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Old 08-30-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Hi, we are planning on buying the town homes in 20171 Herndon area. The town houses are pretty expensive higher 570k. The elementary school is Mcnair. I heard that there was a boundary change recently in 2009 for McNair and it is also he GT center. My son is 3 years old and starting his pre-k. Our main criteria is the school district. Any thoughts on MCnair after the 2009 school boundary changes?it is rated as 8 now and the scores and ranking seem to be increasing from 2009 onwards. Pls share your thoughts and information. How is it compared to Floris and Oakhil elementary schools?
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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McNair SOL scores appear to have greatly improved since the re-districting. On average, it is now close to Floris albeit a few percentage points lower with some outlier results actually beating Floris'.

This is not surprising. After the re-districting, the demographics of McNair was dramatically changed. Most of students now appear to come from highly-educated immigrant families where parents work predominantly in tech and culturally, place a lot of importance on education.

McNair has quite a wide variance in its student population due to presence of some subsidized housing in area. General Education would trend lower than Floris due to demographics. AAP students I think equal or exceed Floris e.g. the AMC8 Math team does pretty well, the robotics team has won regional competitions, there are school-wide science fairs etc

School does not seem as crowded as Floris - average class size seem to be high teens/low 20s. Teachers are great is a comment you'll hear often. Bullying issues seem non-existent.

In summary, it is a great AAP school. For Gen Ed, it is not far from Floris in terms of SOLs.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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McNair SOL scores appear to have greatly improved since the re-districting. On average, it is now close to Floris albeit a few percentage points lower with some outlier results actually beating Floris'.

This is not surprising. After the re-districting, the demographics of McNair was dramatically changed. Most of students now appear to come from highly-educated immigrant families where parents work predominantly in tech and culturally, place a lot of importance on education.

McNair has quite a wide variance in its student population due to presence of some subsidized housing in area. General Education would trend lower than Floris due to demographics. AAP students I think equal or exceed Floris e.g. the AMC8 Math team does pretty well, the robotics team has won regional competitions, there are school-wide science fairs etc

School does not seem as crowded as Floris - average class size seem to be high teens/low 20s. Teachers are great is a comment you'll hear often. Bullying issues seem non-existent.

In summary, it is a great AAP school. For Gen Ed, it is not far from Floris in terms of SOLs.
You just described my brother and sister in law

Its true, his neighborhood has lots of racial diversity from Indian, to Hispanic, Persian (us), white, black, british, asian, etc. It was actually pretty darn awesome of a neighborhood to live in when i used to live there. The food choices within walking distance was awesome too. The older indian people used to love the food over at clock tower, I like the mediterranean place there, pretty good pho, Chao Phra Ya is good, Ned Divines used to have agood brunch (dont think it does anymore), etc.

Anywho, good on ya, I think you'll enjoy the neighborhood, its quite nice, quiet, but not boring.
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