U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > Westchester County
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 11-02-2009, 07:04 PM
 
3 posts, read 15,300 times
Reputation: 11

Advertisements

My wife, three-year old son, and I currently live in Harrison. We make a combined income of $200K/yr.
We have heard great things about the Harrison school district but incredible things about Rye Country which is only seven minutes from our house.
We are planning to have our son apply for RCDS for admission.
Should we send him there (if he gets in..) or save our money and have him go through the public school system?
Thoughts?
I don't know much about Westchester schools in general...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-03-2009, 06:42 AM
 
2,328 posts, read 5,042,731 times
Reputation: 2746
Every year kids from Harrison High School get into the top Ivy League schools and mediocre schools. Every year, kids from RCDS get into top Ivy League schools and mediocre schools.

Bottom line - it's your money. 200K is nice, but it is far from affluent in Westchester County. Your kids could do great or not so great in either school.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-03-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
1,316 posts, read 4,555,553 times
Reputation: 426
There is also the social issue to consider. Do you really want your son to go school only with kids whose parents can afford the $25,000 to $30,000 a year tuition, or would you prefer him to experience some degree of socio-economic diversity? Or perhaps the school's financial aid creates the same degree of socio-economic diversity that you'll find in the Harrison school? Either way, it is something to think about. Learning to get along with kids from different backgrounds is a critical skill that kids need to master if they are going to be successful in the real world.

If it were my money, I'd spend the $30,000 a year on an interesting trip and a cool afterschool program or two.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-11-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: 89121
413 posts, read 1,425,221 times
Reputation: 336
Default Rcds

My youngest son graduated from RCDS in '05 and the education he received was second to none. He went through the Rye City School District until 5th grade and we made the switch to RCDS. We were not happy with the way the Rye school system handled middle-of-the-road students.
RCDS's sports and educational facilities are excellent. More to the point here, is that we found that the teachers at RCDS really care about their students as opposed to the Rye City public school teachers who for the most part are time clock punchers.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-08-2010, 03:36 PM
 
124 posts, read 607,167 times
Reputation: 41
Who isn't just a time clock puncher here? Almost all of us here coming to Westchester for its "great school" systems. We pay huge premium for the housing and tax for those supposedly "prestigious school districts". However, I heard negative comments about Byram Hills, Chappaqua, Ardsley, and Briarcliff. Parents honestly commented about their frustration with the way school. My kids are advanced but they are not given any attention to keep their edge (Byram Hills). Teachers and principles are paid the best with our money (even so for private schools) but all I see is they are excellent at pushing back parents' request and "time clock puncher" is a great description. While searching for a house targeting those "top school districts", I always wonder if those schools really live up to their reputations??? or it is just result of highly educated parents, wealth in the town, and economic and social segregation. Ironically, I heard some good comments from parents who live in those "not so great school district" like New Rochelle, Ossining (although just at the elementary levels). I really wish there is a comparison or ranking of teaching / caring quality of the schools, not ranking by wealth, scores, or subsidized meals.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-08-2010, 05:00 PM
 
2,328 posts, read 5,042,731 times
Reputation: 2746
[quote=PEmom;13210451]or it is just result of highly educated parents, wealth in the town, and economic and social segregation.

EXACTLY!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > Westchester County
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top