Frequently Asked Questions

Following is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question is not available here, please feel free to contact us with your inquiry or concern.

What type of schools does Schools K-12 report?
Why is information about private schools limited?
What states does Schools K-12 include?
How often is profile information updated?
How is information collected?
What if I notice incorrect information on a school profile?
Do schools choose to be included on Schools K-12?
What type of information is provided in a report?
How can my school make a Premium Report about them available?
What is the cost for a report?
What are the benefits of having a school profile?
How do I find the profile for a specific school?
What if I live outside of the school district boundaries?
What is [My School List]?
Can I compare schools in different states?
Can I compare public and private schools?
Is Schools K-12 working in concert with the state Department of Education?

What type of schools does Schools K-12 report?

Our profiles include public elementary, middle and high schools throughout the United States as well as charter schools, magnet schools, year-round schools, and some continuation and alternative schools. Due to a lack of information, complete profiles may not yet exist for schools that have been in operation for less than two years or certain types of public school programs such as regional occupational schools, adult schools or independent study schools. Also, some Private school profiles are available with limited information.

Why is information about private schools limited?

The Department of Education administers measurable, standardized testing and is required to publish all public school records. Private schools, however, do not adhere to the same guidelines, and as a result, information is not always readily available or accessible to complete the more extensive profile Schools K-12 is usually able to offer.

What states does Schools K-12 include?

We currently offer in-depth information about all K-12 schools in all states.

How often is profile information updated?

Typically, standardized test results are reported by the Department of Education sometime during the spring and summer months. We update profiles with this information within hours of it being made available and continue to update profiles throughout the year as information is uncovered by our research team or provided by principals visiting our site. All profile information is reviewed and verified at least once a year.

How is information collected?

At Schools K-12, we collect information through several federal and state government agencies, such as the Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as well as through a combination of interviews with individual school principals and school district administrators. Additionally, we encourage students, parents and school professionals to regularly interact with our site by updating their school’s information. Operating from the “concerned parent’s” point of view, our team of researchers asks the questions you want answered to formulate the most extensive, up-to-date school reports currently available on the Internet.

What if I notice incorrect information on a school profile?

Schools K-12 prides itself on providing the most accurate and current school information available. If at any time you notice incorrect information, we would appreciate you letting us know by filling out a correction form or contacting us.

Do schools choose to be included on Schools K-12?

Schools K-12 reports on all schools regardless of their desire to participate. We give schools every opportunity to provide information and encourage their contribution to provide information.

What type of information is provided in a report?

The type of information available on a report depends on the type of report. Following is a description of the types of reports we offer:

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Quick Reports - A Quick Report is a snapshot of general information that includes school location, state academic scores, and basic student body statistics. Particularly useful in qualifying schools for further investigation, a Quick Report is FREE and can be saved to your own personal folder for referencing.

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Premium Reports - Should a school meet your introductory criteria, you may want to consider ordering our FREE Premium Report. A Premium Report includes all Quick Report information plus a detailed and in-depth look at information specific to the school’s curriculum (i.e. AP classes, gifted programs, labs etc.), extracurricular activities (drama, music, debate, speech, various clubs, fieldtrips, student government etc.), as well as girls and boys interschool athletic programs. Schools K-12 is the only reporting source to provide such a comprehensive school review. If new information is received regarding the school your Premium Report covers, a new updated report will be sent to you automatically for up to six months from the original order date.

How can my school make a Premium Report about them available?

If you would like more information regarding your school available on a Schools K-12 report, simply contact us or fill out our school profile questionnaire form. School Administrators may use our Principals Pride area to update their school.

What is the cost for a report?

There is NO CHARGE for our Quick Reports and Premium Reports. Limit 5 per order please.

What are the benefits of having a school profile?

Schools K-12 gives you the chance to share with parents nationwide why your school stands out above the rest and allows parents to be proactive in their child’s academic career by assisting them in seeing how your school compares to those in the surrounding area. Your teachers, principals and school administrators have worked hard to create a safe and challenging school environment, chalk full of academic opportunity. Having a comprehensive profile on your school is a great way to attract the eager students you desire.

How do I find the profile for a specific school?

In addition to searching for schools by name, use "Scooter" our exclusive school match tool that can help you search for schools in your desired area that most closely match your criteria.

What if I live outside of the school district boundaries?

For many districts, open enrollment is only partially based on location. A school will usually accept a student, regardless of where they live, as long as they have sufficient class space available. Call the local county office of education for a district boundary map.

What is [My School List]?

As part of our online services, we allow you to create your own account where you can collect and save profiles on schools that peak your interest. The <<My School List>> tool is especially useful in highlighting those schools that deserve further investigation at a later date or on an ongoing basis.

Can I compare schools in different states?

Because tests and standards differ from state to state, our comparison tool does not compare schools in different states.

Can I compare public and private schools?

Because private schools do not adhere to the same requirements, testing and standardization as public school, our system does not compare public to private schools.

Is Schools K-12 working in concert with the state Department of Education?

Schools K-12 is an independent corporation. We do not support any particular ideology, political view, or educational philosophy. While Schools K-12 encourages the participation of districts, county offices of education and state Departments of Education, we have no formal affiliation with these institutions.