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Old 06-23-2018, 07:54 PM
 
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We looking at homes in Manalapan, OB and Marlboro. Our top priority is great schools and, then some diversity as we are an African American family. Anyone have advice on any of these towns?
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:13 PM
 
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Great Schools = Marlboro
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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If your top priority is quality of schools, you should be looking primarily at Marlboro with Manalapan as a back-up (if you cannot find anything in your price range in Marlboro). Forget Old Bridge.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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Manalapan.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:43 AM
 
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Schools are pretty comparable in all 3 towns despite what a couple of these posters claim. When they say the two M towns have "better" schools, that's code word for whiter.

While predominantly white, Old Bridge is less white than the other two - 4,063 African American residents per the 2010 census. Marlboro had 841AA residents while Manalapan had 925.

Choose the house you like, not the town that snooty City Data posters perceive as better.

The high schools in all 3 are very large with a wide array of program.

Commute is also a factor. For instance, the southern end of Manalapan (near Route 33) could be 30 minutes further to New York City than if you, say, live near the Old Bridge Park and ride.

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Old 06-26-2018, 03:13 AM
 
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Schools are pretty comparable in all 3 towns despite what a couple of these posters claim. When they say the two M towns have "better" schools, that's code word for whiter.

While predominantly white, Old Bridge is less white than the other two - 4,063 African American residents per the 2010 census. Marlboro had 841AA residents while Manalapan had 925.

Choose the house you like, not the town that snooty City Data posters perceive as better.

The high schools in all 3 are very large with a wide array of program.

Commute is also a factor. For instance, the southern end of Manalapan (near Route 33) could be 30 minutes further to New York City than if you, say, live near the Old Bridge Park and ride.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that if you live in Old Bridge, the high school you are zoned to will definitely be Old Bridge High School whereas in Marlboro or Manalapan this is not necessarily the case. The high schools in that area are off in a different district and depending on where you live in either town, you could end up at Marlboro, Manalapan, Colts Neck, Freehold Twp, Freehold Boro or Howell high schools. Sometimes the ride could be an hour when you factor in traffic.

And the further south you live on Rt 9, the more traffic you will be dealing with during the commute. Rt 9 bottlenecks on the Old Bridge/Marlboro border, narrowing from 3 lanes down to 2, since Old Bridge is Middlesex County and Marlboro and Manalapan are Monmouth County, which does not want 9 widened to three lanes each way. But that is just what they do around there, keeping every road as narrow as possible, intending to slow traffic down which will in turn slow the "growth" in the area.
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Also worth mentioning is the fact that if you live in Old Bridge, the high school you are zoned to will definitely be Old Bridge High School whereas in Marlboro or Manalapan this is not necessarily the case. The high schools in that area are off in a different district and depending on where you live in either town, you could end up at Marlboro, Manalapan, Colts Neck, Freehold Twp, Freehold Boro or Howell high schools. Sometimes the ride could be an hour when you factor in traffic.

And the further south you live on Rt 9, the more traffic you will be dealing with during the commute. Rt 9 bottlenecks on the Old Bridge/Marlboro border, narrowing from 3 lanes down to 2, since Old Bridge is Middlesex County and Marlboro and Manalapan are Monmouth County, which does not want 9 widened to three lanes each way. But that is just what they do around there, keeping every road as narrow as possible, intending to slow traffic down which will in turn slow the "growth" in the area.

-Very true. There are a lot of people who live in Freehold Township but attend Freehold Borough High.
-Parts of Route 9 in northern Monmouth have been widened to 3 lanes, but it's still by and large 2 lanes in each direction.
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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-Very true. There are a lot of people who live in Freehold Township but attend Freehold Borough High.
My aunt's uncle and his family experienced exactly that, on the Kozloski Rd side of town, bought a big house off Randolph (?) I think. Then they were angry that their children were attending the Boro for high school, and ended up sending their kids to Catholic School.

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-Parts of Route 9 in northern Monmouth have been widened to 3 lanes, but it's still by and large 2 lanes in each direction.
Yes, minimal temporary third lanes for turn-offs at certain intersections, which trucks and cars alike use at the lights to try to get ahead of the packs. In Sayreville and Old Bridge, there is a temporary fourth lane for certain intersections, as well as a "Bus Only" lane.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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Also worth mentioning is the fact that if you live in Old Bridge, the high school you are zoned to will definitely be Old Bridge High School whereas in Marlboro or Manalapan this is not necessarily the case. The high schools in that area are off in a different district and depending on where you live in either town, you could end up at Marlboro, Manalapan, Colts Neck, Freehold Twp, Freehold Boro or Howell high schools. Sometimes the ride could be an hour when you factor in traffic.
you can live in marlboro and end up going to freehold high school?

i attended marlboro high school and the kids in colts neck had to go to marlboro. i wasnt aware of any marlboro residents leaving town for school.
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:15 PM
 
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you can live in marlboro and end up going to freehold high school?

i attended marlboro high school and the kids in colts neck had to go to marlboro. i wasnt aware of any marlboro residents leaving town for school.
It is one huge high school district that has six high schools. You can end up at any one of those six high schools if you live in any of those towns.

Colts Neck is a newer high school. They probably did go to Marlboro before it opened.

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