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Old 09-02-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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Wiliamson county is basically the best of the worst...any school full of affluent children with educated parents are going to be okay. The goals set for children for what they need to know at each grade is well below the standards set in other states. Why are 4th graders just learning their multiplication tables? My daughter was doing division in the 2nd grade at our local public school in the northeast and that was part of regular classroom instruction not some gifted and talented program. There was a huge article in the NYTimes recently about how "advanced" on TN tests wouldn't even be "needs improvement" in other states with much higher standards. Overall if you want your child to receive a decent education in this state you will need to supplement what they learn at school with active parenting no matter what district you live.
Very valid points made here!
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Wiliamson county is basically the best of the worst...any school full of affluent children with educated parents are going to be okay. The goals set for children for what they need to know at each grade is well below the standards set in other states. Why are 4th graders just learning their multiplication tables? My daughter was doing division in the 2nd grade at our local public school in the northeast and that was part of regular classroom instruction not some gifted and talented program. There was a huge article in the NYTimes recently about how "advanced" on TN tests wouldn't even be "needs improvement" in other states with much higher standards. Overall if you want your child to receive a decent education in this state you will need to supplement what they learn at school with active parenting no matter what district you live.
Could it have been beginning of the year Review? I have seen that in the Northeast also. I think school is what the child does with it.
My daughter moved here in her Senior year of HS from A NJ HS. We decided that here she would take Honor Classes because there was no class below the regular class as there was in NJ. She found it the same by doing that, and received a 4.0 for senior year. She was at a 3.7 in NJ.
Now in college, there are some that go out late and don't care, as there are in colleges all over the country.
My daughter's friends in TN scored higher on the SAT And ACT than her friends in NJ, so not everything the NY times says is the bible.
I really love it here in TN .
Diane
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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We just moved (at the end of June) to the area. We were looking at Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson. We found out that Williamson schools had the best tests, but after driving around, meeting some people, and seeing how many folks were stuck on keeping up appearences we decided that area wasn't for us. (Of course, that may be right for you)Rutherford was appealing because it had good scores and magnet schools, but the areas we were looking at (Smyrna/LaVergne) seemed to be on the way down, not up. Davidson/Nashville was hit or miss. There were some really good schools (in the pricier neighborhoods, which were further away and more than we wanted to pay). I almost would have been tempted to live in Metro, but by the time we found out we were moving the magnet schools deadlines had already passed and they wouldn't allow exceptions.
We ended up in Wilson Co. (Mt. Juliet). The schools are good, the teachers are nice, and we got a lot more house for our money, and the area is up and coming without the snobbyness of Williamson.
In my whole search I have decided that when it comes to our kids education, they get what we put into it (as long as the school is safe). We came from the Clayton School District in MO (the best in the state) and I think our kids are doing better now because my wife and I are devoting more time to their studies than we were able to do in Missiouri.
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:14 PM
 
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Welcome to Tennessee! I'm glad you found the right community for your family.

-"Snobby resident of Williamson Co. who is stuck on keeping up appearances"

I'm just kidding you. Seriously, I'm glad you like it here.
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