Fred Griffin: School Zones in Your Listings - Do You Include Private Schools?

School Zones in Your Listings - Do You Include Private Schools?

     Millions of American children attend Private Schools.  But, most MLS Listings show only Public Schools.   Real Estate Agents - what about your Listings?  Do you show Private Schools?


Maclay School Tallahassee, Florida



     The reasons why people choose to send their children to Private Schools are multitude.  Some parents want their children in an Institution that has higher Academic Standards than the Public schools.  Parents may prefer a School that honors or upholds their Religious Beliefs.  Other parents want to avoid Cultural Indoctrination.  Or, a particular Private School may be that family's Alma Mater.


North Florida Christian School



     Many Multiple Listing Services auto-populate the Public (Government) Schools into the data field for the Listing.

     Some MLS's may allow Private Schools, Charter Schools, or Religious Schools to be entered manually into the Remarks Section, or elsewhere in the MLS Listing.


     On an Agent or Company Website, Agents have complete control over what School Information is included. 

      Do you advise Potential Buyers and Investors of all available choices regarding Schools and Education?



Holy Comforter Episcopal School Tallahassee, Florida


      Here in Tallahassee, we have numerous Private Schools: 

      North Florida Christian School, Maclay School, Woodland Hall Academy, Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Montessori Developmental School, Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Grassroots School, Epiphany Lutheran School, The Magnolia School... and many others.



The Magnolia School Tallahassee, Florida

       In your MLS Listings, and on your own Real Estate Company or Agent Website, do you include Private Schools, as well as Public Schools?





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Comment balloon 13 commentsFred Griffin • April 23 2013 06:58AM


Relevant reminder that private school data is important to the growing family needs and a good Realtor will share this

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Our MLS defaults to the public schools. There are religious schools as well as private schools. Our public schools our A rated in the state of Florida. Not an issue here really.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning Fred -

Yes I make sure to add both public and private schools in my MLS listings and other marketing as well.  We are seeing more and more turn towards private schools.  They are pricey but parents say it's worth every cent. 

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 4 years ago
Our most also defaults to public schools. I did have all the schools on my previous website and need to add them to my new site.
Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 4 years ago

Fred, We have to manually choose the public schools and we have a 2nd section to add magnet, charter, or alternative school choice. Our public schools are the highest rated in the state. Plus, we generally don't have enough room to add the private school in addition to the fact there are so many good ones.

You're correct about private schools being relative regardless of how good the local schools are.

I personally have children in both because that's what works for my children. I do have parents who choose their private school before choosing their home.

So, we are left to blog about the private schools and put them on our website. Your timely blog is a reminder to me that I need to do that. I've been working on my website and haven't added that yet. thanks!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-578-3111 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 4 years ago

Interesting.  I seem to always end up with public school information on my posts about my listings and teh area. I need to research and devote a few posts to public school alternatives. Thanks.

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) over 4 years ago

The decision may have more to do with Fair Housing laws than MLS policy.  In my area Realtors are told not to tout one public school over another.  Yes, we can provide them with links, resources, etc. but we are not allowed to offer our opinion.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Fred, this is an excellent topic.  Our MLS Service only provides for public schools.  However, we provide single address websites for our sellers, which list all schools for the area, public, private and parochial.  I clicked the 'Suggest" button.

Posted by Pat & Steve Pribisko (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West) over 4 years ago

Contact Fred  Griffin for all your Tallahasse FL real estate needs  (850) 339-4861. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 4 years ago

Thanks Everyone, for your comments!

     My practice is to provide All Information to Home Buyers, including Private Schools in the area.

     Mary makes an important comment about Fair Housing/Discrimination.  I avoid any discussion of race, color, creed, national origin, etc. 

     I direct people to the Leon County School Board, and to the State Department of Education's Florida School Grades Website, for information on Public Schools.  I advise them to contact or visit the Private School for information on a particular private school.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Fred that is a good question, I have not paid attention to that in the past.  It certainly makes sense to me to list the private schools alone with the public schools.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago
Fred, good point and good idea to publish private school information somewhere for buyers to see. Our MLS only allows for public school zones but I do get buyers asking for information on private schools occasionally.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

Fred, you make me think. No, we don't highlight private schools in our real estate listings, even though I graudated from a private school :) Hmmm, should do this. Taking note to myself :) Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 4 years ago