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State Ratings: Issues to Consider

The state rating is designed to hold your school accountable. It shows you, in a nutshell, how your school is performing and where your school stands in relation to other schools in the state.

Pitfalls of picking a preschool

Want to find the right school for your soon-to-be preschooler? Avoid the three top mistakes parents make when choosing their child's first educational experience.

Navigating the system: St. Louis

Searching for a school in St. Louis? Let us make the process a little easier.

Top cities 2010 methodology

The number-crunching details behind our top cities lists.

How we picked the top cities to live and learn 2011

Wonder why some cities made the cut while others didn't? Here's how we crunched the numbers and narrowed the list to come up with our winners.

Best cities 2011: Got diversity?

Beyond devoted teachers, top scores, and challenging courses, here's another quality worth looking for in public schools.

Insider tricks for assessing preschools

Our resident school-choice expert offers deal-breakers and red flags on assessing preschools from a distance.

Single-sex education: the pros and cons

Should boys and girls be taught separately? Does single-sex education boost academic success? Read the arguments for and against.

7 tips to ease kids’ stress about moving

Moves can be scary for children — changing houses, schools, and even friends! Make life easier for the whole family by getting your kids involved. Our guide has advice from packing to practicing to help smooth the transition.

How important is class size?

Class size is one of many factors to consider when choosing or evaluating a school.