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A new high school in East Montgomery, AL??

April 28th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

a-new-schoolSince I want to be a reliable source for public school  information in east Montgomery, I’ll throw this article from the WSFA website into the mix (dated April 14, 2009).  Click on the title to read the full article:

MPS weighs land proposal for new high school

I didn’t hear much about this in the paper or other news services, but some Montgomerians think this is inevitable, simply because of population growth out east.  I’ll continue to keep you posted, because where you decide to live has a lot to do with public schools.

If you’re shopping around for homes in the the River Region, give us a call or use the contacts tab.  It costs a buyer nothing to have a Realtor do the legwork for you!  We’d love to help.

When Will Pike Road, AL, Have A School System? The Mayor Answers

April 16th, 2009 categories: Pike Road, Schools

The Town of Pike Road had an “Education Summit” tonight at St. James United Methodist Church.

It mostly covered the nature of the school system, which will be a P.D.S. school – or a Professional Development School – more on that later.

For now, check out this video of Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone answering the big question:

When will Pike Road have its own school system?

His answer:

Also, I was pleased to be interviewed by WSFA Channel 12 and WAKA Channel 8.  It also aired on the local Fox affiliate WCOV.

I revealed two great pearls of wisdom: 1. choice is good and 2. schools are important.

Gee, I am brilliant.

Interested in future Pike Road School? Learn More Thursday Night.

April 13th, 2009 categories: Pike Road, Schools

pike-road-bannerThe Town of Pike Road is hosting an Education Summit on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Saint James UMC on Vaughn Road.  You might have heard talk about Pike Road creating its own school system in east Montgomery County, so here is your chance to find out more first-hand.  The meeting is open to the public, and there is time scheduled for Q&A.

Here’s the agenda:

6:45pm:  Welcome remarks, Mayor Gordon Stone

7:00pm: Relationship of PRESET (Pike Road school) to PK Younge School

7:15pm:  Dr.  Fran Vandiver, Director, PK Younge School

7:30pm:  Dr. Lynda Hayes, Director of Research and Outreach

7:45pm:  Dr. Nancy Dana, Director for Center for School Improvement

8:00pm:  Questions and Answers

8:20pm:  Conclusion and Wrap-up, Mayor Stone

If you’re not able to make it, I’m going and will update you here.  By the way, the website for PK Younge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, FL is pretty neat and informative.  If you want to know what’s being planned for Pike Road, check it out here.

Related post:  Pike Road is an Option for East Montgomery

Proposed Zoning for Carr and Wilson Schools in Montgomery, AL

March 23rd, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

The Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) website has posted proposed zoning for the newest east Montgomery schools:  Wilson Elementary and Carr Jr.  This new zoning will take effect Fall 2009.

Below is the zoning map for Carr.  For closer detail, click here for the PDF from the MPS website


Here is the proposed map for Jim Wilson Elementary School.  Again, for more details click here for a link to the map on the MPS website.


This is a really important and exciting time for the Montgomery Public Schools and the city of Montgomery.  Two public forums have been scheduled to discuss the  new school zoning:  Monday, March 23rd  (today) at 6:00 pm at Blount Elementary School, and Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm at Brewbaker Junior High.  Parents are encouraged to attend these forums.  Voting on the new zoning will take place in April.

As always, if you’re looking for a home in one of these new Montgomery school zones, we’d love to help.  It costs you nothing to let an experienced Realtor help you with your home search.  Give us a call or email from the info at the top of the page, or contact us via the contact tab.

For pictures and video of these schools under construction check out these posts:

Neighborhood Spotlight:  New Park (video shows Wilson school)

Right Before Your Eyes:  Carr Middle School

Charting Prattville, AL’s Public Schools

March 12th, 2009 categories: Prattville, Schools

Lots of relocators to the River Region choose Prattville, AL.  One big reason is the City of Prattville’s  public school system.   So what do you need to know about these schools before you make a move to Prattville?

I talked to a friend in Prattville who has kids in the city’s public schools, and she says that most residents refer to Prattville’s school zones as the “New” schools and the “Old” schools. Don’t worry about the “Old” and “New” descriptions – all Prattville schools have a good reputation. It simply seems to be a description of the buildings – newer, or older.

