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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Research St. Louis Area Schools

Buying a home in the St. Louis or St. Charles County area of Missouri is a little more complicated when you have school-aged children. Not only do parents want great schools to provide their children the best education, they want to live in great school districts that tend to have higher home values. So how does one go about researching school districts in Missouri to find the best neighborhood in the St. Louis or St. Charles County area for their family?

1. For Missouri public schools information, go to the source.
A great resource for learning about Missouri area public schools is the Missouri Department of Elementary andSecondary Education. They have a comprehensive website filled with information on districts, assessment tests, accrediting, special education and more.  Use the website to learn about area public schools, view school district boundaries and more

2. See which public schools scored best on Missouri standardized tests.
Originally developed in response to Missouri’s Outstanding Schools Act of 1993, the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) encompasses several statewide assessments that meet state and federal statutory requirements. MAP Grade-Level Assessments are administered to students in grades 3 through 8 to determine their progress toward the Show-Me Standards/Missouri Learning Standards. The MAP tests give an objective way to see how well students are performing in the four subjects of English and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

A great online resource to see school how public schools rank is There you can find information on number of students, to teacher ratios, average standard score and more. They have compiled data for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and school districts for comparison.

3. Learn about the highest performing private schools.
To find which private schools perform the best for their students there are several great resources to review. focuses on area neighborhoods and schools. Their site includes lists of the best private schools in the St. Louis and St. Charles County areas. 
Another great website is This site lets you narrow down your private school choices and compare them to each other on numerous factors including learning programs, student to teacher ratio, dress code, sports offered and more.  Also this site features actual reviews from students and parents about their experiences with the schools. 

4. Visit the school.
After you’ve narrowed your school search, visit your top choices in person to see the facilities and meet the staff. Be sure to contact the school to schedule the tour prior to visiting. Every school and district has different policies and schedules so it’s best to call first.  A visit to the school will allow you to evaluate in person to see if it fits the learning environment you are looking for. 

5. Use the School Search on
Once you’ve learned which school and/or school district is best for your family, you can use this information to search for your next home. Go to and click the School Search button. When the search window appears you can type in any school or school district name to find homes within the boundaries the school services.

If you have further questions about schools or school districts relating to real estate in the St. Louis or St. Charles County area of Missouri, contact The Boehmer Team or visit our SchoolsPage. Our team members know the area and most team members have children that have been through the area schools. Is moving on your mind? Put our inside knowledge to work for you. 

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