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Old 04-11-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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This is million dollar advice.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Boston
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If she is an average student in Boston, you may be pleasantly surprised by where she ranks in Texas schools.
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/

Why not enroll your daughter in the private school where she will receive more individual guidance and support with a curriculum geared more toward her strengths and enroll your son in the top rated public school? Every public school caters to the best and brightest students.
Let's hope! We've looked into the private school route for her as it would open up North Dallas as an option, but from what we have heard, we are much too late in the admission process for acceptance into the privates in that area. Maybe if she were an academic all star we would have a chance, but that is not the case.

Our son currently attends and is doing nicely both academically and socially at a school here in Boston which is very similar to the one he will be going to in Dallas. 9th grade is a tough time for a kid to move, so we are trying to keep things as consistent as possible for him, hence the private school route .
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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IMHO 9th grade is a good time to go to a new school. For example, PISD has junior high schools for 9-10 grades and every class gets students from three middle schools. Children take classes according to IB, AP, IH and regular standards. This gives students a chance to find new friends among ones who attend most classes with them. These friendship lasts in senior high during 11-12 grades and sometimes transfer to colleges together. With new health, technology and international academies it would be even easier to fit in than in a private school where children are together since KG and its hard to break in to tight groups.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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IMHO 9th grade is a good time to go to a new school. For example, PISD has junior high schools for 9-10 grades and every class gets students from three middle schools. Children take classes according to IB, AP, IH and regular standards. This gives students a chance to find new friends among ones who attend most classes with them. These friendship lasts in senior high during 11-12 grades and sometimes transfer to colleges together. With new health, technology and international academies it would be even easier to fit in than in a private school where children are together since KG and its hard to break in to tight groups.

Definitely, good food for thought. One of the nice things about these forums is hearing and learning from other peoples' perspectives. I am wondering if he ends up being miserable freshman year at private school, if he could make the transition to our public school, wherever we land?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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Probably private schools can offer better counseling during transition period.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Definitely, good food for thought. One of the nice things about these forums is hearing and learning from other peoples' perspectives. I am wondering if he ends up being miserable freshman year at private school, if he could make the transition to our public school, wherever we land?
If DS is going to Jesuit, feel free to DM/PM me and I could pass along some information to help with the transition. My wife nannies for a family with 2 boys currently there.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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Just do Park Cities. You have a good budget for what you want and Schools are smaller than Plano ISD, where average kids can & DO get lost in the shuffle. Also, there is more of a built-in community via the neighborhood and schools and other volunteer orgs. Show up with a moving van in the Park Cities and half the block will show up with fresh-baked cookies and a friendly, sincere welcome. That doesn't happen all over the metroplex!

Also, commute is a cinch from Park Cities to both job & private school, and it's against traffic rather than with traffic from Plano & points north. Even if the mileage is equal, the reverse commute takes about half the time.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Just do Park Cities. You have a good budget for what you want and Schools are smaller than Plano ISD, where average kids can & DO get lost in the shuffle. Also, there is more of a built-in community via the neighborhood and schools and other volunteer orgs. Show up with a moving van in the Park Cities and half the block will show up with fresh-baked cookies and a friendly, sincere welcome. That doesn't happen all over the metroplex!

Also, commute is a cinch from Park Cities to both job & private school, and it's against traffic rather than with traffic from Plano & points north. Even if the mileage is equal, the reverse commute takes about half the time.
I agree on this one; you should definitely look at homes in UP/HP in addition to W.Plano
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Good private schools don't even accept average students, unless you have right connections or million dollars to donate.
I disagree. Unless you are talking about the "elite" privates, in which case I would agree. There are good privates that have no desire to be the next Hockaday or ESD, who take kids ranging from average to well above average, and they will work with kids who struggle academically. They may not have the highest SAT scores or all the bells and whistles, but they can be a God send for kids who need more nurturing, as well as their families. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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