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Old 04-08-2007, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Who along cities with a large population 350k and over has the best public school system in the country among that group? My vote goes for Virginia Beach, VA.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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well? any takers?
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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This is a great question/topic IMO. I would love to see some stats comparing major cities. I have seen stats comparing states, but never city vs. city.
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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It's likely a city with large numbers of middle class and upper class families living within its borders, or a city whose district extends beyond the city limits to include middle and upper income suburbs.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:03 PM
 
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Even within a city, school quality can vary considerably from school to school so I think it's a hard question to answer fairly.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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I would guess it would be one of the large "suburban cities"; the sort of cities that essentially were bedroom communities of a larger city and share many of the characteristics in terms of character and income level, as that of traditional suburbs, but who through annexation, have had their populations mushroom. I have nothing to back this up, but I would guess cities like Virginia Beach, San Jose and Mesa would be near the top.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:33 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It also depends on what you consider a "good" school district. Does that mean: high test scores? high graduation rate? high college acceptance rate? lots of IB and AP classes? good music programs? athletics?

The state assessment tests are not comparable across states because each state uses a different test. Some states such as Colorado have every student take the ACT in the junior year. Something like that could be compared, but still you have schools in other states where only the "college bound" are encouraged to take ACT, SAT, etc. You have to be careful not to compare apples with oranges! I have been on many forums and find that there are many states/areas that have "the best schools in the country".
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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okay let's try this. a major city school district that you would have no problem sending your kids to.
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