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Old 08-02-2011, 08:53 AM
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After comparing housing/taxes in various towns in Westchester, I am now considering living in White Plains or New Rochelle, getting more house for my money, paying less taxes and going the private school route. Any recommendations for private/catholic schools in westchester. I am already aware of Rye Country Day/Harvey/Masters, but I am looking for something more affordable. Some of the schools I have come across are Iona, Ursuline and Maria Regina. What are their reputations? What about elementary/middle schools? I have a boy and a girl. Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:54 AM
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Stepinac in White Plains is another to consider in the future for your son. There's also Sacred Heart in Yonkers, Salesian(all boys) and Blessed Sacrament-St. Gabriel's in New Rochelle too. There's also JFK Catholic in Somers.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:13 AM
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Default Sacred Heart in Hartsdale is worth checking out as well.

It's a very good Catholic elementary school in Hartsdale. By the way, I'm not sure if you've looked at Hartsdale as well in your home search, it fits the "lower property taxes / bang for your buck" analysis as well. (We looked at both WP and NR, but ended up in Hartsdale.)
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:56 PM
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There is also Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains; its all-girls. A lot of people in Westchester also send their boys to Fordham Prep. There is Salesian, all boys, in New Rochelle also. Of the more affordable schools, I think Ursuline and Fordham Prep may have the best reputations.

While not as affordable, there are also a bunch of really good private schools in Riverdale (Bronx) that have a good representation from Westchester: Fieldston, Horace Mann, and Riverdale Country Day School. Also less affordable is all girls School of the Holy Child in Rye and Hackley in Tarrytown.

For elementary schools, there are lots of options among Catholic schools. I've heard good things about Immaculate Heart in Scarsdale, Annuciation in Tuckahoe, St. Joseph's in Bronxville, and Resurrection in Rye. Also heard the Chapel School (Lutheran) in Bronxville is good.
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:18 PM
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You should do well with Ursuline for middle school and high school. Most Catholic high schools have great academic standards due to the abundance of AP and honors classes, as well as academically-oriented clubs.

For elementary, what are your expectations and how much are you willing to pay? Most parochial schools have a standard curriculum that works well for the average student. The only downside is if your elementary child is academically gifted, and therefore you would want a more enriched curriculum for him/her. Parochial schools won't be able to accomodate that. If you want something more enriched, you'll need to spend more to send your child to a private independent school like Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Holy Child-Rye, Hackley, French-American School, etc. till he/she gets to middle/high school. The most "enriched" curriculum of a parochial school I can think of is Immaculate Heart in Scarsdale, which teaches Great Books beginning 3rd grade, but I do not know much about this school first hand.
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