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Old 04-07-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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Do NJ elem schools offer tours, or what is the typical way you research the various towns' schools? We are relocating from NYC where I have been able to tour the various public schools I have wanted to, and even learned specifics about their curriculums (science options, phys Ed offerings, after school options, etc). Moreover, I really got gut feelings about various schools that don't necessarily align with their on paper scores or even reps, but are most close to whether i felt they were a fit for my kids.

So, I, wondering of this is possible with the NJ counterparts, and if not, what one uses to research schools. I'd like to gain a better understanding, for example, for why Maplewood schools are not considered as good as Millburn schools, and also examine whether it is a meaningful distinction to us.

Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Ridgewood, New Jersey
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We have had three relos and I start researching the schools by going to a website called schooldigger.com. You could find out the school demographics and see how the school performs on the state standarized test scores. I also spend time on the school and/or district website and make calls to the schools with specific questions. My guess is that you could arrrange for a school tour.

I'll be curious to read how other families decide on their school district.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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I'll be curious to read how other families decide on their school district.
We used: GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community

But more than that, our decision to move to our new town relied on discussions with local residents/educators. Particularly, my former boss (before he sold his business and decided to retire into the abyss as he deservedly should), swayed us in this direction after I spoke with him about the few towns that we were looking into, in particular as it relates to the school districts. Also, I knew of at least two teachers in our new town who had good things to say before we made the decision. Maybe one of the more reassuring reasons why we chose the school district we did was because the previous owner's wife is also a teacher in town and they specifically chose to move within the same town and same school zone so that their kids can continue to get their education there. This spoke volumes for us.

Original Poster: Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Somerset County
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NJ Dept of Education - New Jersey Department of Education | Report Card

This takes you to a lot of statistics, which gives you a lot of information on different schools. If you have an idea of which towns, or at least counties you are interested you can narrow it down and then call the schools individually to arrange a tour. There are a lot of great towns that have great schools.

Good luck!
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