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Old 01-09-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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We just got back from looking at a number of homes today with a realtor in Bethlehem, Forks and Palmer. We fell in love with Wagner Farms in Beth., but it's a little out of our price range. Forks, on the other hand, has a beautiful new development going up called Riverview Estates and we looked at 2 models in there and fell in love. I know that Easton HS is ranked the lowest in the county, but friends of ours keep telling us that they are fine and they are very happy with the schools, including the elementary and middle.

I would love some honest opinions on schools in this area please, preferably from ppl with children who attend or have attended the schools. Our children's education is very important to us and would turn down an area for a better SD if it were that bad. Thanks so much for any advice!! ~Kelly
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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: ( Why doesn't anyone want to answer me? I really need to know.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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I think Karen_S lives in Forks. I didn't answer because I don't have any first hand information and that's what you've asked for. I think you'll find that most elementary schools, even in the center of a city, are good. Middle Schools are tricky everywhere but High School is the most important. Have you visited the schools yourself? Since schools are an important consideration we visited them when we were shopping for our last two houses. We found the Principals to be very open about their schools. In fact, one Principal told us that the area was experiencing explosive growth and they were concerned about how to keep up.

I guess you've looked at this? http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=sr/txt=Easton$sp;Area$sp;School$sp;district/ust=PA/p=1/fp=1 I do not think that numbers show everything but theirs are pretty low.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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Thank you Toobusy for your reply. Yes, that's why I am so concerned - The numbers. So I want to find out if they are true, as many ppl are telling me that they are so happy with the schools. Hopefully someone will pop in who can give me some positive knowledge, but if not we will head to Naz. Thanks again! : )
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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Hi Kelly,

Having experience in the EASD, I can offer a little insight. The schools will be what your child makes of them. The numbers are based on all children and keep in mind that there is a difference in some lifestyles and economic situations between Easton and Nazareth, per se. You really cannot compare because it's not apples to apples. We had wonderful teachers in the district and teachers who were just looking for their paycheck and summer off. However, you will find that in every district. A huge plus to Easton is because of its size, there are many more class offerings and activities as the children get older than can be offered in a smaller district. If you have any more questions, please ask.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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Hi Kelly,

Having experience in the EASD, I can offer a little insight. The schools will be what your child makes of them. The numbers are based on all children and keep in mind that there is a difference in some lifestyles and economic situations between Easton and Nazareth, per se. You really cannot compare because it's not apples to apples. We had wonderful teachers in the district and teachers who were just looking for their paycheck and summer off. However, you will find that in every district. A huge plus to Easton is because of its size, there are many more class offerings and activities as the children get older than can be offered in a smaller district. If you have any more questions, please ask.
Thank you : ) Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion on the differences in some lifestyles and economics between Easton & Nazareth? This may help me in making a decision. Knowing that the schools are what the children make of them, as well as the parents, I am hoping for a school with a good rep of being more in tune with their students, if that makes sense. I want to make sure that if my child needs special help in any certain area, that it will be provided and he will not be turned away because they aren't as attentive as another school. It would be lovely if my children ended up to be scholars so I wouldn't have to worry, but I'd like to have it covered if not lol.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Thank you : ) Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion on the differences in some lifestyles and economics between Easton & Nazareth? This may help me in making a decision. Knowing that the schools are what the children make of them, as well as the parents, I am hoping for a school with a good rep of being more in tune with their students, if that makes sense. I want to make sure that if my child needs special help in any certain area, that it will be provided and he will not be turned away because they aren't as attentive as another school. It would be lovely if my children ended up to be scholars so I wouldn't have to worry, but I'd like to have it covered if not lol.
Clearly, this is JMO but it depends on where you choose to live. I lived in Palmer Township and loved it. It was suburban but close to everything....all major highways, shopping, etc. It has the same type feel as Lower Nazareth Township. However, I do not feel Bushkill and Upper Nazareth are as convenient which was important to me. I think that the mindset in lifestyles and economics are similar in all of the above townships and Forks as well. You can get a fairly comparable home in any of those communities. If your children become involved in township activities such as football, baseball, cheering, etc. they are all fairly comparable again as to the type of organization and "feel" of it.

Obviously, there is a different feel if you are looking at the city of Easton or Nazareth Borough. If I had to choose more city-type living, I would probably choose Nazareth but it still doesn't have the quality of restaurants that Easton has. It all depends on what is important to you.

If I had to start all over again with little ones, I would live in Palmer in a minute. It has its good and bad just as do all of the other townships but overall a nice family feel.

Unfortunately, I can't give you much help in the area of special needs other than telling you that I know that all of the Easton elementary schools have programs for it. I think that also will be something of personal opinion. I have friends whose children are in Nazareth SD and when comparing notes, we did not find much, if any, in the way of differences and our kids are similar in their "smarts." Easton, however, does offer more opportunities at the high school level so it depends on what you are looking for.

Is any of this helping?
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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Clearly, this is JMO but it depends on where you choose to live. I lived in Palmer Township and loved it. It was suburban but close to everything....all major highways, shopping, etc. It has the same type feel as Lower Nazareth Township. However, I do not feel Bushkill and Upper Nazareth are as convenient which was important to me. I think that the mindset in lifestyles and economics are similar in all of the above townships and Forks as well. You can get a fairly comparable home in any of those communities. If your children become involved in township activities such as football, baseball, cheering, etc. they are all fairly comparable again as to the type of organization and "feel" of it.

Obviously, there is a different feel if you are looking at the city of Easton or Nazareth Borough. If I had to choose more city-type living, I would probably choose Nazareth but it still doesn't have the quality of restaurants that Easton has. It all depends on what is important to you.

If I had to start all over again with little ones, I would live in Palmer in a minute. It has its good and bad just as do all of the other townships but overall a nice family feel.

Unfortunately, I can't give you much help in the area of special needs other than telling you that I know that all of the Easton elementary schools have programs for it. I think that also will be something of personal opinion. I have friends whose children are in Nazareth SD and when comparing notes, we did not find much, if any, in the way of differences and our kids are similar in their "smarts." Easton, however, does offer more opportunities at the high school level so it depends on what you are looking for.

Is any of this helping?

Yes it is helping - thanks for taking the time to explain this to me. I have been researching the statistics and what has me a little flustered is that I see that the Easton schools are pretty diverse racially, which is fine but just not something that we are used to whereas Nazareth tends to be just about 100% white, in which I do not want my children growing up around a bunch of racists ... now I am saying this theoretically and exaggerated to the extent of what the possibilities are. What are your opinions on Catholic schools in the area, i.e. St. Ann's elementary in Bethlehem, Easton Catholic elementary?

My problem is that we want the best education possible for our kids and the home we found is in the district that ranks the lowest in the county which I am not comfortable with. UGH. I am so sorry to be a major pain in the tush lol.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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I do not live in Easton, I'm a bit north, but there are many private options as well. There are some great charter schools, Catholic schools, and Christian schools to check out if you really like the area.

My kids go to Faith Christian School in Roseto. Easton SD does bus children there if that's something you may be interested in. Very small school, top-notch education.
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