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Old 06-12-2017, 02:16 AM
 
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I know this is wishful thinking but humor me

Where would you live in PWC if you wanted:
lowest crime and neighborhood watch
diverse neighborhood meaning nice mix of several groups
bike/walkable to nearby parks/recreation
"neighborhood feel" (farmer's market, community festivals/events, volunteer activities)
mature "eco friendly" vibe
nice shops/stores nearby

Where would you go to elementary school if you wanted:
passing SOL scores, not necessarily top scores
diverse student body to include AAs
strong learning support
extracurricular activities
diverse faculty
parent PTA but not the overzealous kind
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Montclair sounds like a good fit for you although not many stores close by. Large community with a good mix of people and it seems always had activities happening when I worked in the area. Crime is low there and the schools seem to be well regarded but others can address that better than I can. Another one is Lake Ridge. Pretty much the same thing but again, you'll drive to stores.
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:57 AM
 
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Montclair.

The western side of PWC (Gainesville area) is actually the newest/nicest; however, IMO, not diverse at all.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Montclair.

The western side of PWC (Gainesville area) is actually the newest/nicest; however, IMO, not diverse at all.


It might be more diverse than you think. Before I retired in 09 from PWC I recall one 7-11 clerk telling me in lived in Indian Village. When I asked where this was he gave me one of the newer neighborhoods in Gainesville although I can't recall which one.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I know this is wishful thinking but humor me

Where would you live in PWC if you wanted:
lowest crime and neighborhood watch
diverse neighborhood meaning nice mix of several groups
bike/walkable to nearby parks/recreation
"neighborhood feel" (farmer's market, community festivals/events, volunteer activities)
mature "eco friendly" vibe
nice shops/stores nearby
Lake Ridge.

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Where would you go to elementary school if you wanted:
passing SOL scores, not necessarily top scores
diverse student body to include AAs
strong learning support
extracurricular activities
diverse faculty
parent PTA but not the overzealous kind
I don't have an opinion about schools (no kids).
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:39 AM
 
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Montclair.

The western side of PWC (Gainesville area) is actually the newest/nicest; however, IMO, not diverse at all.


What qualifies as diverse enough?


OP - here is a link to look up the HS profiles. Take a look at Forest Park and Patriot HS to get a feel for the difference.


https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?po...&pageId=658737
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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What qualifies as diverse enough?


OP - here is a link to look up the HS profiles. Take a look at Forest Park and Patriot HS to get a feel for the difference.


https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?po...&pageId=658737
Yeah, it's all a matter of perspective.

I think what is surprising to me, when looking at all the western PWC schools (Battlefield, Brentsville, Patriot) is how small the African-American population was in that area. Roughly 4% at Brentsville compared to low to mid 20s on the eastern side. I didn't realize this.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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I'd recommend Lake Ridge or Montclair.

Gainesville, Bristow and western Prince William County in general is nicer and newer but it's still pretty rural and dull. I think eastern PWC feels a bit more like NoVa.
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:02 AM
 
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Yeah, it's all a matter of perspective.

I think what is surprising to me, when looking at all the western PWC schools (Battlefield, Brentsville, Patriot) is how small the African-American population was in that area. Roughly 4% at Brentsville compared to low to mid 20s on the eastern side. I didn't realize this.
Brentsville is half the size of Battlefield and Haymarket and pulls from a small geographic area where you aren't getting as many big subdivisions of homes. Nokesville is still considered fairly rural.


Patriot is 12% AA, 15% Hispanic and 11% Asian
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