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Old 04-18-2015, 06:11 AM
 
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Hello everyone... I am finally making the move from New Englad to Charlotte. I have a great job offer in Ballentyne near the Ballentyne hotel area and was looking for recommendations on places to live. My absolute number one priority is the school system. I have two kids ages 6 and 8 and I plan for Charlotte to be home for a long time. I would prefer an area where the Elementary, Middle and High School are all 10s in GreatSchools.org. However, I have not been successful in finding the trifecta. In terms of homes, I would like something with at least a half acre of land to an acre at minimum. I don't want my home to be 10 feet away from my neighbor. However, I do definitely like the "planned community" type atmosphere. My budget is between $400K-$600K. I could probably go higher, but I don't think I need to because there seem to be plenty of homes in that price range.

Again... schools are absolutely the top priority. I am not opposed to private schools, but I am a big believer of public schools and would prefer public over private if possible.

Thank you all in advance for your help.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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Default duh!

schools here are horrible so charlotte should not be on your list of top places.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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You will have many options in your price range -- I would suggest Ballantyne area or Western Union County for commute times.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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If you refer to greatschools.org you can see that the southern portion of the county has Ardrey Kell and Providence as "9" schools and the schools that feed those two are likely similar in score. They would almost have to be. In NC school funding is statewide. There is no local school tax or millage. The entire county is a single school district which is the same in all counties in NC with just a very few exceptions. It is important to most parents that they find a home that is least likely to be rezoned to another school within the district in the future. Your realtor may be able to give you advice on that prospect. Rezoning can happen any year.
As is always the case, those schools which have the highest percentage of families with parents with high levels of education and high amounts of family income will score highest on most results of school ratings. A school is an empty building. The students (and their families) that populate it make the difference. It is also true that students who are normal and average performing might feel left out at a high performing school with intense competitive pressures.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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As mentioned above, the western Union County high schools and their feeder schools actually abut Mecklenburg County at the Providence and Ardrey Kell school zones in Mecklenburg County. They are neighboring schools. To an incoming family one might consider them a single grouping, as far as schools go, again since there is no local school tax. There will be a different school board and differing assignment plans for the two counties. By most standards Providence is the most competitive HS, though a top student can find as much success as he/she desires at any of the schools that cluster along this county line.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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Be prepared, the public schools here are very different than the northeast. You may want private school. Public schools here are very large and still growing. The area is having a hard time keeping up with growth. Plus, teachers are paid less, there is more teacher turnover and the schools in general always seem to be treading water due to lower budget/ low taxes. It's just a totally different vibe.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I can't comment on the difference between CT and Charlotte schools, but I can tell you that students do very well in schools in the southern part of the county. All the high schools offer the full range of AP classes. Some (Myers Park and Marvin Ridge) offer IB. Education is there for the taking - like everywhere, it depends on the student and the parents. My son went to Myers Park, received a full scholarship to college and is now on his way to a top (Ivy League caliber) graduate school.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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My 2 kids went to CMS schools and both have a BA & Master degrees. Both are doing well.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:30 PM
 
Location: NOT in the Land of lollipops & unicorns...I live in reality.
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You and 9 million others moving to Charlotte....Oh! Joy!
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Southport
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You and 9 million others moving to Charlotte....Oh! Joy!
And when did you move to Charlotte?
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