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Old 10-10-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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I am new to the area and would like to know if anyone has any thoughts on Rosa Parks vs the Lexington School for lower school.

Thank you!
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Rosa Parks is a public school education while The Lexington School is an expensive PRIVATE school. What are you willing to pay for?
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:59 AM
 
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Both are excellent. Visit both and see what impressions you get.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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TLS was a great school when I went there, the education I received carried me all the way through college. But schools change and it may be a bit different now. I'm sure it is still great but you must weigh the costs. I would take lexgal's advice.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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We moved to Lexington in August. My daughter goes to Rosa Parks. So far, we have found the academic standards to be pretty high and I have heard very good things about it from parents and people living in the area. It definitely has a very good reputation. My neighbor's son couldn't get into Rosa Parks when they first moved to Lexington (just because you live in the district doesn't automatically guarantee you a spot) so he went to private school for a couple of years. I pretty sure it was The Lexington School and my neighbor is much happier with Rosa Parks. One person's opinion for what it is worth.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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Wow, two excellent options. I would probably point again to the costs. I've heard mumbles that Lexington School is not really truly so great academically, it's just a place to get your child into the right circles (or our of the wrong ones). [Lexington School is considered "new money" whereas Sayre is considered "old money" if you know what I mean, that's the back story that I've heard at least].

Rosa Parks ... I guess I've just heard that the principal is hard to approach and that the parents in the PTA are super competitive (whereas other schools beg parents to join). But everyone wants to go to Rosa Parks!!
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Lexington Ky
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I actually know "old" Lexington families with kids at both schools. I don't consider one a new money and the other old money. Never heard that before. I have heard that the best education in Lexington is at TLS. Don't know if it's fact but that's the general consensus of folks I know.
btw-Cassidy Elementary actually out performed Rosa Parks last year.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:05 AM
 
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As someone who graduated from TLS quite some time ago, I can tell you that the main benefit to a private school is controlling the environment your child is in. You don't have the problems at private schools that you have even at the best public schools (which Rosa Parks is one), mainly because private schools can simply expel problem students. Considering that learning has a lot to do with the environment, making sure your child is in an environment where other parents care about education and the well being of their children does help quite a bit.

On the contrary, the actual education that you will receive at a school like TLS is no better than what you'd get at a good public school. Teachers at private schools are paid less than their public school counterparts, have no defined benefit pension, and also have no civil service protection as government employees once tenured. If you could do the same job at one place and make more money, have a better retirement, and also have more job security, would you really take a job somewhere where all three of those things are worse? I'm not saying that the teachers at TLS aren't good, but it is something to consider. The main benefit for TLS (and the other private schools) is that the environment itself is better. Nothing else.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:47 PM
 
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Thank you for all of your input!
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:47 PM
 
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I have a child at TLS currently and I can't say enough about the high academic standards, teachers, and administration. Don't make any decision this important without taking the time to make a personal visit to the school first. You won't be disappointed! Good Luck in your search.
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