If you have children or are planning on having children and are looking to move, something to be considered is where your children will attend school. It is important for your children to receive a good education, as it is also imperative that they be in a safe and comfortable environment.
On the Main Line and surrounding areas, there are many different types of schools that are options for children, such as: public schools, private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, and even specialized schools. You can check out my school district boundary map here.
When trying to determine the quality of education, looking at standardized test scores can be a good start. However, test scores cannot tell the whole story. You will also want to look at the percentage of certified teachers and examine what accreditations the school holds. Note that different types of schools can have different accreditations, so be sure to look for accreditations (both regional and national) for whichever type of school you are looking.
Finally, focus on the needs of your child. As a parent, you know your child best and have witnessed areas where they excel as well as need more attention. Some children thrive in schools with large class sizes, whereas for others, smaller class sizes may affect and benefit them much more. What are your child’s interests? Research schools to see if they have extracurricular activities to supplement those interests, such as sports, music programs, clubs, etc. If you have multiple children you may need to look into different schools depending on what is best for each child.
With such a large number of schools on the Main Line, it may take some time deciding what is the best fit for your child. Try not to worry too much, almost all Main Line schools are very well-maintained and offer countless opportunities for students!