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Old 12-14-2006, 05:51 AM
 
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Hi,
I am new to this country and have just moved in from India. I have a son who will be ready to go to school in a years time and so far from my research I have found that Chapel Hill has one of the best public schooling system. However, I have a few questions and would appreciate if someone could provide me more information on the following;
1) How is the county schooling system designed? Can one go to any of the schools in the county as long as he/she is the county boundary?
2) What is the difference between Chapel Hill county schools and Carrboro County schools? The website says Chapel Hill Carrboro County schools. Does it mean that they fall under the same administration and the Carrboro county schools are academically as good as their counterparts in Chapel Hill?
3) If we stay at Carrboro, can I send my son to a school in Chapel Hill?

Thanks in Advance,
NS
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:03 AM
 
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I can understand how you can be confused....

In North Carolina, most of the time, schools are run by the counties. For example, Wake County runs all the schools in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and the other cities in that county.

However, Orange County is different. The cities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have come together and run a separate school system from the rest of Orange County.
So...If you live in Hillsborough or Efland, Orange County runs the schools.
But if you live in the cities of Chapel Hill or Carrboro, then the schools are run by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City school system. But it doesn't matter which of those two cities you live in, they share the same schools. (Confusing, I know.)
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:22 AM
 
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Raleighrob is very accurate in his statement. chapel hill/carrboro city schools also have more money/resources than orange county schools (there are places in chapel hill that are not in the city limits, that are in orange county only so you would end up in orange county schools). Chapel Hill and Carrboro have a special school tax (that the voters agreed to) that goes directly to the schools, orange county does not have that specific tax.

Your child would go to one of the city schools if you are in the city limits, and the school would depend on which "node" you are in. The chapel hill carrboro area is much smaller than the wake county area, so there are not as many schools, not as many people moving into the area, so much less redistricting.

I would check out the chapel hill carrboro city schools website and look up student assignment. You can look at the different nodes for the schools, and you can see the districting map.

Hope this helps.
Leigh
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:56 AM
 
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Thanks so much for your valuable suggestions. I ran a search with 'student assignment' as keyword and got lots of interesting information.

Thanks again.
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