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Old 06-24-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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My husband and I are thinking of moving back to PA (I grew up in Lancaster) for 12-18 months. We have lived in Australia for the past 7 years and want to take a brake from everything. (Very long story) We have two boys, aged 4 and 6 and I want them to experience America for a little while.

We are thinking about moving to the Haverford/ Bryn Mawr area (because of a job possibility) but are willing to look at anything within 30-40 min drive of that location.

Any suggestions as to nice areas to rent (or even buy...we'd love to do the "buy an old house, fix it up and sell it" thing once our time is up.) We'd also need an area with good catholic schools and Kindergarten programs.

I'd really love to hear from any other foreigners who have made a big move to PA? How did your kids/you cope with the move?

Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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Only catholic schools I am aware of in PA is St. Francis in Gettysburg, PA and Delone high school in Hanover, PA.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Only catholic schools I am aware of in PA is St. Francis in Gettysburg, PA and Delone high school in Hanover, PA.
There are many, many more Roman Catholic schools in PA than just these two. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with the Philadelphia suburbs and wouldn't be the best person to ask about that. Best of luck, though, in your impending relocation!
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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I would check into Doylestown if that is by your target location.
A great town with tons of character. You can use the search on top to
reach threads that have been posted on that town.
A nice, comfortable, safe town with cobblestone streets, festivals, small shops, international bike racing etc...........walkable streets, and outdoor dining. Nice.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Here is a link of the Philadlephia area archdiocese with a list of every school.
Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education

The further N+W of Philadelphia the newer the schools will be. Central Bucks County and Chester County are growing leaps+bounds. I have friends who have children that attend St Simon + Jude in Westtown which is a fantastic area in Chester County. I also have family that attend St Elizabeth's in Chester Springs(Chester County) just opened last year, that's a very nice area as well.

West Chester,Doylestown and the Exton/Chester Springs areas are very nice places to rent and live.Haverford + Bryn Mawr are great towns as well but they are older towns with aging infrastructure which are kept very nice, some will argue that there is an elitish, snobbish element in the haverford Bryn Mawr area.

There are 187 catholic elementary schools in Philaldephia and the suburban counties so you shouldnt have any trouble on that front.


Good luck.

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