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Old 11-16-2009, 03:42 PM
Location: New York, USA
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I am thinking of moving from Manhattan to Park Slope, Brooklyn (as I cannot afford a larger apartment in Manhattan, but don't want to move to the suburbs). Since I have a small kid and want to move into the area where I am going to live for many years, I am looking to move into the neighborhood with good, or at least decent public schools.

Looking at the NYC Department of Education and InsideSchools.org sites, seems that the only good Middle school in Park Slope is William Alexander MS #51. Am I right?

Any advice on the elementary schools in the area, and best areas to live in terms of locations of pre-schools, daycare and other facilities for children?

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Old 02-01-2010, 07:13 PM
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We're in PS, pre-school looking into elementary. Preschool Bean Sprouts has a great rep. We chose Kids on 5th - also very good for 2-4yr olds - we had the referral from a U professor colleague.
321 is reputed to be a great elementary school. also 39 which we are zoned for is very good and apparently up and coming as is PS 10. Sorry, haven't looked as far as middle school yet.
Good luck! Park slope is a great place to raise a family. We live very near Prospec Park and it is fabulous (of course we often train to Central P too...).
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:25 PM
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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321 is supposed to be the best. We lived in PS, but were zoned for 107. I'm not sure how 107 is now (I'm talking almost 20 years ago) but rather than send our son there, we got him tested for the gifted program at 261 in Boerum Hill, and he went there. IS 51 seems to be pretty good, from what I've heard. A lot of my son's friends went there. He went to Bay Academy for middle school, a magnet program in Sheepshead Bay which was a bit of a schlep. I think they're trying to do something with the former John Jay High School in Park Slope, dividing it up into mini-schools with some middle schools possibly in there as well, but I don't know how that's working out. It was a pretty sketchy high school back in the 80's and 90's and I would hesitate before sending my kid there.

We made the same move as you, many years ago, from Manhattan to Park Slope with a young child. If I had it to do over again, I would have made sure we were in the district for P.S. 321 and I.S. 51 but I was clueless back then. Stick with the North/Center Slope and you should be OK. Most real estate agents will use the 321 SD as a selling point.
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