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Old 04-14-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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We have lived in JP going on 6 years now. We have a 2 yearold and twins on the way. It has gotten to that time where we have outgrown our 1100 sq foot, 2 bedroom home. The problem is we aren't sure we can afford anything bigger here, and then there is the issue of sticking around and dealing with BPS selections.

We may be able to get another bigger condo.... Or maybe move out a bit to west roxbury...But our concern is if we don't get into the school(s) we prefer, there is no way we can afford private school.


That being said we have grown to love it here and have settled in to our routines. It would be hard to leave.

Anyone else find themselves in this situation? And what did you do ultimately?
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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If you can't afford private school, and care about your kids education then leave Boston plain and simple. I went to those crap schools my whole life and although I turned out ok, no question I got screwed do to it. My girlfriend went to school in Natick, she learned stuff in middle school we didn't learn in high school!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Personally i wouldnt put my kids in BPS mostly because I wouldnt want them bussed all over the place. I grew up in West Roxbury and luckily my parents paid to send me to a private Catholic school in Chestnut Hill...off course back then private school didnt cost as much as college does! I think it was like $2500/year. That was back in the 80s. For high school I did get into Boston Latin so I was lucky in that regard. I'll be moving back to the Boston area next year and one thing I know for sure is that I wont be living in the city because I dont want my kids going to BPS, and I am not paying for private school.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: JP, MA
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A piece from the Globe last year said that something like 90% of applicants get into one of their top three choices.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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Those top three choices could be on the other side of the city and not necessarily "top" in terms of education. Having done it, aside from the uncertainty and uneveness of education in any given school, even from year-to-year, is the difficulty of supporting friendships among kids who come from all over the city.

And once you've poured blood sweat and tears into the public schools for six years, getting into BLS is NOT the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow it's cracked up to be. Your work has just begun.

Move.
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