I made my original statement based on personal experience in dealing with French students now living in the US, as well as listening to my French family members and some French friends who were raised in France, attended school in France, and some who were schoolteachers in France.
I made my statment as a comparison of suburban Long Island (sort of) types of communities with Long Island schools. I was not referring to the inner city Parisian public schools that have similar problems as inner city NYC public schools, as well as the increasing number of students from immigrant families who do not speak French at home. You will find that the French literature curriculum includes works of a higher level for young students than what our elementary and middle school students read in our mainstream classes. They also have much better foreign language programs in their public schools than us.
Mourad has not told us what part of France he comes from. If he comes from Paris, he will find the cost of living on Long Island much cheaper.
Mourad, if you could specify what type of home you are looking for in terms of how many rooms you want, size of house, condition of home, a garage or not, that would help forum members to give you some price guidelines in terms of property costs, local real estate taxes, costs for electric, gas, and oil. Types of homes and prices are very variable here. In contrast, if you know how much you can afford, we can tell you what kind of home you could find here for that price.