While my education was the sole purpose for coming to Durham, my family accompanied me for the first year and my ten-year old child's education was also important. Placing him in a safe learning environment had to be carefully coordinated. And all this had to be planned before we arrived in Durham.
So these were the tools I used. First I went to a website (Greatschool.com) and picked out a list of schools and I picked the district closest to Duke Campus with an acceptable ranking. Then, I checked around for affordable housing, within that district. I also looked at the DATA system. I googled all of the destinations and mapped out the locations. I tried to get my residence 1/2 hour from Duke Campus by bus (I ended up at 40 mins.) Durham elementary schools has school buses, which I did not know until I had locked into lease with our landlord. (and I tried getting the school within walking distance from home (15 mins. walking), so that my Wife could walk my son to school with a toddler in tow, this was not necessary.) My son enjoyed his school, "Go Hillindale Elementary Hurricanes"!! And this Grey Devil got to his work .