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Old 11-26-2014, 12:06 PM
 
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A 2 bedroom in Park Slope is doable with that budget. Schools are great but beware of overcrowding. You may also want to consider Carroll Gardens. PS58 is a good school.

Also, PM me if you'd like a broker rec that specializes in these areas. They aren't ALL bad.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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My kids are 3 and 5 so I'm not as concerned about high schools, was curious. We are moving with only my husband working. I like to think by the time they reach middle/high school I'll probably have returned to the work force in some capacity and private schools might actually be an option. give me 8 years before that thread!
Since it seems that schools are your top priority I would make a trip to Forest Hills as well as the Bayside/Douglaston area if I were you. If you drive parts of Bayside/Douglaston are a plus due to better parking if you don't then it's a minus due to access to the subway system. The opposite is true of Forest Hills. Both place you should be good through Junior high so 8 years for your older kid, but more so in the Bayside/Douglaston area since all the junior highs in the area are highly rated.
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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A 2 bedroom in Park Slope is doable with that budget. Schools are great but beware of overcrowding. You may also want to consider Carroll Gardens. PS58 is a good school.

Also, PM me if you'd like a broker rec that specializes in these areas. They aren't ALL bad.
I read reviews of the two schools people suggested in Park Slope, some reviewers did mention the over crowding, we'd probably aim for the smaller school. We reviewed schools in Park Slope, Astoria and Forest Hills so far, still need to look into Bay Ridge. We will probably want to actually visit a few too once we narrow down where we're going.

Thank you, we may see if finding a place on our own is doable but I will take the referral just in case we find it to be too daunting. I appreciate it!
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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I read reviews of the two schools people suggested in Park Slope, some reviewers did mention the over crowding,
This is true for almost all open enrollment schools, which is why their is a fair amount of people who send to private or parochial schools.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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This is true for almost all open enrollment schools, which is why their is a fair amount of people who send to private or parochial schools.
We will have to see if that is an option come the end of next week when we have a better idea of where we stand finance wise. Such a crap shoot when that is up in the air. I appreciate all of the input though. I'm curious about class room size, should I call and ask the schools of interest?
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:25 PM
 
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If you were going to opt for private schools are there safe areas anyone can recommend that are nice but less expensive?
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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If you were going to opt for private schools are there safe areas anyone can recommend that are nice but less expensive?
Kew Gardens, Briarwood and parts of East Elmhurst (north of Jackson Heights). They are near parochial schools like Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Our Lady of Mercy and Joan of Arc.

Otherwise you can try your luck with charter schools like Renaissance.

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I'm curious about class room size, should I call and ask the schools of interest?
Class sizes and dwindling support for enrichment are an issue in most open enrollment schools, except maybe in rich neighborhoods where affluent families engage in "fundraisers" or pony up "misc. expenses" to pay for special amenities like good FT teachers aides and complete classroom materials. Otherwise you will have to deal with large class sizes, overwhelmed teachers and few resources. There are some students in my kid's private school who came from public schools like in Queens - one for example told me that their daughter's grade 1 class in Rego Park had 27 students with no TA so children who cried in class were sent straight to the principal's office. Another kid was in a gifted and talented program and his mom became concerned when the school started quietly inserting children with learning disabilities into the classes. There was an NY Times article a few years ago telling how kids in an elementary school in SD 26 (one of the best in NYC) were taking music instrument classes in stairwells. You'll have to accept that good hassle-free education is an expensive commodity in NYC.

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Old 11-27-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Kew Gardens, Briarwood and parts of East Elmhurst (north of Jackson Heights). They are near parochial schools like Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Our Lady of Mercy and Joan of Arc.

Otherwise you can try your luck with charter schools like Renaissance.



Class sizes and dwindling support for enrichment are an issue in most open enrollment schools, except maybe in rich neighborhoods where affluent families engage in "fundraisers" or pony up "misc. expenses" to pay for special amenities like good FT teachers aides and complete classroom materials. Otherwise you will have to deal with large class sizes, overwhelmed teachers and few resources. There are some students in my kid's private school who came from public schools like in Queens - one for example told me that their daughter's grade 1 class in Rego Park had 27 students with no TA so children who cried in class were sent straight to the principal's office. Another kid was in a gifted and talented program and his mom became concerned when the school started quietly inserting children with learning disabilities into the classes. There was an NY Times article a few years ago telling how kids in an elementary school in SD 26 (one of the best in NYC) were taking music instrument classes in stairwells. You'll have to accept that good hassle-free education is an expensive commodity in NYC.
My son's current class has 23 kids with no TA actually so 27 while many isn't as big as I was expecting. Do they allow parents to volunteer? I volunteer every Tuesday for a few hours and a few others do to so the teacher does get some help that way but upstate there seems to be no money either!!

Thanks for listing those private options, I'll look into it. Thank you!
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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Middle Village has Our Lady of Hope.
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