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Old 12-12-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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Hi,

Good schools are important to us, and I appreciate your input on this! Walpole is still a possibility as well.

I've been reading about a new high school for Norwood, which sounds promising. (our son's only turning 5 now).

Any advice on Kindergartens in the area would be appreciated, and elementary school.

Thanks!
I will say that I have need to access special education and have been in contact with groups of parents in area towns regarding services, the general attitude of the school towards special populations, and impressions of administration. The feedback I have gotten on that general area from parents either in the area or knowledgeable of the area generally followed the greatschools.net ratings, which I believe are based on more than just scores by weighting teacher/student ratios. There were some difference: for example I was warned strongly against Mansfield, but Foxboro was recommended even though I wasn't going to consider it due to it's "7" score. Also, if you drill down to specific schools you are interested in, you can read parent reviews and such. I would definitely look at the specific elementary schools you will be in and read those reviews if possible.

You can also seach on city-data.com and find many comments about specific schools in the threads.

I haven't been in Norwood schools, and am not trying to discourage you from going there. I am simply passing along what information *I* have that collected for *my* use.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:47 AM
 
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Default Norwood Kindergarten

Hi! I don't know if you're still looking for Norwood advice, but I wanted to mention that my daughter is in kindergarten here in Norwood--and we couldn't be happier with the program. She has a wonderful teacher and a full-time aide in her classroom. There are 20 kids in her class, a size that is equal to or smaller than classes in other school systems in the area. The principal of the Willett School (all kindergarten children in Norwood go to one school) is exceptional. She is very parent-friendly and actually greets each child by name as he or she walks into the school each morning. The school has a strong curriculum (we just attended a Curriculum Night event in which the principal explained each aspect of the report card we will be receiving at the end of this week) and an active PTO that provides many enrichment activities for the children and for families. Education is important to us, and we have seen solid evidence that the neighborhood schools are strong. We are also looking forward to the building of the brand-new high school. My husband works at an area business that has used many interns who are Norwood High graduates, and they have been smart, down-to-earth, hardworking kids. I have observed the same traits in the kids I've encountered working as lifeguards, babysitters, swim instructors, and assistant couches around town.

I agree 100% with Charliekeet's assessment of the town. My husband and I are not Norwood natives--we've lived here only about 4 years. But we are very impressed with the welcoming environment and the comradery among families with young children. My children participate in soccer and in many of the other activities offered by the town at the Civic Center and at the wonderful library. There is also a town-sponsored playgroup known as Moms and Tots that is a great way to meet other parents. The downtown is vibrant, with several good restaurants.

I would definitely recommend the town. Be wary of comments by people who don't yet live in the area, or who lived in the area a long time ago.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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Default Looking forward to Norwood!

Hi Molly,

This is great to hear, and I'm excited to be settled there this year. It's comforting to hear about the kindergarten, as that's our first concern. (I'll look up the school on line).

Thanks so much for your thoughts!
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Default additional info.

Glad to be helpful. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
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