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Old 08-14-2019, 07:20 PM
 
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I think DD2 is overrated. Realtors love to brag about it as a district average, by individual schools are meh.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:10 AM
 
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Mt. Pleasant School
DD2 schools
Private schools.

In that order.
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:28 PM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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GreatSchools.org is a good starting point for research but shouldn't be thought of as a definitive measure. Oddly their ratings seemed to have undergone an adjustment of some kind. Mt Pleasant used to have nothing but 10 and 9 ratings for their elementary schools. Now there's only one 10, two 9's and three 7's with the rest being unrated. James Island had two schools rated 10 that are now rated 7. I doubt the schools suddenly went downhill so I'm guessing their ratings system changed or there's an error of some kind.

As a Realtor I can't comment on individual schools but I will note that the Academic Magnet HS has been rated as the best in the nation by US News. Most of those kids are coming from the local lower elementary/middle schools so it seems they can't be too bad...
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:14 PM
 
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GreatSchools.org is a good starting point for research but shouldn't be thought of as a definitive measure. Oddly their ratings seemed to have undergone an adjustment of some kind. Mt Pleasant used to have nothing but 10 and 9 ratings for their elementary schools. Now there's only one 10, two 9's and three 7's with the rest being unrated. James Island had two schools rated 10 that are now rated 7. I doubt the schools suddenly went downhill so I'm guessing their ratings system changed or there's an error of some kind.

As a Realtor I can't comment on individual schools but I will note that the Academic Magnet HS has been rated as the best in the nation by US News. Most of those kids are coming from the local lower elementary/middle schools so it seems they can't be too bad...
It’s because they added the equity rating which is a measure of the achievement gap between disadvantaged students to everybody else. Most highly rated schools score poorly in this area.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:46 AM
 
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It’s because they added the equity rating which is a measure of the achievement gap between disadvantaged students to everybody else. Most highly rated schools score poorly in this area.
I see that now. I guess you have to dig into each school to see the ratings on each category to get an idea what to expect from that school. Schooldigger.com is another ratings site that has a somewhat different system.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:10 AM
 
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What part of Jersey? My brother is in Tom's River.


We live in Summit right now. About 1 hour + north of Tom's River. Summit's a very expensive area that's a bedroom community to NYC. When we bought we got a great deal but we are definitely priced out of if we decide to leave our starter home. But the schools are very strong here so that is why I am looking for more information as we weigh it out.


Thanks to all for your input and responses as we try to figure out next steps. One of my reasons for considering the move would be to be able to get a larger house and not work full time (maybe part time) and be able to spend more time at home with son and slow down. But trying to weigh out if that along with other pros, make such a move worth it.
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:24 PM
 
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I see that now. I guess you have to dig into each school to see the ratings on each category to get an idea what to expect from that school. Schooldigger.com is another ratings site that has a somewhat different system.
Even worse but Zillow for awhile had Great School scores that didn’t match Great School’s actual scores. Wando at one point was a 6 or 7 on Zillow and either a 8 or 9 on Great Schools.
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