The quality of your child’s education will play an important part in determining the breadth of options they will have later in life. The better the education, the more successful they are likely to be. That is why the availability of good schools should be one of the most decisive criteria for identifying the home you will buy. So which are the best school districts in Philadelphia when looking for a home?
Tredyffrin-Easttown School District
Located in Chester County, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District serves Easttown and Tredyffrin townships. This includes the communities of Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, Paoli, Devon, Daylesford, Chesterbrook, Malvern and Berwyn. The school district is regularly ranked as one of the best in greater Philadelphia. It has a high graduation rate and a large majority of its high school graduates eventually pursue higher education. Schools receive raving reviews at all levels – from kindergarten to high school.
Lower Merion School District
The school district is in Montgomery Country and caters for the residents of Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township. Founded in the 1830s, the Lower Merion School District is not only one of Pennsylvania’s oldest but also among the wealthiest in both the state and the country. Its pupils regularly record some of the highest average scores in the state.
Council Rock School District
The Council Rock District is based in lower Bucks County and covers Newton Borough, Newton Township, Wrightstown Township, Upper Makefield Township and Northampton Township. It spends more than US$12,000 per pupil each year which is good value for money considering the district’s consistently stellar results. The Council Rock School District adds to lower Bucks County appeal as a family oriented area of Metropolitan Philadelphia. The school district is renowned for its effective career guidance and entrepreneurship planning departments.
Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
Located in south-eastern Delaware County, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District serves Nether Providence Township, Rutledge Borough, Rose Valley Borough and Swarthmore Borough. Its schools have a first class reputation and are some of the best regarded in suburban Philadelphia. The district routinely places in the top 20 (out of about 500) in Pittsburgh Business Times ranking of Pennsylvania school districts’ academic performance. Wallingford Elementary and Strath Haven High have both won excellence awards from the state and federal government.
Great Valley School District
The school district is in the area referred to locally as the Great Valley in the Philadelphia suburbs of eastern Chester County. The Great Valley School District serves students from Malvern Borough as well as Charleston, Willistown and East Whiteland townships. It has a long tradition of excellence and a high graduation rate. Students are prepared for life after graduation through programs that match graduates with local businesses in order to provide practical training in enterprise management.
Greater Philadelphia has several good quality school districts to choose from. Keep an eye on a district’s graduation rates and what percentages of students eventually pursue higher education. By weighing home affordability with school district performance, you can get the most bang for your buck.