One of the biggest boosts that a neighbourhood can receive in terms of appeal comes from what it offers families. Public and private schools are the big ones but families (including those planning on starting one) also tend to do their research on daycares, after school programs and general family programming.
What Neighbourhoods are Considered the Best for Schools?
Rosedale-Moore Park, Bathurst Manor and North Riverdale are just three of the neighbourhoods that usually come up when looking at the best neighbourhoods for public schools. While not an exact science, much of the equation comes down to quantity and quality, which means the amount of schooling options and the quality of teachers, programs and curriculum.
Another aspect that is considered is how many post-secondary graduates these neighbourhoods produce.
Don’t overlook Quality of Daycares as this could have an Impact
Whether you have very young kids or are planning on it, it’s smart to consider the local daycares and see what they offer. Some of the more well regarded ones could have long waiting lists, so an abundance might be a good thing.
As well, if you are uncomfortable with home based daycares then make sure your area offers in-school options.
Some Neighbourhoods Offer Family Fun Galore
Outside of schools and daycares, families need resources and infrastructure to spend time together, keep busy and to pretty much just live their lives. It might sound simple but some neighbourhoods have community centres, street festivals like Buskerfest or Taste of the Danforth or outdoor skating rinks.
These things are all key because parents need ways to entertain their kids and introduce them to different things without having to drive long distances or spending a good chunk of money every time.
Analysis of the Data is Controversial in the eyes of some
Lastly, please remember that a lot of what makes a school good or not or how important the presence of something like a Montessori school is comes down to individual opinions and tastes. It’s easy to paint with a broad brush but it’s up to families to determine what is important to them.
For those looking for more in-depth analysis of the best and worst schools should consult the Fraser Institute’s report card.