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Old 04-19-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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Hi,
We will be moving to WH in July 1st and looking to rent a 3 BR, at least 1.5 BA unit in West Hartford (1st choice)/Farmington/Avon area. Not much luck so far! Neighborhood and Schools are important, need to stay in a elementary school zone where they have programs for advanced kids. It will be completely a new area to move for us! So any advise will be helpful. Thanks.
WM.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:43 AM
 
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Sorry dont know about west hartford rentals too much but bumping thread for you!
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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I don't know about west hardford either, but you can chack some school info on www.conncan.org website. Good luck!
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:52 PM
 
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West Hartford schools are overall quite good. The town certainly deserves an A for effort in education, especially for its special ed programs and for its attempts to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Smith and Charter Oak serve a poorer part of town, with many more children who qualify for free lunch, but the town pours extra resources in - smaller classes, more special ed support. If you are looking for 3 BR, 1.5 baths, you're going to be looking at a small house, at least 1500/mo. You might be able to get a 3 BR apt. in a duplex for as little as 1200. Rentals are a little cheaper in the southeast corner of town, but the area is more like Hartford socioeconomically. There are some nice duplexes near Fernridge park and near Morley school.

As for gifted education, all of West Hartford has Quest, which begins in 3rd grade. It is a pullout program for gifted kids. They do enrichment activities, not accelerated learning. There is also an accelerated math program, Mathquest, which your child must test into. It begins in 4th grade. You don't pass the test, you don't get in. Your child could take the test in late August, if you ask. Some schools/grades have no children in Mathquest. My son's grade had 5 (all boys) of the 70 or so kids in the grade test into it. The test is not an aptitude test - it is an achievement test. You are supposed to be two years ahead in math in order to pass. Since there is no accelerated math program before Mathquest, virtually the only kids who test into it are those whose parents teach them math at home at an advanced level. If you have a child who is good at math, and entering 4th grade or above, it would be to your advantage to tutor your child in math in preparation for the test, since the regular classroom math curriculum is Trailblazers, with which many, many parents are unhappy. (You can read about this issue on the internet, if you're interested.) The Mathquest curriculum is a standard curriculum, teaching "how to do the math" in a traditional, sequential topic method, as opposed to Trailblazers, which is conceptually based, and touches on many different topics every year.

Craigslist would be a good resource for rentals.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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For a 3 bedroom home in W Htfd expect to pay at least 1800 and up a month.

Look on craigslist or realtor.com for rentals. The good ones go quick.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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West Hartford schools are overall quite good. The town certainly deserves an A for effort in education, especially for its special ed programs and for its attempts to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Smith and Charter Oak serve a poorer part of town, with many more children who qualify for free lunch, but the town pours extra resources in - smaller classes, more special ed support. If you are looking for 3 BR, 1.5 baths, you're going to be looking at a small house, at least 1500/mo. You might be able to get a 3 BR apt. in a duplex for as little as 1200. Rentals are a little cheaper in the southeast corner of town, but the area is more like Hartford socioeconomically. There are some nice duplexes near Fernridge park and near Morley school.

As for gifted education, all of West Hartford has Quest, which begins in 3rd grade. It is a pullout program for gifted kids. They do enrichment activities, not accelerated learning. There is also an accelerated math program, Mathquest, which your child must test into. It begins in 4th grade. You don't pass the test, you don't get in. Your child could take the test in late August, if you ask. Some schools/grades have no children in Mathquest. My son's grade had 5 (all boys) of the 70 or so kids in the grade test into it. The test is not an aptitude test - it is an achievement test. You are supposed to be two years ahead in math in order to pass. Since there is no accelerated math program before Mathquest, virtually the only kids who test into it are those whose parents teach them math at home at an advanced level. If you have a child who is good at math, and entering 4th grade or above, it would be to your advantage to tutor your child in math in preparation for the test, since the regular classroom math curriculum is Trailblazers, with which many, many parents are unhappy. (You can read about this issue on the internet, if you're interested.) The Mathquest curriculum is a standard curriculum, teaching "how to do the math" in a traditional, sequential topic method, as opposed to Trailblazers, which is conceptually based, and touches on many different topics every year.

Craigslist would be a good resource for rentals.
Thanks all of you for the information, it will be very helpful. I will be visiting the west hartford/farmington/avon area soon for a couple of days to see some rentals. Any idea which hotels location would be convenient for rental searching purpose? Also will appreciate if any of you have any suggestion on rental properties that I should take a look at during my visit.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:06 AM
 
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any idea on properties or websites?
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