PALM DESERT, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ --Each
year, nearly 50 million parents search online for information about
schools, but there are limited resources available to them. Today,
Education.com announced a solution called SchoolFinder,
http://www.schoolfinder.education.com. SchoolFinder is a new application
that helps parents explore, compare, and evaluate a wide variety of
schools-from elementary through high school -- in order to find the best
fit for their kids.
Making the right decision about a child's school is one of the most
important decisions a family can make. But, far too often, parents rely on
anecdotal information. SchoolFinder hopes to change all of that by
delivering a comprehensive nationwide database, combined with advanced
search features and community reviews. Knowledge is power, and putting all
of this information at parents' fingertips gives families the necessary
tools to select the school most appropriate for their children.
SchoolFinder gives parents access to a database of more than 100,000
public, private and charter schools nationwide, and allows them to evaluate
schools based on academic performance, student and community demographics,
and parent and teacher reviews. SchoolFinder will be available to the
general public in mid February, 2008, and fully searchable at
"Today's parents turn to the Web to find information on everything from
buying a car to dinner recipes," said Ronald Fortune, CEO of Education.com.
"Until now, when researching a subject as important as school selection,
parents have had very limited resources. We created SchoolFinder to provide
parents with a powerful resource that makes the school selection process
easy and collaborative."
SchoolFinder allows parents to do the following:
-- Explore: Easily find information about all of the schools in a
community, whether public, private, or charter. Parents can search in
a number of different ways including: searching by address, city,
state, county, and zip; searching by school name or school district; or
searching by proximity and attribute (grade level, school type, rating,
-- Compare: Once the choices have been narrowed down, compare schools by
distance, school type, academics, teachers, test performance, and
-- Evaluate: Upon selecting a school, review detailed academic performance
data, spending per pupil, teacher credentials, statistics and test
scores, and sign up for monthly email updates on any school of interest
More than just test scores and school rankings, SchoolFinder provides
parents with a well-rounded picture of what a particular school has to
offer. SchoolFinder also has community features such as parent feedback, so
anyone can hear about the good and the bad directly from a parent at a
"Education.com was chosen as one of DEMO 08's presenting companies
because SchoolFinder is an innovative solution to the problems facing
today's parents," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO 08
conference. "Education.com has done a wonderful job of making educational
information accessible to parents; SchoolFinder is another great example of
what this company has to offer."
In its first release, SchoolFinder provides information for the ten
most populous U.S. states, including California, Texas, New York, Florida,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and Georgia. Data on
the remaining states will be introduced soon. SchoolFinder's search and
compare capability will soon include school photos, neighborhood
information and other features for all 50 states.
Education.com is a one-stop online destination for educational
information and services for parents of children in preschool through grade
12. The site offers the ability for parents to easily find over 4,000
reference articles from the most respected non-profits, government
agencies, and universities in the country, plus cutting edge editorial
content, communities, and tools to answer education related questions.
Education.com, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., was founded in 2006.
The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital and
TeleSoft Partners. For more information, please visit
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