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Old 07-13-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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Hi there,
My family and I will be relocating somewhere between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington NC (depending on where I find employment... got my 1st call back for an interview, fingers crossed!). But if I do end of having an option as to my location, I would like to pick a place with the best school district. I have just started researching Wilmington's schools, but was wondering if some locals could help me out. What are the "best" (I know that term is relative to what one consideres best) schools and why? The worst? Are there any transplants from NY, MA, CT, etc who can compare their experiences with the schools? Thanks so much!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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What are the "best" (I know that term is relative to what one consideres best) schools and why?
If you would be open to living north of Wilmington, the Hampstead schools are highly rated by greatschools.org .

I know the greatschools rating tend to reflect the achievement based on parental income. My friend who was a teacher in a rural part of Pender County spoke of parents who were un-involved, didn't care and didn't push their kids, leading to mediocre achievement scores.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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Thank you, I will look in to Hampstead! How far from Wilmington is it?
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thank you, I will look in to Hampstead! How far from Wilmington is it?
Hampstead is adjacent to Wilmington, so maybe 15-20 drive to get to downtown Wilmington.

One of my relatives teaches in North Myrtle Beach, and I grew up in Massachusetts. Admittedly, she deals with kids who do not go on to college, but my impression of the students is that very few have any ambition. There is little pressure to attend a good college, and most just want to party and live paycheck-to-paycheck. That is one factor of living in a "laid-back" beach community.

I also don't think parents exert the kind of pressure to get into good colleges, the way they do in the Northeast. However, the North Myrtle Beach Schools get ratings of 5, 8 and 9 from Greatschools, with the NMB High School getting the 9. Good luck in finding a school district you like.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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That makes sense; some kids will do only as good as their parents make them do. I've started my research on Hampstead. Thanks again!
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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So I've been researching Hampstead, and I really like what I see so far! And the schools are top rated. Thanks again, hopefully I can check the town out on my next trip south next week!

Also, are there any "must do's" in Wilmington? We will be making a day trip from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington, and I'd like to check out some of the nicest parts of the town. Not necessarily anything too touristy; maybe something cultural... something that sets it apart from being "just a beach town" (as Myrtle Beach tends to be called). Is there a boardwalk? Nice park? What is the most family friendly beach? Thanks again!
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'd suggest the Battleship North Carolina, or the downtown waterfront, but here's some options: Visit Downtown Wilmington, NC

No boardwalks. Wrightsville Beach is known for the college crowd. Carolina Beach is quieter.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Thank you, that link has a lot of useful information! It does say that there is a Riverwalk (boardwalk) on the Cape Fear River? Looks really nice..
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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It does say that there is a Riverwalk (boardwalk) on the Cape Fear River? Looks really nice..
OK, I didn't realize it was literally a wood boardwalk. Have a good visit.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Are there any other hospitals in the area besides New Hanover? Looking for employment...
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