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Public Schools in Westchester and Connecticut
Dear Abacus Guide,
Your name was given to me by a good friend here in Texas. We are moving to the East, so my husband can commute to Midtown -- it's come up rather suddenly.
We are looking at public schools in Westchester. We have a million questions. But three of them are these:
Thanks so much, Western Mom
Dear Western Mom,
You ask excellent questions, but I hesitate to answer them since I've never met you or your child. Picking a school is a very personal decision - my favorites might not be yours. Your child's interests and abilities and your family's needs will determine which is the best school for you.
That helps! you're thinking.
What I can give you are suggestions on where to start your research on schools. A good place is to look is at the school report cards posted on New York State and Connecticut's websites. The addresses are: www.nysed.gov/pubs.html, and www.state.ct.us. From these, you'll get a good idea of testing performance and other factors which may be important to you. Newsweek ran an article, "The Top-Ranked High Schools", which may interest you as well. From there, I would choose communities that seem like possibilities and are also within what you consider to be a reasonable commuting distance from the city. At that point, it's best to visit the schools and talk to students and parents. If a school is right, you'll know.
Both New York and Connecticut have some very highly regarded middle and high schools. Graduation requirements are slightly different in the 2 states. In New York, your child will take a battery of standardized tests as the state is increasing the number of Regents exams students must take to graduate.
Good luck, Emily Glickman
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