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Old 03-11-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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From preschool to graduate school and everything in between, barrier to entry has a strong correlation to the quality of a school. Private schools do it with tuition, suburban schools do it with property values, urban schools do it with convoluted admissions policies and/or entrance tests.

At the college level it is more complicated and a lot of the differentiation is based on college or program rather than school, but the same trend remains. If anyone can get in, the reputation suffers.

I know it makes buying a house and picking a school risky, but if admission to the magnet schools was guaranteed for everyone in the district then the quality would necessarily be lower.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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From preschool to graduate school and everything in between, barrier to entry has a strong correlation to the quality of a school. Private schools do it with tuition, suburban schools do it with property values, urban schools do it with convoluted admissions policies and/or entrance tests.

At the college level it is more complicated and a lot of the differentiation is based on college or program rather than school, but the same trend remains. If anyone can get in, the reputation suffers.

I know it makes buying a house and picking a school risky, but if admission to the magnet schools was guaranteed for everyone in the district then the quality would necessarily be lower.
^ this.

I have to say that the student population at SCPA is very diverse, but the quality of the people there is evident. You have to put forth the effort to gain admission, and then stay on top of the curriculum and support the school the best you can. They have an interview process there as well. The interview is very cordial, but it's evident that they want people who will support their children to make them successful, and that makes the school successful.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! When I googled Sands Montessori (since that is the public school near the areas we've been looking) - this was one of the first results and it made me nervous about getting into the school: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...tract-campouts

What is the area like for Pleasant Ridge? I don't know anything about the neighborhoods there.

Honestly, I have some concerns about choosing a public school for something unconventional like Montessori, because as a public school teacher myself, I know that the requirements and red tape have become quite rigid and unforgiving for some of the alternative programming. So we would definitely consider private, too.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Thanks everyone! When I googled Sands Montessori (since that is the public school near the areas we've been looking) - this was one of the first results and it made me nervous about getting into the school: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...tract-campouts

What is the area like for Pleasant Ridge? I don't know anything about the neighborhoods there.

Honestly, I have some concerns about choosing a public school for something unconventional like Montessori, because as a public school teacher myself, I know that the requirements and red tape have become quite rigid and unforgiving for some of the alternative programming. So we would definitely consider private, too.
I unserstand that private schools in the area are able to follow Montessori teaching principles to the letter, where CPS Montessori is not able to. So for those who really believe in Montessori, private may be the way to go. I'm not really a firm believer in strict Montessori, so North Avondale was a good option for my child.

I didn't know Sands camped out, but am not surprised because it's very popular.

Pleasant Ridge is a descent area with a quaint business district.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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PRM is the neigborhood school for Pleasant Ridge, Kennedy Heights, Golf Manor, and Amberley Village. As others on this board can tell you, that is quite a mix of races and incomes - which personally, I find as one of the attractions to the school, but everyone has their preferences.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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Thanks! Having specific neighborhood names will make it easier to search for potential housing. Not knowing much about a city (and relying on the internet to research from 400 miles away) can make it difficult to know exactly what I'm looking for.

Tom - If you don't mind, I will likely PM you about the CPS options once we have things more finalized.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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Not to derail the thread, but OP just FYI:

Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights are both Cincinnati neighborhoods. I would consider both solidly middle class. I think P Ridge has a better "downtown", but Kennedy Heights is having a mini-renaissance of sorts with a focus on the arts.

Golf Manor and Amberley Village are both separate entities from City of Cincinnati, with their own police and fire. I would consider Golf Manor more working-middle class; Amberley more upper-middle class. Golf Manor has a few stores sprinkled here and there - Amberley is purely residential, and the most suburban feeling of any of the neighborhoods (although, there are pockets of Amberley where you could walk to the P Ridge stores).
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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Not to derail the thread
No derailing at all, that's good information.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Thanks everyone! When I googled Sands Montessori (since that is the public school near the areas we've been looking) - this was one of the first results and it made me nervous about getting into the school: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...tract-campouts

What is the area like for Pleasant Ridge? I don't know anything about the neighborhoods there.

Honestly, I have some concerns about choosing a public school for something unconventional like Montessori, because as a public school teacher myself, I know that the requirements and red tape have become quite rigid and unforgiving for some of the alternative programming. So we would definitely consider private, too.
Pleasant Ridge is an older city neighborhood. Based on your other thread, I'm not sure it is a good fit. But it is worth checking out at least.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Tom - If you don't mind, I will likely PM you about the CPS options once we have things more finalized.
Anytime. Hopefully, I can help in some way or another.
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