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Old 06-01-2007, 04:59 AM
 
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Mathews is a GREAT elementary school.

I still think it's one of the best in Plano, if not the best.

Great area I liked near Mathews is 'Whiffletree'.
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:52 AM
 
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Hopefully Plano is not worksheet based. I always was under the impression that Plano and CFB were both school districts with current research based curriculum. I'm an educator for CFBISD and we feel strongly that learning should be cognitive based. Hands on and high critical thinking skills in all subject areas. Yes, you will see some worksheets but not in excess. Yes, you will see some projects but not in excess and not useless if that makes any sense.

The worksheets you will see should be ones that allow the student to show multiple ways to answer a math problem or to think about a question related to comprehension. By thinking I mean infering etc. Not just "in the book" answers. More thought provoking type of questions.

I imagine if you checked the Plano ISD website you could find links to their schools and email principals to ask their philosphy for instruction in their buildings. Keeping in mind that the schools as a whole must follow district focus. However, most schools add a little piece of themself to meet the needs of their population. Yes, many principals are starting their short deserved break, but many have access to their school email from home. Or at least they do in CFB. I would assume that Plano does as well.
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:12 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to the Plano area and are looking online at homes. My question is about the Rasor Elementary School. We found a home in Chase Oaks that we love, but have heard poor reports for the schools in East Plano. Does anyone know anything about Chase Oaks or Rasor Elementary. I would sure appreciate advice because we have a 6 yr old entering the 1st grade and want her in a good school and neighborhood.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:25 AM
 
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Default Chase Oaks, Rasor

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My husband and I are moving to the Plano area and are looking online at homes. My question is about the Rasor Elementary School. We found a home in Chase Oaks that we love, but have heard poor reports for the schools in East Plano. Does anyone know anything about Chase Oaks or Rasor Elementary. I would sure appreciate advice because we have a 6 yr old entering the 1st grade and want her in a good school and neighborhood.
I live in Chase Oaks. I no longer have a school age child though. What had you heard about East Plano schools that concerned you? ( First of all, I don't consider anything west of 75 to be East Plano.) We lived in far east Plano (the very eastern edge of Plano) for several years and my son attended school in that area. I personally had no problems with the schools there. If you could be more specific about your concerns I could probably make some attempt to address them. I know exactly where Rasor is. I don't know of any reason why it would differ from the schools in far west Plano, but maybe there is. Again, what had you heard? Maybe someone else knows something more to tell you about Rasor than I could.

About Chase Oaks, we have lived in the neighborhood for about three years and really like it there. There are quite a few children in the neighborhood. I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be a great place to raise a child. It's a nice, peaceful neighborhood. At least that's what we've experienced there. The neighbors are friendly on our block. What's not to like?
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:23 AM
 
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My husband and I are moving to the Plano area and are looking online at homes. My question is about the Rasor Elementary School. We found a home in Chase Oaks that we love, but have heard poor reports for the schools in East Plano. Does anyone know anything about Chase Oaks or Rasor Elementary. I would sure appreciate advice because we have a 6 yr old entering the 1st grade and want her in a good school and neighborhood.
Most of the schools that many conisder to be "poor" and in "east Plano" are more in the central area of Plano just blocks from Central. But if you go to the FAR east side of Plano where it borders Richardson, Garland, Parker, Murphy, etc the schools are NOTHING like those and are good schools. As Plano has grown what many considered to be "east Plano" is no more so as it is more centrally located and the city has grown to its far easter borders and with nice homes and schools. I actually like this side of Plano better than the west side. You will find more rolling hills, parks, open spaces, etc.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:53 AM
 
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Most of the schools that many conisder to be "poor" and in "east Plano" are more in the central area of Plano just blocks from Central. But if you go to the FAR east side of Plano where it borders Richardson, Garland, Parker, Murphy, etc the schools are NOTHING like those and are good schools. As Plano has grown what many considered to be "east Plano" is no more so as it is more centrally located and the city has grown to its far easter borders and with nice homes and schools. I actually like this side of Plano better than the west side. You will find more rolling hills, parks, open spaces, etc.
My son went to the schools in far east Plano that you are referring to, but Chase Oaks is just east of 75 north of Legacy. (We have moved to Chase Oaks since he went to school in far east Plano.) I may have confused the issue by discussing the ones there that I had experience with. Rasor is almost at the northern border of Plano/southern border of Allen just west of 75. What would you think of this area, momof2?

