My wife and I have three (3) young daughters (4.5, 3, 6mos) and currently live in Allen ISD. We have been eyeing Lovejoy ISD which is about 2 miles east of us for a few reasons and I wanted to see if I could get the BH perspective on the matter. Both are good school districts with some distinct differences between the two:
Allen ISD Pros:
- - Stay in current house (est. value $350-375k) which has sufficient bedrooms and could be a decent house for us with some remodeling. This will keep our fixed costs down b/c my income has increased significantly in the last 2.5-3 years since we bought the house
- In-laws are literally across the street so are on-hand to assist with babysitting, our kids get to see them plenty etc. (my folks are still in the UK so see them a couple of times a year)
- Allen ISD has a massive HS (~3k kids in a class) that comes with pluses and minuses but on the good side of that, it has some great vocational facilities and they're adding a specialty STEM building - some of this stuff is as good or better than numerous universities
- Smaller pro but there's more diversity at Allen and it's less of a homogeneous pool of wealthy kids - the area that feeds to Lovejoy have >1 acre lots and is typically wealthier families
- - Smaller class sizes (~475)
- Greater chance of competing athletically - you basically have to be one of the best in the nation at a given endeavor to compete for Allen
- Buying a property with acreage now would likely have a high floor in regard to value as Allen, McKinney, Murphy, Wylie, etc. all get built up.
- Some different opportunities - coding classes, etc. that aren't currently typical in schools
- Houses that feed into this school district are typically 50% higher than the same house that goes to Allen b/c of the school(s). We wouldn't be able to afford a great house in this school district right now but with it being smaller, we could move within the district and our kids wouldn't need to move schools which isn't the case with Allen (18 elementary schools, 3 middle schools).
- We have always considered living on a little acreage (<6 acres) to give our girls some freedom in terms of space and to experience things like raising chickens, goats, etc. This is doable in Lovejoy ISD since typically no HOAs.