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Old 01-23-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Hi, we have been residents of North Stamford for about 5 years now and have 4 children. We have been hearing so many mixed reviews about the Stamford Public School system that we are unsure of whether to remain in Stamford or move to a neighboring town. Private schooling is too expensive and so the only other option would be to move to a smaller home in another town with good schools.

Any info- good or bad would be appreciated on the quality of the schools!

Thank you!
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Stamford is a large diverse city so the schools there generally perform under the state average on the Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance tests. The class sizes in Stamford are surprisingly reasonable though (around 20 students per class). Only you can decide if the schools are good or not for you and your children. The links below will give you information about the schools in Stamford and other towns. Jay

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Do you have any neighbors you can speak with that have children in public school in Stamford? Sometimes reviews are misleading because they are based upon average testing scores rather than real life scenarios. For example, I attended Bridgeport public schools K-12 and aside from grades 5 & 6 my classes were great. Classrooms were always full at 32-36 kids per room (worse than Stamford from that perspective) but I went to one of the better elementary schools in town and took advanced classes in high school that weeded out slackers and class clowns. You will really only know if you want to send your kids to public school in Stamford by talking to other parents in your district.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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Thanks for your advice. I was hoping to find some parents on here who had experience with the school system. I can see the test scores and to your point they are misleading so I was looking for more personal experience. Thanks
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:28 PM
 
Location: 89141
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Hi, as someone that recently graduated from high school and have experienced with Stamford high schools, I can assure you that the environment is very different in terms of diversity and overall actions of students are different between Westhill and Stamford high...Westhill being a bit better in my opinion.

By a quick google search, both schools are good as in test rankings, but stamford isn't high up there with Milford, Westport, etc...
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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I don't have experience as a parent or student, but I go into the high schools quite a bit for my job and am absolutely jealous of the opportunities, classes, and extra-curricular activities those kids have. If a parent is involved, their child will do very well. It is a city school where kids from all walks of life attend, but I don't think that's a bad thing.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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It is a city school where kids from all walks of life attend, but I don't think that's a bad thing.
Neither do I.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:59 AM
 
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I agree about parental involvement. If you stay involved and keep up with the changes and challenges of the school and the classroom to support your children they will thrive at the elementary and middle school levels. I am a product of Stamford public schools and so is my elementary age child and my 2 other children who are now in state colleges. You will have more reason to be concerned once your children begin middle and high school. All the best!
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