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Unread 11-01-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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adlnc07 has it right....but that doesn't mean your child won't go to a great school.
True.. I should have also said that I don't think any of the schools in Cary or Apex would be considered "bad." I know people seemed quite happy with the elementary schools in Apex, and that my current neighborhood has good schools as well.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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I live in Cary Park, which is assigned to Mills Park Elementary, a year round school adjacent to the neighborhood. Mills Park just opened last year, and is already a School of Excellence, one of 12 in Wake County to receive that status. We love the school!

Some of the kids in our neighborhood chose to stay at their previous school, Highcroft, another great year round school, located in the middle of Highcroft neighborhood. I've heard wonderful things about Highcroft.

Close by, we also have Cedar Fork, Carpenter (year round), Green Hope, and Davis Drive. Alston Ridge is opening in the fall. Honestly, if you want to be in Wake County, you don't have to worry about a commute, you want to be near RDU, and you want to ensure a great elementary school, NW and West Cary are excellent areas.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
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I just typed out a list of schools for a friend of mine, so I'll just copy and paste it here. YR means year-round and T is for traditional.

I would look for a house that was districted for one of the following schools:

Morrisville Elementary - 2009 Honor School of Excellence (YR)
Highcroft Drive Elementary - 2009 Honor School of Excellence (YR)
Green Hope Elementary - 2009 School of Distinction (is currently YR, but will switch to Traditional next year)
Mills Park Elementary - 2009 Honor School of Excellence (YR)
Salem Elementary - 2009 School of Distinction (YR)
Davis Drive - 2009 Honor School of Excellence (T)
Laurel Park Elementary - 2009 School of Distinction (YR)
Turner Creek Elementary - 2009 Honor School of Excellence (YR)
Carpenter Elementary - 2009 School of Distinction (YR)

Given your budget and requirements for a house, I'd recommend looking in the following neighborhoods:

Amberly
Cary Park
Stonewater
Highcroft
Carpenter Village
Brookstone
WestPark

Most of those neighborhoods won't offer you .25 acres, but they have everything else you want. And in Cary Park, Highcroft and Carpenter Village, the chances of being rezoned to a different school are fairly low because the school is in the neighborhood.

I'm a single mom with two children (also moved here from NY), and my oldest attended Highcroft for kindergarten and Morrisville for 1st and 2nd grade (we moved). I've been happy with both schools.
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