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Old 10-02-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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We are moving into North Raleigh soon. I’m looking for thoughts on Leesville vs Millbrook vs Sanderson HS. Most areas south of 540 will fit with our work commute, so all three are options for us. My son is a strong student but not necessarily ready for an IB workload. He is hoping to swim for the school.
I truly appreciate any experience or thoughts you can share.
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:07 PM
 
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I have not had any students at any of those schools, but by reputation alone, I would choose Leesville.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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Yeah, I think Leesville is the best choice of the three.

I graduated way back when from Sanderson and my son graduated from Millbrook. Both schools have issues with violence, though Millbrook seems to be worse than Sanderson at this point.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:08 PM
 
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I’ve only heard good things about Sanderson.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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Pretty sure Leesville has a strong swim program although none of them are likely to be terrible.
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Old 10-02-2019, 06:17 PM
 
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My sons attend Sanderson, grades 9 and 12 this year. We like it and they have a solid swim team. It has the smallest student population of the three, I believe, and a new principal this year (who was nominated for Principal of the Year 2018-2019 at her former school).

Violence doesn't seem to be an issue.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:23 PM
 
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Graduated from Sanderson several years back.



Sanderson had drug problems and had fights fairly often.


Leesville was nicknamed Sleaseville because of their own drug problems at the time


I don't know much about Millbrook.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:35 PM
 
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Graduated from Sanderson several years back.



Sanderson had drug problems and had fights fairly often.


Leesville was nicknamed Sleaseville because of their own drug problems at the time


I don't know much about Millbrook.

Where are Johnny Depp and Richard Grieco when you need them ..... (does anyone get the reference?)
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:38 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've known families with children at all three schools, and all were happy. Their children graduated and went on to decent schools, including UNC and NC State. None expressed any concerns with violence and drugs, but each child's experience is always different.
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:13 AM
 
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Graduated from Sanderson several years back.



Sanderson had drug problems and had fights fairly often.


Leesville was nicknamed Sleaseville because of their own drug problems at the time


I don't know much about Millbrook.
My two boys graduated from Leesville recently, one launched in 2014 and one in 2018. The suggestion that there's a drug use problem that exceeds what's normal for the age is inaccurate. It's no worse there than anywhere else where you have a majority population of middle to upper-middle class families.

As for Sanderson, the student population is moderately more diverse than Leesville and so the dynamics are subtly different. However I currently coach a rec soccer team where more than half the players attend Sanderson and it's still as solid a school as always.

To the original poster, you're not going to go wrong with any of the three; none are inner-city schools (and those are usually magnet anyway and much harder to get into).

Find a neighborhood that fits your personality and needs and don't sweat the school stuff.
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