SCHOOL & Community

  1. DFW Area Schools and Test Scores
  2. City, School, Utility, and other Helpful Websites
  3. Basic Service Providers - Telephone Numbers
  4. Comparative Tax Infomation
  5. Texas Homestead Exemption
  6. More Useful Numbers and Websites

DFW Area Schools and Test Scores

Public and Private School Information

Although test scores may not always be the best measure of how your child will do in a particular school, test scores are one of the few tools we have to measure past performance of students at a given school. The link here provides comprehensive test scores for the entire DFW Metroplex.

Speaking with School Administrator, volunteers, and other parents will give you additional insight into school(s) of interest and your child's fit. Here you will find:

  • The latest School District SAT Scores
  • The latest School District TAKS Results
  • Latest TAKS Results - School by School
  • List of Private Schools
  • List of Area Community Colleges, Colleges, and Universities

Click here for School Information and Test Results.

Additional useful school related links:

Click here to search and find Schools in Your Target Area.
There is a "Research & Compare" feature at Great,
and a comparison feature at Standard and Poor's School Matters.

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City, School, Utility, and other Helpful Websites

This section offers web pages for:
  • Area Cities
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Taxing Agencies
  • Utility Companies and Cable Providers
  • Area Hospitals
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment

Click here for links to Helpful Area Websites

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Basic Service Providers - Telephone Numbers

This is a convenient Quick Reference of phone numbers for Utilities and the various Service Providers in the area.

Click here for numbers to Area Utility companies and Service Providers

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Comparative Tax Information

This link provides some comparative tax information which is primarily based on the city and the school district for the particular address you are considering. Note: there are some wacky school district lines, with some cities being served by three different school districts! Call or send me an e-mail if you are interested in obtaining the actual taxes for a specific property.

For folks from out of state, remember, Texas has no State Income Tax

Also, if you are interested in reducing your tax liability, you must file your formal tax protest during the month of May. So for buyers thinking about purchasing during April and May, it may be worth closing in time to file your tax protest prior to the May 31st deadline. There is an exception to this rule, if you purchase a property for 33 1/3% less than the current tax year appraisal, you can get your taxes reduced by producing the HUD-1 settlement statement .

Click here for Comparative Tax Rates

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Texas Homestead Exemption

Anyone who is occupying a property as their primary residence should file for a Homestead Exemption. To be eligble, you must have owned the property on January 1st of the year in question. The filing deadline is April 30.

Click here for more on Homestead Exemptions

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More Useful Numbers and Websites

There is tons of great information packed into this link! And one of the few places you will find such a comprehensive list of Medical Facilities. You will also find Chambers of Commerce, Country Clubs, Senior Information, Sports Information, and more...

  • Emergency Numbers
  • Medical
  • Mass Transit and Airlines
  • Entertainment, Attractions, and Museums
  • Sports and Sports Complexes
  • Ticket Information
  • Country Clubs and Golf
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Seniors Communities
  • General Info including SPCA and Voter Registration
  • City by City General Information
  • TEXAS State Facts

Click here for more More Useful Numbers and Websites

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