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Old 06-22-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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We are looking for opinions on the various high schools and communities around the Philadelphia, PA area. The commute would be to downtown Philadelphia. We have two children going into 8th grade and one that will be a sophomore.

Activities important to them: Band/Percussion, Orchestra, Choir, Soccer, Football, Tae Kwon Do, Girls golf (Coed golf is o.k.)

Just as important as activities is finding a warm and welcoming community, particularly knowing that middle/high is not an easy age to move into a new district.

Great Valley, Hatboro Horsham, Radnor, Harriton, Lower Merion/Ardmore, Haverford, Marple Newton, Ridley, Strath Haven, other? - any thoughts are greatly appreciated as we have never been to the area.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Newtown might be also included to your list. Council Rock North is a good school district and the activities you mentioned can be found. My son, 9th grader in the coming fall enjoys the Band/Percussion and Choir at CRN and the Tae Kwon Do school he goes is a family based and warm school. Just my two cents.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Tredyffrin-Easttown is another district you should add to the list.

I don't know enough about the extracurriculars in New Hope-Solebury, but it's also a highly rated district.
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Old 06-24-2016, 11:11 AM
 
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We are looking for opinions on the various high schools and communities around the Philadelphia, PA area. The commute would be to downtown Philadelphia. We have two children going into 8th grade and one that will be a sophomore.

Activities important to them: Band/Percussion, Orchestra, Choir, Soccer, Football, Tae Kwon Do, Girls golf (Coed golf is o.k.)

Just as important as activities is finding a warm and welcoming community, particularly knowing that middle/high is not an easy age to move into a new district.

Great Valley, Hatboro Horsham, Radnor, Harriton, Lower Merion/Ardmore, Haverford, Marple Newton, Ridley, Strath Haven, other? - any thoughts are greatly appreciated as we have never been to the area.
Fyi, Harriton and Lower Merion/Ardmore are in the same school district: Lower Merion.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:00 PM
 
Location: New York City
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We are looking for opinions on the various high schools and communities around the Philadelphia, PA area. The commute would be to downtown Philadelphia. We have two children going into 8th grade and one that will be a sophomore.

Activities important to them: Band/Percussion, Orchestra, Choir, Soccer, Football, Tae Kwon Do, Girls golf (Coed golf is o.k.)

Just as important as activities is finding a warm and welcoming community, particularly knowing that middle/high is not an easy age to move into a new district.

Great Valley, Hatboro Horsham, Radnor, Harriton, Lower Merion/Ardmore, Haverford, Marple Newton, Ridley, Strath Haven, other? - any thoughts are greatly appreciated as we have never been to the area.
Marple NEWTOWN, and Strath Haven High School is in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District which is excellent.

I don't know why you have Ridley in there? Its okay but not in the same high category as the others.

Also surprised you left out Rose-Tree Media School District, which I think would be one of the top options.
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