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Old 10-22-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to the Charlotte area in Dec. He will be commuting to South Park. We have a 2, 4, and 6 yr old children. I do not want to start my first grader in one school and have to move him. I am trying to decided which school districts are the best. I know that most of Mecklenberg Co is a no go, but wanted some opinions on schools and preschools. We are bro ably going to build a house since this is our final destination. We are in the DC area now and drove down this past weekend. If anything, I am more infused than I was before the short trip. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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Hard to say what best fits your needs unless you provide a house budget.

Compared to other public schools in Charlotte area, Marvin schools (Union County) are part of top list of best schools in Charlotte area. However a home in Marvin area is not cheap since low end housing starts from $300k and goes a lot higher. Weddington is about the same while Waxhaw is a bit more affordable both part of Union County as well and great schools.

Fort Mill (SC) also has good schools but keep in mind that if your kids end up at the UNC schools, you'd be paying an out of state (almost double cost) tuition.

Commute time from the 3 locations for your spouse is about 25-45 minutes, depends on location/traffic.

You might also want to consider Ballantyne, which although part of the city of Charlotte, it has very good schools and a desirable neighbourhood. Another Meck area that is very nice (with best Charlotte city schools IMO) is around Arboretum (going to Providence High school). The last two are closer to your spouse work.

Good luck!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:50 AM
 
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Since you mention preschools, there are a ton in the Waxhaw/Weddington area to choose from. People love Ivybrook, Weddington Methodist, Southbrook, and many others. But registrations start in January and can fill up quickly, especially for the older years. Don't wait too long to sign them up!
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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....I know that most of Mecklenberg Co is a no go, but wanted some opinions on schools and preschools. ...
Given what you said and...

if you are choosing based on schools, then any of the high profile schools in Charlotte are going to exceed the schools in the remote counties in terms of college prep. I'd also investigate the nationally known private schools in Charlotte and several of the charter schools.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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...any of the high profile schools in Charlotte are going to exceed the schools in the remote counties in terms of college prep. ..
You made it clear that you have a personal issue with UC from years back, but while UC is very large, the area discussed is hardly remote (just outside 485).
Also "high profile" public HS in Charlotte are really only three (excluding Catholic HS): Providence High (best one), Ardrey Kell (second best) and Myers Park (mainly a "has-been" with a good IB program only).

You have to accept that times are changing and the new schools in UC and other "remote areas", are indeed a better choice when college is a priority.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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You made it clear that you have a personal issue with UC from years back, but while UC is very large, the area discussed is hardly remote (just outside 485).
Also "high profile" public HS in Charlotte are really only three (excluding Catholic HS): Providence High (best one), Ardrey Kell (second best) and Myers Park (mainly a "has-been" with a good IB program only).

You have to accept that times are changing and the new schools in UC and other "remote areas", are indeed a better choice when college is a priority.
Well said!
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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You have to accept that times are changing and the new schools in UC and other "remote areas", are indeed a better choice when college is a priority.
I don't accept this, but I do accept that you have the right to have this opinion. IMO someone graduating from a top school in the largest city in the Carolinas isn't going to have to prove much when it comes to admissions to any university.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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I don't accept this, but I do accept that you have the right to have this opinion. IMO someone graduating from a top school in the largest city in the Carolinas isn't going to have to prove much when it comes to admissions to any university.

You haven't been through the college application process in a long time right?
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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You made it clear that you have a personal issue with UC from years back, but while UC is very large, the area discussed is hardly remote (just outside 485).
Also "high profile" public HS in Charlotte are really only three (excluding Catholic HS): Providence High (best one), Ardrey Kell (second best) and Myers Park (mainly a "has-been" with a good IB program only).

You have to accept that times are changing and the new schools in UC and other "remote areas", are indeed a better choice when college is a priority.
Agreed - this is very much the reality today. I still struggle with the "remote" reference when you consider the Ballantyne and northern UC areas have better (faster) access to South Charlotte. The lake areas are far more remote.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to the Charlotte area in Dec. He will be commuting to South Park. We have a 2, 4, and 6 yr old children. I do not want to start my first grader in one school and have to move him. I am trying to decided which school districts are the best. I know that most of Mecklenberg Co is a no go, but wanted some opinions on schools and preschools. We are bro ably going to build a house since this is our final destination. We are in the DC area now and drove down this past weekend. If anything, I am more infused than I was before the short trip. Any help is appreciated.
Weddington would be nice, ft Mill..not so much.
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