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Old 08-07-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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I would be very appreciative if you guys could give me some suggestions on the best public school systems in the Boston area (within a 45 minute commute to Mass General Hospital). Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:11 PM
 
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Wellesley,Wayland,Weston,Needham,Newton,Lexington, Belmont,Lincoln-Sudbury,Concord-Carlisle,Acton-Boxborough,Boston Latin, in my opinion.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:30 PM
 
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Thanks! Wow -- that's a lot -- would you recommend them in the order you've listed?
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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Thanks! Wow -- that's a lot -- would you recommend them in the order you've listed?
Not necessarily. It depends on what is important to you and your child. I can only speak about research on high schools, except experience with Diamond Middle School in Lexington which was very good. Different settings for all the schools, all are socio-economically fit. Most down to earth in my opinion is Acton and also the farthest. Some are in more rural areas, so it really depends on the atmosphere,your educational preferences, and surroundings.
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:28 PM
 
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Default I am also moving to boston

you let us know lots of area how about quincy and sharon?
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:54 PM
 
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I'll add Duxbury, Topsfield, North Andover, Boxford, and Dover.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:19 AM
 
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Default What about Hingham?

On greatschools.net they rate up there, too, but how is it really?

Anyone know?

How does it compare to other systems listed above?

We are thinking of there due to the proximity to Financial Dist.

Really trying to keep the commute an hour door-door, but EXPENSIVE!!!!
(We think our budget will be $650K,max, pref. less.)

If he's working a 10 hour day, really don't want to see him also commuting for 3-4 hours on top of that... I did 10-12 hour work days with a 4 hour commute and SERIOUSLY hated life.

But, still want the good schools. Am I dreaming?!?!?

Anyway, Hingham looks like a good commute for us, maybe.

Anyone commute or know of the commute from Sudbury, Acton, etc. to financial district? (pref. by train or T?)

Thanks,
K

Thanks for this thread!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:01 AM
 
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"know of the commute from Sudbury, Acton, etc. to financial district? (pref. by train"

The commuter train "Purple Line" runs has a big station in South Acton. It runs to Porter Square in Cambridge, where you can switch to the Red Line to downtown, or you can stay on the Purple Line to North Staton, which is nearer the Financial District. Eminently doable as a train commute. The Purple Line is sort of set up for Mon-Fri business hour commuters from NW of Boston, and runs a lot. Other hours and days is a lot tougher.
Dunno about train from Sudbury, sorry.
Many of the towns people have listed are lovely towns with good schools, but are far from a 45-minute commute to anything, as far as I know.
Good luck. I think you have plenty of attractive choices.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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"know of the commute from Sudbury, Acton, etc. to financial district? (pref. by train"

The commuter train "Purple Line" runs has a big station in South Acton. It runs to Porter Square in Cambridge, where you can switch to the Red Line to downtown, or you can stay on the Purple Line to North Staton, which is nearer the Financial District. Eminently doable as a train commute. The Purple Line is sort of set up for Mon-Fri business hour commuters from NW of Boston, and runs a lot. Other hours and days is a lot tougher.
Dunno about train from Sudbury, sorry.
Many of the towns people have listed are lovely towns with good schools, but are far from a 45-minute commute to anything, as far as I know.
Good luck. I think you have plenty of attractive choices.
No, the financial district is almost a mile walk from North Station. It's actually much closer to South Station.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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On greatschools.net they rate up there, too, but how is it really?

Anyone know?

How does it compare to other systems listed above?

We are thinking of there due to the proximity to Financial Dist.

Really trying to keep the commute an hour door-door, but EXPENSIVE!!!!
(We think our budget will be $650K,max, pref. less.)

If he's working a 10 hour day, really don't want to see him also commuting for 3-4 hours on top of that... I did 10-12 hour work days with a 4 hour commute and SERIOUSLY hated life.

But, still want the good schools. Am I dreaming?!?!?

Anyway, Hingham looks like a good commute for us, maybe.

Anyone commute or know of the commute from Sudbury, Acton, etc. to financial district? (pref. by train or T?)

Thanks,
K

Thanks for this thread!
Yeah, Hingham sounds great -- you could definitely make it in an hour door-to-door. Once the commuter rail starts running in 2 weeks (on 10/31), you'll have 2 options. Both the train from West Hingham to South Station and the ferry from Hingham Ferry to Rowes Wharf are 35 min trips.

The commute from Acton is undoable in under 1 hour. The ride to the station and park is 10 min, plus the train ride is around 50 min, and then walking from North Station to the financial district is another 15 min. That's around 1h15m on a good day -- longer when there's a train delay which is about once a week. You could probably make it in 1 hour by car the whole way, but you'd have to leave very early in the morning, like 6am.
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