< Back What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? What are some examples of these schools? Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? How are most kids transported to and from school? When does the typical school year start and end? Is there anything else I should know about local schools? What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? There are many excellent public, private and charter schools available in Raleigh, NC. Below is a brief summary of each. PUBLIC SCHOOLS - in Raleigh, NC (and the rest of the U.S.) public schools are funded by local property taxes. The areas with the highest property taxes, therefore, have the most well-funded and finest schools. The high property taxes on land in the suburbs have yielded public schools in the suburban areas which are generally considered far better than the public schools in lower property taxed areas. A family must live in the catchment district of the public school to send their children there. All public schools are free, even for expats. PRIVATE SCHOOLS - in Raleigh, NC are funded from tuition paid by each student. The quality of the education at private schools is generally rated very high and it is the choice for many expatriate families living in the Raleigh area. But, the tuition at most international schools is also very high. Also, there are usually requirements to meet as well waiting lists, so it is recommended that after deciding on a school, apply as soon as possible to avoid non acceptance. CHARTER SCHOOLS - in Raleigh, NC are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their children dependent on the child's needs and interests. For more information on all the schools that are located close to where you are moving to, contact the websites below which provide extensive information about the public schools, including admission requirements, hours, etc. ↑ Top What are some examples of these schools? For a listing and description of all types of schools it is recommended to check out the websites listed below. These Web sites provide a wealth of information including phone numbers, addresses and contacts. ↑ Top Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they have to accept all children within the school zone in which you live. Private schools however, typically have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list. Charter schools are like private schools in that you have to register, but instead of entry requirements, they have a "random selection" policy. If you decide this is the choice for your child, it is also recommended that you register as early as possible. ↑ Top Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? Yes, there are plenty of preschools available throughout the city for children ranging in the ages of 18 months to 5 years old. Some schools feature a diverse curriculum and a semi-international student body. Application to these schools should be made at least nine months prior to the start of the school year---which is typically in September. If you miss the deadline for the start of the school year, the child can still be admitted at midyear if space permits. ↑ Top How are most kids transported to and from school? The public school system provides bus transportation for children to and from school. They have specific routes and these are determined before the start of the school year. Some private schools offer this as well, but this is not always the case. If not, most parents either take their children to school themselves or form car-pools with other parents that live in the same area. Some older children tend to use the public transit system to get them to and from school. ↑ Top When does the typical school year start and end? Typically, the school year starts in late August or early September and runs through to the end of June or early July. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about local schools? Most information can be obtained from the websites below. However, should you require assistance in finding a school for your child/Children, then Crown Washington DC can provide assistance in this area. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.