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Tue Jun 14, 2016
Amit Sinha answered:
Rachel, Most of the schools in Cary are top notch and difference between best and worst is very small. So you can hardly go wrong with any school in Cary, still West Cary has the best schools. Have you finalized the place to live or looking to rent a single family home, I have my house listed for rent. http://www.trulia.com/rental/3235808458-1209-Stowage-Dr-Cary-NC-27519

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Tue Jun 10, 2014
Mary Ann Wilson answered:
There are 2 homes available in Lochmere. Please email me and I can send you the listings.

Mary Ann Wilson
RE/MAX United
The Outstanding Choice Team
MaryAnn@NCLuxuryProperties.com
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Tue Jun 10, 2014
Mary Ann Wilson answered:
Jeanne,
Congratulations on your decision to move the the area. There are many wants to learn more about our community. Some folks join alumni groups so they can meet people that attended their schools. There are business networking groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, MeetUp is an option as well.

I work with a limited number of investors helping them secure tenants for their properties. I would love to help you learn more about our area and to find your dream home.

Please feel free to contact me at
MaryAnn@NCLuxuryProperties.com
www.NCLuxuryProperties.com
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Thu Aug 8, 2013
Jack Diemer asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/rental-community/9000056301/Tryon-Place-At-Cary-Parkway-4101-Skye-Ln-Cary-NC-27518/
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
dede_alnuaimy answered:
oxford has a high crime rate i suggest cary its perfect for kids
http://www.areavibes.com/oxford-nc/livability/
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
dede_alnuaimy asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/rental-community/9000035634/Landmark-at-Eagle-Landing-100-Northwoods-Village-Dr-Cary-NC-27513/
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Mon Jul 29, 2013
Jim Bartlett answered:
Hyde Park Apartments are set to go to Cary High School with busing. You can lookup any Wake Co address and it base and optional schools here: http://wwwgis2.wcpss.net/addressLookup/index.php ... more
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Marianne Howell Wright answered:
I wrote this post below last week. I think the bottom line is that there are several schools where your child will get an excellent education. If you decide the Great Schools rating system is the way to go remember that the score is partially based on older reviews and the school staff and attendance area could have changed from that time.

From BestCaryNeighborhoods.com

Are Cary High Schools better than Chapel Hill High Schools?
Ask that question to a parent from Chapel Hill and you’ll get a NO, our high schools are the best in the state! After all that’s one of the reason they pay more for a home and pay higher taxes than Cary families.

In the last 6 months the median price for a home in Cary was $345,000 for 2800 sq ft. In the Chapel Hill school district(includes Carrboro) the median sold price was $399,900 for 2450 sq ft. The tax rate in Cary is .864 and is 1.54 in Chapel Hill.

Are Chapel Hill schools worth the extra cost?

*Not everyone looks at the school rankings in the same way.*

SAT Scores
Here is a link to the high schools with highest SAT scores in Raleigh-Durham area from the Triangle Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2012/10/08/sat.html?s=image_gallery&img_no=1

Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools have the highest SAT scores in the state. Property values are very high in Chapel Hill because of the schools. If you look at the top high schools there isn’t a huge difference in SAT scores. Cary high schools are in the top 10.
Take a look at the NC SAT Scores comprehensive report.
http://bestcaryneighborhoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/satreport2012.pdf

GreatSchools.org http://www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/
Many of my clients use the ratings on GreatSchools.org to decide the best school for them. Out of 10 points, Chapel Hill High School is a 5 (#1 in SAT scores) and East Chapel Hill High is a 6 (#2 in SAT scores). Apex High is an 8 (7 in SAT scores) and Green Hope High in Cary is an 8 (#5 in state SAT scores) and Panther Creek High (9th in SAT’s) in Cary is an 8. I’m not sure how accurate these scores are but many people choose what school they want their child to attend based on these scores.

US News and World Reports
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/north-carolina/rankings?int=bdf63a
US News and World Reports ranks the best high schools in the country.

