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Old 12-15-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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..and $350K will buy you a nice suburban home in the Vestal area w/lower taxes.
I also wonder if Endwell would also work due to having more of a village like look, even though it is a hamlet/CDP. Maine-Endwell is a very good school district and it has a smaller enrollment with about 200-225 students per grade. Maine-Endwell Central School District Home

Also, this info will help, as the first gives the enrollment for each high school that participates in NYSPHSAA for sports for grades 9-11 around the state. The second shows educational attainment by Upstate NY school district: NYSPHSAA > Classifications (look to the right)

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/n...-new-york.html

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Old 12-15-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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One more school district that comes to mind in terms of fitting most of the criteria: Jamesville Dewitt School District

It is an eastern suburban school district adjacent to Syracuse and quite a few people affiliated with Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, SUNY-ESF and the hospitals on University Hill live in the district. Demographically, the school district enrollment is probably similar to Half Hollow Hills. Its high school is a 9-12 high school with about 900 students.
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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Endwell NY has a great school as well and 300k will get you a mini mansion.
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:26 PM
 
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Some more smaller school districts within or near the criteria, with a high/relatively high adult educational attainment and within the 4 hour radius from NYC: Lansing Central School District / District Home Page

Voorheesville Central School District / Homepage

Chatham CSD

Ichabod Crane Central School District

Chenango Valley Central School District Home

Home page - Duanesburg Central School District, NY

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District - Ravena, NY

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Old 12-16-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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Out of the home listings so far, it appears that New Hartford, Skaneateles and Marcellus are the best bets. Here are street views of each of the villages within those towns/school districts: Skaneateles, NY
https://goo.gl/maps/mcqM7auTrkN2

Marcellus, NY
https://goo.gl/maps/aXEaWF4Dxqw

New Hartford, NY
https://goo.gl/maps/Q1b5em6P7tR2
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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By the way, the size of a school district doesn't really matter if the schools are zoned. LI has an excessive amount for its geography.

Upstate is probably your best option, or moving out of the area entirely. The 4 hour drive aside you could get what you want in either Charlotte or the Research Triangle areas of NC.
NC school districts are almost all at the county level--the Wake county (Raleigh & Cary) school district is something like 15th in the nation, with over 150,000 students encompassing a very large geographic area. ONE district. While it's safe to say you won't get bused all the way from one side of the county to the other, it's also very true that many people live within sight of a school building and their kids aren't assigned to it. There are no "zones" in the sense of "if you live here, you know what schools your kids will go to", because there are reassignments every year. Most of this is due to the skyrocketing population (you know, all those folks flocking to get out of NYC, NJ, and LI who read posts like yours telling them to move here!) so school are overcrowded, low taxes = not nearly enough new schools built to accommodate the swarms moving in, and when they do build a new one, there comes a reassignment again to balance out the change in distribution.

Anyone who wants stability in their school assignments should avoid the Raleigh area; I don't know about Charlotte; like almost everywhere else in NC, the system is county-wide, but at least Mecklenburg county is more compact than Wake.
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:10 PM
 
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NC school districts are almost all at the county level--the Wake county (Raleigh & Cary) school district is something like 15th in the nation, with over 150,000 students encompassing a very large geographic area. ONE district. While it's safe to say you won't get bused all the way from one side of the county to the other, it's also very true that many people live within sight of a school building and their kids aren't assigned to it. There are no "zones" in the sense of "if you live here, you know what schools your kids will go to", because there are reassignments every year. Most of this is due to the skyrocketing population (you know, all those folks flocking to get out of NYC, NJ, and LI who read posts like yours telling them to move here!) so school are overcrowded, low taxes = not nearly enough new schools built to accommodate the swarms moving in, and when they do build a new one, there comes a reassignment again to balance out the change in distribution.

Anyone who wants stability in their school assignments should avoid the Raleigh area; I don't know about Charlotte; like almost everywhere else in NC, the system is county-wide, but at least Mecklenburg county is more compact than Wake.
This guy does everything he can to prevent New Yorkers from moving to the Triangle. Check out the NC forum.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:07 PM
 
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Try Southbury, CT. 300K may be a little light for the type of home you are looking for, but 325K would definitely be in the ballpark. Great schools, close to Danbury which has all of the amenities you are looking for. Convenient to 84. Lots of fairly affluent residents including physicians, tech, finance pros. It does not have a traditional downtown but does have a couple of central areas with grocery stores, panera, Starbucks, Gap etc.

Otherwise, look at northern Dutchess/southern Columbia (red hook schools) - great small district that competes well with the better districts in westchester/LI, walkable downtown with a nice community feel, lots of local farms, great art culture, but a bit removed from major retail - as well as towns like Chatham, and the Albany suburbs, which do tend toward higher taxes

I would personally not head out to central or western NY state with the criteria you listed. It is a great area that I personally love but I think it would feel very, very far from LI for you.
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