About Us

Helping Parents Make Informed School and Real Estate Decisions

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Our mission is to empower parents with the information on schools in urban areas so they can ensure their child has access to a quality early education. We provide key statistics, boundary data, and thought leadership on relevant local issues to keep parents up to date on the constantly evolving, complex (and confusing!) process that is school selection.

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Home Search

SchoolSparrow provides its users with the ability to search for homes that meet their unique criteria within the school districts desired. While major online real estate sites rely on 3rd party data for school boundary information, we work directly with the local school districts to ensure our data is as up to date and accurate as possible.

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Local Experts

We’ve built a network of partner real estate professionals across the country that works with SchoolSparrow clients to set up customized searches. SchoolSparrow partner agents are trained to ensure they are experts on the local schools in their area and of course boast years of experience in helping clients buy, rent, and sell homes.

SchoolSparrow Partner Agents

SchoolSparrow Leadership

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Tom Brown

Founder, Managing Agent

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I launched SchoolSparrow.com in May 2012 after a frustrating search for a CPS neighborhood school for my oldest daughter who entered PreK in Sept 2011. My wife and I started educating ourselves about our CPS options and quickly our heads were spinning (magnet, magnet cluster, regional gifted, charter, neighborhood, etc.), but we simplified the process by deciding to move into the boundaries of a good neighborhood school. So now, no matter what happens with the lottery system, we know our girls will have a great neighborhood school to attend, for free. As it turns out we are so happy with our neighborhood school that we did not even bother applying to other schools! However, the process of finding both the good neighborhood schools and a home in the boundaries we wanted was, in a word, frustrating. Even with the search tools available to me as a realtor, it was extremely hard to figure out in which school boundary a specific property was located, and even harder to find all the properties available in a specific school boundary. SchoolSparrow solves this problem for Chicago parents by combining a school and home search, and with this tool you have more power than your realtor to uncover affordable real estate in good school boundaries.

SchoolSparrow was launched on May 14, 2012, and the goal of this site is not only to provide integrated information on school and properties, but also to match consumers with Chicago Realtors that are savvy about Chicago Public Schools. Contact Us and tell us about your search to get introduced to a SchoolSparrow agent.