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Old 02-18-2009, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Cary
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You can live in Cary in which your base school is a traditional school (I honestly don't see what the fuss is about regarding year round schools) without the threat of redistricting.

But to answer your question, if you want something close to Cary yet not in WCPSS, then your options are limited to Durham and Chapel Hill. If Cary is stretching your budget, then CH certainly would.

Before we moved here we looked at Durham. Then I looked at the school report cards:

District Search Results Page.

No way was I going to send my kids to those schools. But that's me. Durham schools work very well for a great many people, so do your own homework and don't be swayed by me or the Durham Cheerleaders.

If you like Cary already, find a way to make it happen. Put your child's education first, not when vacation time is. One advantage of Year-Round is that not all tracks are equally populated. We know of one class (elementary in Cary) that has 13 kids in it. Also your breaks can often be during non-traditional beaks, so you can be at the beach for 2 weeks in early May or late September without the crowds, and with optimum weather.

Good luck.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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I'll have to tell my parents how EASY they had it when we kids were growing up in PA. Small town. There was ONE public elementary school, ONE public Jr. High in our borough/township, ONE high school, and that's where you went unless you were going to the private catholic school system or to the VoTech school for high school years. Traditional calender with summers off and no such thing as redistricting. For better or worse you were with the same kids all the way through. My graduating class was approximately 200. Simplicity. High % went on to college.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Clayton
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I would also say take a look into Clayton.

We just moved here from Long Island last month and love it.....we did alot of research before deciding and the school issues were a concern for us.....we had originally started our search in Wake cnty...stayed in Cary.....

We just felt with the boys being uprooted stability was the most important thing once we got down here......My boys are 13, 11 this month and 5.....not knowing what they're schedules would be and the chance of them being moved around just wasnt the right fit for our family.....Although it is for some...

We have 2 in elem and one in ms and they are doing very well adjusting and couldnt be any happier....

You'll find plenty of homes in your price point with room for a family to grow....the schools are traditional and I personally dont feel that we are lacking for anything......we can get to all our needs within 10/15 min ride and Raleigh is about 25 mins away......

Its worth looking into as as option if the school isssues are a concern for you.....

Good luck
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Keep in mind that ANY area that has growth, Clayton included, may have some re districting of schools.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Clayton area but you must do all your research.

JinnSue, aren't there two new high schools in the Clayton area that are scheduled to open? And when they do open, who will fill them? Won't some kids have to be changed around?

Vicki
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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southwest durham is a nice place. I live their your right in the middle of everything 20 minutes from raleigh .10 15 minutes from cary. i personally think its a great neighborhood
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Wow.. Thank you SO SO SO much for all of these responses. I am literally taking notes as I read and also studying maps to get my bearings.

To answer some questions that were asked - We are looking for a 3 bedroom house (at least) within 15 minutes of Cary, probably not much more than that. I am trying to research which Cary subdivisions will be less likely to be redistricted.

I have read about areas like Clayton but for everyday purposes (spending time with family, babysitting for my nieces and nephews) it may just be too far for us More expensive areas like Chapel Hill may not really be an option at this point.

Realistically, if we are going to be looking in Cary, we may need to buy a smaller ($150Kish) house because there's a good chance we will end up having to pay for private school or something. I don't want my son to get bounced around from school to school - I'm not sure he'll do well in that kind of environment.

I was trying to find out which subdivisions in Cary are less likely to be redistricted - anyone know how to find this info out??

You've all been such a great help so far. Maybe this is the southern hospitality I keep hearing about
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
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Wow.. Thank you SO SO SO much for all of these responses. I am literally taking notes as I read and also studying maps to get my bearings.

To answer some questions that were asked - We are looking for a 3 bedroom house (at least) within 15 minutes of Cary, probably not much more than that. I am trying to research which Cary subdivisions will be less likely to be redistricted.

I have read about areas like Clayton but for everyday purposes (spending time with family, babysitting for my nieces and nephews) it may just be too far for us More expensive areas like Chapel Hill may not really be an option at this point.

Realistically, if we are going to be looking in Cary, we may need to buy a smaller ($150Kish) house because there's a good chance we will end up having to pay for private school or something. I don't want my son to get bounced around from school to school - I'm not sure he'll do well in that kind of environment.

I was trying to find out which subdivisions in Cary are less likely to be redistricted - anyone know how to find this info out??

You've all been such a great help so far. Maybe this is the southern hospitality I keep hearing about

If you are open to a townhouse, you will have a lot more options.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:13 PM
 
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Housing prices will continue to drop. I'd say you might want to rent for a while in Cary. As prices fall, you should be able to find some pretty nice properties.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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I wouldn't mind a townhouse Charlton Dude - as long as it's got room for us to grow. I don't want to have to move around again after this!!

My son is only 5 but he's already moved 3 times!! This will be the 4th.
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