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Old 06-19-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Husband relocating for fellowship. He will be on call every 3 days, so need to live close to Jefferson hospital.

We have 2 kids- one will be prek 4 and the other in 2nd grade. Moving June 2017.

Cannot afford typical private school tuition but can afford catholic school (appx 5k/child). Any recommendations for a good elementary catholic school? Any help much appreciated!!!
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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Look at GreatPhillySchools dot org
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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You may want to check out some of the area "Friends Schools". They are Quaker based private schools but often offer financial aid based on need. I know of folks who paid next to nothing to send their kids.
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:47 PM
 
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I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the public schools. If you're going to be living close to Jeffersion, chances are you'll be in center city which has good public schools. Look for the Meredith, Greenfield and McCall. Penn Alexander in West Philly is supported by Penn and many people move to its catchment specifically for the school. We're in the process of moving to Mount Airy and the local elementary school is well regarded (Charles Henry). Our friends in Fishtown are sending their kids to local public school and they're very involved. So don't dismiss the schools just because they're Philly public schools. There's definitely pros and cons, but it's not all gloom and doom, especially in established areas.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the public schools. If you're going to be living close to Jeffersion, chances are you'll be in center city which has good public schools. Look for the Meredith, Greenfield and McCall. Penn Alexander in West Philly is supported by Penn and many people move to its catchment specifically for the school. We're in the process of moving to Mount Airy and the local elementary school is well regarded (Charles Henry). Our friends in Fishtown are sending their kids to local public school and they're very involved. So don't dismiss the schools just because they're Philly public schools. There's definitely pros and cons, but it's not all gloom and doom, especially in established areas.
i had read that even if you live in a "catchment", you may not get into the school bc the grades may be full? Most concerned about our older son who will be in 2nd grade.

My biggest concern is-- can you be or are you likely to be blocked from a grade in a good public school even if you live in that "catchment"? We are willing to spend more in a nicer area if we can be guaranteed a spot in a good public school.

We are hoping to live within walking distance-- even though there's a 30min expectation, we would like him home to sleep when he gets out, until he is called in again. My parents live in Plainsboro an hour away, and their house is big enough to accommodate the kids and I...but DH insists we live with him during fellowship, as it would break his heart to be away from the kids.

This whole process makes my head spin. Thank you in advance for any advice!

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Old 06-19-2016, 09:38 PM
 
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i had read that even if you live in a "catchment", you may not get into the school bc the grades may be full? Most concerned about our older son who will be in 2nd grade.

My biggest concern is-- can you be or are you likely to be blocked from a grade in a good public school even if you live in that "catchment"? We are willing to spend more in a nicer area if we can be guaranteed a spot in a good public school.

We are hoping to live within walking distance-- even though there's a 30min expectation, we would like him home to sleep when he gets out, until he is called in again. My parents live in Plainsboro an hour away, and their house is big enough to accommodate the kids and I...but DH insists we live with him during fellowship, as it would break his heart to be away from the kids.

This whole process makes my head spin. Thank you in advance for any advice!
I honestly can't answer that question. Pretty sure you're guaranteed a spot if you live in the catchment, but I know Penn Alexander got pretty crazy for a while. I'm sure there are plenty of parent groups/forums that can answer that for you. This may be a good place to start: Parenting and Education | Philadelphia Speaks

We're still a few years away
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:51 AM
 
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I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the public schools. If you're going to be living close to Jeffersion, chances are you'll be in center city which has good public schools. Look for the Meredith, Greenfield and McCall. Penn Alexander in West Philly is supported by Penn and many people move to its catchment specifically for the school. We're in the process of moving to Mount Airy and the local elementary school is well regarded (Charles Henry). Our friends in Fishtown are sending their kids to local public school and they're very involved. So don't dismiss the schools just because they're Philly public schools. There's definitely pros and cons, but it's not all gloom and doom, especially in established areas.
There's also Bache Martin in Fairmount. A commute to Jeff is fairly easy from there.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:43 AM
 
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Some of these schools mentioned have very low test score ratings. Check out greatschools.org for the school ratings.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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i had read that even if you live in a "catchment", you may not get into the school bc the grades may be full? Most concerned about our older son who will be in 2nd grade.

My biggest concern is-- can you be or are you likely to be blocked from a grade in a good public school even if you live in that "catchment"? We are willing to spend more in a nicer area if we can be guaranteed a spot in a good public school.

We are hoping to live within walking distance-- even though there's a 30min expectation, we would like him home to sleep when he gets out, until he is called in again. My parents live in Plainsboro an hour away, and their house is big enough to accommodate the kids and I...but DH insists we live with him during fellowship, as it would break his heart to be away from the kids.

This whole process makes my head spin. Thank you in advance for any advice!
Look at the city schools mentioned & schools in South Jersey, along the PATCO line. It's a 15 minute train ride from Haddonfield, less from Westmont & Collingwood. There's a stop a short walk from Jefferson.
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:36 PM
 
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Look at the city schools mentioned & schools in South Jersey, along the PATCO line. It's a 15 minute train ride from Haddonfield, less from Westmont & Collingwood. There's a stop a short walk from Jefferson.
2nd this. Plenty of docs live in haddonfield and manage on call duties. Schools in Haddonfield are excellent.
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