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Old 02-13-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

Need advice and feedback. We are an interfaith family (I'm Jewish, husband Christian)--not religious at all but of course proud of our respective backgrounds. We are looking at LV school district and North Shore school district. I am hearing some great things about LV district and a little bit mixed info on North shore. I am not overly preoccupied with test scores, but more concerned that the environment be warm and nurturing with caring and involved administration and staff. And please, not trying to start anything here, but having a Jewish daughter, I don't want her to feel like she is the "only" Jewish kid and feel weird about that (as I had that experience growing up in another part of the country, and it's no fun).

Any thoughts on either of these districts?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

Need advice and feedback. We are an interfaith family (I'm Jewish, husband Christian)--not religious at all but of course proud of our respective backgrounds. We are looking at LV school district and North Shore school district. I am hearing some great things about LV district and a little bit mixed info on North shore. I am not overly preoccupied with test scores, but more concerned that the environment be warm and nurturing with caring and involved administration and staff. And please, not trying to start anything here, but having a Jewish daughter, I don't want her to feel like she is the "only" Jewish kid and feel weird about that (as I had that experience growing up in another part of the country, and it's no fun).

Any thoughts on either of these districts?

Thanks in advance!!
Both are very good to excellent school districts and in neither case would your daughter be the only Jewish, Christian or Jewish/Christian student.
Recognizing that neither district is Syosset or Jericho in terms of a very very high powered environment (Intel, Multiple National Merit Finalists, etc) I personally believe that LV gets the edge lately but you will hear opinions on either side. But, your dollar will go further in North Shore in terms of housing (but now I am thinking of the more moderate Bayville section of LV so I am not so sure...)
Either way you should be in good hands. (I would not say the same about Glen Cove or Oyster Bay)
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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The North Shore district has always had a higher ratio of Jewish to Christian students than Locust Valley.

Small district, small classes.. yes warm, involved etc. etc.

Also easier to get to major thoroughfares and shopping than Locust Valley.

Bottomline...........what's your housing and tax budget?
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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The North Shore district has always had a higher ratio of Jewish to Christian students than Locust Valley.

Small district, small classes.. yes warm, involved etc. etc.

Also easier to get to major thoroughfares and shopping than Locust Valley.

Bottomline...........what's your housing and tax budget?


I agree. North Shore is a very respectable district with three elementary schools: Glenwood Landing, Sea Cliff and Glen Head Elementary Schools. The Glen Head School includes children from Glen Head and Old Brookville and has a higher ratio of Jewish to Christian students than the other two elementary schools.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:36 PM
 
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Thank you so much for your feedback!! This is very helpful )
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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I would like to add I am NOT interested in the high powered jericho environment. We are leaving that district. There are lots of wonderful things about Jericho- but I've also found it to be very clique-y and a real pressure cooker once you exit the elementary level ( I have a 7 and a 14 year old). Both of my kids are academically strong but also are more reserved and sensitive kids. I am looking for a friendlier environment...
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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I would like to add I am NOT interested in the high powered jericho environment. We are leaving that district. There are lots of wonderful things about Jericho- but I've also found it to be very clique-y and a real pressure cooker once you exit the elementary level ( I have a 7 and a 14 year old). Both of my kids are academically strong but also are more reserved and sensitive kids. I am looking for a friendlier environment...
North Shore would suit you nicely. And you wouldn't be that far away from your children's friends in your old neighborhood.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:32 PM
 
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These comments are reassuring. Thank you to all who responded. Looks like
My next step is to tour the schools.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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I know someone who teaches in the district, and it sounds like it offers the academic climate that you are looking for that will be a good fit for your children. I am very impressed with the things that I hear about the district. I wish you the best of luck in your search for a new home/school district.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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I know someone who teaches in the district, and it sounds like it offers the academic climate that you are looking for that will be a good fit for your children. I am very impressed with the things that I hear about the district. I wish you the best of luck in your search for a new home/school district.
Thank you! I've been researching the districts like crazy, and am feeling relieved that I am finally down to two...the environment is so important to me.
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