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Old 02-08-2016, 02:54 PM
 
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My family currently lives in the RCSD and our youngest one is going to be entering kindergarten soon. We are planning to move in the next 1-2 years and are considering Brighton (preferred given its socioeconomic diversity and location), Pittsford, Penfield, and Fairport school districts. We have been trying to identify public elementary schools that offer foreign language education (looking into the future - Spanish and Chinese seem the most practical). There is a language immersion elementary school in the RCSD but we are hesitant to send our kids to the city public school district for a variety of reasons. While Brighton and Pittsford are "top school districts" they seem rather traditional with regards to their curriculum (e.g., they don't appear to introduce foreign languages until middle school, still rely heavily on the AP model of teaching honors courses which seems rather outdated, college credit/test-focused, and narrow when compared to the IB programs that are spreading through the "less elite" school districts)

Does anyone know of Eastern/Southern Monroe County or Ontario County school districts that offer early language immersion or foreign language instruction? I work in the city and my wife commutes to Canandaigua, so while Victor/Canandaigua/Honeoye Falls are options, Spencerport/Hilton/Western Monroe County are not practical.

Thank you so much!
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:59 PM
 
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Have you looked into Rush-Henrietta, which may be the most diverse suburban SD in the area in multiple ways?
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:01 PM
 
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I looked at Rush-Henrietta's website and, similar to other districts, foreign language instruction appears to start in middle school. Advantages to RH appear to be perhaps the smallest elementary school class sizes, low tax base (but does this reflect a lack of support for the school district in favor of paying less in taxes?), and socioeconomic diversity. If it offered a language immersion program starting in elementary school (I know kids in other parts of the country who have been in such programs and are nearly fluent by the time they reach high school), we probably would favor it over the eastern Monroe County suburbs and Brighton.
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:33 PM
 
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I looked at Rush-Henrietta's website and, similar to other districts, foreign language instruction appears to start in middle school. Advantages to RH appear to be perhaps the smallest elementary school class sizes, low tax base (but does this reflect a lack of support for the school district in favor of paying less in taxes?), and socioeconomic diversity. If it offered a language immersion program starting in elementary school (I know kids in other parts of the country who have been in such programs and are nearly fluent by the time they reach high school), we probably would favor it over the eastern Monroe County suburbs and Brighton.
No, it is due to the tax base, as there is plenty of shopping in the area.

Also, from what I could find, it appears that Honeoye Falls-Lima may be your best bet in terms of public schools and location and Allendale Columbia in terms of a private school: NYSED:LOTE:Information:FLES
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:13 AM
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I would question your thought of favoring RH over Brighton and the other eastern suburban schools. The elementary schools in RH are wonderful, but I would not recommend their schools after that. I've worked with all the school districts in the area. If you want diversity have you thought of West Irondequoit?
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:55 AM
 
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I would question your thought of favoring RH over Brighton and the other eastern suburban schools. The elementary schools in RH are wonderful, but I would not recommend their schools after that. I've worked with all the school districts in the area. If you want diversity have you thought of West Irondequoit?
What is wrong with R-H after elementary school, especially given the academic information at the middle and high school levels?

Also, does West Irondequoit have the foreign language program the OP is looking for? I'm just curious, as I didn't see anything that showed that it did.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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I would question your thought of favoring RH over Brighton and the other eastern suburban schools. The elementary schools in RH are wonderful, but I would not recommend their schools after that. I've worked with all the school districts in the area. If you want diversity have you thought of West Irondequoit?
The one thing I would point out about Irondequoit in general is the commute for his wife will not be very enjoyable. 590 S backs up almost daily near the 490 interchange, at least it did when I used to go through there on the way to work, and that was only during the spring/summer. I moved before I had to deal with it for the winter, which I have to assume is even worse.
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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590 S backs up almost daily near the 490 interchange
QFT. While it's not LA or such level traffic, it's important consideration. I'd at least drive it one morning if you have the chance.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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What is wrong with R-H after elementary school, especially given the academic information at the middle and high school levels?

Also, does West Irondequoit have the foreign language program the OP is looking for? I'm just curious, as I didn't see anything that showed that it did.


Thank you all for your thoughts on this! We appreciate them. It is nice to know that we are not overlooking something. When we moved to Rochester 10+ years ago, we knew we were here to stay due to the quality of life, good public school education, and Midwestern feel. I have been reading about the school districts for a long time and, it seems like the two districts that do better than expected based upon the average family incomes, are West Irondequoit and Brighton (based on socioeconomic status, Pittsford should have the highest scores). I think if West Irondequoit were closer to Canandaigua it would be a strong option (even though its foreign language instruction does not appear to start until 7th grade). A concern I have read about, however, is that West Irondequoit essentially hired a physical education expert to be its superintendent who has prioritized upgrading athletic facilities and that the educational quality may be slipping a bit (this may be unfair as it is mostly based on hearsay such as the comment boards of the Democrat and Chronicle).
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:06 PM
 
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Thank you all for your thoughts on this! We appreciate them. It is nice to know that we are not overlooking something. When we moved to Rochester 10+ years ago, we knew we were here to stay due to the quality of life, good public school education, and Midwestern feel. I have been reading about the school districts for a long time and, it seems like the two districts that do better than expected based upon the average family incomes, are West Irondequoit and Brighton (based on socioeconomic status, Pittsford should have the highest scores). I think if West Irondequoit were closer to Canandaigua it would be a strong option (even though its foreign language instruction does not appear to start until 7th grade). A concern I have read about, however, is that West Irondequoit essentially hired a physical education expert to be its superintendent who has prioritized upgrading athletic facilities and that the educational quality may be slipping a bit (this may be unfair as it is mostly based on hearsay such as the comment boards of the Democrat and Chronicle).
Midwestern feel?

West Irondequoit has a median household income of $60,322 and Brighton's median household income is $69,892, according to the latest census info(2010-2014). Both are above the national and state figures in terms of median household income. So, they are solidly middle class school districts with some economic variation, of course.
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