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Old 03-28-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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hi,
my husband and i are looking to move to bergen county, and i'm trying to get a feel for the schools in different towns. i wanted to get an idea of the school environments of each town, both elem and hs. i want to send my kids to a good school, but i'm concerned about the ultra-competitive atmosphere in some. i've been thinking about closter or demarest, and possibly wyckoff? i'd love to send my kids to a more progressive elementary school, if there is one in the bergen county public schools. (former elem teacher here) but at the same time, i'm a little wary of high schools that are too intensely competitive - which is my impression of tenafly and ridgewood.
can anyone give me any pointers?
thanks in advance.
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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Same here. I am constantly trying to decide between living in a town I can more easily afford with a good, but not "top ranked" school (with supportive, involved parenting at home) versus saving to move to a town with a public schol district where my children can get the best opportunities & that is indeed "top rated" but also supposedly pressure packed. I want the best for my kids, but I am not sure that necessarily means "top rated" schools. Any opinions???
EX: Fair Lawn or River Edge vs. Ridgewood or Glen Rock
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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Same here. I am constantly trying to decide between living in a town I can more easily afford with a good, but not "top ranked" school (with supportive, involved parenting at home) versus saving to move to a town with a public schol district where my children can get the best opportunities & that is indeed "top rated" but also supposedly pressure packed. I want the best for my kids, but I am not sure that necessarily means "top rated" schools. Any opinions???
EX: Fair Lawn or River Edge vs. Ridgewood or Glen Rock

All are good towns with good schools. Fair Lawn is hands down the most affordable. River Edge students go to River Dell High School (with students in slightly more upscale Oradell), which is among one of more prestigious schools in the area. Glen Rock is very nice and more affordable than Ridgewood, but more expensive than River Edge or Fair Lawn. It's kind of like a mini Ridgewood without the old money and a lower level of pretentiousness (it's still there though).

I graduated from Fair Lawn High School, and there were plenty of smart, competitive students who easily went to ivy league schools. (Not me, though. It was good ol' cheap Montclair State for me!)
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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What is a progressive elementary school? how can an elementary school be progressive. I dont get it.
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