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Old 06-24-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Just got the call that my husband is being transfered to San Antonio for about 13 months (could go longer, who knows)...to a project at the VA hospital? I have no clue where that is at. But just curious....should we look to rent in San Antonio or are there nice towns nearby. He really doesn't want to have to travel back and forth to work longer than 20 miles.

Plus, we will have a child starting kindergarten in the fall, and from what I have read this afternoon about S. A. schools...they are not ranked well in the state which frightens me a little. We have always lived in towns that had excellent schools and now that our child is finally ready to start one, we have to up and move.

Any advice or sites you could refer me to would be much helpful as this has come as a surprise to me today and I am not sure when he will be transfered, but typically they give us about 2 weeks before they send him somewhere new.

Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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when you say s.a. schools do you mean saisd? NISD and NEISD have some fantastic schools so I am not sure what you read.

There is plenty to rent in San Antonio (which includes the area of NEISD and NISD)...
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Helotes
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Helotes or Boerne are great for schools. Lots of involved parents. Somewhat of an artisan community in Helotes. Our kids start at 19 and go to 6 yrs old, and I recommend Helotes area highly. Great schools and churches, all conveniences and a real genuine family atmosphere.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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oops, i meant sanantonio schools, as a city, they are ranked 616th out of the 870 cities in TX...that is not very good.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I don't think you mean as a city. Texas doesn't really have unified school districts, although there is a San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) it only covers a portion of the city, also it's student population seems to be shrinking every year. Most students in San Antonio attend either Northside, or North East ISD, both are good districts, with some excellent schools. In NEISD it's not unusual to find a 50 year old school rated as high or higher than a new school in a flavor of the month "hot area".
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Didn't some make the states top list this year...like Health Careers High in NISD????
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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oops, i meant sanantonio schools, as a city, they are ranked 616th out of the 870 cities in TX...that is not very good.
I am assuming that you got this information from the school digger website.

Texas State Cities - TX City School Rankings

If you look into this, it is not very accurate. All the big cities in Texas are poorly ranked with only small towns with a very small number of schools ranking highly on their list.

Even under their questionable ranking system, San Antonio ranked 2nd out of all the major cities in TX, with only Houston coming in higher.

Like others have said, there are many excellent schools and school districts in San Antonio and its bedroom communities. Northside ISD, Northeast ISD, Alamo Heights ISD and Boerne schools are very good (I have no personal experience with Helotes). Check into school rankings within these districts in order to help you narrow down an area to search for rentals. Keep in mind that some schools in popular areas get capped for enrollment. When this happens, students will be bussed to other schools so question that before you sign a contract.

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Old 06-25-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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I know each school is different, but when does the school year typically start there in TX? We are currently in CT and if we stayed her first day of kindergarten would be Aug 31 this fall. I checked out a few school sites and they end on June and don't seem to show when the first day of school is.

thanks
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Northeast ISD, Northside ISD and Alamo Heights ISD schools are starting August 23rd for the 2010-2011 school year.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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Thanks so much!!! Fingers crossed we could find a home when we fly out in 2 weeks and can close in 30 days or less to be in and settled before Aug 23

Thanks for all the info on the school system. .... yes, the site I pulled up was that school digger one. I didn't know what to think when I saw SA was #616th on the list of 870....so knowing more helps and now i think I understand about the bigger cities not being rated correctly. I have read nothing but good reviews and test scores for Northside ISD and Northeast ISD (as far as the other school systems are in that area, I haven't read much about them b/c most of the homes we are looking at are in the those 2 areas)

Thanks again and after we come back from our 3 day trip; I may have more questions for you!!!
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