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Old 07-29-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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^^^ meant Beverly Hills Middle School, not high school
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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You could always take a "wait and see" approach with the schools--switching the kids out to private/parochial if/when they no longer meet your expectations. That's what I'd do if I were in your situation, given how much you seem to love the Area.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Good idea Heavenwood. Do you know anything about this particular school district?
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Good idea Heavenwood. Do you know anything about this particular school district?
Not a whole lot beyond its generally lackluster reputation. My (childless) uncle lives in Drexel Hill and many (but by no means all) of his neighbors send their kids to private schools. UDResident was the go-to guy on Inner Ring Delco, but unfortunately, I don't think he posts here any longer. I'm sure some other folks here can help you out though.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:14 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Avalon08 - I totally agree with you. Drexel Hill is very close to Upper Darby and its seedy sections. BUT, let's not compare apples to oranges. Upper Darby is WORLDS away from Chester! Honestly, Chester might be the only city of its kind in the entire country.
My point being, Wallingford is 3 mi. from Chester, not exactly right next-door. You don't need to go anywhere near Chester if you don't want to.

And FWIW, I drive through Chester all the time getting to 95 or 476, and I'm still alive.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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I lived in Garden City for 22 years, and my section is NOT a dump. They are smaller homes on small plots of land that many people opt for because the taxes are relatively low and you get a wonderful school district. The "inner" portion of GC are often referred to as "the projects." They are VERY small homes built for returning WWII vets and have not been kept up. And btw, Swarthmore is also "next to"
Chester. Hasn't seemed to marr them in any way.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Soulsurv - I would have to disagree. There seems to be a general consensus that Wallingford and and Swarthmore have beautiful homes & good school districts. However, more than a few people told us that these 2 areas are going a bit downhill & if it weren't for the beautiful homes- they would already be seen as "average" places to live. Please don't think I'm trying to be insulting. I don't have a dog in this race, yet. I'm just repeating what I've been told.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:39 AM
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lol @ Wallingford and Swarthmore going downhill
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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What do Wallingford and Swarthmore have going for them besides some expensive houses and a good school district? I think they would do much better if the main line didn't exist, but the main line surpasses anything these 2 towns have to offer.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:07 PM
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What do Wallingford and Swarthmore have going for them besides some expensive houses and a good school district?
I know! Why would anyone ever want to live in an expensive house or send their children to a good school.
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