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Old 11-17-2019, 10:01 AM
 
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I know someone who teaches at Circle of Seasons in Fogelsville. She's been there for a few years and will not be placing her children there and will, in fact, be looking to transfer to a public school next year. If you have any intention of teaching in Pennsylvania know that any of the good school districts are very competitive for hiring and you will need Pennsylvania certification.
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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toobusytoday, well that is disappointing and very negative news about Circle of Seasons. I am an experienced educator as well, and already hold a PA teaching certificate.
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia (East Falls)
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Hi! We are sending ours to public, or at least starting out that way, but I have researched a lot of privates and we seem to have similar taste--looking for something progressive, inquiry-based, lots of outdoor time for the younger kids. Waldorf is a very specific (and I thought) rigid theory of education. It was too extreme for us but the campus in Kimberton is gorgeous and for the right family, I am sure its great. Before we moved to the burbs we were in Philly and if we had stayed I would have done the Schuylkill Nature Center...seemed low key, nature based, developmentally appropriate but it only goes to K. There are three truly progressive schools in Philly you should consider--Rose Valley, Miquon and Philadelphia School. If we had the $ we'd do one of these. Philly burbs also have lots of great Quaker schools. Big ones are Penn Charter, Abington Friends, Germantown Friends, but there are a lot. Germantown Academy is also a very good private school.
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:05 PM
 
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Keep in mind if you are in Chestnut Hill (or anywhere in Philly) you have tons of private school options but not the same caliber of public schools, were you to need one, as if you were in the burbs--almost anywhere in the burbs has stronger publics than Philadelphia. This is a big generalization and there are exceptions of course. Also, the privates are pricey (really pricey) like 20-40K/year
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 AM
 
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MKE8244 thank yo so much!! This is really helpful information. You have definitely done your research. As a public school educator, I need to do more research about the variety of schools available. I am going to look at all of these. Do you mind me asking where you live and which public school you have decided to send your kids to?
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Old Yesterday, 12:29 PM
 
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Keep in mind if you are in Chestnut Hill (or anywhere in Philly) you have tons of private school options but not the same caliber of public schools, were you to need one, as if you were in the burbs--almost anywhere in the burbs has stronger publics than Philadelphia. This is a big generalization and there are exceptions of course. Also, the privates are pricey (really pricey) like 20-40K/year
Can you explain what you mean when you said, that the private schools are not the same caliber as public schools...in which ways?
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Old Yesterday, 01:33 PM
 
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Can you explain what you mean when you said, that the private schools are not the same caliber as public schools...in which ways?
I think he meant that the public schools in Philadelphia are, generally, not going to be the same caliber as the private schools. Whereas in the suburbs, the publics and privates may be more on par with each other.
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Old Today, 06:54 AM
 
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I am trying to look at areas to live based off these schools which are exactly what we would like. The other day I was looking in Lehigh Valley area which I was able to get a mental picture of and what was around. Does anyone have an idea of Rose Valley PA or surrounding areas? We do not want to live in the city...
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Old Today, 12:02 PM
 
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Not too familiar with Rose Valley itself, but Media (town right next door) is a pretty desirable place to live with a nice main street (state street) with shops and restaurants and a trader joes. Schools are also supposed to be good, but someone else can probably give more details. Some other nice small towns around there (Swarthmore) as well as Ridley Creek state park and Tyler Arboretum (if you like nature). Plus if you have the need/desire to get into Philly without driving, you can take the trolley that goes down state street to 69th street station and hop on the el, or there are various regional rail stations in the area that will bring you right to center city.

I'll also add that Linvilla Orchards is also fun to visit with kids. There are some other orchards in the area too.

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Old Today, 01:36 PM
 
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These ideas are helpful! Thank you
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