Zillow Advice: Local Topics - I am concerned with which areas in and around Raleigh have the best, top notch public school dist http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate you may want to monitor the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ you may want to monitor the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newsobserver.com/">Raleigh News Observer</a> for the politics that are impacting Wake County Schools. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.webstar.bz/issues/?facts">Here is a link to a document which may open your eyes.</a><br/><br/><br/>Personally my family chose private school when we began looking at the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/">report cards of NCschools.</a> Thu, 01 Apr 2010 02:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2010-04-01T02:20:00Z I used to be a teacher in ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ I used to be a teacher in Wake County/Raleigh and I can tell you that all of the schools in Wake are fine.&nbsp; Some have different programs, but as long as your kids are relatively well-behaved and you are involved in their lives, they will excel.&nbsp; Because of the magnet school programs, if you don't like your school you can always apply to a magnet school.&nbsp; Or, try a charter school (which are for all kids in NC, not just bad kids), which is a public school but not associated with a school system.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.wcpss.net/" rel="nofollow">Wake County Public School System</a><br/><br/><a href="http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/" rel="nofollow">NC Office of Charter Schools</a> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-07-31T23:03:00Z Wow, sushinut hasn't lived ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ <p>Wow, sushinut hasn't lived in Charlotte for 15 years? That was before many of the skyscrapers were built. Before we had a NFL Footballe Team (GO PANTHERS). Before many of the mansions built on our two major lakes. And before the population DOUBLED making Charlotte the largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. It's not a hick town anymore. And we have great sushi! I'm originally from California-- I know my sushi... let me know if you need a reference to some of the best.</p><br/><p>As for the schools, I direct you back to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ncreportcards.org/">NCReportCards.org</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;this shows school rankings in the state.</p><br/><p>USNEWS&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; World Report has named 3 NC High Schools to the Top 100 in the Nation list for 2009. And a total of 46 high schools made their top in the nation list which includes gold, silver, bronze and honorable mentions. There's also a great list from Newsweek which names Six&nbsp;NC High Schools&nbsp;to their Top 100 List.<br/><br/><br/>Note also that there are other types of lists:</p><p>NEWSWEEK's Challenge Index is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students, and not magnet or charter schools that draw only the best students in their areas. These top performers, listed below in alphabetical order,&nbsp; were excluded from the list of top high schools because, despite their exceptional quality, their sky-high SAT and ACT scores indicate they have few or no average students.</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 06:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-28T06:28:00Z In our area, we have very ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ <p>In our area, we have very large school districts - most are by county only; the Chapel Hill and Orange County are not combined as one.<br/><br/>To us, living in Chapel Hill and working in Raleigh is a terrible commute - an hour a day. But maybe your job will be in RTP, whcih would be half that.<br/><br/>As far as stats and achievement - the Chapel Hill schools are the best.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-27T03:30:00Z Oh... and I should have mentioned ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ <p>Oh... and I should have mentioned that we lived in Charlotte for 1 year.&nbsp; That was 1 year of my life I wish I could get back.&nbsp; It was about 15 years ago though, and I've heard Charlotte's changed a bit.&nbsp; I always considered it a "redneck village in big city clothes."&nbsp; NASCAR and church are the two activities there... if your life revolves around either or both, then Charlotte's your place!.&nbsp; And finally, Winston-Salem.... all I can say is... yikes.&nbsp; Very traditional, small-town, southern city.&nbsp; My wife went to college for a year there (back in the 80s). It, too, may have changed over the years, but suffice it to say, if you've seen "Driving Miss Daisy," then you're now familiar with Winston-Salem.&nbsp; Let's all go down to the Piggly Wiggley!!</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-25T06:09:00Z [part 2]I've been in the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ [part 2]<br/>I've been in the Raleigh area since moving from near your area (Livonia) in '78.&nbsp; I started in&nbsp;middle school here.&nbsp; I have to say that EVERY person I've known from Detroit or Chicago suburbs have related the same story: we all were surprised to find that we were about 1 year ahead of the classes here in North Carolina.&nbsp; We essentially repeated the same material for one whole year.&nbsp; It has been a consistent finding for people who moved here between the late 70s (the first big boom here) and late&nbsp;80s.&nbsp; That being said, I don't know if people still find this to be true.&nbsp; I have personal experience with the magnet program mentioned bt another contributor-- I was in the&nbsp;first magnet high school class, when Enloe's program started in 1980.&nbsp; It was a huge experiment at that time, and I'm very proud to have been a part of it.&nbsp; It literally saved my education.&nbsp;&nbsp;Absolutely&nbsp;fantastic teachers.&nbsp; Enloe consistently rates in the Top 50 or so public&nbsp;high schools in the country.&nbsp; There is also a fantastic charter school (the latest educational experiment around here) called Raleigh Charter that usually rates higher than Enloe in national polls.