Whether you are moving your family across the country or across town, one of the biggest decisions you may need to make is which school system is the best for your children. If you are relocating to Virginia, here's a report from U.S. News & World Report that might make your choice easier.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 rankings for Best High Schools in the Nation and Virginia's Rockingham County Public Schools made the list.
Over 21,000 public high schools across all 50 states and in the District of Columbia were considered in the rankings. High schools were awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals based on state proficiency assessment tests in math and reading for all students and how the degree to which schools prepared college bound students.
Three Rockingham County High Schools received recognition.
Key principles used in the review to "make the list" included:
U.S. News & World Report worked with RTI International to create a three-step process in ranking the schools. Schools were evaluated by determining:
Congratulations to Rockingham County Public Schools from the real estate team at Old Dominion Realty.
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July and August are hot summer months for swimming, barbeques, and vacations. Did you know more break-ins occur during July and August too? Keep your home safe and secure while you are away this summer with these ten tips for home security from Old Dominion Realty. Knowing your home is well-secured and under proper care allows you to simply relax and enjoy your time away.
While it may sound silly, but an unlocked door or window is a common entry source for potential burglars. Secure all your exterior doors with a deadbolt at least one-inch thick. Install locks on all your windows. Prevent your sliding glass door from being broken into by placing a metal bar in the bottom sliding track and secure the opposite end against the door jam on a diagonal. Of course, remember to lock your doors and windows before leaving for vacation.
Your neighbors are often a great line of defense when it comes to home security. Ask your neighbor to help while you are away. Neighbors can hold a spare key and alarm codes for emergencies, keep an eye on your home, pick up your mail or newspapers, and water your plants.
Keeping your pets at home under the care of a pet sitter or a house sitter may increase home security. A sitter helps make it look lived in and helps your pets stay secure in their own environment. Also, dogs act as a natural burglar deterrent when they bark alerting neighbors to intruders.
It is important to make your home appear lived in while you are on vacation. If you are not using a house sitter or employing the help of a neighbor, there are additional home security measures to follow. Install timers to turn on the lights, televisions, and radios. Invite your neighbors to park in your driveway. Allow your A/C to run on its lowest setting or use a programmable thermostat to switch it on and off throughout the day.
Contact your local Post Office to stop mail delivery while you are away.
In today's digital world, we often post our plans online without a second thought. Avoid mentioning your vacation plans on social media. After all, you do not want to advertise a vulnerability in your home security.
Your alarm is a key tool in home security. Make sure it is set before leaving and make your monitoring company aware you will be out of town.
Closing all your blinds and curtains could indicate you are away from home. Keep things looking normal by positioning window treatments as you normally do during the day.
An unkempt lawn is a key sign that your home is unoccupied. Keep your home safe by hiring someone to take care of the yard while you are on vacation.
Don't forget to unplug your electronic garage door opener before leaving for vacation. This makes it difficult for a burglar to use a universal remote to enter your home. Unplug electronic devices--like the television--to protect them from power surges.
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The unparalleled beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley attracts thousands each year. From rolling hills and mountain vistas to stunning wildflower meadows, the landscape throughout the Shenandoah National Park System offers sights that simply should not be missed. Include a drive along the area's picturesque Skyline Drive at the top of your list of things to do Virginia list this summer.
Skyline Drive stretches for 105-miles through the Shenandoah National Park. A drive along the Skyline evokes a different time, when life moved at a slower pace, and people commonly took drives for sheer pleasure. Families trying to decide what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, should consider a cruise down the park's only public road. Running north and south through the park, Skyline Drive travels along a crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering unique views of the park and the surrounding region.
Animal lovers need to look no further for things to do in Virginia. Skyline Drive is frequently visited by the park's wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk. The Shenandoah National Park is home to one of the country's largest populations of black bears. In addition to bears, use Skyline Drive's vantage points to spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray fox, river otters, woodchucks and over 200 species of birds.
For photographers and artists, the Shenandoah Valley's natural beauty brings new inspiration. Scattered along the drive are 75 scenic overlooks providing plenty of photo opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Of course, you do not need to be a professional artist to find inspiration along this drive. Skyline Drive varies greatly in width as it curves along the mountains, offering varied and stunning views.
Along Skyline Drive, you will find plenty of opportunities to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Hiking often tops the list of what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley National Park for many nature and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail, one of the East Coast's most famed and challenging hiking trails, runs parallel to Skyline Drive. Overall, you have access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails from various points along the drive. Additionally, horseback riding and cycling are allowed along the Skyline.
Keep in mind, animals frequently dart into the road, so please adhere to the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. A cruise along Skyline Drive is a ride meant to be savored; slow down, take your time and do not forget to stop and smell the wildflowers. You are welcome to tow campers and trailers along Skyline Drive. Just be prepared to shift into low gear. Make sure your trailer will clear Mary's Rock Tunnel, which features a 12'8" height limit.
Claim a piece of the Shenandoah Valley for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to begin your home search today and discover the many, picturesque communities dotting the region.