School Districts Of Collin County
When it comes to home buyers with children, sometimes a school district or a specific school can make or break a home sale. Some home buyers prefer a one high-school district like Allen. Some home buyers prefer a small school model like Frisco. Some home buyers prefer a long standing tradition of excellence like Plano. Therefore, when a home buyer becomes a homeowner in their dream school district, it can be upsetting when school districts change their attendance lines.
Map Of The School Districts of Collin County
With a total of 21 Independent School Districts (I.S.D.), Collin County is seeing more and more rezoning. Redistricting/rezoning can be a painful process for all involved. Teenagers face separation from childhood friends. Parents face tactical issues of trying to get kids to different schools. The community and I.S.D face the balancing act of how new schools with new amenities reflect upon established schools who may not have all the bells and whistles. The rapid growth of boom towns like Frisco, Prosper, Allen, and Celina inevitably means growing educational needs. The individual culture of a town and its Independent School District speak to the overall educational goals of the community. For instance, the small school philosophy of Frisco can be a double edged sword. Frisco is facing, what feels like, a constant rezoning dilemma. Frisco I.S.D. is committed to a small school philosophy to keep educational personal. Yet, with the growing population, more schools have to be built. In 2014, Frisco redrew school boundaries to incorporate Reedy High School and Pearson Middle School. In 2016, the lines will once again be redrawn to incorporate new schools: Lebanon Trails High School, Nelson Middle School, Miller Elementary, and Vaughn Elementary.
Due to continued rapid growth and the community’s desire to maintain smaller school environments, FISD opens new schools regularly to ease overcrowding and meet the needs of students. Every time a new school is opened, attendance zones must be redrawn to accommodate the new campus. This process takes place in the fall for the following school year. --Frisco Independent School District
Prosper is facing similar growing pains. Recently the Dallas Morning News published an article on Prosper's prospering. The similarities between Frisco's humble beginning and rapid growth to Prosper's are evident. As you can see from their graphic, Prosper is already beginning to exceed classroom capacity. The new Windsong Ranch Elementary will open next year. How will Prosper I.S.D. grow with the community? Will it follow in Frisco's footsteps and keep true to a small school philosophy? For home buyers, it may seem impossible to keep up with school lines. You have so much to learn about the home, let alone the school district. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. Luckily, Brent and Deb are ready to help you. They have their finger on the pulse of the ever-changing remapping of school districts. Did you know that Prosper's newest high school is actually going to be in Frisco? We did!
Comprehensive List Of School Districts of Collin County
Buyers Willing To Sacrifice For Great Schools
It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries.
What is surprising, however, is that 78% of recent homebuyers sacrificed features from their “must-have” lists in order to find homes within their dream school districts.
The top feature sacrificed was a garage at 19%, followed closely by a large backyard, an updated kitchen, the desired number of bedrooms, and an outdoor living area. The full results are shown in the graph below.
Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated academic programs, art and music programs, diversity, and before and after-school programs.
With a limited number of homes available to buy in today’s real estate market, competition is fierce for homes in good school districts. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, explained further,
“Most buyers understand that they may not be able to find a home that covers every single item on their wish list, but our survey shows that school districts are an area where many buyers aren’t willing to compromise.
For many buyers and not just buyers with children, ‘location, location, location,’ means ‘schools, schools, schools.’” (emphasis added)
For buyers across the country, the quality of their children’s (or future children’s) education ranks highest on their must-have lists. Before you start the search for your next home, let’s get together to discuss the market conditions in our area.
Frisco Zoning Maps
Frisco is notorious for fast growth and awesome schools. The trend continues, but the 2017-2018 school year will fail to see them open any new campuses. Since 1995, there have only been four school years that Frisco ISD has not opened at least one new campus. The district decided to delay the opening of four new schools until next year. The delay will save the district more than $15 million dollars. This was mainly due to voters rejecting a property tax increase. The district decided to make smaller changes to its campus attendance, instead of radically altering the attendance maps. Many kids are still going to be upset with not going to the same school or the school their friends attend, but this is what residence of Frisco ISD have come to expect. The district currently has 55,993 students and is still growing. Expect a larger-scale rezoning coming in 2018-19. That's when Memorial High School, Lawler Middle School and Talley and Liscano elementary schools will open.
Update: You can find the new zoning map here.
McKinney Zoning Maps
The McKinney ISD board of trustees approved a new zoning map. This whole process started due to Boyd being at capacity. McKinney High School was recently updated to a tune of 46 million and now has more capacity for students. The plan has been reviewed multiple times and town hall meetings have allowed residents to voice their concerns.
Many parents voiced concern over neighborhood kids getting split up. Some kids would go to one high school and one to another. The desire to keep kids in a neighborhood at the same school was strongly supported.
Update: You can find the new zoning map here.