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Old 01-18-2009, 04:49 AM
 
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Are they both good?
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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Yes. Comparing apples to apples. At the end of the day its the student, not an x-point differential in SAT scores and y-spots difference in national ranking.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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"Rye" schools clearly are significantly better schools HANDS DOWN... "Rye Neck" schools are fine but do not compare. Definately check into school report which are on any realtor website for the stats. Good luck. I grew up in westchester--specifically scarsdale and know plenty of people who went to both school districts.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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"Rye" schools clearly are significantly better schools HANDS DOWN... "Rye Neck" schools are fine but do not compare. Definately check into school report which are on any realtor website for the stats. Good luck. I grew up in westchester--specifically scarsdale and know plenty of people who went to both school districts.
This poster has confused the term "better" with "wealthier." The Rye School District is, overall, much wealthier than the Rye Neck School District. Wealthy school districts, without exception, have higher test scores than middle-class districts because wealthy kids have all sorts of advantages.

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Old 01-20-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Fact is, a student's success is more about the student than the school. But it's a disservice to the original poster's question to ignore the very real differences between the districts. Rye Neck is smaller and takes pride in more individualized attention. Rye is significantly more prestigious with higher test scores, college advancement, etc.
Yes, this is partially because Rye is wealthier, but it is really a self-reinforcing circle of which came first, chicken or the egg. Rye schools rate better because it is wealthier. And wealthier people create greater reman in Rye because the schools are better.
There is also something to be said - positive AND negative - about the different types of peer pressure in a super affluent school. There is more peer pressure towards working to get into good 4 year colleges, there is more peer pressure to think of professional careers, and there are more networking opportunities for ultimate career success. On the other hand, such schools can be an unhealthy pressure cooker, and can be overly competitive in terms of displays of affluence with kids needing expensive fashions and cars.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Bottom line is this: If anyone had choice of either school district to send their children "RYE" is clearly the better of the two "scholastically" speaking. This is a fact - Check all school the school reports. And what is wrong with residing in a wealthy area and providing your children with the best possible education for their future. Sounds like a lot of jealous people. These forums need to be more factual to really help people.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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I dont think anyone in here is jealous at all. The point is they are both good schools, though slightly different, they can both get a student to the same desired college. Its not as if you are comparing Rye HS to Port Chester HS.

People in Westchester put too much weight on the teachers and these school ratings. The extrapolation of small differences is insane. Above a certain threshold you should ignore rankings as the added value is usually exaggerated. These so called great schools are usually too cutthroat for teenagers anyway.

In my day I knew kids who went to top 100 USA type high schools, didnt even go to college and amounted to nothing. I know Ivy League grads who went to Westchester high schools that people would probably laugh at. Its all in the student. My old school isnt near any of the top schools yet it did an excellent job because I paid attention and worked hard.


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Bottom line is this: If anyone had choice of either school district to send their children "RYE" is clearly the better of the two "scholastically" speaking. This is a fact - Check all school the school reports. And what is wrong with residing in a wealthy area and providing your children with the best possible education for their future. Sounds like a lot of jealous people. These forums need to be more factual to really help people.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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Bottom line is this: If anyone had choice of either school district to send their children "RYE" is clearly the better of the two "scholastically" speaking. This is a fact - Check all school the school reports. And what is wrong with residing in a wealthy area and providing your children with the best possible education for their future. Sounds like a lot of jealous people. These forums need to be more factual to really help people.
Rye is marginally better, perhaps, but that's splitting hairs. I grew up between Westchester and Manhattan in a top-tier school district, and we went to private schools because my parents determined that they were better suited than the public schools to provide the best education, even highly regarded public schools. That said, it comes down to the student and their motivation, since a top district does not guarantee anything, in and of itself.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:54 PM
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IIRC, Scarsdale schools are far more impressive than Rye in no. of National Merit Finalists and caliber of colleges attained by grads...

In many wealthy areas w/good public schools, kids are sent to private schools anyway

Arguably, in areas wealthier than Scarsdale (e.g., Manhattan and Greenwich) many kids are more socially focused and less educationally focused, as many parents can easily donate to whatever colleges to gain admission, no matter incompetence of kid

Sure, elite HS and colleges have plenty of morons who get in for all kinds of reasons (minorities, wealthy parents, athletes, etc etc and a small no. of really talented people)...but would argue such settings provide a valuable real-world introduction to fact that life isn't fair, no matter what Sesame Street said

Same dynamics occur in competition for jobs in lucrative industries/careers....~20% of people generate ~80% of profits even in elite businesses like hedge funds where nearly everyone who's highly paid is a Harvard or Wharton alum....
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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Bottom line is this: If anyone had choice of either school district to send their children "RYE" is clearly the better of the two "scholastically" speaking. This is a fact - Check all school the school reports. And what is wrong with residing in a wealthy area and providing your children with the best possible education for their future. Sounds like a lot of jealous people. These forums need to be more factual to really help people.
A smart and highly motivated kid at Rye Neck will get into the Ivy's. An average slacker at Rye will get into a mediocre school. It's that simple. And wealthy parents do end up with average slackers.
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