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Ainlay Dixon, Home Buyer in 10003

How do we choose between T/E, Radnor and Lower Merion school district?

Asked by Ainlay Dixon, 10003 Sat Mar 6, 2010

? We have 4 kids so we need good elemtary, middle and high schools. They all have good reps and test scores so what are some of the advantages/disadvantages of each?

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My own children went to Lower Merion Schools, many of my friends' children went to Radnor or to T-E and I've had clients buy and be happy in all three of the school districts you mention. You can find information about test scores and rankings online.

Below are links to both the school district sites and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Achievement Report 2010-2011 sites for the three Main Line School Districts that you asked about.

Tredyffrin - Eastown
http://paayp.emetric.net/District/SchoolList/c15/124157802

http://www.tesd.k12.pa.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

Radnor
http://paayp.emetric.net/District/SchoolList/c23/125237603

http://www.rtsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

Lower Merion
http://paayp.emetric.net/District/SchoolList/c46/123464502

http://www.lmsd.org/

After your initial online investigation, I would recommend you meet with school officials and determine which school would best fit your child. Some programs like International Baccalaureate are only available at one school. Do your homework and know in your heart you probably can't go wrong with any of these highly rated districts.

Hope that helps!
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As the spouse of a school teacher and friend to many others affiliated with these blue ribbon school districts, only you can assess the needs of your children and perform the due diligence to determine which district can fulfill your expectations. Good Hunting!
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Hi Ainlay,

You really can't go wrong with either of the school districts. I suggest visiting different schools and talking to parents. You can also visit my website below to get information on school districts in different townships. Good Luck!

Mike Budzius
Long & Foster
Web Reference: http://www.FindAHomePA.com
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As has been suggested taking tours of the schools is an important first step as no one knows your children like you. What may be great for one child may not be right for your son or daughter. Meeting the teachers and the school staff and finiding out the culture within a school is more important than test results. Also ask to speak with some of the parents and see what their opinions are, especially if they have moved locally over time and had experience of more than one school district. There is far more to a school than just results, you want your child to be happy, but you also as a parent may want to be involved, is this a school district that you will want to be involved in or is there a clique mentality among parents that will leave you feeling left out. As realtors we cannot comment on this as we may not have experience in each school district and it changes over time, only you will know what you are specifically looking for.
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Hi, Ainlay,

As you've mentioned, they're all excellent, so you're off to a great start. I'd recommend that you call/visit each of the schools and ask questions which are important to you and/or your children's needs or interests. My wife is the head of guidance in a local district, so I hear all the time how much parents get out of these types of visits. Ultimately, you are the only person who knows what you and your children need and want, so be careful of having someone else put their opinion or needs ahead of yours...do the extra homework (haha), it's worth it.

Best of luck...and welcome to the area.
Robert

Robert L. Santangelo, Broker
Santangelo Real Estate
112 Moores Road, Suite 300
Malvern, PA 19355
610-993-9990 x222
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Ainley:

Lower Merion, Radnor and T/E school districts are currently the top three districts in the area and have been for quite a few years, so concentrating on finding a home you love in a neighborhood you like should be your top priorities. The Main Line area is beautiful, and best of luck in your search.

More info. is available at my website, through school reports plus I have personal experience with all three districts and would be happy to answer questions you may have.

Cheers,

Cheryl K. Boles, SRES
Prudential Fox and Roach, Realtors
Haverford Home Marketing
338 W. Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
610.658.5427-direct office
610.517.3655-cell

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Ainlay,

There's no simple answer to your question. As a Realtor, I can provide objective (factual) information, but not subjective (opinion) in order to help you reach a decision. The following link to my website will give you information on the schools in the area including statistical reports.

http://www.wayne-homesforsale.com/Content/Content.aspx?Conte…

Other things to consider would be commuting distances to work, more urban/suburban setting, proximity to transportation, shopping, etc. All three are highly regarded school districts. Best of luck with your decision.

If I can be of further assistance, just let me know.

Regards,

Pete Simonetti
REALTOR, MBA, ABR
Weichert Realtors
Wayne, PA

610-687-4400 x125
610-662-9695 cell
610-340-2338 fax
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