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Old 05-19-2009, 06:13 AM
 
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and frankly--Mansfield is NOT the best ISD of the three--check out the numbers of National Merit semi and finalists--just not happening in that district...
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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zcameron, where did you end up relocating to? I am also moving to this area and cannot decide between Mansfield and Plano. Like Manfield, but worried about the high school
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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zcameron, where did you end up relocating to? I am also moving to this area and cannot decide between Mansfield and Plano. Like Manfield, but worried about the high school
Don't ya love it when people post and don't come back to do a follow up? As for what school district for you, I think it depends on what you are looking for in a district. I am a firm believer, the more affluent the area the better the district which I think is proven. But why is this? Most likely the family structure as much as the schools themselves. It is pretty hard for even the best teacher to turn kids on that have no family life, no money, no hot breakfast and families that do not value an education. Even middle income (lower middle that is) areas often do not have parents that have the time to encourage the kids. Add to that, more affluent areas have families that are more educated as a rule. All this affects test scores, graduation rates, college entrance acceptance, etc.

Nita
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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Yes, that's what I can't decide - I've moved many times before but this time the decision seems tougher as to which school. I would hope that my family's emphasis on education would be enough to encourage my daughter to do well no matter which school, but unfortunately, I think kids are influenced a lot by how the other kids around them value education as well. I also think that maybe at this point that the high school should have programs in place for smarter students, so maybe it shouldn't matter how the overall test scores etc are for the school, just so long as there are AP classes in place for my daughter to take, etc. I know Plano will be better school-wise, just not so sure about that commute so I was hoping Mansfield would be a good alternative.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Ft. Worth
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Yes, that's what I can't decide - I've moved many times before but this time the decision seems tougher as to which school. I would hope that my family's emphasis on education would be enough to encourage my daughter to do well no matter which school, but unfortunately, I think kids are influenced a lot by how the other kids around them value education as well. I also think that maybe at this point that the high school should have programs in place for smarter students, so maybe it shouldn't matter how the overall test scores etc are for the school, just so long as there are AP classes in place for my daughter to take, etc. I know Plano will be better school-wise, just not so sure about that commute so I was hoping Mansfield would be a good alternative.
Mansfield is building another high school in the Mira Lagos subdivision but it won't be completed until Fall 2012. Have you considered putting your daughter in a charter school?

"Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board -- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:43 AM
 
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No, I hadn't thought about charter schools - I will look into those, thanks
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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there are a few charter schools that have been around long enough to show that they have quality program
but I don't think any of them are in the Mansfield area
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:28 AM
 
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There's also Bishop Dunne Catholic school which is 6th-12th grades.
Bishop Dunne Catholic School - Home of the Falcons

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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FYI, a good portion of the charter schools in the Dallas area have gone bust or not doing well. They have seemed to attract the "lower common denominator" amoung the population. Now, there are a FEW and I mean VERY FEW that have done well but that is not the vast majority. I would not even consider the charter school route for either of my children. imho.

You mentioned Hebron HS in the other post. Hebron HS is not in the Plano ISD. It is in the Lewisville ISD.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Ft. Worth
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I believe the OP was looking at Plano & Mansfield. There is a charter school in Grand Prairie called Harmony Science Academy (K-12) that receive "Exemplary" rating this year. Who are you referring to when you say "lower common denominator?
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