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Old 06-06-2019, 07:32 PM
 
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We are considering a move out of Center City to South Jersey. Our son will be in 3rd grade in September, and we've outgrown our itty bitty house and can't afford anything larger in our neighborhood.
We are looking at Haddonfield and Haddon Twp.

I know that all of the Haddonfield schools seem great, but I'm having trouble getting a handle on Haddon Twp. The high school seems to be ranked well, but the elementary schools are not great (if you believe GreatSchools and Niche)
I seems like Jennings is the best (but also furthest away from Patco and any "downtown")
The worst is Edison, and it's closest to the train and downtown.
Does this ring true? Any other places to research school rankings?
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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We are considering a move out of Center City to South Jersey. Our son will be in 3rd grade in September, and we've outgrown our itty bitty house and can't afford anything larger in our neighborhood.
We are looking at Haddonfield and Haddon Twp.

I know that all of the Haddonfield schools seem great, but I'm having trouble getting a handle on Haddon Twp. The high school seems to be ranked well, but the elementary schools are not great (if you believe GreatSchools and Niche)
I seems like Jennings is the best (but also furthest away from Patco and any "downtown")
The worst is Edison, and it's closest to the train and downtown.
Does this ring true? Any other places to research school rankings?
I did my own research into this a while back and from talking with people, I generally though that Van Sciver was the best in Haddon Township, but that most of the others were close. But frankly, I think this all depends more on what you think makes for a good school (test scores, diversity, etc). I think the Niche and Great Schools sites are useful to find source data, but looking at their topline ranking is kind of useless to me. For example, Great Schools has two of the Haddonfield elementary schools as having the same ranking as most of the Haddon Township schools. I don't know many around here who would think all those schools are the same. Given how each school is tied up with the neighborhood that sends kids to the school, and that most of the schools in township are pretty similar, I think you would probably get more out of exploring the neighborhoods yourself and making a decision that way. Also, the cost difference between living in Township and Haddonfield (both in terms of property cost and property taxes) is dramatically different.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:43 AM
 
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I did my own research into this a while back and from talking with people, I generally though that Van Sciver was the best in Haddon Township, but that most of the others were close. But frankly, I think this all depends more on what you think makes for a good school (test scores, diversity, etc). I think the Niche and Great Schools sites are useful to find source data, but looking at their topline ranking is kind of useless to me. For example, Great Schools has two of the Haddonfield elementary schools as having the same ranking as most of the Haddon Township schools. I don't know many around here who would think all those schools are the same. Given how each school is tied up with the neighborhood that sends kids to the school, and that most of the schools in township are pretty similar, I think you would probably get more out of exploring the neighborhoods yourself and making a decision that way. Also, the cost difference between living in Township and Haddonfield (both in terms of property cost and property taxes) is dramatically different.

Thanks for that. How are you figuring out that Van Sciver is the best?
Any thoughts on Stoy Elementary? We have been looking at Haddonfield but eek the prices and property taxes....
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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Thanks for that. How are you figuring out that Van Sciver is the best?
Any thoughts on Stoy Elementary? We have been looking at Haddonfield but eek the prices and property taxes....
Can't say that I do have any thoughts about Stoy specifically. Honestly, I don't even recall all the specifics of how I researched it at the time, though I did talk to some teachers and some people I know who had kids in various schools. Sorry I can't be of more assistance.
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