So, when choosing a neighborhood it’s important to ask, “New?” or “Old?”  Here’s the breakdown:


Why might you choose one zone over another?  Since the only time the distinction matters is in the elementary grades, some might like how the “Old” zone groups students of close ages together on separate campuses.  Others might like the “New” zone because they only have one carpool line to sit in when their kids are elementary age.  The good news for relocators is that you have choice.

A Realtor will be able to tell you which homes are in which zone, but it’s important to consult the Autauga County Schools for the final say.

I took pictures of some of the schools.  I planned on getting pics of all the city schools, but was foiled by a flat tire on Powell Road.  Silver lining:  my experience with the Prattville Police Department was great!  Kudos to PPD!

Prattville Kindergarten

Prattville Kindergarten

Prattville Kindergarten

Prattville Kindergarten

Prattville Primary School

Prattville Primary School

Prattville Primary School

Prattville Primary School

Prattville Primary School

Prattville Primary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

Daniel Pratt Elementary School

PPD to the rescue!

PPD to the rescue!

If you’d like to look at homes in the Prattville area, or any area in the River Region, give us a call at the number above, or contact us using the contacts tab.  We’d love to help!

Related article:  What’s the Deal with Prattville?   4 Reasons Some Choose the “Preferred Community.”

Neighborhood Spotlight: New Park in Montgomery, AL

February 22nd, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods, Schools

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For those of you looking for a new construction home in East Montgomery, New Park is an interesting option – interesting for two reasons.

1) The developer (Jim Wilson & Associates) has already brought Montgomery notable developments such as the Wynlakes neighborhood and country club, and the huge Eastchase shopping area.

2) The newest East Montgomery elementary school, James W. Wilson, Jr. Elementary School is being built inside New Park.  At this point, there is not another public school built inside an East Montgomery neighborhood.

Since it’s a brand new neighborhood, you have to build a home.  Phase One is paved and landscaped.  The total development will encompass 1,400 acres.  (To put that in perspective, Deer Creek, across from New Park on Ray Thorington Road, is built on around 800 acres.  Do the math.  The place is going to be big.)

new-parkBased on the New Park website, it looks like there are 5 builders to choose from to build your home.  You can use one of their house plans, or bring your own.

It will be interesting to see how quickly New Park grows once Jim Wilson Elementary school opens.  As of this post, Montgomery Public Schools has not finalized zoning plans for Wilson Elementary, or Carr Middle School (also under construction and next  to New Park).  Students in this area currently attend Blount Elementary School.

If you’re interested in New Park, or any neighborhood in the River Region, please contact us or give us a call.  We’d love to help you explore your options!

Directions to New Park:    From I-85,  take Taylor Road to Vaughn Road. Drive one mile and turn right at light onto Ray Thorington Road.   Drive 2 miles and New Park will be on your right.

New School Zoning in East Montgomery, AL Is Not Decided – Yet

February 16th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

school-crossing-signAs of Friday, February 13, 2009, next year’s zoning for Blount Elementary School, Carr Middle School, and James W. Wilson , Jr. Elementary School has yet to be finalized.  All three public schools in East Montgomery are located off of Ray Thorington Road – Carr and Jim Wilson are new schools under construction with opening dates of Fall 2009.

I called the Montgomery Public Schools office Friday and was directed to their transportation department.  The employee who answered the phone there said that zoning decisions for next year are currently underway, and have not been released yet.

Students currently in the  Blount Elementary zone are living in homes south of Vaughn Road in East Montgomery neighborhoods like Sturbridge, Deer Creek, Thorington Trace, and Breckenridge.  Neighborhoods as far east as Woodland Creek are included in this school zone. (The map below shows  areas north of Vaughn that are zoned for Halcyon, and areas south of Vaughn currently zoned for Blount.)


new-school-picAs always, MPS is the final authority for zoning neighborhoods for public schools.  It’s a big deal for two new public schools to open in this area, so I’ll post an update when MPS finalizes zoning lines. If you’d like to find a home zoned for these new schools,  contact us or call the number at the top of the page. We know the area well and would love to help you find the right home and the right school for your family.

