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Old 05-18-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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Hi...my family is relocating from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Dallas area. I have been doing some research on school districts and would appreciate some opinions. We have two elementary age children and an excellent public school education is important to us. Carroll ISD and Plano ISD seem to have some highly rated elementary, middle and senior high schools. My husband's new position will be located north of downtown Dallas. Not knowing the area, I may have just described half of TX! We will have an opportunity to rent before we buy, but we would like to rent in the school district we think we would like to buy into so that our children may be at least settled in a school. I am really interested to hear some thoughts and opinions regarding school districts, specific towns within the districts that people enjoy, etc. One last question for now....when do schools start in the fall or is it August? Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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How far north of downtown Dallas? The Carroll ISD would probably be too far to commute. Plano is a more manageable commute.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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Schools start the last Monday in August.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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The Plano ISD boundaries extend into Dallas down to the Collin/Dallas County border. You might want to look in that area.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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Without giving the budget it's pretty hard to give you solid advise.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:43 AM
 
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How far north of downtown Dallas? The Carroll ISD would probably be too far to commute. Plano is a more manageable commute.
My husband's new job is off of the Dallas Parkway, north of 635.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:45 AM
 
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Without giving the budget it's pretty hard to give you solid advise.
We want to stay in the 700s
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Plano will be great for you.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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My husband's new job is off of the Dallas Parkway, north of 635.
Plano or even Frisco would be better for commuting than Southlake (Carroll ISD).
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Don't feel compelled to spend $700,000 on a house here, I mean unless you just need to put your money somewhere.

If you are working on the Dallas North Tollway north of 635, look at Plano, Frisco, Allen school districts. If you consider Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville or anything that direction your commute will be longer. Southlake is a very nice area and you would spend $700,000 there, but you don't need to in order to have a nice house in a good school district.

The renting first thing is a great idea, but to rent in exactly the same school attendance zone that you ultimately buy into may be tough.

And it looks like you have already figured out that school district lines do not correspond to city limit lines.
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