School Attendance Zones, which may also be called catchment areas, define a boundary for which households attend which public school.
Maponics developers and geographers use a meticulous process to ensure high quality and accuracy in all database products. A wide variety of local data sources and collaboration with local people and organizations help define and verify school attendance zone boundaries. Meaningful data is attributed to geography to maximize the value of comprehensive school data.
The US Census Bureau only collects and publishes school district boundaries; they do not collect the more granular school attendance zone boundaries contained within the Maponics School Boundaries product. Also, the US Census data does not contain school locations. And while the US Census does include school district boundaries, Maponics verifies and in the majority of cases, corrects these as part of our local sourcing efforts.
Are school locations and profiles available from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)?
The NCES does collect and publish school data and, in fact, we incorporate the NCES ID and some school profile information in the School Boundaries product. Further, for locally-sourced coverage areas, we improve on the NCES latitude and longitude points by doing rooftop level verification and correction for each school location.
The locally-sourced data comes directly from school resources, districts, and is obtained through web sites, emails and phone calls. For many months we’ve been establishing relationships so that when data is updated, we can incorporate it quickly. These relationships are a critical part of our value for our customers.
The product contains K-12, primary, middle and high schools along with mixed-grade schools.
Public schools, including charter, magnet and alternative publically-financed schools as well as private and religious schools.
Yes, only school location and profile are included for private schools because they do not have specific attendance zones or districts associated with them.
GreatSchools ID, NCES ID, school type, enrollment, teachers, teacher/student ratios, etc.
From the first product release school district boundaries will be available nationwide. School attendance zone boundaries will be available for many major metro areas in the first release with growing coverage every quarter. Please contact us to get the latest school attendance zone coverage information.
School Geography Guide
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