Reading this blog post, I learned about GreatSchools, a rating site for both public and private schools. It’s a very cool resource and illustrates just what would be possible in a truly free educational market. Just imagine if you could search all of the schools in your area and then send each of your children to the one that’s the best match for him/her, with complete freedom to choose.
Here’s Bill Jackson talking about one of the features that he’d like to be able to add to the site.
3. School program and curriculum
I want to know all about the school’s curriculum and programs. We’ve got this down pretty well in our next-generation school profile launching this month in select cities. For example, check out St. Joan Antida High School, a private girls-only high school in Milwaukee that accepts vouchers. You can see tons of details here.
Another way to get insight: photos and videos that shed light on unique features of schools. For an example, see this video linked from the GreatSchools profile of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indianapolis.
In the future, I’d like to get parent and student reviews that provide insight into the quality of programs at middle and high schools. In addition to learning whether the school has a band, we could learn about how meaningful that band is to students and families.