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Old 12-05-2016, 08:43 PM
 
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We are relocating to the area in the coming weeks. We have always intended to send our kids (age 1 and 3) to private schools--however it looks like there really aren't a lot of private options in the county. Do the majority of kids in Westchester County go to public schools? I am just looking to get an overview, I understand there are very good public options, but also curious if there are private. Thank you!
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:34 PM
 
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There are good private school options but they are very expensive. Hackley, masters, holy child, FASNY, fieldston, horace mann, harvey, rippowam, trinity pawling. More in the Stamford and Greenwich areas.
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:14 AM
 
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We are relocating to the area in the coming weeks. We have always intended to send our kids (age 1 and 3) to private schools--however it looks like there really aren't a lot of private options in the county. Do the majority of kids in Westchester County go to public schools? I am just looking to get an overview, I understand there are very good public options, but also curious if there are private. Thank you!
I think one of the reasons people who can afford it come to Westchester with its overpriced homes and high taxes are the schools. The public schools are some of the best school districts in the country. Even the schools that are "bad" for westchester are in the top 10% of the state. The good ones are in the top 1% of the country. So the vast majority send their kids to public schools. But of course, there are amazing private schools. The post above mine mentioned many of these schools. Good luck in whatever you do and welcome.
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Old 12-06-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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I don't know exactly where in Westchester you are moving to but overall the schools are among the best in the U.S. and I see little advantage of sending a child to a private school. I would even bet there are many private schools that are not as good as the public schools in this area. On top of that you will be paying some of the highest real estate taxes in the country and most of that would go to the schools you would not use if your kids went to private school.
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:45 PM
 
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Yes, Westchester has some good private schools. They also have an abundance of excellent public schools. One thing to remember, private school teachers in NY don't have to be certified. Public school teachers do.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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An extremely large percentage of kids in Westchester County attend public schools. For all the reasons stated in this thread - they are almost always excellent, and many of them provide a private school-like experience.

Since you are coming from Dallas (your other thread indicated this) and had some doubt as to whether or not more than half of kids in Westchester attend public schools, its probably true that you have little knowledge of how public schools are structured in NY and how its different than many areas of the country. Unlike what may be true in Dallas, public schools in NY (outside of big cities like NYC and Buffalo, for instance) are administered by separate municipal entities known as school districts, and are governed by school board members elected by residents of the district. Only residents of the district can send their kids to the districts' school. The boundaries of these districts often don't mirror that of municipal governments, and they are often small in size. We don't have large districts covering entire cities or counties. Thus, if you live in a neighborhood where the families are financially secure, socially intact, and value education, its likely true that your kids will be attending school exclusively (or nearly so) with kids from similar families, simply because your school district will not likely include areas that are markedly different.

Also, I do not intend to disparage public school teachers from other areas of the country, but anecdotically, I have learned through the years that the public school teachers outside the Acela corridor are paid far less and are often of far less quality than what you will find at a good suburban NY district. In a place like Westchester, the best teachers, in my opinion, are attracted to the high pay and security of tenure provided by the public schools. In many instances, even at highly regarded private schools, the teachers are those that could not get work in the good public schools. Its likely true that the teachers (and administrators for that matter) are better at a good Westchester district than what you may be used to in Dallas and beyond.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:34 PM
 
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This is helpful! It does in fact sounds like a different arrangement.

We are mostly just looking for some diversity, kind folk, and well-educated educators in schools.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:28 PM
 
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If you are going to use private schools, move to a community where the market perceives the public school to be sub-par. You will get A LOT MORE for your money.

I would suggest the area of the City of Yonkers that has a Bronxville mailing address. It is really beautiful, and very close to Manhattan.
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Old 12-08-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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If I were you I would spend your money on a home in a good school district and use the money you save on private schools for the additional school tax. Resale will be much easier as homes go fast in good school districts. Public schools here in Westchester are really phenomenal. I do not see the need for private schools when public schools offer so much. My son just started Kindergarten in the Rye Neck School District and I am amazed at the program they offer.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:04 PM
 
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we moved from Houston to Westchester two years ago. Our experience has been outstanding. Our taxes are obscene, but my son gets STEM classes, can read music, is starting to play clarinet, plays chess, has school bussing... When he struggled a little bit he had literacy specialist, wilson courses and extra support to take him through. He is doing great... And he is just 7! So definitely more of a challenging and nurturing academic and learning environment compared to Texas.

We had him in Montessori in Texas and really needed to step it up for him to be at par here. Net net i agree... Public schools here are outstanding and no need to go private based on preconceived notions of private schools as an advantage. Guess who came out of my school district? Mark Zuckerberg! 'Nuff said...
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