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Old 07-06-2016, 09:18 PM
 
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We are currently house hunting in the Yorktown area. Does anyone have any positive or negative experiences with their children in the Yorktown Central School District? What is considered the "best" elementary school? Any information would be appreciated!
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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We are currently house hunting in the Yorktown area. Does anyone have any positive or negative experiences with their children in the Yorktown Central School District? What is considered the "best" elementary school? Any information would be appreciated!
Yorktown schools are good, but WARNING, school and town lines do not match. Yorktown has students in the Lakeland school district and the Yorktown school district. Both are solid school districts, just make sure you know which one you are talking about.

My neighbors teaches 4th grade at Crompond and it is well thought of. There are two lower elementary schools (K - 3), Brookside and Mohansic, which both feed into Crompond. Both are good schools. My opinion, ranking elementary schools is pretty difficult and tends to be more about the money the parents spend outside the school than the schools and their budgets themselves. K through 3 is pretty simple stuff. If you are talking about a special needs student, then I can understand looking for a particular program. But if its just general education, K - 3 is pretty standard. Most don't even test until the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade levels anyway. I would be more interested in the high schools than the elementary schools. If you don;t plan to be in the same house at that time, just buy the most house you can get. Good luck and best wishes.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:29 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. We are interested in the Yorktown High School. Do you have any experience with this school specifically? Is there a lot of parental involvement? Are there many options for extracurricular activites? Are the sports teams well regarded? Do most kids take AP classes in HS?
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:30 PM
 
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We also have been looking in the Katonah-Lewisboro school district but it seems like you can get a lot more house for your money in Yorktown. Is there a reason for this?
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:09 PM
 
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Both of our children have gone through K through high school in Yorktown Schools. It was a good experience for them. Yorktown High School has a great Science Research program, an award winning literary magazine(published and run by students), many interesting school clubs and organizations and a great sports program. Yorktown has sent their boys Lacrosse team to the state finals 37 out of 50 years.
I found the school administration, teachers and parents to be caring and involved. My children were involved in many programs and got much out of their years in High School. You really do get out what you put in.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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Thank you for your response. We are interested in the Yorktown High School. Do you have any experience with this school specifically? Is there a lot of parental involvement? Are there many options for extracurricular activites? Are the sports teams well regarded? Do most kids take AP classes in HS?
Yorktown gives a very good bang for your book. You might also want to look at Croton, which also gives good bang based on housing costs. They are not near the national levels of some down county schools, but the homes there are some of the most expensive in the US also.

Yorktown HS has good programs. Its well thought of in science and has very good athletics. Lots of AP classes are offered, most kids graduate with at least 2 or 3 AP classes, giving them as many as 9 credits. Some come out with 18 or more credits. Its all up to the kid though. I will say that sports are a very big part of life in Yorktown, even at the youth level. There are a few recreational leagues for young kids, and most social circles revolve around sports. Just something to know. If your kids are young, look into shrub oak athletic club, its a strong program. Best of luck!
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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We also have been looking in the Katonah-Lewisboro school district but it seems like you can get a lot more house for your money in Yorktown. Is there a reason for this?
There is a reason, which has to do with the general desirability of one area vs another. However it really comes down to preference. Some people want what the Yorktown area has, some want what the northeastern westchester area has.

As far as schools are concerened, they're all good.
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