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Old 07-22-2012, 04:18 PM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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We are considering moving to VT for the upcoming school year. We like the Middlebury area, but Burlington seems like a better bet in terms of a job for me (my husband works remotely) and general activities and restaurants. Is there anyone who has experience with the elementary schools? My child will be in 2nd grade. I see that several of the schools perform poorly, but others are better. Can anyone comment on them? Could we go to anyone we chose, or are certain schools assigned to certain neighborhoods?

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Old 08-12-2012, 04:14 PM
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Default Also moving

I would also like answers about Burlington area schools. I grew up there, but think much has changed. Don't really see my kids at BHS.

We are looking for the best school possible, for a 1st grader and 5th grader. Currently they attend a private school in NH. Older child is advanced in math, loves history, needs teachers who care and will motivate her.

Anyone have thoughts about Mater Christi for a non-Catholic family? Are there other private options worth considering? If not, best elementary/middle schools from among those in Burlington/South Burlington/Shelburne/Williston/Underhill(maybe?) area? We don't care about sports. We are more interested in music/arts and a solid education.

Thank you for any help!!!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:51 AM
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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I would not limit yourself to Burlington as a place to live. You can live in any of the outlying towns and be downtown within minutes. In fact, most of the outlying towns will offer more than Burlington. We like to eat out several times a month and the food has to be better than what we can put on the table. This is not a slam on Burlington at all. The outlying towns offer just as much. If I didn't work in Burlington I could not tell you the last time I spent an evening in Burlington. That is my little rant on Burlington.
If schools are important, don't choose Burlington. Burlington is not horrendous, the outlying towns are much better. You have the option of choosing all private schools and that is fine. I think they offer an excellent education, but it's not like your kids will be light years ahead of everyone else. The schools in South Burlington, Shelburne, Williston, Colchester, etc., will give your children a very good education at less expense.
The other bonus with the outlying towns is you get more house/land for the same amount of money. Several co-workers in Burlington have homes valued the same as ours and they live on postage stamp sized lot (I guess they can brag about living in Burlington?). We have over an acre and a larger home and we are right on the water and less than ten minutes to downtown. I guess I'm missing out.
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