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Old 12-14-2011, 09:00 AM
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I am having a house built in Potomac, MD (close-in). I know it's considered a generally high dollar area. With that being said, I come from modest means, went to public schools, went to college, worked hard and started my own firm. I still maintain that modest upbringing/background/culture that I had growing up as a child. I'm in my early 30's and I have 2 children, a girl and a boy.
It seems as if everyone in the area sends their children to private school. I am not against private schools, I am just wondering if the public schools (both children are elementary age) are any good in the area? I would rather my children go to a great public school vs. a great private school. Just so they'd be able to adept and interact with people of various social/cultural backgrounds. Not saying that children from private schools can't but that the very nature of private schools tends to exclude people from various backgrounds imo. Are the public elementary options in potomac any good? I can't imagine that they'd be horrible considering the relative wealth and cache' of the surrounding area.

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Old 12-15-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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I don't know exactly how good the public schools are in Potomac (but there have probably been other threads on city-data about it), but as you alluded to, considering Potomac is one of the wealthiest towns in America, I think it's pretty safe to assume that they're good. But because Potomac is so wealthy, I doubt the children will really be from much "different social/cultural backgrounds" than the children in private school.
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Winston Churchill serves the majority of Potomac. Walt Whitman and Thomas Wootton serve smaller areas depending on where you're located. All three have traditionally been considered top tier schools (referred to as the three W's by long time MoCo residents in the area).
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Yeah, they're all very good schools. A lot of people there send their kids to private school not so much for the education but for the connections.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:58 AM
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Yeah, they're all very good schools. A lot of people there send their kids to private school not so much for the education but for the connections.

you know, this is what i've heard. it's not that the educational system is better, it's more the connections that you get being in that circle. i'm starting to reconsider my stance on private schooling in the area as i want the best for my children. i've also heard that the majority of these private schools are basically pipelines to some great colleges.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:56 AM
 
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I'm sorry, what kind of "connections" do you make in elementary school?
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:38 PM
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I'm sorry, what kind of "connections" do you make in elementary school?
ones that get you into a good prep school, which gets you into great colleges, which lands you great jobs i assume...just guessing here
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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ones that get you into a good prep school, which gets you into great colleges, which lands you great jobs i assume...just guessing here
Oh my god do they start networking in elementary school down in MoCo? No wonder i can't stand the bars in DC.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:21 AM
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Oh my god do they start networking in elementary school down in MoCo? No wonder i can't stand the bars in DC.

one thing i've learned about dc is networking happens everywhere...there's always the inevitable"hi my name is", followed by "so what do you do".
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OMG Why did I bother visiting the MD forum again. Sometimes I can't believe I live here. I'm trying to choke down the bile. But since you asked, oh Wealthy Job Creator, *laughs*, I would send my kids to private school as long as you can afford it. Everyone else does, and the kid may be at a disadvantage socially if he goes to public school.
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