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Old 02-18-2006, 10:51 PM   #21
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West coast or Northeast coast (DC and above) are the areas we are most interested in.

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Here's a link for California school ranking (based on test scores):
http://www.ap.org/california/schools/index.html
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Re: Good Schools for Early Retirees Kids
Old 02-23-2006, 02:18 PM   #22
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Re: Good Schools for Early Retirees Kids

Data for Washington State as a whole, then specific school districts. Note the 'compare my school' wizzard on the upper right.*

Washington State data:* http://tinyurl.com/hr55a

Oregon's data is much more difficult to use.*

Oregon Dept of Higher Ed 04-05 test results:
http://tinyurl.com/n8tlf

Standard and Poor's school report website:
http://www.schoolmatters.com/

PM me and I wll share with you the generally highly regarded public high schools in Oregon and Washington.*

Take care when looking at just test scores.* Consider also whether or not programs are available to fit different learning styles: hands-on learners vs book learners.*

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Re: Good Schools for Early Retirees Kids

Another thing to consider is looking beyond primary/secondary schools and to the quality of the in-state universities. We haven't figured out where we will settle down after the military, but our childrens education is one big factor for us. Finding good schools in a state that also has good public universities (to include a good variety) may save you/your children a lot in out-of-state tuition cost.

Wow, I looked up my high school (WA State) and it was terrible. I guess that explains a lot.

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I looked at mine in the same State and it was top notch- and we don't have to put up with Seattle-Bellview-Redmond traffic either.
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Thinkingaboutit,

Unfortunately I can't recommend the S.F. bay area or at least the south bay if you want good schools at reasonable cost.* They seem to be mutually exclusive in this area.

There are some very good (and very competitive) schools in the South Bay/Silicon Valley area but you have to pay a premium above the already high bay area real estate prices.* In general you will pay $1M+ for a house in a "good" school district.* There are instances where there will be a $100-200k or more difference between two essentially identical houses in similar neighborhoods (sometimes across the street from each other) because one is in a better school district.

The elementary school near us is fairly good but the middle school and high school are mediocre.* According to a web site in another post our house is worth $800k and some in the neighborhood are $1M+.* Our kids are in private schools.

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