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Old 02-01-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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Wondering which school district you ended up in and if you are pleased with it. We are considering relocating to Syracuse area and would love your thoughts. We have 2 elementary age boys.
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Jackie
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:53 PM
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What are you looking for in a school district?
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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We moved here in the summer of 2010. I have 3 kids. 1 in HS, 1 in Middle and 1 in Elementary. We live in the FM school district. Specifically the Enders Rd., Eagle Hill Middle schools. Eagle Hill just received a blue ribbon meaning it is one of the best middle schools in the nation (maybe top 100, but I'm not sure).

Like others have said, it depends what you are looking for. FM is probably one of the most competitive districts in the area, but compared to where I grew up in Northern NJ, it's really not too bad. My kids are well adjusted and are doing fine in school.

We lived in St. Charles, IL for a few years also. I have to say the elementary school in St. Charles seemed to expect more in terms of math skills than here. Maybe that will change as my first grader gets older. We also lived in Connecticut. The schools here are far superior to CT.

The teachers at FM I have dealt with all are good and responsive to parents for the most part. The community cares about its schools.

I don't think you can go wrong with the top districts mentioned above. We are happy in Manlius. I do wonder what it would have been like to live in a lake based town like Skaneateles or Cazenovia. Skaneateles schools are all on 1 campus which is very appealing to me, not to mention the beauty of the lake. I would check out all the places on your short list and go with the area you love the most.

Best of luck!
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:58 AM
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We moved here in the summer of 2010. I have 3 kids. 1 in HS, 1 in Middle and 1 in Elementary. We live in the FM school district. Specifically the Enders Rd., Eagle Hill Middle schools. Eagle Hill just received a blue ribbon meaning it is one of the best middle schools in the nation (maybe top 100, but I'm not sure).

Like others have said, it depends what you are looking for. FM is probably one of the most competitive districts in the area, but compared to where I grew up in Northern NJ, it's really not too bad. My kids are well adjusted and are doing fine in school.

We lived in St. Charles, IL for a few years also. I have to say the elementary school in St. Charles seemed to expect more in terms of math skills than here. Maybe that will change as my first grader gets older. We also lived in Connecticut. The schools here are far superior to CT.

The teachers at FM I have dealt with all are good and responsive to parents for the most part. The community cares about its schools.

I don't think you can go wrong with the top districts mentioned above. We are happy in Manlius. I do wonder what it would have been like to live in a lake based town like Skaneateles or Cazenovia. Skaneateles schools are all on 1 campus which is very appealing to me, not to mention the beauty of the lake. I would check out all the places on your short list and go with the area you love the most.

Best of luck!
This part reminds me of this article(particularly the third paragraph): Teacher experience and credentials - Quality Teaching | GreatSchools
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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I have to say the elementary school in St. Charles seemed to expect more in terms of math skills than here. Maybe that will change as my first grader gets older.
I believe that is the case, as FM is known for being very competitive in math and sciences... maybe their technique is not to scare anyone off? lol

eta: http://www.soinc.org/2011_national_tournament
Last year, for the National Science Olympiad-

Eagle Hill ranked 10th, for middle schools.
For high schools, FM placed 11th.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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I am enjoying this thread. We are just found out that we will be moving to Syracuse this summer from Buffalo. (work related) We have 2 daughters, one that will be in 6th and the other 2nd. Thanks for all the great info! Great starting point on my research!
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I am enjoying this thread. We are just found out that we will be moving to Syracuse this summer from Buffalo. (work related) We have 2 daughters, one that will be in 6th and the other 2nd. Thanks for all the great info! Great starting point on my research!
Is there anything that you are looking for in a community?
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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I believe that is the case, as FM is known for being very competitive in math and sciences... maybe their technique is not to scare anyone off? lol

eta: 2011 National Tournament | Science Olympiad
Last year, for the National Science Olympiad-

Eagle Hill ranked 10th, for middle schools.
For high schools, FM placed 11th
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Is that in New York or nationally? Either way, that's quite good!
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Is that in New York or nationally? Either way, that's quite good!
That's the National Olympiad.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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Any thoughts on private schools? I know CBA used to be thought of as the best and maybe still is. I heard Bishop Ludden expanded into arts and music. Music and drama would be a major factor in choosing a high school for our daughter if we get orders to move.
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