I know where the school is and I think Chase Oaks is a great neighborhood to live in, but again I don't have a child in school now. (nothing about the school or neighborhood would indicate to me that Rasor would not be a good school.)

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Old 06-06-2007, 12:11 PM
 
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My son went to the schools in far east Plano that you are referring to, but Chase Oaks is just east of 75 north of Legacy. (We have moved to Chase Oaks since he went to school in far east Plano.) I may have confused the issue by discussing the ones there that I had experience with. Rasor is almost at the northern border of Plano/southern border of Allen just west of 75. What would you think of this area, momof2?

I know where the school is and I think Chase Oaks is a great neighborhood to live in, but again I don't have a child in school now. (nothing about the school or neighborhood would indicate to me that Rasor would not be a good school.)

That area is fine. What schools that are typically not as well are going to be more the central part of Plano in any direction of the DART station for a few miles. To the east I'm thinking along the lines of Foreman Elem and the other one right by there. Totally different ball game than what is in the Chase Oaks area. Then to the FAR east you have Stetson Elem which has rated very high with parents.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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I live in Chase Oaks. I no longer have a school age child though. What had you heard about East Plano schools that concerned you? ( First of all, I don't consider anything west of 75 to be East Plano.) We lived in far east Plano (the very eastern edge of Plano) for several years and my son attended school in that area. I personally had no problems with the schools there. If you could be more specific about your concerns I could probably make some attempt to address them. I know exactly where Rasor is. I don't know of any reason why it would differ from the schools in far west Plano, but maybe there is. Again, what had you heard? Maybe someone else knows something more to tell you about Rasor than I could.

About Chase Oaks, we have lived in the neighborhood for about three years and really like it there. There are quite a few children in the neighborhood. I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be a great place to raise a child. It's a nice, peaceful neighborhood. At least that's what we've experienced there. The neighbors are friendly on our block. What's not to like?
I really know nothing about the schools other than what I've read online. I absolutely love Chase Oaks and have found three houses that I'm very interested in. But my problem is that I have never been to Plano and was hoping to find a family-oriented neighborhood, safe and well-kept. My daughter will be in first grade and as all parents, I definitely want her to have a safe and quality learning experience at school. Thank you so much for your information and if you have anything else to add, I would greatly appreciate it. We can't wait to get there!
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:14 PM
 
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I really know nothing about the schools other than what I've read online. I absolutely love Chase Oaks and have found three houses that I'm very interested in. But my problem is that I have never been to Plano and was hoping to find a family-oriented neighborhood, safe and well-kept. My daughter will be in first grade and as all parents, I definitely want her to have a safe and quality learning experience at school. Thank you so much for your information and if you have anything else to add, I would greatly appreciate it. We can't wait to get there!
Ga Peach, in this price range, you can live more in the interior of Plano. Mathews Elementary is there and it may be the best Elementary in Plano.

It's won a couple of Blue Ribbons already....the area around Mathews is extremely safe/family friendly as well. Try an area called 'Whiffletree' and tell me what you think. Russell Creek is also very nice.

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence : Plano ISD
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:19 PM
 
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Thumbs up Chase Oaks

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I really know nothing about the schools other than what I've read online. I absolutely love Chase Oaks and have found three houses that I'm very interested in. But my problem is that I have never been to Plano and was hoping to find a family-oriented neighborhood, safe and well-kept. My daughter will be in first grade and as all parents, I definitely want her to have a safe and quality learning experience at school. Thank you so much for your information and if you have anything else to add, I would greatly appreciate it. We can't wait to get there!
If you like the houses in Chase Oaks, I think you shouldn't have any qualms about buying then. Chase Oaks certainly fits the bill as family-oriented, safe and well-kept. (Of course, in all fairness, many neighborhoods in Plano are like that.) We have a homeowners' association but membership is voluntary and very low-key. Again, we have enjoyed living in Chase Oaks for the past 3 years. We bought our house from some friends of ours. We always just liked their house and when we heard they were going to sell, we snapped it up. If you haven't actually been to Plano, you should probably just look at some of the various areas and see what you think.
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