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Old 02-28-2007, 10:46 AM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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There has been alot of questions about the best school districts in suburban Philadelphia. This info is from schoolmatters.com. It represents the highest combined verbal + math scores above proficiency in the districts high schools which is usually a fair barometer of the overall school district.

The top 10 high schools overall according to the combined reading + verbal scores per schoolmatters.com .

1.Conestoga(tredyffrin-eastown) -Chester County
2.Central Bucks East- Bucks County
3.Harriton(lower merion)- Montgomery County
4.Radnor- Delaware County
5.Lower Merion- Montgomery County
6.Great Valley-Chester County
7.Unionville-(Chadds Ford- Unionville) Chester County
8.Garnet Valley-Delaware County
9.Central Bucks West- Bucks County
10.Central Bucks South-Bucks County
10.Downingtown East- Chester County

Hope this helps as a guide. In order of highest to lowest test scores. keep in mind Interboro at the bottom came in at well above average test scores.There were a few struggling schools I left out that tested below average.

Delaware County

Garnet Valey
Penncrest (Rose Tree Media)
Strathaven( Wallingford-Swarthmore)
Marple Newtown
Sun Valley

Chester County

Conestoga( Tredyffrin- Eastown)
Great Valley
Unionville(Chadds Ford-Unionville)
Downingtown East
West Chester East
Downingtown West
West Chester henderson
Twin Valley
Owen J Roberts

Montgomery County

Harriton (Lower Merion)
Lower Merion(Lower merion)
Upper Dublin
Lower Moreland
Upper Perkiomen
North Penn
Upper Merion
Plymouth Whitemarsh
Hatboro Horsham

Bucks County

Central Bucks East
Central Bucks west
Central Bucks South
Council Rock
Council Rock South
New Hope-Solebury
Pennsbury east
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:12 AM
Location: Plainview, NY
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I printed out the report cards from Council Rock and Central Bucks...CR seems to be so much better on paper, yet every list I see, CB East always comes in first!

We are so confused as to where to live in Bucks...Doylestown or Newtown. We love Doylestown, but Newtown would be a better choice, living closer to I95...who knows... If I choose Doylestown, all the searches I do come up with CB West and I know that CB East is the better HS...but I think at this point I'm splitting hairs...Am I answering my own questions??? Help!
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:21 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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The scores from that report definitely favor CB East.

The rest of the schools test scores were bunched together.

CB East had 91.2 Reading.. 84.4 math

CB West-CB South- Council Rock North all averaged 84 Reading 76 Math. Thats not bad and a motivated student can certainly excel in any of those schools.

Good luck
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Old 03-10-2007, 10:16 PM
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I have two children, one has graduated from Council Rock North and the other is now in 10th grade there, it is an excellent school. From everything I've heard north is somewhat above south, although it is an excellent school too. Central Bucks is great too from what I've heard but I do not have first hand experience with that district. Neshaminy is also a good district, my children went to school in that district in the elementary years and my oldest also went to middle school there for 2 years. They seem happier at Council Rock North, both honor students, have terrific course selections and both really like the teachers and actually look forward to going which means alot especially at the high school level. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:23 AM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Default Masterman ranks 53rd Conestoga 79 out of 19,000 U.S. public schools

Posted on Sat, Dec. 1, 2007

City, Chesco high schools in magazine's 100 best

Masterman is 53d out of 18,790 in the country, while Conestoga is 79th, says a U.S. News report.

By Susan Snyder and Dan Hardy

Inquirer Staff Writers

Two area schools, one in Philadelphia and one in Chester County, are among the 100 best public high schools in the country, based on test scores and participation and performance in high-level courses, a new report said yesterday.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:46 PM
Location: Pennsylvania
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No number or report card will tell you how good a school system is. So much depends on your child's needs and interests, and they individual teachers they get.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:29 PM
Location: Kauai, HI
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I wouldn't soley base my judgment on these posted test scores. I went to Wissahickon and feel that the education I received there was far superior than a Methacton education. Likewise a PW education would be favored over an Upper Merion school district.

Where is the list that takes into account all of the BS administration politics? The superintendent of UM is one of the worst I have met to date. Regardless, Wissahickon's is not much better...
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:00 PM
Location: Collegeville
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Definetely Perkiomen Valley School District. I love their learning system which turned my obnoxios and very distracted child into a gifted learning child.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:59 AM
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"The top 10 high schools overall according to the combined reading + verbal scores per schoolmatters.com ."

Where did you find the list of top schools on schoolmatters.com? I cannot seem to find it.

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Old 09-04-2011, 04:06 AM
Location: New Jersey
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Haddonfield NJ
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