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Old 03-03-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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Anybody lives in Rye Brook or Armonk could give me a advice?
I'm thinking to move in either those two cities.
I know Rye Brook is higher high school ranking than Armonk, but Blind Brook
school is so small.

My son is currently in gifted class. Which school is better for my son?

My son (3rd grade) plays violin and Blind Brook doesn't have orchestra.
Is that o.k.? Maybe he can join the county orchestra?
If you play instruments, school orchestra is helpful to go to good college?

Rye Brook is closer to NY city than Armonk. My husband will work in NY city.

Please give some experience or advise..
Thank you so much..
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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Rye Brook and Armonk are quite different. Rye Brook is lower Westchester, the homes are close together, it is very suburban. I believe Armonk is more rural, not too many shops. You will not go wrong w either of these schools- both are great districts. Check out school district websites to see what each offers in terms of extracurricular activities. The commute into the city from Rye Brook is very easy.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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I wouldn't rule out Armonk because it's further from the city. If you live in the southern part of Armonk you are not that far from the North White Plains train station. Rye Brook is really not that much more convenient. It is somewhat of a drive from most parts of Rye Brook to either the Rye or Port Chester station. However, northern Armonk is somewhat remote.

Armonk is just a lot prettier than Rye Brook. Rye Brook has no town center, and is mostly developed with splits and raised ranches from the 1950's and 1960's.

Beware that both communities are not laid back and suffer from severe cases of "affluenza." So be prepared to get an Audi or a BMW for your kids' 16th birthdays.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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My husband and I are from the Armonk/Bedford area, we both graduated from Byram Hills schools. My husband was born/raised in Armonk, I am a 5th Generation Bedford resident (yes, dating back to farmer days . Moderator cut: edit Rye and Armonk are quite different. Parts of Bedford are also considered Byram Hills Schools as well.

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:44 AM
 
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Armonk is just a lot prettier than Rye Brook. Rye Brook has no town center, and is mostly developed with splits and raised ranches from the 1950's and 1960's.

I don't think Armonk is prettier than Rye Brook. Definitely not. Every house in Rye Brook is beautifully well-maintained. Yes- it is the epitome of the suburbs, but to some that's a plus. I am not so familiar w Armonk- but it seems there are beautiful homes and some very run down homes. Also- although Rye Brook has no town center it is next to Greenwich, White Plains and Rye- you cannot beat the location. The drive to the train is about 5 minutes- unlike in Armonk. Everything is close in Rye Brook.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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Could you share you and your experience about school life?
How was the activities, teachers, programs, curriculum....?
Thank you..
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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Hi,

When choosing our town we also debated between both Armonk and Rye Brook. We chose Rye Brook and overall, we are very pleased. Ultimately we felt that Armonk was too rural and less desirable geographically.

Although we are happy with the Rye Brook schools, they are not perfect (are any schools perfect??). My elementary school child is extremely bright and would benefit from a gifted class, but none is offered here. Fortunately the teachers my child has had have all been very good, so it's been an overall positive experience, but I wish there were more opportunities for the really smart kids (it's a No Child Left Behind world-- hopefully the backlash from the drawbacks of that philosophy will yield a return to championing gifted and accelerated students). Parents of older children in the district say the curriculum becomes significantly more challenging in later years, so I'll be interested to see how that changes over time.

That being said, Blind Brook is a small district, and appears to be very nurturing (again, in my experience, at the elementary school level). There are counselors who visit the classes, and the staff is very focussed on socialization and group dynamics. In that respect, I've been very impressed.

You should ask for personal tours of the two schools-- you can get a feel for the environment and ask your specific questions.

Good luck with your choice.
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