Square footage, architectural design, yard, access to parks and great restaurants–of all the factors that home buyers consider when buying a home, the school district is one of the most important. Buying a home in a good school district means there will always be a demand for your property and your home value is less likely to be significantly affected by fluctuations in the housing market.
Do Your Research
As you plan your move to the Triad, Triangle, or Charlotte area make sure you do your research. There are numerous websites that provide rankings of schools, as well as other helpful information to help you evaluate the district, like teacher-to-student ratio as well as reviews from parents.
Great Schools is another helpful site that rates area schools, public and private, by standardized test scores, but also has a “community” feature that allows parents to rate their children’s schools.
Many schools now have FaceBook and Twitter accounts. “Like” or start following the schools that you are interested in so that you can get a feel for their culture. You can also set up Google alerts to let you know when the school (or anyone affiliated with it) is featured in the news.
It’s important to do this research as your realtor will be limited in what information that they can share regarding schools because they are responsible for adhering to the Fair Housing Act. Realtors can help you search for a home within boundaries that you identify for them, but they cannot guarantee that you will be able to enroll your child in a specific school.
Conduct a School Visit
Standardized test results can only tell you so much about a school. To determine if a school is right for your child, set up an in-person visit. You’ll want the opportunity to gauge the engagement levels of both teachers and students. You’ll also want to make sure that the school feels safe and fosters an environment that will inspire your child to excel academically and socially.
Make a list of questions to ask before your visit. Does the school adhere to a particular educational philosophy? What extracurricular activities are offered? How does the bus system work? Is there early and or after-care options to assist working parents? Are there advanced placement and special needs offerings?
Seek out Local Resources
If you’re moving for a new job, find out if you can email your colleagues for recommendations on neighborhoods with great schools. You may even end up with some new carpool friends!
Danielle Hegedus is a home decor writer based in Atlanta, GA. She writes for websites such as Modernize.com.
North Carolina currently operates 591 high schools that are then divided into 148 school districts. Within this education system more than 28,000 full-time teachers shaping the youth of tomorrow. The nearly 450,000 strong student body represent their state very well in the national rankings. 140 of the state high schools received medals of bronze or higher, according to U.S. News Best High school rankings. Based on average proficiency scores in Math and English (indexed levels 1-4) and relative college readiness scores, here are the 5 Best High Schools in North Carolina.
1. Raleigh Charter High School
A relatively small school of only 540 students RCHS is classified as a charter school and hosts grades 9-12 in a large city setting, boosting a teacher to student ratio of 13:1. With an average algebra proficiency score of 2.9 and English score of 3.2, RCHS ranks the highest in all the state for college readiness at 94.1 and ranks 37th nationally. Students leaving this fine establishment are well equipped for their next steps in life no matter what they may aspire to be.
2. The Early College at Guilford
Established in 2002 as a partnership between Guilford College and Guilford County Schools, the school became the first early college high school in North Carolina. This unique partnership allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and as much as two years of credits at Guilford College. With only 195 students, the school is a very tight knit community that has countless community involvement programs. Although their math proficiency score was unavailable, it is not hard to see why they have a college readiness score of 92.2 when they have a 3.6 English proficiency score.
3. Woods Charter
The home of the wolves is where many youngsters from Chapel Hill will spend their entire primary and secondary school careers. From K-12, the school has 504 students and 11:1 student to teacher ratio allowing students to build long lasting bonds with their educators. With 2.8 and 2.9 proficiency scores in algebra and English respectively, The Woods Charter sets their students up to succeed with an 81.3 college readiness score.
4. Weaver Academy
With the lowest student to teacher ratio on the list at 7:1 the 303 9-12 graders are well supervised. With a strong emphasis on the academics as well as the arts, the Weaver Academy aims to produce well rounded students that will be leaders in their future communities. Their 2.4 and 3.0 proficiency scores give them a college readiness score of 79.9 well above the district average of 35.9.
5. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
The largest on our list of the 5 best high schools in North Carolina is the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, it has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students that occupy grades K-12. With a college readiness score 72.6 the average proficiency scores in algebra and English both being 2.9 parents can expect their children to receive a fine education at this establishment.
11. You know that a blizzard will not cancel class.
UNC has the utmost confidence in their students to be able to brave in the harshest of winter storms, either that or they don’t want to have to add days to the end of the semester for all the days that could have been canceled.
10. [B]ski’s was a staple in your diet at some point.
When it was finally time to study you headed to the UL, where you had a favorite section or spot that you definitely thought helped you study better.
8. You find Point-to-Point (P2P) kind of fun.
Having in house transportation for your campus is kind of great especially when it is probably going to be filled with your friends. Although having a transit demographic that is mainly students does make for some interesting sites.
How many unofficial college parties have their own Wikipedia page? Well, halloween on Franklin street has one that describes a growing tradition that began in the 1980’s and now boasts estimated attendance numbers as high as 80,000 people.
Everyone has heard the myth that if you drink from the well on the first day of class you are guaranteed a 4.0 GPA and everyone that says they did not do it probably snuck back that night to help boost their marks.
Our rivalry with Dook is one of the best in all of college sports. One that has seen blood, sweat and tears of its long history and never disappoints.
