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Old 01-08-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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Once we have moved in to one of the westchester towns and have our rental agreement. Do we put our child on a waiting list for the nearest assigned school in the district or do we get a guaranteed place? Something to consider I case our daughter becomes school less for a while? Does it differ per town?

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Old 01-08-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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Your child automatically gets into the school your house or apartment is zoned for. No waiting list no matter how crowded the school is.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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Oh wow. Thanks.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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It's not like the city, since the schools are administered on a local level, city/town/village/district, not like NYC where the schools are one school district. Westchester has multiple school districts, even within some towns, such as Eastchester and Bedford.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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Yes. One of the great reasons to move out of NYC. Your kid gets into the school no matter how good it is, without testing, without bribing, without connections, without wait lists. All you have to do is live there and pay your taxes.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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Yes. One of the great reasons to move out of NYC. Your kid gets into the school no matter how good it is, without testing, without bribing, without connections, without wait lists. All you have to do is live there and pay your taxes.
Pohytrekker is not kidding. In Manhattan, parents pay thousands of dollars for tutors to help get their kids pass the test to get into the right nursery schools (yes nursery schools). Because if they don't get into the right nursery schools, they won't get into the right elite private elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and won't get into an Ivy League university. The kids lives will be over and they will be an embarrassment to mom and dad.

I'm not making this up.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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London might actually be worse. And while we can laugh because there are many roads to the Ivy League if that is what you choose - very few roads lead to Oxbridge.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:09 PM
 
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Wow. Well worth the taxes especially with more than one child.
In London you pretty much get accepted on to one of the local schools once you live there. The council is in charge of school districts and applications. And assigns schools to kids to avoid autonomy of schools and I suppose to avoid bribes.

How do you apply for schools. Do you go directly to the school?
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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Wow. Well worth the taxes especially with more than one child.
In London you pretty much get accepted on to one of the local schools once you live there. The council is in charge of school districts and applications. And assigns schools to kids to avoid autonomy of schools and I suppose to avoid bribes.

How do you apply for schools. Do you go directly to the school?
Yes. Your realtor will tell you what district your in (often the property address does not match the name of the district). Just Google the district and just call the administrative offices for info. They will probably want to see a lease (or a deed if you bought a property) and a utility bill. It should be really easy. They just want to make sure you don't live somewhere else and are trying to sneak into the district.
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