School Zones

Did you know your address decides your child’s school? Explore how school zoning shapes your child’s educational path.

Zoning Information

School zones are designated geographic areas that determine which schools children will attend based on their home address. These zones are crucial for parents to understand as they often influence educational opportunities and property values. Zones may be subject to changes due to factors like population growth, the construction of new schools, or adjustments in boundaries.

Important Information for Parents: Be mindful that school zones are determined by your home address. Each neighborhood is assigned to a specific school, meaning your residence directly influences which school your child will attend. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with your local school zone to better understand the school your child will be attending and to make the most of the educational opportunities available there.

To find out which school zone your address falls into, you typically need to consult the local school district's resources. This can affect various aspects of a child's daily routine and access to specific educational programs.

How to Find Your School Zone
  • Visit the school district's website
  • Look for sections titled "School Boundaries" or "Attendance Zones".
  • Enter your address or zip code in the provided search tool to find your assigned school.
  • Alternatively, contact the district's transportation or planning department for detailed assistance.
Tips for Parents
  • Verify your school zone before purchasing or renting a new home to ensure it meets your educational preferences.
  • Stay informed about any boundary changes or proposed adjustments that could affect your child's school assignment.
  • Research the school's reputation, ratings, and the programs it offers to assess its suitability for your child's needs.
  • Consider logistical factors such as distance from home, available transportation options, and extracurricular activities offered by the school.
Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment allows families to choose schools within a school district rather than being assigned to one based on their residential address. This can sometimes be referred to as "open enrollment" or "intra-district choice." This system is implemented in various forms across the United States, often depending on the policies of individual school districts rather than entire cities or areas. Here are some notable examples:
  • Intra-district Open Enrollment: Allows students to choose any school within their home district, not just the one to which they are geographically assigned.
  • Inter-district Open Enrollment: Permits students to attend schools in a different district, often depending on space availability and specific district policies.
Common Selection Mechanisms:
  • Lottery System: Many districts use a lottery system to ensure a fair process where demand exceeds available spaces. This method randomizes the selection process, avoiding biases based on when applications were submitted or the applicants' backgrounds.
  • Academic Performance: Few districts may consider academic criteria for certain types of schools, such as magnet or charter schools that focus on specific areas of study (e.g., STEM or arts). However, this is not typical for general open enrollment policies as it can conflict with the goal of equitable access.
Other Considerations:
  • Capacity: Even if a district has open enrollment, actual availability might be limited by the physical capacity of schools or specific programs within those schools.
  • Transportation: Some districts provide transportation for open enrollment students, but many do not, which can be a significant factor in a family's decision-making process.
  • Special Programs: Some schools might have specialized programs or tracks that require additional applications or criteria, such as auditions for a performing arts program or testing for a gifted program.
Additional Resources
GreatSchools District Boundary Map - provides detailed maps for exploring school district boundaries across the United States.
National Center for Education Statistics - a comprehensive source for detailed school district data and reports.