New School Boundary Maps for 2015/2016

HomeTownLocator has just updated the school boundary maps in all 50 of their state gazetteers for the new 2015/2016 school year.

The new school boundary map for a particular school (also called a school attendance zone or SAZ map) can be located in seven different ways. In the schools section of each state gazetteer (such as http://florida.hometownlocator.com/schools/) you can locate schools by name, city, county, school district or ZIP Code.

You can also search for schools by simply inputting a residential street address in a search form and selecting the type of school (Primary, Middle or High) that interests you. Here’s an example:

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You can also use a simple “Point & Click” method on a map. You’ll find a state map on the homepage of the schools section of the gazetteer. Using standard Google maps tools to zoom-in, zoom-out and pan the map-window in any direction, you can locate a place of interest. When you then “Point & Click” on the map, the web application will drop a pin in that location and immediately locate the appropriate Primary, Middle or High School for it. If the appropriate school can not be identified, then the school district is mapped and contact information for the school district is provided.

In addition to the school attendance zone map, the individual school profile page also provides contact information for the school, a link to information about the school district as well as a list of all of the schools in that district, and basic information about the number of students, teachers, number of students by grade, etc. Here is an example:

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What are the data sources for the school attendance zone maps and other data about individual schools and school districts?

School attendance zones are individually compiled by Maponics utilizing (1) GIS data, textual descriptions, address lists, and printed maps obtained directly from individual school districts; (2) the National Center for Education Statistics, (3) the US Census Bureau, and (4) state departments of education. Maponics has been the leading provider of commercial school data attendance zone GIS information since 2010. HTL, Inc. licenses this data for use on our 50 state gazetteers. 

 

Interactive Gazetteer Maps

The six most popular interactive gazetteer maps are:

  1. Place Maps – incorporated cities, towns and census designated places (CDPs)
  2. Maps of Physical & Cultural Features
  3. Congressional District (CD) Maps
  4. School Attendance Zone Maps
  5. ZIP Code Maps
  6. County Maps

As an example, here is a map for the Florida 8th Congressional District:

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On the Congressional District (CD) Maps you can interact with the map in several ways:

  • You can “Point & Click” anywhere on the map and the appropriate Congressional District will be outlined along with contact information for the Representative.
  • You can use the “Select CD Drop Down” list of Congressional Districts in the upper-right of the map.
  • You can input a street address or even just a city or town name in the “Search [StateCode] Box” in the upper-left.
  • You also have standard Google map controls on the left side of the map for zooming in or out and panning the map in any direction.

The Maps of Physical and Cultural Features (Example) have a “Search the map for:” search box underneath the map. You can search for nearly anything and the search function will be centered on the feature location.  These maps also have a link to a larger map as well as driving directions from nearly anywhere.

The School Attendance Zones Maps (Examplecan be located by searching for a school by name, city, county, ZIP Code,  School District or a street address. The search box for address searches is in the upper left of every map in the school section of the gazetteer. You can specify the school type (Primary, Middle, High or Other/Mixed) using a check box in the search form. You also have the option to “Point & Click” on any school map and the appropriate school attendance zone map will be displayed along with a link to the school profile page.

There are two types of ZIP Code Maps. One type highlights all of the ZIP Codes for a city. The example below is Vero Beach, FL ZIP Codes.

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The second type is for a single ZIP Code (32960).

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The ZIP Code Maps include an address search box in the upper-left, a drop-down list of all of the cities and towns in the state in the upper-right and the same type of “Search the map for:” function mentioned in the section about Physical & Cultural Feature Maps.

The County Maps (Example) function in a nearly identical manner as the Congressional District Maps. You can “Point & Click” on the map and the county will be identified; input an address in the search box in the upper-left; select from the drop-down list of counties in the upper-right; or use standard Google map controls on the left side of the maps to pan in any direction as well as zoom in or out.

The state gazetteers also have two other map types:

  1. A Geocoding Map that allows you to input an address and get the coordinates for that location, and
  2. A Reverse Geocoding Map where you place a marker on a map and get both the coordinates and the nearest address for that location.