Every year, the Fraser Institute realizes a report ranking elementary and secondary schools throughout BC based on standardized testing. Why could this affect you as home buyer or seller in Vancouver? If the property is in a catchment area for a high-ranking school — or not-so-desirable one — it could make all the difference to potential buyers.
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The tests assess reading, writing, and numeracy. But, it’s important for parents looking for a home in a particular catchment to keep in mind that choosing a school based solely on these standardized tests isn’t necessarily an accurate representation of everything a particular school has to offer. For example, teachers move from year-to-year, along with them the teaching styles and thus the number of students who actually participate in the standardized testing.
Maybe your property is in the catchment of a high-ranking school, that is definitely something you will want to highlight for prospective home buyers. But let’s agree that most parents want their kids to be well-rounded, empathetic and open-minded individuals. Academics play a huge role in that, as well as a child’s future quality of life, but they aren’t the sole factors. Perhaps the school in your catchment isn’t a Top 10, but it offers unique programs that appeal to your child’s sensibilities. What other priorities could be important when selecting a school: average tenure of the teachers, extracurriculars, state of the facilities and a host of others. There’s something special about every neighbourhood; zero in on what that is, and play it up!
If your curiosity is piqued, you can find a complete list of rankings at britishcolumbia.compareschoolrankings.org. You can search by school, city or ranking, as well as select several schools for comparison.
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