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  1. Shoegal1075
    09-30-2014 12:00 PM - permalink
    @missionhill - you are such a wealth of information. Can you tell me anything about the Peabody area or Revere? I ran through these towns and liked them but again haven't been there long enough to gauge a real idea of what the cities are about.
  2. Urban Peasant
    09-27-2014 08:56 AM - permalink
    Urban Peasant

    What you should do is try looking up each individual school's website and find out as much as you can in terms of activities, test scores, student body, and curriculum. If a school lacks a website or it's website is barren and missing information, chances are that the school is either trying to withhold information or it doesn't have adequate staff to update in which case will give you a hint of what the school can be like. Good schools that are proud of what they offer are more likely to advertise everything on their websites right down to their full curricula.

    Good luck with your search.
  3. missionhill
    09-26-2014 11:13 PM - permalink
    As I wrote in the forum, the wealthiest towns have the best schools, with Brookline at the top of the heap. Brookline has some diversity because it has some working class, not all rich, and not all white either. Brookline is expensive but has lots of rentals and is full of kids because the schools are so good. Cambridge has good schools and a good high school. Cambridge is like NYC-- some very rich, some poor, a lot of students, and some in-betweens. Somerville is much more in the middle to working class but schools are improving. The tendency is for the old working class towns to have middling to poor schools becuase people didn't expect much of them. That's changing as newcomers want more. I would look at Somerville, Medford, and Malden. All with nice neighborhoods and decent schools. Others are suggesting Quincy, maybe Braintree too. They might be good; both are on the red line subway which makes it somewhat easier to get to work.
  4. missionhill
    09-26-2014 11:10 PM - permalink
    It's OK here but I do imagine going back. Until then some vicarious pleasure from other people's experiences. You really shouldn't have to send them to private school. I forget if your kids are elementary or older. Schools in Boston itself are uneven, like in NYC, but the system is more unpredictable because as I understand it you can't just assume they can go to the neighborhood school. However, there's a lot of diversity in the city and many nice neighborhoods so if you can solve the schools it might work for you. Roslindale is a good area, Hyde Park pretty good, Brighton good. Dorchester has some nice neighborhoods but there's a lot of gang activity in the not so nice ones; maybe better with boys to steer cleer. In all the other towns/cities around Boston school assignments are completely predictable.
  5. missionhill
    09-25-2014 12:32 PM - permalink
    Hi Shoegal1075! I live in B'klyn but know Boston well. Good luck with your move!
    -- missionhill

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