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Old 02-27-2012, 07:35 PM
 
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My family will be moving to Boston area (one job in Boston and another in Framingham). We're looking for a town with good public preschools/ elementary schools, and close to the train station to Boston. We're thinking about Hopkinton, Southborough and Wayland, and would like to have suggestions about their preschool/ elementary school systems, and about the commute time (including the driving time to the train station) to Boston. Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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They're all great options and I don't think there's a huge distinction between the elementary schools. You can find individual elementary school data, scores, and parent reviews at greatschools.org, and estimated commute times at commutingtoboston.com.

For train access, Southborough is the best option. You can find Hopkinton homes that are close to the train station at the Ashland/Hopkinton town line or the Hopkinton/Southborough town line. However, if you're west of Rt 495 in Hopkinton that can be a bit of a drive just to get to the train.

As for Wayland, if you're in North Wayland you can get to the Lincoln train. If you're in South Wayland you may want to get the train from West Natick but I'm betting you'd hit too much traffic on the way to the train to make that a worthwhile trip.

Depending on your budget you might also consider Sherborn on the Natick side. It has the #1 public rated school system in the state and is close to the Mass Pike. Depending where you are in town you can get to the Natick train station or the West Natick station pretty easily (but you can't park at the Natick Center station unless you live in Natick, which isn't so at the W Natick station), at least it wasn't last time I parked there.

Anyhow, that's my two cents! :-)
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Thank you Kmann-Sherborn.
Do all of the elementary schools in these towns provide school bus? We both work and it's not practical for us to come back at 2-3pm to pick up the kids. And these preschools have a 4 day/week schedule. Is it easy to find a private daycare program to cover the 5th day?
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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All the schools have bus service. I'm not sure the answer about private daycare but hopefully a mom or dad on the forum can chime in. :-)
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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I think it's important to have at least one parent within ten minutes to wherever the kids will be in school or daycare. Whether it's a doctor's visit or an in-school event, working parents are always pressed for time. The three towns you mentioned have amazing schools. I agree that Sherborn is a consideration, the schools are fantastic. I love Wellesley and Weston for schools and location, but they are two very expensive towns, and I'm not sure of your financial situation. The commute to Southboro and Hopkinton from Boston will be a long one (over an hour depending on traffic), but if one of you is closeby, in Framingham, that will help a lot. I think Wayland is a great choice for schools and location, but you get more house for the money in Southborough. I know little about Hopkinton, except that it's a pretty New England town with great schools. The best thing to do is meet with a realtor who knows the entire area, if they have kids they'll have a better understanding of your needs. I'm a school teacher and a working parent, so I know about the challenges and standards you may have.

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