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Old 03-19-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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Hi-

I'm interviewing for a job in New Orleans and had a couple of questions:

1) Wife and I have three kids that are all school aged. If I were to get this job (which is in the CBD) we'd likely not want to live in New Orleans proper based on school scores and the cost of private school (which we've been told most folks with kids in school do). We're looking at Slidell and Mandeville where the public school districts seem to score pretty well. Does anyone out there have any evidence to the contrary?

2) Currently I live in Northern Virginia and have a 1 1/2 hours commute into DC. I understand that the commute from Slidell or Mandeville would likely be better than that maybe 45 minutes to an hour during rush hour. But I want to check my sources. Am I getting good info? Would I really only be looking at 45 mins to an hour from the north shore?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro Area (OTP North)
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Hi-

I'm interviewing for a job in New Orleans and had a couple of questions:

1) Wife and I have three kids that are all school aged. If I were to get this job (which is in the CBD) we'd likely not want to live in New Orleans proper based on school scores and the cost of private school (which we've been told most folks with kids in school do). We're looking at Slidell and Mandeville where the public school districts seem to score pretty well. Does anyone out there have any evidence to the contrary?

2) Currently I live in Northern Virginia and have a 1 1/2 hours commute into DC. I understand that the commute from Slidell or Mandeville would likely be better than that maybe 45 minutes to an hour during rush hour. But I want to check my sources. Am I getting good info? Would I really only be looking at 45 mins to an hour from the north shore?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
You seem to be on the right track in terms of accurate information, but I often wonder why people rarely consider living across the river as opposed to across the lake. You could find good schools on the Westbank and decrease your commute time considerably. Look into Harvey, Gretna, or Belle Chasse. The Northshore sucks unless you're specifically looking for straight-laced, typical suburban living...which is fine, but you need to know what it is.

What grade are you looking for schoolwise?
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. I'll do some more research. Have three kids that will be in kindergarten, 4th grade and 6th grade.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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The top 4 schools in the state are in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes based on the 2016 scores. In fact there are 11 schools in ranked higher than the best school on the north shore.

Slidell and Mandeville will be 45min with no traffic. Rush hour can be up to 1hr 15min depending on when you hit it. Metairie will be half of that or less. (My old commute to the CBD was 15min with no traffic). Covington will be even longer. It's not so much the distance as it is the traffic and bridge issues that will cause you heartache. The causeway has restrictions for severe weather where the police "convoy" groups of cars across. One wreck on that bridge and traffic is backed up for hours.

The "highrise" bridge on I10 heading out to NO east has severe traffic every single day. There are regular wrecks on I10 out towards Slidell which cause backups.

If you do not want to live in New Orleans, and you have to do the public school thing. Take a look at the Eastbank of Jefferson Parish. The magnet schools are top notch and most of the normal elementary schools are solid. They are all district/location based, so admissions are simple.

As for the Westbank of Jefferson Parish (Gretna, Harvey, Westego, etc.) there's nothing wrong with it per-se, but your commute to the CBD will be much more difficult from that side of the river. You basically have one route and it's always backed up.



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Old 03-21-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll add these ideas to my research.
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:33 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Hi-

I'm interviewing for a job in New Orleans and had a couple of questions:

1) Wife and I have three kids that are all school aged. If I were to get this job (which is in the CBD) we'd likely not want to live in New Orleans proper based on school scores and the cost of private school (which we've been told most folks with kids in school do). We're looking at Slidell and Mandeville where the public school districts seem to score pretty well. Does anyone out there have any evidence to the contrary?

2) Currently I live in Northern Virginia and have a 1 1/2 hours commute into DC. I understand that the commute from Slidell or Mandeville would likely be better than that maybe 45 minutes to an hour during rush hour. But I want to check my sources. Am I getting good info? Would I really only be looking at 45 mins to an hour from the north shore?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.


Some of the best individual schools in the state are in Orleans and Jefferson, so that is correct. But the public school system as a whole is much better in St. Tammany Parish.
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