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Old 03-21-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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Thinking of taking a job with GE in Niskayuna. Have two children, middle school and high school. Both are currently in top rated public schools, and a major concern is finding comparable schools, either private or public. Will be traveling a lot for work, so access to an airport would be useful. Would like to find a pleasant community within an hour commute of work. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Niskayuna actually would fit. It also isn't too far from Albany International either. Maybe North Colonie, Guilderland or South Colonie school districts too.

For private schools, maybe Bishop Gibbons or Schenectady Christian in Schenectady. There's Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie, which is all boys. The Albany Academies is a non sect k-12 private school in Albany. There some others in the area as well.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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For private schools, maybe Bishop Gibbons or Schenectady Christian in Schenectady. There's Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie, which is all boys.
I have a friend that attended Schenectady Christian and another who attended CBA. The friend who went to SC actually moved to Amsterdam to attend the public high school there because he was so fed up with SC. The friend of mine that went to CBA graduated first in his class and got a full ride to SUNY Binghamton.

Then again, I'm sure some good kids have come out of SC, I'm just telling what I know.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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Colonie is closer to the airport, lower taxes and close to your work. Also has good schools. The absolute best schools in the region is in Bethlehem but most the schools here are outstanding compared to the rest of the country. If being near the airport is super important (not all the areas are super near the airport) than your top choice is Colonie. There are a few school districts that aren't too good, they tend to be Troy, Albany, Schenectady and the extremely rural ones.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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Here's an interesting list in regards to Upstate NY school district rankings: 2011 Upstate school district rankings - Buffalo - Business First

and the Capital District: 2011 Albany Area school district rankings - Buffalo - Business First
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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I don't pay too much attention to school rankings, but maybe that's because I send my kids to Albany Public Schools . That said, Niskayuna and Bethlehem both have very strong reputations. North Colonie is also well-respected, but doesn't seem to get their name out there as much, so people don't know as much about it.

I work with a lot of people who sent their kids to Niskayuna, and they have had mostly good experiences. The experiences of people whose children were strong students were much better than those whose children were average or struggling academically. All the parents tended to agree that academically talented and motivated students were treated the best at Niskayuna.

I also know a lot of people with students in Bethlehem schools, but most of them have not yet reached high school. From their talk, there seems to be more problems with cliques and drugs in Bethlehem than in Niskayuna, but there are many different strong academic options at Bethlehem High School.

Niskayuna and Bethlehem skew towards the upper middle class. Niskayuna is somewhat more diverse racially because of the presence of GE and its international staff. Bethlehem is more of the doctors, lawyers, and state workers.

Both Niskayuna and Bethlehem have a variety of housing options, from older homes in established, walkable neighborhoods to mid-century subdivisions to new McMansion communities. Parts of the Bethlehem school district are even semi-rural.

I'm not sure where you are moving from. If it is a big city, then you may find any of the communities within the Troy-Albany-Schenectady-Saratoga area to have easy access to the airport. There is little traffic here, except on certain roads at certain times, and the airport is a joy to deal with compared to those in other places I've lived. The Park 'n' Fly is a great option and about the same price as airport parking. If you want to live really close to the airport, then Latham/Colonie is best, but anywhere near Routes 90 or 87 within the Capital District - especially within Albany County -will give you quick access to the airport.
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