Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
It’s hard to believe a new school year is upon us. It's that time of year where parents around the Valley strategize and organize, armed with school supply lists, lunch menus and fall sports schedules in an effort to be as prepared as possible. I often joke with my carpool moms that once the school year begins I like an air traffic controller managing the flight patterns of three separate planes in the air. If I get them all landed, safe and sound by bedtime I consider the day a success! This time of year also gets me thinking about the wide variety of educational opportunities available in the Yakima Valley.
From K-12 through Master’s degree levels there is something for everyone here. There are 15 school districts and several private schools that offer parents excellent choices for their children’s education. If you are relocating to the area trying to decide what area to live in has a lot to do with the school districts available. This is an extremely important part of the relocation process and sometimes a little overwhelming. Here are a few simple steps to help you make the best decision for your family. First identify what the ideal school looks like for you and your child. It may be school and class size, extra-circular activities offered or state testing scores. Second, start your search. Below you will find a link to all 15 school districts. Review the information and begin to make a list of the schools who best match up with what you and your child have identified as important. Once you’ve narrowed your list choose a handful of schools and schedule a visit. School visits are a great way to get a feel for the personality and dynamics of each school. Bring your child with you on these visits and sit down together afterward to narrow down your options and make a decision that best suits both of you. The Yakima Valley has a wide variety of public and private educational settings for parents to choose from for their children. International Baccalaureate options, diverse vocational programs, running start alternatives and resources for children with special needs ensure that parents and their children have quality options.
T0 access more information on individual Yakima Valley school district profiles click on links below.