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Old 11-21-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Default Rating Burlington county schools WITHOUT test scores

Our kids are in the North Hanover Township schools, we are a military family. This is our last assingment, and we may stay here. However I want to move out of the North Hanover/Wrightstown area. I am not happy with the schools here. I have a teaching backround so my expectations of the school environment are high. Sites like Great Schools, don't help me one darn bit! Test scores, statistics and naieve parent ratings don't give the full picture. I am looking for schools that DON'T teach to the test primarily ( I know they all have to somewhat), and that provide hands-on experiences, and not a majority of teachers who are either a)burnt out and do nothing but worksheets all day, or b.) have a lot of new teachers who are inexperienced. I like the Mt. Laurel area (because of the shopping), but I don't know about their schools. I don't want to live in an area that is too rural, because from what I understand, the high schools aren't college prep. Ideally, we would move to a location that is no more than a 45 minute drive from McGuire AFB, so that my husband can commute until he retires. As far as real estate, we will be living off probably the equivalent of two teachers salaries. Not rich! I am willing to buy smaller to live in the school district we put our kids in. But I don't want to be the poor ones or live in a real snooty high school community either where my kids can't compete. Can anyone help me??
Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Our 1st choice was Southampton. Schools are decent, not a lot of problems in the schools from what I knew at the time. I'd found a nice house but it wasn't big enough for us, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, on a crawl space, we needed a basement. He did have a garage. As far as I know the house never sold. The owner does come to CD; found out after I walked it.

We settled in Williamstown, so far the high school is fine. My daughter has had better luck here then in Pemberton township school.
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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Lenape is pretty much regarded as one of the top 3 in Burlington County. I think Shawnee is Southampton, and is very good in it's own right.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Thanks Roselvr and Mike0421.

Mike0421, Why is Lenape regarded one of the top in Burlington County? I read a comment online that it is focused on sports a lot. Do you know about this?

Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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Lenape Regional High School District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There's not a real dog in the bunch. Each school is a little different from the other. None are perfect.

The staff is a mix: bright and dedicated, stupid and hostile.

There are many, many extracurricular activities. I believe we were issued a catalog when my son went to Cherokee. They offered everything from the ubiquitous football to Russian language club.

I have only one child. He went through Evesham twp. schools then to Cherokee. Not much basis for comparison. I've come to the understanding that it's all about the test. Schools live and die by their test scores.

frontline: testing our schools: testing: testing, assessment, and excellence | PBS

I think that you should have a look in Southampton for a house; the commute should be reasonable.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Cumming GA
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I lived in Southampton for 10 years. It is a great place to live and the schools are excellent. The high school is Seneca, only about 6 years old.
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