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Old 03-07-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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We are moving to Plano in June 2014. Our kids go to middle and high school, their education is our priority. My Research shows me that CM Rice( middle), Schimelpfenig( middle), Jasper(9&10) and Plano West (11&12)are very good schools, with a lot of diversity. However, all the homes I really like have to attend Shepton and Renner. Is there a big difference in the schools?
What is a good place to live in- I mean green, open, nice neighbourhood,safe, with families who have kids in that age group- 5-18 yrs?
We will be working in Plano.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:10 AM
 
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All of these are excellent schools. Renner area is the most wealthy area of Collin County. Rice & Jasper recently joined West Cluster but Renner/Shepton always kept PWSH on top. Whole 75093 area that feeds to PISD is what you seek.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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You didn't state your price range?

For 75093, be prepared to *start* at $500,00K.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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How would Plano West Sr High compare with St Mark's Dallas?
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:44 PM
 
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How would Plano West Sr High compare with St Mark's Dallas?
It doesn't. St Mark's is THE elite boys prep school in the Southwest with roughly 90 students per class. The school's endowment alone resembles a private college.

Plano West is a fantastic public school but it doesn't have the resources or "choosiness" to hang in St Mark's league. This year's graduating class at St Mark's has 19 NMSF (out of 90ish boys). The whole Plano West had 26 NMSF (out of about 1100ish boys & girls). If you add together Hockaday + St Marks, there were 41 NMSF out of 200 seniors, making the two elite boys' and Girls' schools about 10X more competitive than Plano West.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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They are two totally different animals but both are on top in their own categories. Plano West is arguably the best open enrollment public school in DFW and St. Mark's is the best exclusive school for boys. If you can afford the tuition then go with SM, if you can't then Plano West is the second best pick.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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Thank you for the advice.
How does Shepton compare with Jasper?
Which middle school in Plano would be a good alternative to CM Rice?- I can't find a home I really like in the Rice geography, at least not yet, maybe more will be available once school term ends...Our budget is flexible.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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Jasper is certainly most competitive than any other 9-10 school in DFW thanks to Tiger Moms but Shepton is a pretty solid school with all the perks of PISD. Both feed to PWSH.

Renner, Otto, Murphy and Robbinson are top notch middle schools.

How do you define flexible?
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:01 AM
 
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As a student of Renner, then Shepton, then Plano West- I have to say these are excellent schools as well so don't hesitate to get a home in the area. Great faculty, the best technology- it's much more crowded now than when I went there (graduated Plano West in 2009), and I remember it being super competitive, but I would welcome that challenge- your kids will start college at an above average level because they do an excellent job of preparing kids. For neighborhood, I would recommend Willow Bend or Lakeside- depends on your budget but those are the best areas I know for families. Good luck and welcome to Plano!
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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You have to get into St Mark's first. PISD is Plan A.
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