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Old 08-08-2010, 01:37 AM
 
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We are a young family moving to Dallas from out of state. We are looking for a community with good public schools (including middle and high schools), not too far from downtown and a more down to earth feel. We have narrowed it down to two areas at this early stage of the home search - Lake Highlands and Prestonwood (Brentfield Elementary area). Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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Brentfield Elementary is RISD, so if you can't find anything you like in the Prestonwood area you may want to also consider Canyon Creek (north of Campbell in Richardson near 75) and The Reservation (just east of Coit and south of Campbell also in Richardson). Different elementary school zones, but all are exemplary and all feed into the same high school (J.J. Pearce).

I recommend Prestonwood/FND over Lake Highlands but that is just me. Lake Highlands is definitely closer to downtown though.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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We're in the 75231 area code of Lake Highlands. We love the proximity to downtown and are in the Merriman Park Elementary, which we're only heard good things about. We're hopeful that the town center is eventually a great asset to the community - it's currently just streets + dirt. To see the long-term vision: Lake Highlands

Brian
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:20 AM
 
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I'm near Brentfield Elementary (but in the Bowie attendance zone). It's a nice area and I would recommend it over Lake Highlands. I think Pearce is a better high school than Lake Highlands High (not that Lake Highlands High is a bad school) and at the middle school level, Parkhill Jr High is a much much better school than either Forest Meadow Jr High or Lake Highlands Jr High.

Also, you have the option of transferring your child to Westwood/Richardson High school if that better fits your kid's needs. In the Bowie attendance zone the parents get to pick which jr high and high school, but many kids in the other elementary schools in this area usually have no trouble just requesting a transfer.

If the job is downtown, the commute on the tollway is the quickest way to get there - not Hwy 75.

Some of Prestonwood feeds into Prestonwood Elementary so if the goal is Brentfield, I'd double check with RISD which school the house is zoned for.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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RISD school zone attendance map, if you want to look it up your potential schools on here: http://www.risd.org/Group/Global/Glo...cs/FullMap.pdf
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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If I had to choose, Prestonwood. They are both at least "good," but probably take a route that feeds into Pearce High School. Eventhough I went to Wallace Elementary, Lake Highlands Jr. High and Lake Highlands High School. However, back when I went there, Lake Highlands was the place to be.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. We will be in Dallas for a visit at the end of the month so we will be sure to spend some time in the Prestonwood/Richardson. The Richardson school map link was very helpful as well! Thanks again.
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