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Old 10-20-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Hello All,

We are thinking about moving to Moorestown, and we'd be putting our kids in the public elementary schools.

When doing some research on Greatschools.org, Schooldigger, and Homefacts, South Valley and Baker Elementary Schools got top marks (10/10 on Greatschools), but Roberts got ranked 5/10.

Of course I realize that various metrics are put into their formula, and a number is spit out. Also, sometimes data is not available on a school and so it treats it like a zero, which brings down a composite score. Admittedly, these scores dont mean everything. But it is quite peculiar.

So my question is if its generally known in town that Roberts is a second-tier Elementary or if its truly what my realtor says, which is that "all 3 schools are great and you can't go wrong with any of them."

I know people in Moorestown are very proud of their elementary schools - so not wanting to offend anyone about their schools. Just inquiring into the data.

Also, does anyone know why schooldigger doesnt have enough data to compute scores for the overall Moorestown school district? They have no results for any of the schools at any level (even the high school). They claim its because the school district has not released enough data.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Look at their state test scores. All three are very similar and we are also talking about K-3rd grade here. When your child get to 4th grade, they are all put together anyway. I live in a neighboring town and experience where one elementary school may rate higher than the other but they all end up in the same school once you get into the upper elementary.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: pennsauken
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All schools are great in Moorestown. My son went to Roberts and Baker and I didn't see a big difference.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:06 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. Much appreciated.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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These score vacillate from year to year. I wonder if one school or the other has a higher prevalence of special needs children, who I think have to take the test and may drive down scores. Also, I wonder if there is a lower prevalence of affluent individuals attending Roberts compared with South Valley. From what I have read, test scores tend to be related to income level, which is a proxy for interest in and emphasis upon educational performance.

Regardless, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the schools. Kids only attend them for three years anyway.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:33 PM
 
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Roberts is considered to be the school for the least affluent of Moorestown residents.

But really, it's all relative. It's Moorestown. You can't go wrong with any of them. In someways I like Roberts as the least "elitist" of the elementary schools while still being excellent overall.

Baker is the traditional, middle ground choice. centrally located in the middle of town
South Valley is closer to the outskirts of town, more for the new money, newer development homes and families. think Laurel Creek and Moorestown Hunt.
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