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Old 05-23-2011, 01:08 PM
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Sounds like the public schools in Guilford are great. I'm assuming there are few differences among the four elementary schools. Can anyone confirm this?

I have two elementary aged children and one child who will be a 6th grader. Sounds like the middle schools are 5th-6th and then 7th-8th, which makes a lot of sense to me. Anyone with direct experience in the middle schools as well?
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:56 PM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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They perform very well. Madison performs even better.

I can't comment on any other aspect than test scores for Guilford, but a friend of mine is administration at Madison's high school and says it's the best school she has ever worked at by far.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:20 PM
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Hi SeattleJenny,

I am a product of Guilford's schools, and I would say the chief importance of elementary school selection is that the group of kids form a kind of "neighborhood identity" that remains a social influence through high school. The elementary school zoning in Guilford divides the area south of Route 1 (plus a little north) into 2 zones for A.W. Cox and Calvin Leete and then a larger geographical area covering the rest of the town (less population density) is divided into 2 more zones for Guilford Lakes and Melissa Jones. The Cox and Leete districts are people living near the town center or near the water, and the Lakes and Jones districts are people living more towards the geographical center (let's call it moderately wooded) or the northern end of Guilford (beautiful rolling hills, lakes and farm land). To some degree, the kids and families in these districts are shaped by the land they live on.

Guilford is about 50 square miles, and you can drive 20 minutes in a straight line from Sachem Head (a beach neighborhood) to Bluff Head (northern end with highest elevation) and still be in Guilford. So yes, there are many options and many kinds of folks... None of the schools would be a wrong choice, and I've always found the individual teacher to be most important. However, in your case, I think you should just pick a neighborhood you like. I'm not sure what the rental market is like, but that could constrain your options, as well.

Good luck!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:20 PM
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Thanks for the replies! Much appreciated
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