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Old 01-20-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Can anybody tell me about the tax rate in Old Orchard and sub division to which it belongs to. Also please comment about the schools Oakland Elementary School, Garcia Middle School, Austin High School .
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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My kids were at Oakland Elementary for a few months before we bought the new house and they absolutely hated it - came home crying every day. I don't think it has the best rating, but it is certainly not the worst. There was a lot of poverty kids shipped in there from god knows where - made the cafeteria chaotic with all the free meal business. From a parents perspective, dropping your kids off and picking them up from there is a nightmare - expect 45 minutes or longer. Never seen anything so ill thought out!
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I think the rate is about 2.5%.
Schools: All rank well. Austin and Garcia are just up the road off 1464. Oakland is a little further, up the Grand Pkwy in another new subdivision. Austin High is the second-best rating high school in Fort Bend (after Clements High), and one of the better in the Houston metro.

You can find most of this on HAR.com.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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Old orchard Community has just two builders( Perry Homes and Brighton Homes) All the houses look alike as builders only build identical houses( which are best sellers) though they have a quite a few models.
Public recreation facilities--- there is just one little pool for nearly 600 famillies... Nothing planned or coming up in the future...

Association fees... one of the highest in the area, controlled by the developer.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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My kids were at Oakland Elementary for a few months before we bought the new house and they absolutely hated it - came home crying every day. I don't think it has the best rating, but it is certainly not the worst. There was a lot of poverty kids shipped in there from god knows where - made the cafeteria chaotic with all the free meal business. From a parents perspective, dropping your kids off and picking them up from there is a nightmare - expect 45 minutes or longer. Never seen anything so ill thought out!
I live in Richmond. Not zoned to Garcia Middle School. My kids are in private school. Howver, I have heard horror stories about Garcia from my friend who is a Ft Bend County Deputy.

Thee subdivision is really nice. We lookd into moving there from Pecan Grove but recently purchasd in Royal Lakes Estats (also in Richmond). You may want to chck out this community.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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My kids were at Oakland Elementary for a few months before we bought the new house and they absolutely hated it - came home crying every day. I don't think it has the best rating, but it is certainly not the worst. There was a lot of poverty kids shipped in there from god knows where - made the cafeteria chaotic with all the free meal business. From a parents perspective, dropping your kids off and picking them up from there is a nightmare - expect 45 minutes or longer. Never seen anything so ill thought out!
For a while, Oakland was having to take in a bunch of kids from neighborhoods up near the Westpark... likely the "poverty kids" you are referring to. But a new school was built up near the Westpark last year, and they were all shipped back up that way. Reduced the crowding/traffic problem too. Oakland is in a nice area near Pecan Grove and is a good school.

Also, there is a new FBISD middle school being built west of Old Orchard and east of Pecan Grove... that's probably going to change things up too (for the better I suspect.)
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