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Old 11-03-2007, 09:36 PM
 
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Originally from Westchester, we just are in the process of moving back after living in Los Angeles for over 10 years. We are trying to find: "affordable", close to train, great schools, safe neighborhood. We ideally want to move to one of the river towns but are looking for lower-priced alternatives. I have been researching Hartsdale, but can't find many 'facts' on the schools there except for some really bad reviews on greatschools.net.

Anyone have knowledge on life and the public schools in hartsdale?

Any other recommendations of towns that fit the qualities listed above?
Thanks!!
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:47 PM
 
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The general perception of the school district, which is I believe is known as Greenburgh Central 7, is awful. But do you own due diligence.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:17 AM
 
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Yeah whats up with Hartsdale's schools? The town itself seems really nice, but I haven't heard many good things about Hartsdale's schools. Whats the reason for this?
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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Hartsdale's lower schools aren't bad, but the high school belongs to the Town of Greenburgh, in which the hamlet of Hartsdale is located, and it includes a bad part of White Plains, which is a real problem. But there are private schools (Catholic and Hebrew) a stone's throw from the high school, and since the home prices are lower than neaby Scarsdale, you can send your kids there.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:10 AM
 
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That would make sense about the H.S. being troublesome. I really like Hartsdale. It has a nice small town vibe to it.

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Hartsdale's lower schools aren't bad, but the high school belongs to the Town of Greenburgh, in which the hamlet of Hartsdale is located, and it includes a bad part of White Plains, which is a real problem. But there are private schools (Catholic and Hebrew) a stone's throw from the high school, and since the home prices are lower than neaby Scarsdale, you can send your kids there.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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THanks for all the replies. It's a shame because hartsdale has some really nice looking affordable homes.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:25 PM
 
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That's why they are affordable - the schools
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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yep that's what i'm finding. wherever there's gorgeous homes with low price tags, there's a reason... either the crime is high, the schools are bad, or it's right next to a high crime area.

Thanks for all the replies! This board has been very helpful.
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:27 PM
 
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That pretty much sums up all of the suburban areas of NYC. Unless you are willing to deal with or work around these factors you will end up spending a lot of money on a house in this area.

The other trade off that a lot of people make is to live far out in the middle of nowhere with 1hr+ commutes into the city. The housing is definitely cheaper in these areas, but the ammenities are not nearly as nice and you're spending a huge part of your day just commuting to your job.

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yep that's what i'm finding. wherever there's gorgeous homes with low price tags, there's a reason... either the crime is high, the schools are bad, or it's right next to a high crime area.

Thanks for all the replies! This board has been very helpful.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:54 PM
 
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I live in Hartsdale - it's a great place to be in with one exception - the school district.

I have two children in the public school district, but will be pulling one out & placing in private school in another town (to avoid going to Woodlands H.S.)

We originally had our children in the catholic school here, but like other parents, decided to pull them out due to unacceptable situations (and no it wasn't a priest & alter boy thing!! lol)

The public school district itself is filled with teachers & staff committed to making a differance. With few exceptions, every teacher my children had were 100% commited to them doing well. However, even thier efforts seem to fail in stemming the flow of "street life". Just last year, a 6th grader was stabbed during a fight over a girl, and a month before that - a sophmore in H.S. was stomped by a group of kids. He suffered a broken leg and plenty of minor injuries.
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