TOPIC: moving from abroad with an 11th grader-HELP
moving from abroad with an 11th grader-HELP
11 months, 1 week ago #9972
hello. we have an 11th grader ( in the fall) and 2 elementary school kids- we are relocating to NYC in the summer. It seems relatively easy to find a great public elementary school, as long as you move in the right neighborhood ( PS 321 and PS 29 are my favs so far)- but I've been told that its next to impossible to find an acceptable, not to say great public high school for an 11th grader in NYC.
- so we've been looking into NJ suburbs, commuter towns such as Maplewood or Montclair- but 1 hour of commuting on a daily basis ( each way) to midtown, is not possible.
what other solutions are there? any closer commuter towns/areas with great high schools?
Re: moving from abroad with an 11th grader-HELP
11 months ago #9978
Try moving into the zoned for area of Eleanor Roosevelt HS, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is a wonderful small high school, and sometimes has upperclass spaces, due to families moving away or kids going into boarding school. The local elementary schools are also solid.
Outside of Manhattan, another good choice would be to relocate to Forest Hills, Queens, into the part of FH zoned for Forest Hills High School. The high school is very strong, and while overcrowded, has excellent course offerings (many AP classes, especially strong science classes, good music and drama classes) and also a full sports and club program. There are sports fields and tennis fields right behind the high school. As for elementary schools, PS 196 in Forest Hills is one of the top elementary schools in the City, for decades, and has a newly renovated building with great facilities and terrific parent support. Most (but not all) buildings zoned for PS 196 are also zoned for Forest Hills High School. Forest Hills is a pretty solid choice for many families, and it is also on top of a transit hub, having the Long Island Rail Road (15 minutes to midtown Manhattan), express buses, and numerous subway lines (R, M, E, F). There are also private carriers serving students attending various middle and high schools for gifted students, such as NEST, Hunter, and Bronx Science.