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Old 10-16-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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We are looking to move to either Cherry Hill (eastside) or Voorhees. We narrowed down to these two based on the fact that there is a high Jewish population in both towns as compared to the surrounding towns.

Curious about the school districts and community. I know CH East has a great reputation, but Eastern seems to as well. What about the elementary schools? Anyone know anything about gifted and talented programs? What about recess/PE/Art/Music/Sports?

What about the community and types of people that live in these towns? Is there a big difference between CH and Voorhees?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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If you have a gifted/talented/musical/sporty kid he/she should do fine in CH or Voorhees. Eastern is Larger and pulls from other towns that do not have great reputation but it is a nicer facility. In the past there were gang issues. If you have a alternative type of kid he/she will feel isolated very quickly. The CHE schools are known for having hyper competitive and somewhat snobby parents. Kids who need extra help probably wont find it in Cherry Hill. IMO. Woodcrest has a high jewish community with 2 elementary schools. When i went there is was majority jewish.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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The two areas are pretty much the same, they just happen to fall on opposite sides of Evesham Rd. Any "gang issues" are a joke in my opinion (no offense stuckinsj). At this point, I would narrow the search to the neighborhood level rather than worry about which town you are in.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:08 PM
 
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None taken.. just what i heard 10 years ago.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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We are looking to move to either Cherry Hill (eastside) or Voorhees. We narrowed down to these two based on the fact that there is a high Jewish population in both towns as compared to the surrounding towns.

Curious about the school districts and community. I know CH East has a great reputation, but Eastern seems to as well. What about the elementary schools? Anyone know anything about gifted and talented programs? What about recess/PE/Art/Music/Sports?

What about the community and types of people that live in these towns? Is there a big difference between CH and Voorhees?

Thanks in advance!
I am over in Burlington county and heard that that Cherry Hill cut (or had a major revision) of their gifted program. I don't think they are pulled out of classroom anymore (at least that's what I hear). That is one thing I heard with the teachers in my township that Mt. Laurel was able to saved their GAP program and Camden county was not.

Again, this was a few years ago and not sure if it has changed.

I am not familiar with any gangs in Voorhees or Cherry Hill but their is an increase in drug over the past few years for SJ in general. It gets worse the further South you go.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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You will get more bang for your buck in Voorhees than Cherry Hill, and the schools are almost as good. Don't worry about Eastern Regional HS, it is fine.

And this is New Jersey, EVERY town has gang activity.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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More temples in CH than in Voorhees. Definitely get newer homes and more bang for buck in Voorhees. CH hasn't upgraded its school facilities since they were built.

Don't select either school based on their G&T programs. NJ doesn't do much for kids who qualify for gifted programs.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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More temples in CH than in Voorhees. Definitely get newer homes and more bang for buck in Voorhees. CH hasn't upgraded its school facilities since they were built.

Don't select either school based on their G&T programs. NJ doesn't do much for kids who qualify for gifted programs.
Voorhees' Jewish population is way up, while Cherry Hill's has probably started to undergo a moderate decline (East is still plenty Jewy, but the western portions of the Township have most likely seen a significant decrease). Like I posted in the other thread, the results from the most recent South Jersey Jewish population study will be out soon enough, but I'd bet good money that the proportion in both Townships is now about even. The fact CH has more synagogues doesn't really mean much, given that they're still easily accessible from Voorhees (thereby not necessitating a change in facilities).

That said, given CH's relatively concentrated Jewish population, the public schools in that part of Town are bound to be Jewier than Voorhees', but even so, you're talking "Jewy" versus "extremely Jewy."
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Don't select either school based on their G&T programs. NJ doesn't do much for kids who qualify for gifted programs.
That's because the state cut funding for the gifted programs. It's up to the County to figure out how to deal with them. The state doesn't really care about the under/over achieving kids. It's all about NCLB. Do everything they can to get the school to meet the required percentage.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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More temples in CH than in Voorhees. Definitely get newer homes and more bang for buck in Voorhees. CH hasn't upgraded its school facilities since they were built.

Don't select either school based on their G&T programs. NJ doesn't do much for kids who qualify for gifted programs.
That is not true. There are faclities at West that were not there when I went there. West has also had an exterior facelift on the outside.
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