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Old 02-27-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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I currently live in New Jersey and will be relocating to Virginia Beach in the Summer. We are looking in the Little Neck / Lynnwood Estates area of Virginia Beach. The public middle school there is not good enough for a son who does not want to learn and my son will be going into sixth grade. I also have a daughter going into fourth grade. I am therefore looking at private schools.

I have all the enrollment information for Norfolk Collegiate and Cape Henry Collegiate and have checked their websites but was looking for some personal information. Which would you recommend? Also, mapquest says that Norfolk Collegiate is 28 minutes away. Is this realistic? There is no tunnel involved. Both websites mention at least 1.5 hours homework a night for a sixth grader up to 2.5 hours a night for the high school portion. If you have children at these schools is this accurate? Or is it (hopefully) less per night? My son is bright but not a fan of too much homework....

Any personal information you could share would be very much appreciated. It is awfully difficult to make a decision just based on what is online and generally available.

Thank you so much.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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You are looking at two really great schools. My family relocated to Virginia Beach about 3 years ago and we were coming from Northern Virginia where the public system is notably stronger. After doing some research we toured several private schools in the area and settled on Cape Henry. The academic load is challenging but my son has small class sizes where he gets the support he needs. He is an above average student but has really excelled because of the support of his advisor, band teacher, and lacrosse coach. The homework load varies but when students get to the upper school they have a study hall bell during the day to get a lot of it finished. We have been extremely happy as a family for both of our children. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Beachmom2 thank you SO much for your feedback. That really does help. I appreciate your taking the time to respond.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Default Cape Henry

We are new to Cape Henry this year - and live in Norfolk. In terms of commute -- I would agree that your commute will take you about 30 minutes to travel from Little Neck (area) to Norfolk Collegiate. Rush hour traffic heads towards Norfolk; therefore, you will be in rush hour traffic heading in the direction as the volume. We travel from Norfolk to Cape Henry and it takes us about 30 minutes - and we are traveling against the traffic.

In terms of the school, we were (and still are) greatly impressed by the academic rigor coupled with the community feel of Cape Henry. There are small class sizes, important connections and relationships with teachers/coaches/advisors, and high academic expectations -- with the support and guidance of folks who know and care about your kids.

Truly, it's hard to capture the feeling in words -- but when you visit the school, you can just feel the difference. As I said, we are new to Cape Henry -- and we are glad to be part the family!
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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I'd like to add that once your children enter High School you may want to reconsider the public high school. First Colonial is an excellent school with a great reputation. Cox High School is also very good, but in a different district.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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23507Mom thanks so much. That is great information about the commute and about adjusting to Cape Henry if you are new. It certainly sounds as if Cape Henry is the correct choice. Thank you
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Sigerson, you may be right. The elementary schools are great and the high sound great - it's just the middle that wasn't doing it for me with a Greatschools rating of 7. I just took my children out of their public elementary school here in NJ that had a Greatschools rating of 8 - my son was just falling through the cracks and not learning a thing and no-one noticed. So wary of having a repeat error with the middle schools there. I appreciate the input. Thank you.
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