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Old 02-23-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Hello,

We are thinking about moving to NC from VA in the next few months. My biggest concern is the school system. I would like to concentrate my job search in an area that has a good school system. I have 2 kids in elementary school and one that will be starting in the fall. I don't really have a preference of mountain vs coast. I just want to choose an area that has a good school system and is a good place to raise a family. I prefer to live in a smaller town though. Any suggestions??
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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....I would like to concentrate my job search in an area that has a good school system. I have 2 kids in elementary school and one that will be starting in the fall. I don't really have a preference of mountain vs coast. I just want to choose an area that has a good school system and is a good place to raise a family. I prefer to live in a smaller town though. Any suggestions??
For what it is worth, one site claims to rate all the school systems in North Carolina, and here is their top 10:

Name
1 Columbus
2 Beech Mountain
3 Tryon
4 Corolla
5 Boone
6 Carrboro
7 Banner Elk
8 Emerald Isle
9 Mill Spring
10 Atlantic Beach

Here is the link: Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed

I will leave it up to you to figure out their criteria. Geographically, they are all over the map, with 6 in the mountains or foothills, 3 on the coast, and one (Carrboro) in the Piedmont. In terms of available jobs, Carrboro is probably the best prospect, as it is near Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle. The coastal areas, Corolla, Emerald Isle, and Atlantic Beach would have mainly seasonal, tourist jobs.

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Old 02-23-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: NC
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For what it is worth, one site claims to rate all the school systems in North Carolina, and here is their top 10:

Name
1 Columbus
2 Beech Mountain
3 Tryon
4 Corolla
5 Boone
6 Carrboro
7 Banner Elk
8 Emerald Isle
9 Mill Spring
10 Atlantic Beach

Here is the link:Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed

I will leave it up to you to figure out their criteria. Geographically, they are all over the map, with 6 in the mountains or foothills, 3 on the coast, and one (Carrboro) in the Piedmont. In terms of available jobs, Carrboro is probably the best prospect, as it is near Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle. The coastal areas, Corolla, Emerald Isle, and Atlantic Beach would have mainly seasonal, tourist jobs.
I would question that site that since "Carrboro" is not a school district. It is a very nice town in a good school district (Chapel Hill/Carrboro city schools), but there is no Carrboro school district.

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I would question that site
I was a little skeptical myself, but I wanted to start the discussion. They don't explain their method of rating the best schools. However, it may relate to spending per student, and it correlates a lot with their map of real estate prices.

The OP really needs to refine the criteria to more than good schools and a small town. Nobody can help much when their are 100 counties in the state.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Chapel Hill/Carrboro is generally regarded as the top performing system. Some of the systems above are for pretty small places that don't have much job prospects. Among the very large systems, Wake County (Raleigh) is the top performer. Overall, the Triangle is probably the best area for opportunity that has higher performing school systems. But, then again, it's probably also about the sort of people who live in the Triangle. It has a very high level of education among its adults.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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Chapel Hill Carrboro is by far the best school system in the state, hands down. Wake County is decent, but it is a mess with overcrowding, redistricting and busing issues. I wouldn't recommend putting your kids through that, much less yourself. One of the other higher ranking districts is Watauga County in the mountains. This is where Boone is located and since ASU is located there, the schools have historically been one of the top districts in the state. Boone is a small town and Chapel Hill is a smallish town. Both would be good places to raise a family. Boone is more isolated than Chapel Hill, but both have good schools none the less.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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There aren't any schools in Corolla.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Chapel Hill Carrboro is by far the best school system in the state, hands down. Wake County is decent, but it is a mess with overcrowding, redistricting and busing issues. I wouldn't recommend putting your kids through that, much less yourself. One of the other higher ranking districts is Watauga County in the mountains. This is where Boone is located and since ASU is located there, the schools have historically been one of the top districts in the state. Boone is a small town and Chapel Hill is a smallish town. Both would be good places to raise a family. Boone is more isolated than Chapel Hill, but both have good schools none the less.
Agreed.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Chapel Hill Carrboro is by far the best school system in the state, hands down.
What math program do they use?
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:34 AM
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Here is the NC DPI site that list each system, and in fact, each school. You can apply what your criteria to "best" is and make an informed decision. Don't think VA schools are better than those in NC. Schools within a system vary tremendously. You can get a "good" school in a bad system and vice versa. Good Luck.

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