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Old 08-01-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I am back my wife just went up this weekend for a job interview and some apartment searching, she found a cute house in Allentown (yes I know Allentown) that we both like allot. The only downfall is the elementary school that is nearby it is not rated very well at all. My question is do you have the ability to choose what school in the district your child goes to? Or do you have to go to the school closet to your home?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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You need to go to the school in your school district that they tell you to go to. This does not necessarily mean the closest one. I would call up the central office and ask them for specifics.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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I was hoping you were not going to say that toobusy, down here we can register them at any school in the district, we just have to provide the transportation. I guess that shoots that rental down, the school has a great schools rating of 2. Part of the reason for the move is a better education for the children!
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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Great Schools is not a great site, IMHO. Anyone can get on and give their own highly opinionated review and just a couple of bad reviews, or great reviews will give a school a good or bad rating. Try this site Pennsylvania Schools - Find a Public or Private Pennsylvania School - SchoolDigger.com or this one SchoolMatters (http://www.schoolmatters.com/ - broken link) for some real stats.

Unfortunately, I don't think you will find any well regarded schools in the Allentown school district. However, Parkland School district Parkland School District : Grades K -12, Allentown PA (very good schools) does go into western Allentown. I personally like the western section of Allentown, nice houses and it's close to Wegman's and Target. I would call up Parkland School district and ask them specifically where their boundary is. This link shows the general boundaries Parkland School District Announces New School Boundary Lines (http://www.parklandsd.org/blog/archives/3273 - broken link) and I saw another link when I googled "Parkland school district boundary", but I couldn't get it to open.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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I suggest narrow in on a school district first and then only look at houses/rentals in that fall in that school district. Unless you don't care what school your children go to then you can do it the other way around.

Whether you are working with a Realtor or not, your first question should always be "what school district is it in." Don't look at properties that do not fall within your school district of choice. In PA you will have to show proof of living within a district and there is no way around it. Even if you are renting. You will have to show a license and a utility bill or two, and maybe a lease agreement.

Allentown is nicely sized and like all places there is the good and the not so good. There is still plenty of good in Allentown if you pick the right area of Allentown. Toobusytoday gave you good info on that.
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