Montgomery, AL Magnet School Applications Begin January 12!

January 11th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

Applications for Montgomery magnet schools are available on the MPS website tomorrow, January 12, 2009. I wanted to give a head’s up to families moving to Montgomery who would like their child/children to attend any of Montgomery Public Schools’ elementary, middle or high school magnet programs during the 2009-2010 school year.

Fill out the application and get it to the school of your choice by 4:30 p.m. on February 6, 2009.  The school will then contact you about scheduling an interview.  First-round acceptance letters will be mailed on April 13, 2009.  If there are any readers who have already been through this process and would like to give some tips or advice for completing this process, please feel free to comment below.

Related articles on magnet schools in Montgomery:

Head’s Up! School Registration in Montgomery is Around the Corner

America’s Top Schools: #56 Right Here in Montgomery

Magnet Application process begins Monday

Right Before Your Eyes: Carr Middle School Update

November 17th, 2008 categories: Montgomery, Schools

I drove by Carr Middle School and was shocked by the progress being made!  I was expecting another remake of the current elementary school “model,” but Carr looks very different.  For more scoop on Carr Middle School, click here

Check out these pictures I took through the car window on Nov. 9, 2008:

Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL

Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL


Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL

Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL

Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL

Carr Middle School, Montgomery, AL

If you are looking for a home in the Carr Middle School zone, let Coley Real Estate help you.  Call us at the number at the top of the screen and put us to work!

Head’s up! Part II: Montgomery, AL Schools for the Preschool Crowd

November 11th, 2008 categories: Montgomery, Schools

If you’re serious about having a little “me” time, begin mapping about a plan for preschoolers before the holidays.  These schools, like the public and private schools in Montgomery, register in January. Slots fill up quickly, so it helps to be informed!

Here are a few preschool suggestions for families in East Montogmery.  The schools I have included are not daycare centers, rather “mothers’ morning out” programs.   I’ve heard good things about all of these through word of mouth, and have had kids in two of these schools.  (For a more extensive list of area preschools, click here.)  

 Frazer Mother’s Morning Out and Kindergarten:  Frazer UMC  on Atlanta Highway has an old and respected program that serves infants 6 weeks old through kindergarten.  It is a huge program – meaning lots of kids – but has a lot of former “students” returning with their children.  That speaks well of any school!  I’ve heard a lot of praise from parents about the kindergarten.  Their hours are a little different from most MMO’s in town: 8:30-11:30am, so that’s a consideration.  Frazer registers in January and the phone number is  (334) 279-0271.

Memorial Presbyterian Mother’s Day Out:  Memorial Presbyterian Church is located on Bell Road, just down from Frazer UMC.  It’s a sweet, small program (75 kids) ages 9 months to 4 years, and it’s been serving families for 8 years.  If you like a smaller program (no carpool line, low student to teacher ratio) – try Memorial.  Their hours are 9:00am-1:00pm, and registration begins in January.  Call Nan at (334) 274-1018.

Saint James Christian Preschool:  Located on the campus of Saint James UMC at the corner of Vaughn and Ryan Roads, I would call this a middle-size preschool.  (I would guess there are probably closer to 100-150 children enrolled?)  This school also has a strong reputation as a Christ-centered program, and serves a diverse population.  St. James has classes for infants-K5, and the hours are 9:00am-1:00pm.  Call Leah at (334)277-3412. Registration is in January.

Vaughn Forest Church PreschoolVaughn Forest Baptist Church is located on Vaughn Road near the Deer Creek subdivision.  It is also a middle size preschool, offering classes for children ages 18 months through kindergarten.  This church itself is large church and contiues to grow (lots of new facilities are currently being built). Their website is extremely helpful, with downloadable forms and discussion of curriculum for each age group, tuition, calendar, etc.  Hours are consistent with most other MMOs, 9:00am-1:00pm.  Call Mary-Jane at (334)279-5433. 

If you have experience with any of these schools, or have others to recommend, please don’t hesitate to comment below and help us out.  If you are looking to make the River Region your home, Coley Real Estate would love to help you make the transistion.  If we can be of service, call us at the phone number at the top of this page.

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