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Old 03-13-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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On another thread, a poster did not like my disagreement when she said her school was excellent. So as not to continue a thread hi-jack, I thought we continue that conversation here.

When we decided to move to the Lehigh Valley, Schools were our top priority along with affordable housing. We chose Southern Lehigh after visiting schools in Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery county and looking at houses in all three counties. We figured out what we wanted - small schools where our kids would get to know their teachers, good test scores, a rigorous High School curriculum but not an atmosphere of snobbiness. We also wanted the to know that the majority of kids expected to go to college. Test scores were important, but not the be all, end all. It was however, a good starting point and we did rule out schools because of that and overcrowding. Last year our SL built an intermediate school to alleviate overcrowding. My kids old elementary school now has average classes of 20 kids.

We looked for about a year before we decided on the school district and then we only looked in Southern Lehigh.

This is absolutely not to say that I think this is the best school district for everyone or that it's an excellent school district. I, subjectively, think it's one of the best school districts in the Lehigh Valley and it's been the best one for our family. You can't judge a district by one school. You have to look at all the schools and most importantly the High School. SLHS has a very studied approach to how classes are added or taken away. Thought is given to adding AP classes, or NOT adding them. Because of it's proximity to so many colleges, a couple of dozen kids also take a class or two at nearby Universities in their senior year.

We didn't care about the athletics at all, and while we have some very good teams, particularly soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, some of those same kids are also in the musicals and plays or on the speech and debate teams. I like that. So, those are my reasons for picking my school district. I would love to hear why anyone else chose theirs.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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Your schools are not bad, but I wouldn't put them in the same league as East Penn, Parkland or Southern Lehigh. SchoolMatters (http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=sc/scid=16858,15830,16529/pid=cmp/up_scid=16858,15830,16529/up_pn=1,1,1/up_ust=PA/up_csa=3 - broken link)
Your argument that her school isn't excellent, when you held out "excellent" examples of a district she was actually in., You should probably just delete this and apologize for the mistake. She should be upset, since you didn't think to check to see what district she was in before passing judgement and continue to defend your comments.

Top 5 Districts IMHO
Parkland
East Penn
S. Lehigh
Saucon Valley
Whitehall Coplay

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Old 03-16-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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You are right in that I mistakenly thought that she was in Whitehall school district, when in fact she was in Parkland but my point is that I don't think that any schools in the Lehigh Valley are excellent and that people should figure out what they want from a school district and then go from there.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Thanks for the posting on southern lehight schools. my wife an i have started looking in that school district. thanks again.
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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Do any of the high schools out here offer open enrollment for kids out of district? I'd hate to move but our schools district is mediocre at best (freedom high school area)
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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Do any of the high schools out here offer open enrollment for kids out of district? I'd hate to move but our schools district is mediocre at best (freedom high school area)
No. There are some good charter schools in the area but I think they all have specific requirements - lottery, % from home school district, etc. It costs between $11,000 - $15,000 to educate each student so schools are not likely to accept students from out of their taxing area.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:22 AM
 
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Any of the suburban school districts are fine. They are all kind of the same IMO.

For example, posters on here would say east penn, parkland and southern Lehigh are regarded as the top 3 districts, but Nazareth elementary was the only LV school to win the Blue Ribbon award. It's all subjective.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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Southern Lehigh's Middle and High Schools are Blue Ribbon schools. Our district also has Middle States accreditation. Middle States Accreditation
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:04 PM
 
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I vote eastpenn school district
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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Southern Lehigh's Middle and High Schools are Blue Ribbon schools. Our district also has Middle States accreditation. Middle States Accreditation
I meant for 2014. I'm sure the SLSD has had blue ribbon schools in the past, but Nazareth middle school is the only one in the alley on the 2014 list.

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2014/national.pdf

My point isn't that Nazareth is better or worse than any other district, but that they are all basically the same. One school wins one year, another the next.

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