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Old 12-13-2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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School district decisions

Ok, I need to decide by the first of the year which school district I want Mason to go to. Any suggestions on making this decision? I've looked at test scores online and they are comparable. One district has 1000 more kids enrolled than the other which plays a big part of my decision. Any tips from teachers?

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Old 12-13-2006, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: School district decisions

I'm not a teacher, but you can look at growth rates in the areas where the districts are. Schools that are in fast growing districts will end up w/big classes before the budgets and stuff catch up with the #'s.
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Old 12-13-2006, 12:10 PM   #3
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Re: School district decisions

I would ask about class size. it is so much nicer to have a school with classes that only have like 15-18 kids as opposed to like 23 or more...one year at our elementary school,dd had only 12 kids in her clas..it was wonderful! never happened again.lol...but we average about 18-20 and i know some schools have lots more..
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Re: School district decisions

You said the test scores were comparable. Have you checked about what facilities are like and what extracurriculars are offered?

Just brainstorming for a tie breaker.
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Re: School district decisions

Frankly, if the scores are comparable then it doesn't matter much. I second the class size issue but the biggest effect on a childs success is the parental involement throughout their childs school carreer! Your concern shows care and consideration so I am sure your child would thrive at any facility given you are supportive and involved!

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:58 PM   #6
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Re: School district decisions

Class sizes are also comparable. I'll look into the extracurricular stuff.
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Re: School district decisions

Can you find out if the school district is innovative in any way? Schools that are too tied to doing things the same old way are not going to be the best ones to prepare you dc for the future. I say this as a teacher, and as a parent. H is only two but... I would not want him to be at a school with good grades, reasonable class sizes... etc... that was not addressing the rapidly changing world we live in.

Our school district has made the decision to integrate mac ibooks and computer technology into each school each student from grade 5 + has a laptop as does each staff member. We are learning soooooo many new ways of teaching that are much better at meeting the needs of our students. It's encouraged me to change how I teach a LOT! I've taught for 8 yrs now and I'm still learning everyday. It's really exhausting to re-learn how to teach somethings etc... but worth it.

If not technology support... what other innovative teaching methods are being used?

If all else fails, go where you feel comfortable. Go into a school in the middle of the day. See if you can meet the principal and tour the school. What are the kids doing? Are they mainly working on paperwork or ???
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