There are pros and cons to buying a home in the areas of Berks County, PA, with the best public schools, but a more expensive home in a strong district may be a better bargain than an affordable home in another area.
The Matt Wolf Team at Berks Real Estate specializes in residential real estate in Berks County and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Matt Wolf is a member of the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame and Chairman’s Club. He and the rest of our team have vast knowledge about the region that can help you find both your dream home and the best schools for your children.
Why Buying in a Good School District Matters
Whether or not you have children, or ever plan to have them, there are many benefits to buying a home in a good school district.
- Education: Living in an area with better schools typically means your children will have smaller classes, a smaller teacher/student ratio, higher test scores, better extracurricular activities, better sports and more funding.
- Neighborhood: A good school district usually equates to a good neighborhood. This can mean greater safety, an abundance of places to eat and shop, ease of access to transportation, and amenities like public parks and playgrounds.
- Stable value: Homes go up or down in value over time, but a great school district can keep home values strong in the neighborhood. Good schools also provide stability for a community.
- Resale: Many buyers are willing to make sacrifices to own homes in neighborhoods with great schools. Homes in the best school districts, on average, sell for higher prices than similar homes in less-popular school districts, and they typically sell faster.
Berks County’s Top School Districts
Berks County is served by 19 school districts, of which three districts – Wilson School District, Boyertown Area School District and Wyomissing Area School District – are consistently ranked in the top 20% of all Pennsylvania school districts.
Boyertown Area School District covers portions of Berks and Montgomery Counties. In Berks County, Tthe award-winning district serves the Boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville and Boyertown and Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl and Washington Townships. The school district leads in regional sports and has received numerous awards, such as the NAMM’s 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America.
Wilson School District serves the communities of Spring, West Lawn, Sinking Spring, Lower Heidelberg, and Wyomissing. It consists of eight elementary schools, two junior high schools, one senior high school, and is one of the top-ranked school districts in Pennsylvania.
Wyomissing Area School District operates two elementary schools and a junior/senior high school, which has been ranked within Newsweek’s top 1,200 public high schools in the U.S. annually since 2006, and consistently ranks among the Washington Post’s most challenging public schools in Pennsylvania. It serves West Reading and Wyomissing.
In terms of college-level opportunities, Berks County students also have easy access to Penn State Berks (a commonwealth campus of Penn State University), Albright College, Alvernia University, Reading Area Community College and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as well as Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
Whether you are interested in the best schools in Berks County, PA, or need help finding your dream home, Berks Real Estate will provide you with friendly, expert advice and assistance. Get in touch with The Matt Wolf Team at (610) 685-3189.
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