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. 

 

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