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Old 05-17-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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Family is relocating to DFW area and are starting to research suburbs of Dallas for best school district.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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Plano, then Frisco, then Mansfield.

Small gap between Plano and Frisco. Big gap between Frisco and Mansfield.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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That's not really a fair comparison. We don't know what's important to the original poster, or his (or her) friend that put together the baseline list for them. Perhaps by some metric, Mansfield would beat Plano and Frisco hands down. Certainly, one might be mistaken to assume school comparison should be done on the basis of academics, test scores or future student success in college, etc.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:37 PM
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Not very difficult

Compare school dts in % of National Merit Finalists and % of kids who actually gain admission to Stanford, Wharton, Harvard....rest of stats are fairly irrelevant and easily manipulated...and most kids at allegedly competent lib arts colleges struggle to get high-pay jobs post-grad...funny how that works
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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You won't go wrong with either Plano or Frisco. I don't know much about Mansfield except that is becoming very popular to buy a home in. I would think that the more people that move into the area the more quality you will find in the school district. Frisco hasn't always had a great reputation. It now is considered one of the best. Frisco has grown tremendously.

When choosing schools it all depends on the neighborhood and leadership of the school in that neighborhood. You can do research by visiting schools and or talking to potential neighbors. Keeping in mind however that different people have different views when it comes to edcuation and what is important.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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Since Plano and Frisco are almost all middle class and higher, the schools are naturally better than schools in economically disadvantaged areas. It is a phenomenon that repeats itself in most large American cities if not all of them. That is the same reason the Highland Park schools are so good. If you have a school district where most of the kids are not worried about where their next meal is coming from and they are well-supervised by affluent parents who push them to do well in school, naturally they will do better.

I think for these reasons Plano and Frisco are overrated. Their test scores are impressive but I don't think they are necessarily doing anything better than anyone else.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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That's not really a fair comparison. We don't know what's important to the original poster, or his (or her) friend that put together the baseline list for them. Perhaps by some metric, Mansfield would beat Plano and Frisco hands down. Certainly, one might be mistaken to assume school comparison should be done on the basis of academics, test scores or future student success in college, etc.
Isn't that what most people look for in schools?
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Thanks compSciGuy, the academic performance of the school district is very important. Our daughter attends the top rated private school in our current area and we're looking to put her into a comparable public school district. So any information or websites that may assist in researching this will be quite helpful.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:04 PM
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Since Plano and Frisco are almost all middle class and higher, the schools are naturally better than schools in economically disadvantaged areas. It is a phenomenon that repeats itself in most large American cities if not all of them. That is the same reason the Highland Park schools are so good. If you have a school district where most of the kids are not worried about where their next meal is coming from and they are well-supervised by affluent parents who push them to do well in school, naturally they will do better.

I think for these reasons Plano and Frisco are overrated. Their test scores are impressive but I don't think they are necessarily doing anything better than anyone else.
Bingo!
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Isn't that what most people look for in schools?
Well, that's what a lot of people look for. However, as it has been previously mentioned elsewhere, there are some parents moving their kids out of certain Plano schools into Frisco schools because the pressure is to high.
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Thanks compSciGuy, the academic performance of the school district is very important. Our daughter attends the top rated private school in our current area and we're looking to put her into a comparable public school district. So any information or websites that may assist in researching this will be quite helpful.
I have associates that would try to pull a fast one on me for humor value (i.e. things like suggesting Mansfield next to Plano & Frisco). You should look more at individual schools, neighboring schools (in case boundaries adjust and for future classmates in middle schools, high schools, etc.), and growth/decline/change patterns. You can look up individual schools on the following sites.

National Center for Educational Achievement -
http://www.just4kids.org/en/

Great Schools -
http://www.greatschools.net/

School Digger -
http://www.schooldigger.com/
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