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Unread 08-07-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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FYI, TC Williams and the City of Alexandria has a bad reputation because of the nature of their housing stock. The east parts of the city are basically $500K to $1M relatively small houses, $600K to $1M+ townhouses, and $350K+ tiny condos. And then there are a ton of cheap 1960's and 1970's era outdated apartments and a lot of public housing units.

So that area is both very poor and very wealthy. Normally, when you spend $700K on a small home, the public school options are pretty good. In TC Williams, you have a school that just have a lot of urban-type problems you don't typically see in wealthy suburbs. So the comparison isn't between a mid-tier Fairfax County High School (like West Potomac or Hayfield to TC Williams). These people are comparing their options in City of Falls Church, Vienna, North Arlington, McLean, Burke, and Fairfax (which have similar housing costs) and finding TC Williams having much lower test scores and more problems.

That's why you get all the TC Williams bashing. But if you compare TC Williams to schools with similar demographics in DC or PG County, its peformance is pretty good. However, the person thinking of moving into the City isn't deciding between Upper Marlboro and City of Alexandria.

The reason why the east side is so expensive is because the proximity to DC, the Metro, GW Parkway, I-395, the Beltway, the river, and the walkability of Old Town and Del Ray.

It's obviously a different analysis for those on the West End where the differences are smaller in both the schools and housing prices, but the biggest TC Williams bashers have always been those that live in the east side.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 08:22 PM
 
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It's obviously a different analysis for those on the West End where the differences are smaller in both the schools and housing prices, but the biggest TC Williams bashers have always been those that live in the east side.
I'm surprised they havent figured out a way to make two high schools to serve the two different areas.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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I suspect (no stats to prove it) that N. Arlington is becoming increasingly white, and that most mixed-race kids there are White dad/Asian mom.
I recall looking at the recent census figures and N Arlington and the county as a whole is growing at a steady pace and is more white than it was just a few years ago. Also many more families (than in the recent past) are moving into the sfh neighborhoods which is why the "north side" schools in particular are all overcrowded. This reflects the trends in other inner-suburbs like Bethesda, where new schools are planned, and even inner-city neighborhoods like Capitol Hill and Bloomingdale, where previously failing schools are now looking better.
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