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Old 10-05-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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southbound hit all the good points. I agree that if she is coming from a small private school, a high school like Haddonfield might be a much better fit with its much smaller student population. As far as Jewish life goes, the epicenter of the Jewish community is in Cherry Hill with also large numbers in Voorhees. However, outside of you wanting her to be around the religious influence, it wouldn't really be an issue anywhere. You should pick based on where she is most comfortable and go from there.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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southbound hit all the good points. I agree that if she is coming from a small private school, a high school like Haddonfield might be a much better fit with its much smaller student population. As far as Jewish life goes, the epicenter of the Jewish community is in Cherry Hill with also large numbers in Voorhees. However, outside of you wanting her to be around the religious influence, it wouldn't really be an issue anywhere. You should pick based on where she is most comfortable and go from there.
Thanks, Goat. I'm not trying to railroad the OP into anything, but using what I know to attempt to fit what she's looking for. Haddonfield would be the smallest of the schools mentioned & West would be the next smallest. Also West & Haddonfield tend to have reputations for being less cut-throat & competitive. Make no mistake, there is money in both schools, but those schools are less likely to have the students wearing labels to impress. Religion just would not be a factor at either school. The OP's daughter would know students of all religions, including Jewish.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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One of the best school systems in South Jersey is in Woodstown. Mary Shoemaker elementary school, Woodstown Middle school, and Woodstown High School are just impeccable at applying healthy rules and regulations for the children of the community. There is a very impressive bully program taught by the school council department and the teachers of each individual school. They do not tolerate violence in any of the schools and the first act or indication of potential violence is addressed immediately. They do not tolerate drawings of violent acts, sadistic style gatherings, etc.

The town was originally settled by Quakers and many of the Christian teachings within the town seem to keep the place peaceful or normal. If there are small crimes in town...they are addressed quickly and drug dealers are afraid to visit Woodstown...let alone attempt to sell drugs here. The police patrol the streets at night and keep watch in the center of town during the daytime hours. One time there was a drug bust in Woodstown. ONE TIME ONLY! The FBI was brought in to investigate the developing drug circle and it only took about a month for the criminals to be handcuffed and escorted to a jail cell. That was 5 years ago and the town has remained clean since....and was very clean prior to that incident. The message is out...that crime is not tolerated here and criminals understand that it is not worthwhile for them to even consider moving to Woodstown. This is a plus and Woodstown is one of the most healthy places to raise your children.

Woodstown is the perfect place for seclusion. For example...if you were an entertainer or professional musician all of your life and you want privacy from those who continue to stalk you or just bug you...this is the ideal place to live. That option will not apply to child molesters who are released from jail and decide to hide in Woodstown. From the moment they move into the community, most residents are aware of them and they are scoped out weekly by the police force.

There is a private home in town called Anne's Abbey where many folks from the 60's who had bad drug experiences live there and are very reformed. They bother no one in particular and are introduced to the good morals in life from the religious community of the town. The town is very organized in every aspect of the word. I consider it to be the most healthy environment for children. There are magnificent tours of the mansions built in the 1800's during Halloween and Christmas. On the 4th of July..the side streets are closed and you can view parades while vendors set up tables selling good food and antiques. It is a wonderful experience for your children. People socially are hospitable here and that also creates a healthy environment for raising children.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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I say go with CH East area. You will be close to JCC.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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I say go with CH East area. You will be close to JCC.
There is also a JCC on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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There is also a JCC on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
I think we are referring to the same JCC. The one on Springdale Road.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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I think we are referring to the same JCC. The one on Springdale Road.
There are 2 in the area. One is on Springdale & the other is on Rt 70, near Bishop Eustice. The OP specifically stated that she would prefer to be in an area where there is the least keeping up with the Joneses. The JCC on Route 70 fits that.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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I really appreciate all of you giving me your insight & info! I am thinking hard about this and plan on bringing my daughter to look at East, West, and Haddonfield to start off. I didn't know there was another JCC on Rte 70...I will look into that.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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There are 2 in the area. One is on Springdale & the other is on Rt 70, near Bishop Eustice. The OP specifically stated that she would prefer to be in an area where there is the least keeping up with the Joneses. The JCC on Route 70 fits that.
Didn't know there was a Katz JCC on Rt 70. I am not Jewish but I do belong to Katz JCC to use the facility but didn't realize there was one on Rt 70. I know there is a camp in Meford that we go to once a while in the summer.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Didn't know there was a Katz JCC on Rt 70. I am not Jewish but I do belong to Katz JCC to use the facility but didn't realize there was one on Rt 70. I know there is a camp in Meford that we go to once a while in the summer.
The one on 70 has been there for decades, unless it was closed down in the last 3 years.
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