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School choice terminology

Knowing these common terms will help you in your school search.

Working the System to Get the School of Your Choice

Smart parents know they may need to work the system to get the school of their choice.

School enrollment requirements

Find out what information you need to enroll in public, charter and private schools.

Making a school district work for you

Wondering how to use the system to get your child into a great school? Check out these insider tips from a parent advocate.

Terms we use to describe schools

This glossary provides definitions of the most commonly used school terms used in our school profiles.

10 key questions for elementary schools

Choosing an elementary school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

10 key questions for middle schools

Looking for middle school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

10 key questions for high schools

Choosing a high school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

Crash course for choosing a middle school

Turbo-charge your middle school search with this roundup of what you need to know - from dirty little school tour secrets to the most essential questions you can ask.

The murky middle: What an average school rating means

When a school’s GreatSchools Rating is a 1 or 10, you can be confident that you know how the students are performing according to state tests. But when a school has an average rating, it can mean many different things.

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