Our mission is to provide an alternative public K-12 school rankings system which, instead of favoring privileged communities, empowers families with our equitable school ranking system that elevates diverse schools to the forefront, and shares information on matching homes in quality school districts to ensure every child has access to a quality education.
SchoolSparrow.com was started in 2012 by realtors, parents and web developers in Chicago who recognized a lack of resources for finding both the best Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the right homes in those school districts. SchoolSparrow has evolved over the years and in late 2019, SchoolSparrow introduced a new school ranking system for the Chicagoland area, then in mid 2020, SchoolSparrow released the same ranking system to 24 major metropolitan areas in the United States. SchoolSparrow’s ranking system normalizes for parent income, which by far has the most influence in standardized test results, not the quality of the school. Our ranking system elevates diverse schools that are outperforming expectations to the forefront.
SchoolSparrow will change the way parents look for good schools by synchronizing the home and school search. Most parents end up selecting schools for their children based on either school rankings websites or word of mouth recommendations from friends and family, and as a result they do not consider many schools that could alter their standard of living due to decreased housing costs. The search functionality at SchoolSparrow.com allows users to find the top 30 school districts that have homes for sale right now within the users defined budget. This search uncovers the hidden gem schools that not only produce exceptional students, but also that have affordable housing stock within their attendance boundaries.
Below is our original “About Us” from our 2012 start when we focused only on Chicago:
Chicago families are increasingly sending their children to CPS because of a recent significant increase in the quality of education at many schools within CPS. This increase in quality comes none too soon for some families who are unable to sell their city homes (see this Crain’s Article). We interviewed dozens of parents with children in Chicago Public Schools, and they all reported shortcomings in the availability of data to sort public school performance data, as well as tools to find properties by school district. SchoolSparrow was created to solve both problems.
SchoolSparrow.com aggregates publicly available data including 1) School Performance, 2) School Boundaries, and 3) Current MLS listings to allow our affiliate agents and registered users to easily conduct a home search based on the quality of the school district in which properties are located. Our goal is not only to provide a resource to consumers that are considering Chicago Public Schools for their children, but also to match consumers up with qualified realtors that have access to our school district search resources. SchoolSparrow affiliate agents understand the importance of school districts to consumers, and they recognize the lack of resources available to truly conduct a comprehensive school district home search.