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Old 03-18-2009, 04:52 AM
 
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Hi
We are thinking of moving to West Babylon possibly West Islip and would like to hear from anyone with experience with the schools there.

Do they have full inclusion?
Do they have a gifted program? (TAG, enrichment, etc)

I've been on their webites, but am looking for experiences with the district. Any info would be great!

Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Massapequa, NY
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white islip is great. check it out before thinking of going oto west babylon.
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:28 AM
 
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Theyre both fine.
West Islip would have the edge school wise but I wouldnt hesitate with either.
Not sure about the specific programs.

crooks
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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With 2 kids in West Babylon schools,I'm a fan. Both kids are excelling in AP classes. Extra curriculars and sports are numerous. Scheduling is well thought out with school bus service late to get kids home after practices, games, activities when parents are stuck at work. I am unsure if it's inclusison or not. It's not exactly a melting pot but it does have some diversity, more than W Islip as I understand it.

Solid school, faculty and involved parents.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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I have 2 kids in the West Islip School District, we like it here. Teachers are very very caring. Not sure of AP classes since kids are young. High School has a swimming pool so my kids get swimming lessons on Sat morning for $35 for about 2 months or so. The high school swim team actually teach the kids, it's really nice to see the students wake up early on a Sat morning to teach these younger kids. This perk is only available if you live in the town of West Islip. Great sports programs and some of the best coaches I have ever met. West Islip is not diverse at all, very few minorities. West Islip does seem to have larger properties vs West Babylon. When we were looking the average home in WI was 75x150 vs 40-60x100 for West Babylon.

Anthony
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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West Islip seems pretty stuck up, honestly not a very big fan of either. Lindenhurst is a good compromise between the two, I've heard their special ed program is one of the better ones in Suffolk as well....at least according to posts on here.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:13 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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In regards to West Islip, it depends what you mean by special needs ... I am partially deaf (wear hearing aids) and was a resource room student yet I was classified as special needs but had full inclusion except for resource room. The high school has (as of 2006 anyhow) something called the Academic Learning Center where kids can go to get extra help on the homework or whatever they are learning in class during their lunch or a break period. Their are Honors and AP classes in almost all the core classes (ex. their is AP Chem, Honors Chem, AP World History, etc) and there were alot of interesting electives from a criminal justice class and a Public Speaking and Debate class to a class on the Vietnam War.

The students who have actual special needs (ex. those with autism) ARE NOT full inclusion (again, as of when I graduated in 2006) and are kept in either 1 of the 2 special needs classrooms. They also have their own self contained special needs gym class and are all assigned to a certain lunch period.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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West Islip seems pretty stuck up, honestly not a very big fan of either. Lindenhurst is a good compromise between the two, I've heard their special ed program is one of the better ones in Suffolk as well....at least according to posts on here.
based on what?
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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you have all pointed out some of the pros and cons of both districts (lot sizes, demographics). we currently live in babylon village and are quite familiar with both areas, just not what is specifically offered in regards to the schools. the swimming program in west islip is news to me-- so thanks for that info. and the attentino to transportation/bussing in west babylon is also something i didn't know. thanks for that too.
i know west islip also has a dance program after school.

anyone with info on the gifted and talented? or the special ed aspects of either school?


thanks again.....you guys are great!
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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what about North Babylon Schools???
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