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Old 10-30-2006, 07:41 PM
 
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I'm from NW PA near Erie. I'm currently a teacher in Atlanta, and hoping to move to Pittsburgh this summer. I'm unsure as to what school districts to look into. Any suggestions? I'm also unsure what areas of town to look into for buying a house. It will be my first house purchase and I'd like to spend around or under $150,000 but still be in a decent area. Is this possible in Pittsburgh? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:06 PM
 
Location: North Pittsburgh
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I'm from NW PA near Erie. I'm currently a teacher in Atlanta, and hoping to move to Pittsburgh this summer. I'm unsure as to what school districts to look into. Any suggestions? I'm also unsure what areas of town to look into for buying a house. It will be my first house purchase and I'd like to spend around or under $150,000 but still be in a decent area. Is this possible in Pittsburgh? Thanks in advance.
Yes.

School Districts - Hampton, Pine-Richland, Shaler, North Allegheny, North Hills -These are districts in the north suburbs of the city. All are good neighborhoods and you will be able to find a home for $150K

Pm me if you would like information or MLS listing for any areas in the North Hills.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:04 PM
 
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STAY AWAY from Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, Plum Borough, Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair (USC), Mt. Lebanon, Riverview, and East Allegheny. These schools are FULL of drugs, because these are upper class schools, where all the kids afford drugs like heroin. I wouldn't teach there or send my kids there if my life depended on it.

Also stay away from Pittsburgh Public Schools (Downtown Schools).

Schools I recommend would be the ones PghREA mentioned above, as well as Allegheny Valley, West Mifflin, and possibly Gateway. Penn Hills isn't bad either - we're a very large school district. Yes, we get a bad rap sometimes, but it's because here, we actually do something when needed, unlike some schools like Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Plum, etc - where kids are on drugs all the time and the schools do nothing, and I do mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

I know a teacher whom teaches at Penn Hills' Linton Middle School, which alone has over 2,000 students, also from Atlanta, moved to Penn Hills 3 years ago, teaching in 7th grade English, and she absolutely loves it. Shes located, as I am, on the Penn Hills/Verona border, likely the best spot of Penn Hills. Stay away from the southern area of Penn Hills, which borders Wilkinsburg. Hope that helps!
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:51 AM
 
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Ok Yac - let me rephrase.

Tyler - FYI - Mt Lebanon happens to be a Blue Ribbon school, both my kids are in high honors from that school and I've been in this district for 14 years and have not even seen as much as one joint.

I agree with you about the other areas, especially the downtown schools but again, Bethel, Upper St Clair and Mt Lebo are on the top 10 best schools here. Do some more research before you make remarks that are untrue.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Dreaming of Ohio
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I was going to say the same thing. My cousins Ray and Amy both graduated from Bethel, also I had friends who graduated from Mt Lebo, also I have friends from Upper Saint Clare too.

Do not judge those areas cause what Donna said is true.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:18 PM
 
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Thanks angellweis - when it comes to education, knowledge is key - no punn attended.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Dreaming of Ohio
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Your right.

Where you from Donna
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:33 PM
 
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Washington Co. 30 min South of Pgh. This is 84 country. (as in 84 Lumber) Country as in lots of farm land, small coal towns with low taxes, a lot of new construction. Where the rich and not so rich are seperated only by which end of town they live on. Canonsburg, home to Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. Lots of Colleges around.
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Old 12-29-2006, 09:01 AM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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I'm from NW PA near Erie. I'm currently a teacher in Atlanta, and hoping to move to Pittsburgh this summer. I'm unsure as to what school districts to look into. Any suggestions? I'm also unsure what areas of town to look into for buying a house. It will be my first house purchase and I'd like to spend around or under $150,000 but still be in a decent area. Is this possible in Pittsburgh? Thanks in advance.
The North Hills neighborhoods mentioned and the South Hill's areas of Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, and Mt. Lebanon are generally considered the best schools. Also Fox Chapel schools. The difficulty is getting a house for that price in these areas. Best bet will be in Aspinwall (Fox Chapel schools) and Bethel Park. Keep in mind that Fox Chapel has extreme wealth while Bethel Park is more evenl/middle class. There are a couple of schools in the City that are decent too, such as Colfax and Linden schools and Alderdice H.S. in Squirrel Hill, but there isn't much consistency in the City.
Disregard what was said about drugs etc. in these schools. They don't exist at any any higher level than the rest of the region, and probably quite a bit lower.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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Default Colfax?

We are looking to relocate to the Squirrel Hill/Point Breeze/Shadyside/North Forbes area from Washington DC. We have a bilingual house and are considering Colfax. Is Colfax considered a top school in these neighborhoods? What are the other elementary schools we should consider in those locations?

Thank you.
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