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Old 08-28-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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We are in day 3 as well, from abroad, but via NY. Kids are doing well. My little ones at the elementary have had a wonderful experience so far. My middle schooler loves the school. The teachers and administration thus far have been open with the amounts of communication (emails, notes home, voice messages), clear expectations have been sent home with learning objectives, of what is the required from the students as well as soliciting our feedback of what we expect of the teachers.

My oldest got all the pre-ap classes that she enrolled in. There are tons of "Pre-AP" / GATE kids, and the parents seem VERY involved in expecting the children to learn, do well and excel. I love the vibe that I got from the parents in that regard.

I love the community feel of having the elementary right inside the development..seeing kids walk to school, excited to learn and just being kids.
It's great that your kiddos are doing well and that the teachers and administration keep the communication lines wide open.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Since we are talking about transferring school from one state to another, what would be best timing to make a move and transfer schooling?. Frankly speaking I don't want my girls having problems during their transition. All that factors might also affecting our negotiations to relocate. Thanks.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:03 PM
 
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Of course beginning of the academic year in August is the best time to join schools here. It's better to move children while they are in elementary school. Higher the grade, bigger the social and academic challenges. If a kid is bright and hard working then they have 3-4 high school credit courses taken care of by 8th grade.

However, if parents,teachers and community are supportive then transition at any grade or time of the year is not as tough as to do it without a support system.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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Since we are talking about transferring school from one state to another, what would be best timing to make a move and transfer schooling?. Frankly speaking I don't want my girls having problems during their transition. All that factors might also affecting our negotiations to relocate. Thanks.
Early June would be the best time. Gives you time to settle in.

August would be the end of the best time.

Starting school in mid-year would be the worst.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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We are also from out of state (NJ) and happy so far on day 3.

I have to give a big plug to the our new school system. When I registered both my kids (5th and 8th), everyone was extraordinarily helpful. We spent close to an hour with the 8th grade counselor who was really patient, listened to all my concerns since my daughter can be challenging. My son's 5th grade school was so helpful including the entire staff. In our NJ elementary school, the principal would sit in her office and it was an honor to interact with her. Most of the staff would treat you like a child---very unfriendly. Here, everyone was out in the hallways trying to make a new school experience nice for everyone. It is so refreshing to see people with huge smiles on their faces.

Both my kids really like their new school. My son was telling me that in his old school, when he had a question, the teacher would routinely say to the kids, "Figure it out." In his new school, he said the teachers are much more helpful. He learns at a slower pace so this will be great for him. Also, the before and after school tutoring, at least in middle school (not sure about elementary) is going to be so important for my daughter. She really needs the extra help and mentorship. I think that she will get the help she needs here. I was feeling a bit rudderless in NJ quite frankly.

Don't want to dis the NJ schools too badly though. They are good and there are many dedicated teachers and staff there. I just found the Plano schools so much more accommodating and helpful. Love it here.

Hi siggy20, can you please tell me which schools your kids attending, I am in the same boat now, relocating from NJ, 4th and 7th graders. they love their schools in NJ hope they find schools they like in Dallas area also. Please suggest.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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I too would like to know which schools your kids are attending. I am from NY and we will be in Plano next summer. I sold my house in a week...so I have to find temp housing until the end of the school year. My girls 6th and 8th grade want to finish the year out here. I'm worried about them having no friends when they start school.

Just wondering which middle and high school are you happy with so far?
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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I agree with the girls that going in a new school is much better at beginning of the year compared to showing up midterm. However, sometimes it's not logistically possible so you have to toughen it up. It's a great district so you don't need to worry. However, my experience is with West Cluster schools of Brinker/Barksdale-Renner-Shepton-Plano West Sr and I can assure you that you'll not be disappointed.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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We are thinking of central Plano...Clark or Vines? I'm told by my real estate agent that Schimelpfenig or Haggard would be the middle schools of choice.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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I agree that Haggard and Schimelpfenig are excellent choices. Both are smaller than the typical PISD middle school, and run "tight ships" as far as faculty and student expectations.

Hendrick is another good option, but those houses are kinda out in the boonies geographically. Wilson is OK, and Carpenter is a flat-out "avoid".

One man's opinion - make of it what you will.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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All four are fine schools. I really like the area near Schimelpfeing with Jack Carter Pool, Park and homes near Chisholm & Bluebonnet Trails.
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