&nbsp; Both of these schools are geared toward college-bound, competitive students.&nbsp; Now, as a parent, I'm raising a child in the Wake School District.&nbsp; I had been so disappointed on so many occasions, that we took him out and put him in a Montessori for a couple years (4-5 grades).&nbsp; I know several local teachers and have spoken to many parents and unfortunately, it can really be an issue of just getting certain "bad" teachers, particularly in elementary school.&nbsp; We've since pulled him back into the public school, when he started Middle School this year.&nbsp; So far, we're pretty happy with what we see, and we're keeping our fingers crossed.&nbsp; Good luck with your research. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-25T05:57:00Z First off, please do research ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ <p>First off, please do research on the problems Wake County (Raleigh area) has EVERY YEAR with school reassignment problems.&nbsp; Raleigh and Charlotte approach education equality in two vastly different methods.&nbsp; As mentioned by another contributor, Raleigh uses voluntary magnet programs (it's a lottery system... way more kids than available magnet schools) and involuntary busing.&nbsp; Charlotte uses the "neighborhood school" approach, which is pretty much a euphamism for economic segregation.&nbsp; A recently published study of the two systems indicated that neither method exhibited significant benefits (determined by test performance).&nbsp; Now, as for Wake's reassignment problems--- kids are shuffled around literally from one year to the&nbsp;next, so that&nbsp;Wake can meet its equality&nbsp;goals.&nbsp;&nbsp;Every year, huge numbers of people show up to protest reassignment.&nbsp;&nbsp;The problem stems from 3 decades of continuous, rapid growth in this area...much of it due to ratings guides.&nbsp; Every couple of years, we're in the Top 1-5 places to live, and tens of thousands of people move here, and schools and other infrastructure can't keep up.&nbsp; EVERY new school here has classroom trailers parked out back, because there's already too many kids before the school even opened its doors.&nbsp; Soooo... Wake County School system shuffles kids like cards, trying to make magic numbers appear.&nbsp; I think they finally (FINALLY?) learned their lesson last year, when they attempted (mostly successfully) to force select schools to become year-round schools.&nbsp; After protests and lawsuits, the situation appears to have calmed a LITTLE... but we're just now gearing up for next year's reassignment plan.&nbsp;<br/><br/>[I am hoping I can split this long reply into two posts]</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-25T05:57:00Z Thanks for confirming my ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ Thanks for confirming my personal belief in the quality of education in North Carolina public schools. We have great colleges and universities too! And moving here-- you get to take advantage of in-state tuition rates. Smart move!<br/><br/><br/>See my post below regarding the state rankings of schools on the official website.<br/><br/><br/>If it answers your questions, please give me a "thumbs up" or a "best answer".... Thanks! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 02:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-19T02:25:00Z I really want to disagree ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ I really want to disagree with the claim that best schools are in Cary and North Raleigh. The newest and some of the wealthiest neighborhoods are in Cary and North Raleigh. Because those subdivisions are far from existing services, they also have some of the newest buildings (and the highest turnover rates, greatest flux, most unstable communities, etc). But the outer 'burbs certainly do not have the best schools. All the schools are good but most people seem to want to attend the "magnet schools," and those are sprinkled throughout the district but concentrated near downtown.<br/><br/>The&nbsp; best thing about the Wake/Raleigh school district (featured in the past few years in the New York Times, look it up) is precisely that the schools are good all over. This is because of the diversity policy, which is not based on race but on income. (The Board tries to make sure all schools have no more than a certain percentage of very poor kids.) This is accomplished through two means, one voluntary and the other imposed. <br/><br/>1. Magnet schools. Parents and kids apply to send their kids to competitive "magnet schools" which offer special or unique learning opportunities--e.g. foci in technology, arts, museums, etc. These schools get special funding to offer these programs. The magnet schools are often in poorer neighborhoods. Thus wealthier kids voluntarily go to poorer neighborhoods to get the best possible education--great, fantastic system that benefits everyone.<br/><br/>2. Busing. If people self-segregate in expensive subdivisions or poor neighborhoods, the district will bus those kids to keep the blend healthy. This also works though it leads to lots of complaining. <br/><br/>I moved here five years ago with two young kids from Palo Alto, CA which supposedly has one of the best public school systems in California and was SHOCKED at how great the Raleigh school system works. Best schools I've seen!<br/><br/>Good luck<br/> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-18T18:16:00Z NCReportCards.orgThis is ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ncreportcards.org/">NCReportCards.org<br/></a><br/><br/>This is the state's official website for school rankings. Only for public schools. ALSO, note that brand new schools are NOT listed. Some there are some GREAT schools that have just opened, and they will not show up on the lists.<br/><br/><br/>ALSO, we do have manditory busing in North Carolina, so you can't always only look at test scores for rankings. There are longstanding schools in excellent neighborhoods which a local REALTOR can help you find. I work in Charlotte, but I have colleagues in Winston and Raleigh. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 01:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-concerned-with-which-areas-in-and-around-Raleigh-have-the-best-top-notch-public-school-dist/207410/ 2009-03-18T01:52:00Z