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Old 02-19-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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I had kids in Kansas schools, too - Shawnee Mission District, wh/ was ranked as one of the top in the nation at that time. I do feel that district, at that time, was superior to NC's schools overall. The elementary schools were typically new and beautifully designed, very robust staffing, demanding curriculum, high national scores, etc.

However, I think that there are many schools here that do compare to that same level of academic achievement. Johnson County was, at that time, ranked as one of the ten wealthiest, fastest growing counties in the nation. The demographics were not comparable to Charlotte's, except in specific schools. JoCo had little poverty anywhere in the county and so the demographics just didn't match up well w/ CMS as a whole.

That brings me to JORDYSMAMA's statement - there are great schools here - but you need to do your homework. In those schools, I think the comparisons would be very favorable to my kids' schools in Shawnee Mission.
We were in Wichita. Public school is not really an option unless you live in a suburb. That said, private school is much more affordable there than here. I know all of Johnson County had really good schools, I liked the KC area.

In Charlotte, we attend Providence Springs, and so far we really like it. The kids are very challenged and the teacher involved.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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You should consider Springfield in Fort Mill, SC. Beautiful neighborhood, great ammenities and great schools.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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We were in Wichita. Public school is not really an option unless you live in a suburb. That said, private school is much more affordable there than here. I know all of Johnson County had really good schools, I liked the KC area.

In Charlotte, we attend Providence Springs, and so far we really like it. The kids are very challenged and the teacher involved.
I am so glad you found a great spot for your children! I so agree w/ your advice to others - there are good schools here, but choose that neighborhood w/ the school in mind!

Also - just an observation on my part . . . lines can shift in so many of these new schools!!! Population shifts have made this the only way to manage enrollment. So if parents want to be assured that their kids will definitely go to the school they choose . . . then select a neighborhood inside Hwy 51. Yes, that means an older home . . . but those houses typically come w/ large lots and mature landscaping and very convenient locations.
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