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

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.

Blount Elementary Takes on Demand in East Montgomery, AL

September 25th, 2008 categories: Montgomery, Schools

If there’s any question about the demand for good public schools in Montgomery, AL, check out the population explosion at Wynton Blount Elementary School.  Clearly there is a trend, and clearly Blount is meeting that need.

It’s the newest elementary school in Montgomery and it draws from neighborhoods on the south side of Vaughn Road in east Montgomery (Sturbridge, Deer Creek, Thorington Trace, Breckenridge, etc.).  Count the portables – they’re evidence of the demand for good neighborhood schools.

So it’s in a good location, but what goes on inside?  Click here to check out test scores for Blount Elementary.

With Carr Middle School scheduled to open next door in the fall of 2009, it seems that demand will remain strong for Blount Elementary School.  Its address on Ray Thorington Road means that it will be surrounded by new neighborhoods with varying price points, and it will be convenient to east Montgomery shopping and churches.

You can contact Blount elementary school at (334) 244-0078 or visit their website here.  You can also access the Montgomery Public Schools website by clicking here.

Peek Inside Montgomery, AL’s Halcyon Elementary School

September 23rd, 2008 categories: Montgomery, Schools

Several different neighborhoods in east Montgomery are zoned for Halcyon Elementary School.  Basically, Halcyon students come from the corner of Bell and Vaughn Roads, east down Vaughn Road (in between Vaughn Road and I-85).  If you can get to The Shoppes at EastChase, you can get to Halcyon.  The school backs up to some of the best shopping in town.

Halcyon Zone Google Map

For the exact zoning of any school, be sure to contact the Montgomery Public School System at (334) 223-6700.

I drove by Halcyon Elementary School the other day and took these pictures.  Sorry, but they are not Ansel Adams quality, but I thought that people might be interested in what it looked like.  One teacher was even nice enough to let me in to photograph a classroom.  She was in there getting organized for the new school year, which starts on August 11, 2008.

Here is a look from the outside:

Here is the inside of a classroom:

For Halcyon’s SAT-9 test scores click here.

If you’re looking for a home in Halcyon Elementary School’s school zone, or any school zone in the Montgomery area, call us at the number at the top of the page, or send us an email.  We’d love to help!