My wife and I have a 5yo & a 1yo. Since our income is from an online job, we can live anywhere in the U.S. We're only limited by our income. We are looking for a school district where the elementary, middle and high school are rated "10" and average monthly rent is relatively low. Any suggestions of an "affordable" neighborhoods with high rated schools?
Glad to hear you found a great place where you are happy! We are in a similar situation but need a great special education program as well. Do you have any thoughts on the special education program where you are? Any advice would be appreciated!83814
We ended up moving to Sharon, Massachusetts. Not exactly a cheap place to live. But after doing our research on best public schools in the country by state, which included reading Amanda Ripley's excellent book " The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way," and doing other research, we learned that Massachusetts public schools trounced all other states academically (SEE: Massachusetts boosts academic success with tough standards ( http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53212517 .
Then MONEY Magazine's annual ranking of the best places to live in America ranked Sharon, MA #1, so that narrowed down WHERE to live in Massachusetts.
So far so good. Our daughter is loving 1st grade and we're very pleased with her school (Heights Elementary). Also, we LOVE Sharon MA! We go to Lake Massapoag beach or the ocean, is an easy drive on hot summer days. Plus, Boston is only a half hour drive. 83807
A wonderful place to raise your family where the elementary, middle and high school are rated 10 and average monthly rent can be found at about $2,000.00 for a three bedroom house is in Irvine, Ca. 92614. Look at Meadow Park Elementary School, South Lake Middle School and University High School. The City of Irvine is extremely wonderful to raise a family, It has everything: sense of community, great parks, great schools, close to everything and affordable! Good luck with your search!83539
I understand your worry about a 10 school, but think it is important how you help at home. The rate is not 100% accurate, depend of each one opinion and experience. your selection can take in consideration what other activities they offer like, sport, art class, after school program available. I recommend the Elementary School ps-31 in Brooklyn, NY, #1 in NY. A lot of parents take 30 minutes driving for have their children there, you wont be disappoint. The rent is about 1,500 to 2,000 o live in nearby neighborhood.83192
We live in St. Johns, Florida and love the schools around here and the community. It was ranked by Forbes and Greatschools number 9 in the county for The Best Schools For Your Real Estate Buck. We use common core education here and all of our High Schools have academies. My kids attend Switzerland Point Middle School. St. Johns county was also just named the healthiest county in Florida.
Another thing I found out with my son in high school is one county may offer the vocal programing like vet medicine as opposed another county may not. But you have a long ways to go before you know what your kids really want to do in life to worry about that! We rented all these years just so we could move around for high school if need be and now it's paying off because the house we would have bought the high schools didn't offer that in that area! You also may want to move to an apartment first to get use to the area before renting a house depending on what kind of internet business you have as that way you can find the right area for your family. good luck82798
Totally understand where your coming from! We moved to Tampa, FL from Michigan for better weather and better schools. First when we moved out here our children were in 1st and 5th grade and they were enrolled in a 10 A school, however I did not like the public school AT ALL! I would have rated it a 2! I found a perfect charter school in the local area (Learning Gate Community) and we loved it! It fit all our needs at the time. Our family has grown from 2 children to 5 and I would like all my children to continue there as long as it fits them and they like it. They recently opened up high school which I was so excited about as my son is now in high school but the school just didn't go well with him and we are now in search of a better high school in the area that fits him as the one I had to enroll him in our distrist is horrible! The nice thing about charter schools is you can live anywhere and still have your child go there regardless of which side of the road you live on! Now on here Learning gate is rated 7 I see which last year it was 10. It's because of the high school starting off, but the other person is completely right as one person's 10 is another's 5! I suggest since they are young move to the state you'd like to live in and if you don't like it then you can always move! once they hit 4-5grade moving out of state is harder and harder to make new friends as we found out with our first one! But if you really like the snow, I hear North Carolina has great schools in Raliegh and Haslett Michigan also has great schools. There is always good affordable rent everywhere you go in good neighborhoods, it just requires a little searching and driving! 82797
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