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Old 04-23-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Hi all,

We are contemplating a move from Wilmington, DE to the FTW area. Husband is looking at a position at the crossroads of I-35/I-20 on the south side of FTW. I'm a sahm, we have 2 boys, 6 and 2yo.

We currently homeschool for secular reasons and hope to find better options for public schools in TX. Of the school districts encompassing Benbrook - Crowley - Burleson - on over to Mansfield (not sure if I'm missing an ISD in between there?), what would be your pick based on safety and willingness to work with the child? My 6yo is currently finishing out a 3rd grade curriculum, so he's going to need either to skip (which no one seems to want to do bc they might lose their precious standardized testing scores) or get extra-challenging work from his teacher(s). Am I wrong to completely disregard FWISD? I've not run across anything positive about it?

I ran across Harmony Science Academy - anyone have 1st hand info on this place? It sounds either too good to be true or it's happily flying under the radar.

I could continue homeschooling him if it ends up being the best option, but I realize still that school districts greatly impact property value so it would still be something to consider. Our budget is going to be somewhere under $275k (depending on our current home sale) and we want to keep the commute as simple as possible.
TIA!!
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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This is the best I can tell you about my experience, but I'm sorry to say I know a lot about the metroplex but very little about the South side of Ft. Worth. :/

The best school district here would be HEB ISD (encompasses the cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford), or Birdville ISD in Tarrant... HEB ISD is apart of the International Baccalaureate program, and is a more advanced program than regular AP, and in the United Kingdom, the IB Diploma is "regarded as more academically challenging and broader than three or four A-levels." From wikipedia... but my experience with the program forces me to agree. And one class, when entering college, my friend even received "You still have to take the basic level course... the IB class was too advanced."

I know in HEB at least, there was a program at my school where the kids would attend regular classes during the week, and one or two days a week they would go for a couple hours to the advanced classes. Junior High then would be pre-AP classes, and then AP/IB classes in the 9th grade (junior high: grades 7-9). While it would be rare for a 6 year old kid to jump ahead 3 grades, I have to imagine that they'd try to accommodate you somehow, or test him to see where he's at. I'd definitely call around.

A lot of the time it doesn't matter what kind of work a kid is capable of, they may take into consideration ability to communicate, social skills, etc. Putting a 6 year-old with 9 year-olds can also be something they're against because when they're so young the 3 year difference is colossal. When I was 6, 3rd graders were almost the "big kids." 4th graders were definitely "big kids." Bullying is always a concern with a smart kid that's a smaller size.

I'd recommend looking at schools with Gifted/Talented programs, IB programs, and Pre-AP/AP programs. http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ where you can look at the test scores and more if you'd like, & Tarrant County Public Schools - Texas/TX - Public School Review also seems useful.

2009 Accountability: List by County Type in "Tarrant" and any school, regardless of district really, labeled as Exemplary or Recognized, will be a really good school.

Alright, I hope I've been able to help you some. XD
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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Thank you so much!! Your info and links really do help. We hadn't really considered that area thinking it was too costly. But we can always look for the cheapest house in the nicest neighborhood, right?
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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You may want to check out Arlington Classics Academy -- an exemplary charter school that I believe services the part of the world that would be convenient to your husband's job. Sorry, don't know anything about Harmony.
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