2. MJ, that’s all.
Arguably the best athlete of all time. The two-sport powerhouse began his legacy with the Tar Heels and cemented his name as a school great when we hit the game winning shot against Georgetown to bring home the 1982 National Championship.
1. You know that UNC is the best college in North Carolina!
Although there is debate about where the term “work hard, play hard” was invented – Duke’s stellar academic reputation and incredible school spirit make a strong case that Durham was its original birthplace.
10. You have an opinion on Greek life.
You may not have been in a frat or sorority but with such a small student body, you more than likely attended a few parties/mixers/socials that were hosted by one. Heck, you may have even met your significant other there.
9. You miss Shooters II.
Cheap drinks, a pound of wings, a mechanical bull, the cage and hundreds of your best friends make Shooters II pretty easy to miss.
8. You’ll never forget LDOC (Last Day of Classes).
The giant celebration to close out the year. Packing the main quad with big name shows and partying with all your friends before you head home for the summer is an irreplaceable memory.
7. Campus is known to you as the “Gothic Wonderland.”
The Gothic-style architecture of west campus has earned it the nickname of Gothic Wonderland and it’s a big contrast to the east campus which houses all freshman and is known for its Georgian-style architecture.
6. You might still be paying off your student loan(s).
Duke has one of the most expensive tuition’s in the country at an average of $43,623 per year. A steep price to pay, but it does get you a premier education.
5. Christian Laettner is a personal hero.
Widely regarded as one of the best NCAA players ever – Laettner lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back National Championships and is a legend at Duke regardless of what anyone else has to say.
4. You consider Mike Krzyzewski a professor of yours.
AKA The Master. Coach K has won 5 Div 1 NCAA National Titles in his tenure as the men’s basketball coach at Duke making him something of a legend. If his basketball games were considered a class then you probably would have gotten straight A’s with perfect attendance.
3. You love that other schools don’t like you.
Having a reputation as one of the most disliked schools in the NCAA might bother some people – but Duke students and alumni alike embrace it and take it as a sign of endearment. This is especially the case considering the fact that Duke ranked 8th in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
2. You are a basketball fan… at very least every March.
Known as the “Cameron Crazies” the student section in Cameron indoor stadium holds 1,200 of the most, “rude, crude and lewd – as well as cleverly funny,” fans in all the NCAA. Smudged body paint and a hoarse voice is probably something that you have experienced multiple times.
1. The glory days!
You look back on your time at Duke and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is giving away $50,000! The winner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices $50,000 sweepstakes will win the money to put towards fixing up their home with any renovations of their choice. Along with the prize money, the winner will also receive a consultation from Joanna and Chip Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper.
Don’t miss your chance to win $50,000 towards your next home renovation.
Professionals at bringing you that ‘backyard barbecue’ experience that everyone enjoys. Established in 2007 they have moved their cooking style away from commercial methods and made grandma’s old fashion cooking techniques their own. Cooked in a pit over oak and hickory, their full flavored ribs and brisket bring people from miles around.
Listed on USA Today’s 10 Best Southern Barbecue Spots this little shop has been a living monument in Lexington for over 50 years. Known by locals as the “Honeymonk” or “The Monk” Wayne Monk has built his business on great service and a delicious product. Definitely a must have if you are in the area.
It is not hard to see, or taste, why The Pit has more than 2,300 5 star reviews. With a solid reputation for mouth watering ribs and a welcoming NC environment The Pit continues to diversify their menu by adding their own creations to keep barbecue lovers excited to come back.
“BBQ as tender as a mother’s love” is how they describe all their meats which are smoked in-house with a blend of hickory and mesquite wood for a full and natural flavor. Q Shack’s fans are not only in love with the food, the business is also active in the community – giving back to locals every chance they get.
With more than 50 years experience in the barbecuing industry Wilber Shirley has grown his business from just a handful of employees to more than 100. Wilber’s philosophy is that every part of the hog is different, and when cooked as a whole it is the combination of flavors that makes their BBQ special.
5. The Pig 630 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Source: The Pig’s Facebook
One satisfied bride described The Pig’s catering service as, “I mean, we already knew they were fabulous, but Cathryn and her team really made our reception something to be proud of.” She also added that they offered a vegetarian option which is something that you do not often see at barbecue joints. If you have an upcoming event be sure to consider The Pig team, they will help you steal the show.
Named best bbq and fried chicken by the Triangle Downtowner Magazine in 2014 as well as making an appearance on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, this spot has a reputation for producing some of the best barbecue in all of America. Friendly service, affordable prices and out of this world chicken and ribs make Clyde Cooper’s one of the best BBQ joints in North Carolina.
Touted as one of the Triangle Region’s premier live music venues, The Blue Note Grill is the perfect spot for fabulous barbecue and a great show. The family owned and operated business has a very relaxing feel a delicious menu, definitely a great date night option.
Having just undergone an indoor makeover and the addition of an outdoor patio, Midwood Smokehouse’s Ballantyne location is setting itself up as a go to spot this summer. Their tender smoked ribs and pulled pork ranks among the best in the country.
Thrillist has named Skylight Inn as North Carolina’s most iconic restaurant and rightfully so. Their nation wide reputation has been solidified by consistently ranking among the leaders in food events and by catering to their loyal following by providing top notch barbecue for generations.