If your children went to the Porter Ridge Schools and liked them then they should like the Waxhaw Schools, with new elementary Schools on board they are booming. I have two teacher friends in the Waxhaw Schools and they speak highly of them. Kennsington and Sandy Ridge elementary received high marks, which is expected of new schools, but they also get the parents high approval.
Waxhaw is still experiencing high growth growing pains, which are being dealt with, but depending were you are going to work you could have a long commute. If you lived in Indian Trail you know what I am talking about. If you need assistance in helping you find a rental, please let me know and I can help you locate one.
Good luck on your move.
Waxhaw has very good schools. The areas defined as Waxhaw 28173 in the real estate searches cover a large area that extends from the Mecklenburg County NC line along Rea Road to the Town of Waxhaw itself and further south to the Lancaster County SC line. This area is served by a number of schools. Additionally, a new middle school and a new high school are under construction off Cuthbertson Road near the Town of Waxhaw. They will open in the 2009/2010 school year and the assignment areas for this part of the Waxhaw area will change. The school board has already chosen the neighborhoods for these schools and the changes are posted on the Union County Public Schools website.
To learn more about Waxhaw and the Waxhaw area schools, visit the Waxhaw and the Education pages of http://www.carolinasmalltownliving.com. You will find links to the schools report cards and to the websites of the individual schools.
Also NC Report Card for specific schools you're interested in:
Make sure to check out Union Academy as well which is a Charter School about 10-20 minutes from Waxhaw depending on which campus