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Old 04-03-08, 02:44 PM
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Help me ladies - I'm lost.
 


My neighborhood school is not so good according to test scores.
The school I wanted to get my girls into is better, but may not have room & I won't know until August.
There is a school 40 miles away that has great ratings & scores - but its 40 miles away.

I really don't know what to look for besides scores - what else is there? I can't sit in on the classes & see if the teachers are doing their jobs.

Lets see if this copy/paste works.




 
 

 

 

 

 


 

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0 34% 16% 35% 23%

 
0.6 --- --- --- ---

 
0.8 51% 26% 49% 30%

 
0.8 58% 36% 53% 42%

 
0.9 46% 26% 42% 27%

 
1.0 30% 21% 34% 26%

 
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1.5 58% 36% 58% 32%

 
1.7 40% 19% 39% 22%

 
1.8 28% 20% 38% 21%

 
1.9 38% 24% 45% 28%

 
2.0 39% 25% 40% 23%

 
2.2 37% 27% 46% 22%

 
2.4 37% 16% 53% 21%

 
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3.3 26% 15% 37% 21%

 
3.7 28% 12% 28% 16%

 

 
3.8 27% 16% 21% 26%

 
4.4 40% 28% 46% 27%

 
4.5 36% 19% 40% 25%

 
4.8 29% 4% 32% 16%

 
5.6 34% 13% 35% 16%
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Old 04-03-08, 02:46 PM
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LOL the copy worked but now I can't edit.

If you had nothing but those miserable scores, what school would you pick?

Would you put your kids in a school that was 45min away, or would you try to stick it out with the school that was closest?
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Old 04-03-08, 02:50 PM
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I think I'd go with the school farther away. At least until you can get them in the better school next year maybe if you apply early.
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Old 04-03-08, 02:53 PM
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Ok, now I'm looking at it, Joshua Hills doesn't look so bad on these scores, but their total rating is low. They have a 4 - the one 40miles away is a 9/10.

Aargh this is frustrating. I don't even know what I'm lookign at.

Ignore me if you want. Its easier if I write this out than just stew over it in my half-baked brain.
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ask the parents who have children in the schools if they are happy with the schools.
That's all you can do. Test scores really aren't the end all be all anyway.
Also, I tend to lean toward schools who have the EXCEL or TAG or GATE or whatever the gifted programs are called there now in those schools. Not all schools always have the excel programs in each of them... the gifted kids get bussed to schools where the kids all are gathered. That doesn't mean that the schools have the best test scores, but certainly, that the school is capable and adapted for challenging the students.
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