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Old 04-15-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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Um, why? That seems like a complete waste of money unless they are billionare rich. Honestly, the Lower Merion schools are just as good as any prep school.
It's still a public school, with public school problems (teacher unions, standardized tests, zero-tolerance policies, mandated curriculum, larger class sizes, overly-sensitivie PC policies, limitations on discipline, etc). And it's not just as good as any prep school. Public schools are fine, if you're in a good district, and they offer some advantages over private schools. But a lot of people come on here asking about the "best" schools - and the best schools are private . . . and you don't necessarily have to be "rich" to send your kids there.

I'm not a big fan of Philadelphia magazine school rankings, but just to provide some 3rd party context, here is a ranking they did including both public and private schools. They had 20 private schools ahead of the best non-magnet public school and close to 30 ahead of Lower Merion.

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Old 04-15-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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It's still a public school, with public school problems (teacher unions, standardized tests, zero-tolerance policies, mandated curriculum, larger class sizes, overly-sensitivie PC policies, limitations on discipline, etc). And it's not just as good as any prep school. Public schools are fine, if you're in a good district, and they offer some advantages over private schools. But a lot of people come on here asking about the "best" schools - and the best schools are private . . . and you don't necessarily have to be "rich" to send your kids there.

I'm not a big fan of Philadelphia magazine school rankings, but just to provide some 3rd party context, here is a ranking they did including both public and private schools. They had 20 private schools ahead of the best non-magnet public school and close to 30 ahead of Lower Merion.

Top Schools: 2006 | Articles
Diminishing marginal returns on school quality begin well before Lower Merion. It's not that the fancy private schools aren't great--it's that they're far too expensive to be worth it for most people. Someone like the OP needs to be especially careful about saving money for higher education because costs continue to exponentially rise and his children will be getting zero in financial aid.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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It's still a public school, with public school problems (teacher unions, standardized tests, zero-tolerance policies, mandated curriculum, larger class sizes, overly-sensitivie PC policies, limitations on discipline, etc). And it's not just as good as any prep school. Public schools are fine, if you're in a good district, and they offer some advantages over private schools. But a lot of people come on here asking about the "best" schools - and the best schools are private . . . and you don't necessarily have to be "rich" to send your kids there.

I'm not a big fan of Philadelphia magazine school rankings, but just to provide some 3rd party context, here is a ranking they did including both public and private schools. They had 20 private schools ahead of the best non-magnet public school and close to 30 ahead of Lower Merion.

Top Schools: 2006 | Articles
I think when someone new to the forum asks about the "best" schools that they are, unless they specify differently, referring to public schools. Assuming the list you provided is a fair representation, there are apparently only three public high schools that are more well-regarded than Lower Merion where the OP is considering.
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