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Old 01-15-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Yeah, DISD schools are generally not up to snuff, although there are some exceptions. They're certainly nowhere near HPISD status. I think 30K is the highest end for private, but even at a "mere" 15K/yr per kid....

Obviously, Plano/Southlake/Flower Mound publics are good enough to not require private schools.

IIRC, you're moving down from Chicago? (my apologies if I'm mistaken). In general, per test score numbers and other links TC80 has supplied int he past, most of the higher range Chicago suburban school districts (North to NW burbs) are below HP, about evenish with Plano West, and above Southlake/Flower Mound. TC80 had a link to "top 500 high schools" and HPHS was extremely well rated (30-something?), Plano West was ~#98. Most of the good Chicago schools (New Trier, Stevenson, Fremd out in Palatine and I think Maine South and Mt. Prospect were in there as well, can't recall the others) were around the low to mid 100's, with an occasional one in the high 100's/low 200's. Carroll Senior was around #249.

Obviously, one can nitpick various rating systems (New Trier's SAT/ACT's are above HPHS, but it ranks lower in AP test metrics), but that can give you an idea where everything falls.
Yeah, I'm moving from Chicago. I went to a HS in a Chicago suburb (western suburb) and I turned out just fine. Not the best HS, definitely WELL below any of the schools in FM/Southlake/HP/UP/Keller.

Those ISD are ALL upgrades from what I went through. I think personal motivation and parents' involvement is crucial.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Yeah, I'm moving from Chicago. I went to a HS in a Chicago suburb (western suburb) and I turned out just fine. Not the best HS, definitely WELL below any of the schools in FM/Southlake/HP/UP/Keller.

Those ISD are ALL upgrades from what I went through. I think personal motivation and parents' involvement is crucial.
Welcome from the land of mild and honey. Missing Ravenna already?

If your kid is exceptional (and they'll have to prove it) Dallas' two magnets Talented and the Engineering school are the BEST schools in the area SAT-wise. So public school isn't completely out, but it's not a sure-shot either.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I was responding to another thread on the FW forum and found the following statistics relevant for comparision.

Here are the avg. price/ sq.ft for houses between 500-750K and the avg.days on market as of date for the areas and price range you are looking for:

Flower Mound: $ 138.56 ( 88 days)
Southlake: $ 145.46 (101 days)
Keller : $ 146.16 (147 days)
University Park: $ 303.62 (135 days)
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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Not to poke holes but at the 500-750k price in Park cities you're looking at condos, duplexes or tiny, older cottages which def skews days on market. And the numbers are small, not a great comparo.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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The park cities duplexes aren't exactly like the duplexes you might be used to... many of them are 3500 sq ft +, all built in appliances, 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths, third floor game room, 2500 sq ft of hardwood, etc..

And almost all of the ones build in the last 20 years have firewalls between the two units, meaning you never hear anything from your neighbor, ever.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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The park cities duplexes aren't exactly like the duplexes you might be used to... many of them are 3500 sq ft +, all built in appliances, 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths, third floor game room, 2500 sq ft of hardwood, etc..

And almost all of the ones build in the last 20 years have firewalls between the two units, meaning you never hear anything from your neighbor, ever.
True, a few off NW are like 4000 sq ft and decently priced. But some people have an issue with them (I lived in a row house before and they are huge compared to that). But things being equal you'll likely see a slightly better price per sq ft. but a bit longer on the market, but the big ones do seem to sell.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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True, a few off NW are like 4000 sq ft and decently priced. But some people have an issue with them (I lived in a row house before and they are huge compared to that). But things being equal you'll likely see a slightly better price per sq ft. but a bit longer on the market, but the big ones do seem to sell.
There are plenty of 3000-4000 sq ft SFA's with very modern/high end finish outs around the middle school and around the high school too. The are some right by northwest highway (on "northwest pkwy" or whatever) that are on 70's lots and are like 5500+ sq ft...
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