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Old 03-09-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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We are moving to PA this summer from Louisiana, and trying to figure out what area and school district we want to live in online is a bit daunting. We have two children and the older is ready for kindergarten this fall. I was impressed w/ Camp Hill School District and that area, and Carlisle looks like a nice town too. Any feedback on either area and schools would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:06 AM
 
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Cumberland Valley (large) and Camp Hill (small, no buses even) are the standard recommended school districts in Cumberland County. Carlisle can be a mixed bag, there's some nice locally owned businesses downtown but the north side of the Borough is a little scary and Mt Holly Springs (although surrounded by South Middleton, they go to Carlisle schools) is kinda downtrodden. South Middleton Twp schools (most areas have a Carlisle address but the old town center is Boiling Springs) seem to be considered better than Carlisle but hard to tell why. My daughter's friend with all day kindergarten in Carlisle seems much further ahead in first grade than my daughter in Derry (still half day K) with supposedly the best rated schools in PA outside Philly or Pgh metros. Carlisle has a good amount of interchange with the outside world as do CV, South Middleton, and to some extent Camp Hill.

On the whole I think Carlisle is a fairly good area to move into, boxes even to the Home Depot/Target level are there so no routine need to head closer to Harrisburg to shop. Coming from LA you might be surprised to learn that native central PA folks think pepper is an exotic spice, you might want to live within range of the excellent Locator Detail | Wegmans - Wegmans Harrisburg for routine food shopping as a result as they will come closer to having foods you may be used to than the Giant or (especially) Karns and Weis stores.

Mechanicsburg Area SD doesn't seem as well recommended as CV but again it's hard for me to tell why. They seem to have nice career and environmental programs in middle/high school. Most of the newer subdivisions with a Mechanicsburg postal address are in CV not Mechanicsburg schools.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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I greatly appreciate your thoughts. I should have said on the initial post that while we're moving from Louisiana, my husband is originally from Allentown and I grew up in a little town on Lake Erie in New york. So while we like a good gumbo, it's nothing I make on a weekly basis!

All of the kindergartens in this parish in Louisiana are full day so I was surprised to see half day programs in some of the districts in PA. I am torn on that issue - their attention spans are only so long and I don't feel that a lot of "learning" really happens that last half and certainly quarter of the day, so why not head home? I was on the Carlisle school district's website but couldn't tell if their kindergarten is half or full? Looks like Camp hill is half day. Again - I greatly appreciate your thoughts!
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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As a native upstate NY person myself (from between Cortland and Ithaca) I find this area's prevailing food somewhat bland even compared to there. But if you're from WNY presumably you already know about Wegmans.

I've noticed that the school web sites tend not to have relevant information on them about whether K is half or full day. You might have to check links like the bus schedules - if there's midday times listed then K is still half day.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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For being such a small school district, Camp Hill really offers some top notch educational opportunities. They recently began a Chinese language program.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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Personally, I would ( and have) chosen Cumberland Valley School District. It's generally the school district that gets the good press- and the homes for sale on the MLS listings highlight CV school district as a selling point. It is a very large district and if there's any bad press at all about the school, you might hear objections to the size. Having said that, there are 8??? elementary schools that funnel into 2 Middle Schools- which all end up in the same high school. Average class size for the elementary is aroundish 20 per classroom. This area is fairly affluent and you will find it very family oriented with families that really care about their children's education. CV is always on the top lists for schools in the country. Whatever your child is interested in, they will have the means to pursuing it in CV schools. Mechanicsburg has many of the area's newer developments- if this is something that matters to you. And although there are many people who have lived here their entire lives, it's also fairly transient and welcoming, in my opinion.

Camp Hill is also a very nice area. It can be pricey- and there aren't as many newer developments. The school is also very good, but it's much smaller. Some people like this. You won't go wrong with either school or area. All in all- this area of Central PA is very nice. And we've lived all over.

I'm happy to help you - if you have any further questions.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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We too are relocating from Louisiana to Pennsylvania around the first of June. Have you had any luck on finding a neighborhood? Thanks!

Michelle
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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These two sites Pennsylvania Schools - Find a Public or Private Pennsylvania School - SchoolDigger.com and this one SchoolMatters - Home (http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=hm - broken link) will give you objective information about schools.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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We are moving to PA this summer from Louisiana...
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We too are relocating from Louisiana...
Uh-oh! Am I sensing a gumbo cook-off?!
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Thanks for your offer but we just found out that we are moving to the DC area.

A gumbo cook-off sounds great.
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