Buying a Home? Here's How We Rank Area Schools

I'm buying a home... is the school good?

Seems like a simple question, right? For professional real estate agents and brokers, it's not so simple. An agent can't steer their client toward a particular school. The only thing an agent can ethically do is recommend their clients call the school, research online or go to one of the many school ranking websites.

So what’s the problem? School ranking websites often have flawed ranking systems. There are two main issues with how school ranking sites work today as it relates to educating a home buyer:

1. Most ranking websites factor in both objective and subjective data. Objective data focuses on test scores that are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and can be easily obtained by anyone. But subjective data is collected from, well, people. Because this data comes from people, it's often skewed, or not truly representative. For example, how many people get on a soapbox and tell people how good things are? Let’s be honest, not many. However, people are much more prone to complaining when something is wrong. So, there is often an abundance of negative information about a school and not much positive information. Is this really how you, as a potential home buyer, want to make a decision on a home purchase?

2. Schools receiving identical scores. School ranking sites make it difficult to differentiate between schools in an area when they are given an identical score. How can home buyers make an educated decision when all the schools you are looking at have an “A” rating or are all ranked “10”? From an educational standpoint, it's great when many schools in an area receive the same high rankings, and it’s what we all want as parents.

But parents also have to make tough financial decisions. So, if there is a way to differentiate one “A” school from the next “A” school, that information is mission critical. Since it's so hard to differentiate among good schools, the current state of school ranking websites offers minimal assistance, if any, when it comes to making a home buying decision.

What options do you have?

The team at Cruvita has created a solution to help parents make the right decision when buying a home. By developing the Cruvita School Score and applying it to over 50,000 schools across the United States, home buyers can be sure they are not just buying a home, they are buying the right home. Not only have we applied the Cruvita School Score to over 50,000 schools nationwide, we have also ranked the schools in three separate geographic areas -- the city/county, the state, and the nation -- to help you compare schools on a deeper level.

How the Cruvita School Score Was Developed

First, we only use objective data. This way, we can't be swayed by the court of public opinion. And, our objective data is a lot more than just test scores. We can’t tell you our patent-pending algorithm, but what we will say is we use educational data and several other pieces of socioeconomic data, including housing trends, to develop our score. Although it’s not unheard of, it’s incredibly difficult to have two schools with the same score, eliminating the problem of not being able to differentiate between the top schools. Though the ranking is self-explanatory, the score itself does take a little getting used to. The lower the score, the better the school.

If you are considering moving to a new location, use the Cruvita School Score to help you make an educated decision. Or you can use it to see where your current school ranks. Just go to our school score rankings page and enter the area you want to live in, or the actual school name you are interested in.

We currently have home listings available in the DC Metro Area (Virginia and Maryland), the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia; Palm Beach County, Florida; and the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Listings in the area will have the nearest schools on the actual listing with their scores, so you can invest in the right home for your family. Visit us at to search for your next home.