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Old 03-29-2015, 09:21 PM
 
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Because they teach to the test. A bright kid will really suffer in this environment. I've known quite a few families who settled in the area of the "best" school (every one here told them these were the best, had the best scores) and ended up pulling their kids out and going to private and later charter schools because the high scores were only reflective of the test prep. Not the education.

Beware what you look for. Investigate the school, spend time there, find out how individual classes run, talk to the administration.
The possible schools I'm looking at in areas that I can afford are:
Camelot & Jackson-Kellar Elementary Schools
Ed White & Nimitz Middle Schools

There are so many sites that rate the schools differently, but they seem to just rate below average or average.
I'm so confused, I just want the best for my child.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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The possible schools I'm looking at in areas that I can afford are:
Camelot & Jackson-Kellar Elementary Schools
Ed White & Nimitz Middle Schools

There are so many sites that rate the schools differently, but they seem to just rate below average or average.
I'm so confused, I just want the best for my child.
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This was the area I thought you may be looking at. While the ratings are lower then the majority of NEISD, these schools are still good schools. Check some of the ratings for SAISD and you will see that they aren't nearly as bad as they appear. These areas are middle class areas within NEISD. Most middle class neighborhood schools will have similar ratings. Check some of the NISD areas that are within your budget and you will find about the same type of feedback. To get the 10 plus rating of schools like Hardy Oak or anything in Stone Oak you'll be spending 4x your budget.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I would go with Camelot and white or Nimitz or anything in that cluster of schools. The general area around Camelot is improving greatly too.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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There are absolutely great schools in NISD not just NEISD and most definitely are some that are better than some in NEISD. The districts are huge with NEISD spanning from Roger's Ranch way over to Walzem Rd which are very different areas. NISD is similar in differing demographics within the district boundaries. It is definitely better to check the individual school as you are doing.

As to Stone Oak, while you cannot find a house or apartment under $1000, I live across from Stone Oak Elementary and my mortgage on a 2900 square ft house is more like twice not 4 times $1000. You can spend that much but you can also get the same schools and safe areas for a lot less. I realize it doesn't help in this situation but in case someone else is looking there is housing around $200k to be had here.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Also, there are several magnet programs in NEISD, with Nimitz housing one of them (STEM), and Ed White another (DATA). Krueger houses KSAT and iMAK.

If your child attends one of these MS, I would highly encourage them to apply to the magnet program.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:24 PM
 
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Thank you all! You have provided a wealth of information that has eased my concerns.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:07 AM
 
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Want to rent a 3bedroom less than $1000.
Apartment or house? This can be tough as we looked all over Castle Hills and North central to get close to my daughters school(private Catholic). Then when we found a place we left the school

We found a ok apartment 975 month 2 bd in nice area but I don't like this apt complex. Someone keyed my car all the way around, mind you we are sandwiched in 2 very nice house developments. There is much nicer ones around all over here but more pricey. As for schools my daughter got stuck with Eisenhower middle school just for remainder of year, she got accepted to a charter school for next year. But my son got Huebner Elem and it is really good, really like it. Good scores, ratings and even though large they are personable.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:17 AM
 
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The possible schools I'm looking at in areas that I can afford are:
Camelot & Jackson-Kellar Elementary Schools
Ed White & Nimitz Middle Schools

There are so many sites that rate the schools differently, but they seem to just rate below average or average.
I'm so confused, I just want the best for my child.
I also looked in this area as it was right around the corner from my daughters private school. The houses there are actually nice(but still more than your budget and not too many for rent), but the apts are well, okay-ish. I couldn't do it, but that is just me. I went with a locator and he advised me to head more north of Blanco.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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It's all about your threshold for "bad." If I had kids, I wouldn't send them to Nimitz or Ed White. I attended Nimitz, albeit in the late 90s. There was a lot of fighting, and the education wasn't as good as it was at Garner. Garner isn't even one of the best middle schools in NEISD. I was in honors classes at Nimitz and was way behind in math when I switched to Garner.
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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NEISD isn't the only area with good schools in the SA area. There are plenty of great schools in NISD as well.
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