School districts have had a tremendous impact on real estate.
A 2020 report from the National Association (NAR) reveals that 46% of homebuyers aged 30-39 years said the quality of a school district influenced their decision to buy a house in a particular neighborhood.
Studies have also shown that home values rise when they’re located in a highly rated school district. In 2019, NAR reported that counties with the highest gains in enrollment over seven years saw a 33% average increase in home prices.
About South Windsor School District
These findings bode well for the community of South Windsor, CT.
The South Windsor School District tops state averages when it comes to the following:
- Math test scores
South Windsor – 67%
Connecticut State average – 47%
- Reading/Language test scores
South Windsor – 67%
Connecticut State average – 57%
- Graduation rate
South Windsor – 95%
Connecticut State average – 90%
South Windsor ranks #35 among Connecticut’s 153 school districts. Niche.com also gave them a rating of A+, a validation of the district’s strides in fulfilling their vision of having students “dream, achieve, inspire.”
Upgraded facilities and services
Of the six schools administered by the district, Niche.com named all four of South Windsor’s elementary schools as among 2020’s Best Public Schools in South Windsor.
In fact, the district’s elementary schools upgraded its facilities and services just before classes opened this September. They:
- Introduced a new elementary math program
- Expanded world language instruction to fifth grade
- Filled the position for the newly established Director of Equity and Inclusion
- Hired 50 new teachers during the summer
These changes prove that the schools are committed to enhancing their academic program, improving the ratio of teachers to students, and creating an inclusive culture among students.
South Windsor School District and hybrid learning
Like everything else, the school district has had to adapt to the spread of COVID-19. As schools across America make the difficult decision of opting for in-classroom or distance learning, South Windsor is adopting a “hybrid” learning model – as one group attends in-school classes, another group learns online.
Top South Windsor elementary schools
- Eli Terry Elementary School
569 Griffin Road, South Windsor, CT
Eli Terry School serves 438 students in grades PK-5, with special education classes. State test scores show that 63% of its pupils are proficient in math and 70% in reading. The school encourages its pupils to achieve their personal best and become critical thinkers by “embracing challenges and persevering.” Eli Terry ranked #107 among the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut.” New classrooms, an interior courtyard, and a media center were constructed last summer.
- Orchard Hill Elementary School
380 Foster Street, South Windsor, CT
Orchard Hill learners are guided by the school’s vision to “dream big without limits, achieve their personal best, and inspire others.” For the school year 2020-2021, Orchard Hill decided to expand its World Languages subject to Grade 5 pupils. Students in Grades 1 to 5 will now be learning Spanish. Orchard Hill was #17 among the “Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut” and #25 out of 572 with the “Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Connecticut.”
- Philip R. Smith Elementary School
949 Avery Street, South Windsor, CT
Philip R. Smith (PRS) Elementary School has 379 students in grades PK-5, with a student-teacher ratio of 14:1. Like Eli Terry, PRS constructed and completed a memorial garden, cafeteria, and playground last August. While the facilities remain off-limits because of the pandemic, virtual tours will be offered to families interested in seeing the developments. PRS is #39 in Niche.com’s “Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut.” PublicSchoolReview.com places PRS at the top 10% among the schools with the highest math proficiency in Connecticut.
- Pleasant Valley Elementary School
591 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT
Pleasant Valley currently serves 494 pupils in grades PK-5 and ranks #47 on Niche.com’s “Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut.” The school encourages different ways of learning through interactive and personally relevant experiences.
Last March 2020, the town of South Windsor voted to approve the construction of a new building for the school. Students will remain in their existing classrooms until construction is complete. Last summer, four additional portable classrooms were added to Pleasant Valley to accommodate its growing student population.
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