I live in a good area, the same area I grew up in. I had assumed our local school, which is a nice school, would be DS's local school when he starts next year but not so - the zones have changed and we are just outside now as is more than half of our suburb.
I have heard stories of people selling up and moving in order for their kids to be zoned to a better school due to the zoning if our suburb now being to the other primary school that is apparently 'not a good school'.
Our catchment school is further but not much further, it's across the major road which rules out DS walking to school with other kids which is a pita but otherwise looking at the school I can't see much wrong with it tbh..... It seems like a nice school to me. Two kindergarten classes of 19 students each, apparently v/good teachers, nice community, nice community feel when I walked through it, nice indoor swimming pool, big garden and chickens, decent program...... I just can't figure out why it's so unpopular!
unfortunately I don't know anyone at the school. Everyone I know around here either goes to the other local school or if they've been zoned out have opted to send their kids to the private school or another independent (catholic) school.
I've heard mention of the fact there is the neighbouring housing commission area zoned to this catchment - but I don't see that as necessarily a negative and think it's unfair to assume it is. The other 'good' school has dodgy areas in its zoning too. Seriously, it's part and parcel of life.
How do I find out how bad or good this school really is? I can't find anywhere to get a whole school view or opinions of parents etc. just the school rankings based on English and maths (this school got 85 in the last few years which is pretty good in an academic sense I'd say!).
What should I be looking for? For now, the biggest negatives are that we have several friends at the other school, it's closer (just down the road) and safer walk for DS, more travel and before/after school options for DS, and we don't know anyone at the other school....