwest Elementary, in High Point, has more than 680 students in grades PK-5. In 2015, it ranked better than 91.4% of elementary schools in N.C. on Schooldigger.com, or 6th out of 69 ranked elementary schools in Guilford County. The Average Standard Test Score in 2015 was 87.73. The school employs about 40 teachers.
Florence Elementary, also in High Point, ranked better than 81.2% of elementary schools in North Carolina. In the ranking of 69 elementary schools in Guilford County, it ranked 10th. The Average Standard Test Score in 2015 was 77.9, and it employs about 41 full-time teachers.
Look at the Long Run
Of course, when buying a home, you should always focus on size, condition, and price before other considerations. But when you’re looking at location, location, location, don’t forget the surrounding school ratings. In ten or fifteen years, you may be thankful that you did.