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Old 02-05-2012, 01:37 PM
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Does anyone have children who attend? We're intending to move into the area and would really prefer to keep our children in the local, neighborhood school. We believe in public schools, and intend to stay active in their school and their education. I'm not afraid of diversity; racial, cultural, or economic.

Wondering if anyone has any thoughts or experiances with this school? Also, does anyone know anything more about an upcoming combine with Ft. Pitt Elementary for 2012?

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Old 02-05-2012, 02:22 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I live in Lawrenceville and anyone who has the money to send their kids to a private school avoided Arsenal (and the Pittsburgh Public Schools in general) at all costs. The schools that kids in Lawrenceville feed into are mediocre at best so a lot of people send their kids to private or charter schools.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:10 PM
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(a) I commend your dedication to urban public schools. It's something you virtually never see on this board, and people are inevitably going to give you horror stories, usually without much personal experience or data to back it up.
(b) That said, city schools do vary greatly in terms of academic quality, and in my understanding, Arsenal is a bit (but not wildly) below average. (See for yourself here: Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 | General Information)
(c) ...On the other hand, in my experience, parental involvement is more than half the battle, and can make all the difference. I attended several schools with middle-to-low academic performance (Murray Elementary, Schiller Middle, West Liberty Middle, Brashear High) and ended up in a college and law school primarily populated with kids who went to private school in Manhattan. The dedication of my parents (and, maybe, a little natural ability ) made all the difference for me.
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