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Old 12-01-2015, 07:04 AM
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We are in the process of searching for a new home in Chapel Hill. We found one in North Chapel Hill-off of Homestead/Weaver Dairy Extension area. We don't know much about the schools that the neighborhood is districted to-Northside elementary, Smith Middle school, and Chapel Hill High.

Can anyone give any insight to these specific schools or live in that area? We were planning to move to Southern Chapel Hill (Southern Village area) or Meadowmont area but the house we found meets most everything on our want list.

Thank you in advance for any information.
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:24 AM
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:58 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Northside is still very new (this is the third year it has been open). The facility is very nice, but the playground is supposedly very small. It's one of the weaker elementary schools in the district in terms of test scores. If you look at www.NCpublicschools.org, you can see how it compares to the other elementary schools in the district - not that stats. tell you everything, but it's a start. They haven't met growth guidelines and have scores of "C" from the state in math and reading. Most of the other elem. schools in CH have Bs.

I know three people who have/had kids there. One doesn't care much for it - the school isn't meeting her kids' specific needs. I know another one who wasn't thrilled with it the first year it was open, but I don't know if she liked it better last year. The third person seemed okay with it.

Smith is a good middle school. Chapel Hill High is a good high school academically, but I understand the facility itself is in desperate need of updating, but I *think* is on docket for repairs.

Overall, Northside wouldn't be my first choice for elem. school in the district, but I'm not sure if it would or wouldn't prevent me from moving to a house within that pyramid.
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:58 AM
Location: Chapelboro
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I would be absolutely fine with Northside. We thought we might get rezoned for it when it was built and had no problems with that at all. My friends who have kids there love it. You can get a little bit of a feel for the school from their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/northsideeschccs/?fref=ts

Smith would be my preferred middle school. Almost everyone I know who has kids there loves it.

Chapel Hill High is good, but it is an old building. East and Carrboro High are nicer facilities. Most of the folks I know who have kids at Chapel Hill High like it, though.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:35 AM
Location: Chapel Hill
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My three kids all went/are going to Smith Middle School. No negative experiences, very happy with it. My two oldest went/are going to East Chapel Hill High. Having talked to their friends and other friends whose kids went to Chapel Hill High, my general sense of the two is that East is more of a grinder whereas Chapel Hill's teachers are a bit more supportive.
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