Real Estate Tips: Preparing You & Your Home for School

August is usually the month for going back-to-school and you and your home can suddenly spin out of control. Below is a list of some hopeful tips to help you stay organized during this crazy time. 

1) Establish a routine. Start homework as soon as the kids get home from school. This is a great way to cut down the stress before bedtime. Also, Preparing food for lunches, laying out clothes, signing all homework, etc… can be done the night before and will save you time in the mornings.  

2) Get a calendar. Having a calendar on a wall near the kitchen can help you keep track of daily, weekly or monthly activities at a glance. You should include family event, test dates & other important information. Try adding a inspirational quote to the top every month. 

3) Make a designated area for school backpacks. A mudroom is an excellent place to keep backpacks. This way, they are out of sight to your guest yet your family knows exactly where to look for them the next day.   

4) Prep lunches. Its a good idea to have designated areas for school lunches in the refrigerator and pantry. This way you can grab the items you need to make a quick lunch. 
    Refrigerator: Make designated area for juice boxes (school drinks) in the door.

    Pantry: Designate a shelf or drawer for school lunches & store single serve                        snack items in different baskets or containers.

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Charlotte, NC – Education

Families new to the Charlotte area will find many educational opportunities and choices here; so many in fact that it may take a little research to figure out exactly which is best for your child. Local educators make that task easy by welcoming visitors to their schools and by providing ample information to help you make the choice.

Public Schools

The Charlotte region’s public school systems meet the needs of a wide range of students, from special needs to academically gifted, technical to college prep. North Carolina has traditionally encouraged consolidation of public systems so that each county has one school system, giving the state 100 county systems and 15 city systems. The largest in North Carolina, and among the top 25 in the nation, is Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which serves more than 121,640 students in 148 schools. While many North Carolina public systems have consolidated, some remain independent city school districts, such as Mooresville Graded School District in southern Iredell County and Kannapolis City Schools in Cabarrus/Rowan counties. In South Carolina, Lancaster County has one public school system, while York County has four, each with its own distinct character. A common theme among all regional schools is growth. The increase in population is causing tremendous growth in school enrollment, and that puts pressure on classroom space, money and resources. As you visit schools, you’ll see plenty of new construction and expansion projects under way, as well as many modular units, or mobile classrooms.

Making the Grade

Another common theme for public systems in North Carolina is the ABCs, short for the ABCs of Public Education Accountability Program . This statewide reform effort is designed to improve educational performance and results at individual schools by setting goals and evaluating progress on those goals through end-of-grade tests. High-performing schools are rewarded through bonuses for teachers and other certified staff; low-performing schools are given special state assistance to help them improve. The ABC results are available online at the State Department of Public Instruction Web site, The No Child Left Behind Legislation, enacted in 2003, also holds school districts accountable. The law has three goals: 1. Make sure that all students in a school perform well in the areas of reading and mathematics especially students from low-income families and minority populations, Limited English Proficient students, and students with disabilities. 2. Hold schools responsible if all children are not on grade level or above. 3. Make sure that there is a highly qualified teacher in each classroom. Each state sets its own standards for meeting these goals; for North Carolina, this means that students must achieve grade-level or higher on their end-of-grade tests.

Private Schools

The Charlotte region also has many independent secular and religious private schools. There’s even a parochial school system Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools which encompasses the countys eight parochial schools (but not the Catholic schools in outlying counties). You’ll find a range of educational offerings, including innovative programs, special classes for students with learning disabilities, religious training and character-building. Because each private school has its own distinct philosophy and approach to learning, you’ll want to research, talk to parents and take a tour.

Charter Schools

The Charlotte region also has several charter schools to consider. Charter schools, which originated in Minnesota in the early 1990s, are independently operated public schools designed to serve as laboratories for innovation in education. Created and run by parents, teachers and/or community leaders, charter schools receive the same per-pupil funding as other public schools. However, they can spend the money and operate with fewer restrictions and government rules. The schools must be approved by the N.C. Board of Education before they can begin operation and are periodically reviewed.                                                                                                                                                                      704-896-5141 Office                                                                                                                            Allen Tate Company