It's been AGES, y'all! Sorry about that. I've got a million excuses but they are mainly trying to work full-time and be an attentive mother to my kids (now ages 7 and 4!). Oh and be a non-stressed wife. This wonderful fun project of mine, dear Move to Austin, has unfortunately had to take a back seat.
We did not move abroad either. I could not handle the stress of it. Plus I love Austin. For those who were wondering.
I have gotten quite a few comments asking if the school info is up-to-date, and here's where I'd like to address that.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Texas overhauled their ratings system. They didn't even put out ratings for the 2011-2012 school year while they were doing this. They just put out ratings for the 2012-2013 school year and from what I've seen, it's a different system wherein a school gets a number score, like Austin High School scored a 85%.
So in the meantime I've got to figure out how to update my maps to show this new style -- if I can get the data first. I've downloaded a HUGE file that crashes every time I use it. It's coming, just taking a bit of time.
I think that the 2010-2011 ratings are still a good reference in the meantime. Like always, they should be a tool to use in addition to other resources. Like what, you say? Personally I am a fan of coming on a scouting trip, going to a neighborhood you are thinking of moving to, camping out in a Starbucks or a park and stalking parents. When you see one, ask their opinion.
I honestly picked my neighborhood and school based on liking the Brentwood park (and the parents I saw there) over other parts of the city.