Most buyers rank schools as one of the most important factors in buying a home. Even potential home buyers without kids should consider buying a home in a good school district. However, there is school choice program available in most areas. In Florida, students between kindergarten and 12th grade are afforded the right to educational choice. This allows parents a choice of educational options like magnet (i.e. a school with a specific theme or academic focus like mathematics, science, technology, business, or performing arts) and charter schools (tuition-free public schools created through an agreement or “charter” between the school and the local school board or a state university). Parents are also given the opportunity to enroll in schools outside their school district. However, there is no guarantee that your child will get into a school outside its district. How much of an impact on value could a school make? For example, Ryan Homes is building in two communities in Eastern Hillsborough County. Walden Reserve is within the Walden Lake Elementary School District versus Walden Pointe in the Trapnell Elementary School District. Walden Lake Elementary School has a Great Schools Rating of 7 out of 10 versus Trapnell Elementary School’s Great Schools Rating of 3 out of 10. For more information about this rating as well as reviews, here is a link to the website click here. According to the Ryan Homes sales representatives, there is a $6,000 premium for homes within the Walden Reserve subdivision due its location within this school district. If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.