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Susan Myers, Home Buyer in Harrison, NY

I have hear mixed reviews about Harrison High School, can anyone weigh in on why it's not considered on par with other neighboring towns.

Asked by Susan Myers, Harrison, NY Wed Feb 9, 2011

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 23, 2015
A smart parent lets go of the rumor mill and really gives thought to what they want a school to provide for THEIR child. Education incorporates many things. Harrison is a diverse community, both ethnically and economically. By definition, it will look and perform differently from a school with all affluent, English speaking students. That doesn't mean it can't provide an enriching, stimulating education for high performing kids. In fact, you can argue (and I do) that the diversity leads to a stronger education for students of all abilities and backgrounds. The introduction of the IB program, if successfully implemented, should lead to a greater emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills, something many "high performing" districts undoubtably lack.

It seems like old reputations are hard to shake. Do your research so you can make well informed decisions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 10, 2013
Hi Susan,

I am not a Realtor but I am a resident of Harrison with 2 children in elementary school. It could be that there is more of an emphasis on sports than on academics? Here are some links that might be of interest to you.

http://harrison.patch.com/articles/superintendent-low-state-…

http://www.greatschools.org/new-york/harrison/1083-Harrison-…


Realtors by law are not allowed to answer this question but the general public can. It depends on what is important to you. For everbody it is different.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 10, 2011
Hope this helps. This link will give you all the information you seek on any school district in Westchester County.

http://www.newyorkschools.com/counties/westchester.html

Debby Frank
Keller Williams Realty Group
(914) 498-5443
debbyshomes@aol.com
Web Reference: http://www.debbyfrank.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
Susan- You have been given some great info and resources here. As a Harrison resident and a Realtor I am keenly aware that the value of homes is closely related to the quality of the schools. To reiterate what Anna said, what is good for one child, may not be appropriate for another. Consider your child(ren) and their needs and then visit the school to determine if the district offers what will work for them.
http://www.greatschools.org is a terrific place to start.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
Hi Susan,

Anna has provided you with some great links and Petra & Joseph have given you and excellent personal perspective. Like Mary suggest, I always set up a tour of the school(s) that my buyers have indicated are important to them.

As two students are never equal in needs, personality and desires - neither are schools. What works perfect for my children may not be perfect for yours. Therefore I second Mary's suggestion and you speak to a counselor at the school and arrange for a tour. This tour should include a Q&A session based on your child's needs and wants.

And when you are ready to begin your home search, you have three great local agents here to interview for the job.
Web Reference: http://www.slpnyct.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
Hi Susan, I am a realtor and Harrison resident. Below is a link to a post describing the efforts made in Harrison under the leadership of Superintendent Louis Wool.

I always recommend that prospective buyers visit schools to assess the fit for their family.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
Hello Susan,

As a Realtor I am not judging any schools and I think when you check school records you will find out that neighboring schools are very similar to Harrison High School!

As a parent in Harrison I can say from what I see from my daughters friends it is a very good school. Much improved over the past years. Great Principal and teachers. We found it very good that they have an international accreditation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
Keep in mind that opinions are often subjective, what may be good for one is not necessarily the case for another--therefore, consider a visit to the school, ask for a tour of the facility, speak to the superintendent, principal, teachers, etc., and ask all your questions--then make a determination will your comfort level be reached...see links for additional information.
http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/SchReportCards-08-09.html
http://www.greatschools.org/
http://www.nysed.gov/
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