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Old 09-30-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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My husband will soon start working in Albany. We have two kids who will go to elementary school soon. Therefore, we are looking to move to a city with good public elementary schools. We did a little bit research and found that Saratoga Springs have very good public elementary schools. However, it takes around 35 minutes to commute to Albany and I am not sure how much longer it would be during the snow season.

Can anyone recommend a city with shorter commute to Albany, family friendly, and has good public elementary schools?
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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My husband will soon start working in Albany. We have two kids who will go to elementary school soon. Therefore, we are looking to move to a city with good public elementary schools. We did a little bit research and found that Saratoga Springs have very good public elementary schools. However, it takes around 35 minutes to commute to Albany and I am not sure how much longer it would be during the snow season.

Can anyone recommend a city with shorter commute to Albany, family friendly, and has good public elementary schools?
Does it have to be a city? Cohoes, Watervliet and Rensselaer are small cities and while the schools aren't the greatest, they aren't the worst either. You may have certain public elementary schools that are within the Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Lansingburgh(also in Troy) school districts that are better than others.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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No, it doesn't have to be in city, suburb is totally fine. Our main concern is safety, commute time, and schools.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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No, it doesn't have to be in city, suburb is totally fine. Our main concern is safety, commute time, and schools.
This should help: 2012 Upstate school district rankings - Buffalo - Business First

2012 Albany Area school district rankings - Buffalo - Business First

Bethlehem is just south of Albany and Delmar is a small community in that SD with some walkability. North and South Colonie are also right next to Albany, as is a part of the Guilderland SD, if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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We live in Saratoga and find the roads are cleared quite quickly, especially the Northway. The schools are very good in the area, especially Schuylerville School district. Although we live 10 miles outside of Saratoga Springs, the roads aren't a problem in the snow.

You might also be interested in Clifton Park area.

A good resource is: www.greatschools.org
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:46 PM
 
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Hi Ellwood,

Thanks for your reply. Do u know what is the traffic like during the rush hours? How long would it take to drive to Albany during rush hours?


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We live in Saratoga and find the roads are cleared quite quickly, especially the Northway. The schools are very good in the area, especially Schuylerville School district. Although we live 10 miles outside of Saratoga Springs, the roads aren't a problem in the snow.

You might also be interested in Clifton Park area.

A good resource is: www.greatschools.org
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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Here's another good resource in terms of school information: https://reportcards.nysed.gov/counties.php?year=2012

Look at Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. BTW- Clifton Park's school district is Shenendehowa.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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Hi Ellwood,

Thanks for your reply. Do u know what is the traffic like during the rush hours? How long would it take to drive to Albany during rush hours?
Although we are retired we have driven in rush hour and in all honesty, compared to when we lived in other states, the rush hour is basically just slow traffic, i.e. volume. We live about 9 miles away from the Northway in Quaker Springs area of Saratoga. I estimate it takes us 45 minutes. There are other routes besides the Northway to be aware of. We actually will be right in rush hour tomorrow AM, headed to NJ, so if it is different from 45 minutes I'll let you know.

Check out Malta, Ballston Spa, Half Moon areas as well.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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The schools with the best reputation are Bethlehem, North Colonie and Niskayuna. All three communities are exceedingly safe. Bethlehem and North Colonie abut Albany, so a short commute. If your husband will be working downtown, he could even take the bus. Niskayuna is a further commute, but not as long as Saratoga.

Although these three have the best reputation, there are lots of other decent school districts, including Saratoga. In general, despite what the State Education Dept may say, NYS has very strong schools. The schools with low scores tend to be poverty stricken. Starting last year, there has been a huge increase in testing. (My neighbor's 1st grade son had a written test in Phys Ed today, and all students eventually have written tests in every. single. subject.), but this is due to state mandates, and will happen in every district.

How old are your kids? What do they like to do? Different districts have different feels, and some are harder for new kids to break into than others.

I wouldn't worry about the drive from Saratoga in the snow. Most of the commute will be on the Northway, which is a major road and cleared frequently and early.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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You could avoid the Northway altogether and check out Guilderland and Voorheesville school districts. Both districts have excellent elementary schools and offer quaint, safe, small-town living in Voorheesville proper or Altamont (Guilderland school district). The commute from Voorheesville would be shorter than that of Altamont, but still both under 30 min. to Albany. It would be quiet suburban-type living, but amenities aren't too far away and each are extremely safe and ideal for raising children.
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