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Old 10-17-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: weehawken
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We're considering a move from Weehawken to Montclair but we are hearing conflicting opinions on the high school. My daughter is currently in private school in Hoboken and is doing great, so I don't want to screw it up!
She's very bright, but not an athlete. I'm a little concerned about her fitting in coming from an urban background into a suburban environment. Can anyone shed some light on the school?
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Montclair, NJ
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I'm often asked this question. For many families moving to Montclair from the "city", it's a rather easy fit because Montclair is more metropolitan in general. The families, attitudes of the general community are quite open, progressive and involved. We have a magney school system for the lower grades and one high school. Those coming from smaller, quieter environments may find it harder since one school is obviously larger. With the diversity in students, it's not suburban in the way that you are concerned about.
I recommend visiting the school. When I work with clients, I also suggest they reach out to some of my contacts and who I rely on heavily for info..my parent population! It's good to speak with other parents who have kids at the school, whether they are local or have moved here from other areas.
Good luck! Elaine

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Old 10-17-2007, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Atlantic Highlands NJ/Ponte Vedra FL/NYC
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We're considering a move from Weehawken to Montclair but we are hearing conflicting opinions on the high school. My daughter is currently in private school in Hoboken and is doing great, so I don't want to screw it up!
She's very bright, but not an athlete. I'm a little concerned about her fitting in coming from an urban background into a suburban environment. Can anyone shed some light on the school?
there is no way that the public HS could come close to being as good as your private school, there are very few excellent public HS in NJ that can come close to even the weakest private HS
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: weehawken
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there is no way that the public HS could come close to being as good as your private school, there are very few excellent public HS in NJ that can come close to even the weakest private HS
I think its apples and oranges. Academically, the school is great, but its small.
The kids that go to it are mostly from very well-to-do families . We had to take a loan out to send her there, and the high school is even more expensive! If we keep this up, we will be in a bad position when it comes time for college. If I have to pay high property taxes, I'd prefer to make use of the local high school! Besides, I think in the long run, it will be better for her to see what the real world is like.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:58 PM
 
Location: weehawken
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Hi,
As a local realor, I'm often asked this question. For many families moving to Montclair from the "city", it's a rather easy fit because Montclair is more metropolitan in general. The families, attitudes of the general community are quite open, progressive and involved. We have a magney school system for the lower grades and one high school. Those coming from smaller, quieter environments may find it harder since one school is obviously larger. With the diversity in students, it's not suburban in the way that you are concerned about.
I recommend visiting the school. When I work with clients, I also suggest they reach out to some of my contacts and who I rely on heavily for info..my parent population! It's good to speak with other parents who have kids at the school, whether they are local or have moved here from other areas.
Good luck! Elaine
Thanks for your response, it was helpful. We intend on visiting the school next week.
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:08 AM
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Location: Bergen County
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We're considering a move from Weehawken to Montclair but we are hearing conflicting opinions on the high school. My daughter is currently in private school in Hoboken and is doing great, so I don't want to screw it up!
She's very bright, but not an athlete. I'm a little concerned about her fitting in coming from an urban background into a suburban environment. Can anyone shed some light on the school?
Hi,

I know several families who left Montclair when their kids reached HS age. They were very happy with elementary and middle schools but they, too were concerned about HS.

I guess the sad truth is that diversity (socio-economic) is not always good for public schools. I can't think of any truly diverse place that have very good public schools. In case of Montclair, it looks like Upper Monclair is very different from the rest of the town and that's what probably affects the high school.
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