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Old 03-18-2007, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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I'm interested in schools in Seattle so if you can give me some more information, I'll be really really happy :P Thanks in advance
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Do you mean public school districts, or universities?

What information do you want?
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Coming soon to a town near YOU!
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Default Universities are excellent, highschools ok

Seattle universities are excellent, but are pretty much summed up by the University of Washington, enrollment of around 50,000. It is one of the world's best schools (internationally ranked at at 17th or 18th best in the world). There are a few other universities (Seattle U, Seattle Pacific University), but they are private and religiously affiliated.

Seattle schools (public highschool, etc) are decient for a big city, but that means they have the usual batch of problems. The schools are shrinking, which is a political mess. It looks like there are some political storms ahead. Seattle is also a big district, and some parts of the city are going to be better than others.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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I meant both I'm about to come to study there but I still wonder whether I should or not :P Thanks a lot for the information (:
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:56 AM
 
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Where would you say your better public schools are located?
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:06 AM
 
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Question Best schools: the short answer

One of the biggest factors of a "good school" is parental support/involvement (ie high expectations, low tolerance for disciplinary problems, volunteering, etc). That is why US military base schools (for servicepeople's children) are outstanding, dispite a very low $$ per student ratio. The Seattle district will be fairly uniform for funding and student/teacher ratios, so parents and the students themselves (which are a reflection on the parents) are going to be your prime variable.

I'm probably going to get some hate mail on this one, but in broad strokes, the areas that will have "better" schools will be mainly in the north half (although there are definite exceptions). I am basing that on the higher ratio of homes to apartments, and the higher home prices.

Yes, everyone has hard times and home ownership is no guarantee of character, but someone who has the financial discipline to own and keep a home is more likely to recognize a problem and deal with it than a 20 year renter. And of course with the sky-high home prices, home ownership is also more likely in a 2 income (ie married parents) household.

It is a scaled down version of the same thing that makes suburban schools generally "better" than city schools. (there are exceptions, of course)

As Carlos Mencia says, in every broken inner-city school there is an asian kid who is kicking butt and will get into Harvard. There is nothing genetic about asian students that make them statistically the best performers, only strong parental involvement. The more kids who are "knuckling-down" and studying, the less kids who are bullying, doing drugs, or flunking out and trying to take someone with them.
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