Carrboro High is ranked #2 in the state and 189 nationally. It only has a 5 Great Schools score. Northwood High in Chatham County in ranked #6 in the state and 899 in the US and has a 6 Great Schools score. Cary High is ranked #10 in the state and 1092 nationally. These rankings are different from what I typically hear but is another piece of information to add to your decision.

If you are looking for an excellent high school in an area with reasonably priced homes, Apex High would be a good choice. Unfortunately, along with 13 other Wake County schools the enrollment is capped. That means that even if Apex High is your base school you can’t go there and will have to choose from an overflow school. I have more information on the Wake County (includes Cary) school assignments and capped schools in this post. http://bestcaryneighborhoods.com/what-cary-neighborhoods-have-capped-schools-for-2013-2014/

*Talk with principals, teachers, parents and visit with your child. They pick up on school vibes so pay attention to what they feel.*

I know it’s confusing. If your timing is right try and go to the parent, child teacher open houses right before school starts. That will give you a good insight about the schools and lots of opportunity to talk with parents.

by Marianne Howell Wright
Triangle Area Real Estate
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Tue May 28, 2013
Azita Wilson answered:
Hi Jennifer,

I found 3 homes that are simiiar to the one you were looking at. Click below for all the information and photos:

http://www.livingincary.com/listings/areas/7468/minprice/310000/maxprice/330000/beds/4/minsqft/2500/minyearbuilt/2000/propertytype/SINGLE/listingtype/Resale+New,Foreclosure+Bank+Owned,Short+Sale/

You can also go to www.livingincary.com and sign up for the Market Insider for zip code or neighborhood comparisons. Let me know if I can answer any of your questions.

Azita Wilson, Broker, Keller Williams
919-656-1439
azitaw@livingincary.com
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Thu May 9, 2013
Azita Wilson answered:
Hi Chad,

It all depends on the train schedule that operates on that railroad and the type of train. Is it a cargo train? Because Cargo trains usually are slower than passenger trains. You can call whomever that operates those trains and ask for the train's schedule and speed. This should help you with determining the noise level. Also keep in mind that if the property is too close to the railroad, it could have an effect on the resale. I hope this helps.

Azita Wilson, Broker
919-656-1439
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Azita Wilson answered:
Hi Juan,

You can go to www.livingincary.com and click on Market Insider tab. This will provide you with all the demographic information including the crime rate for any neighborhood in Cary. You can compare by neighborhood or zip codes. Cary is a great town to live in and raise your family. Call me with more questions. Thanks

Azita Wilson, Broker
919-656-1439
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Sun Feb 24, 2013
Liz Fortunato answered:
Yes, Cary has many pre-schools to choose from, depending on what you are looking for. Many are in local churches, some are private schools and some are in a day-care/learning centers. There is a Montessori school as well. Most operate in the morning and some have hours that extend into the afternoon. When we first moved to the area (7 years ago), my children were pre-school age and I did a lot of research. Because there were so many good choices, for me the decision came down to location. We loved it so much we were there for a total of 4 years (2 for each child). I have many friends who sent their children to different preschools and were very happy as well. I'm happy to provide names and phone numbers if you'd like! Good luck. ... more
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Sun Feb 3, 2013
Tracy Santrock answered:
I had the pleasure of attending a session last week with Dr. Gainey, the interim Superintendant of Wake County Schools, Director of Student Assignment, and Director of facilities at the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors.

At the session they discussed that the permanent address assignments were posted in December and are now in full effect. Students that were accepted on the plan last year at schools other than their base schools are grandfathered in and can stay there until they graduate from that school. When transitioning from Elementary to Middle or Middle to High School the students must attend their base schools.

In most cases the students that are moving to the area can attend their base schools. However, there are a few schools that have been capped. In this situation the students attend one of three "overflow" schools. Consult the WCPSS for details on the schools that fall under this situation. In the next few years the grandfathered children will be moving on to their base schools and the situation will resolve itself over time. I believe this was a good move on behalf of the WCPSS Board.
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Mon Jan 7, 2013
Marianne Howell Wright answered:
It looks like you already live in Cary so you should be able to get into your base school for the 2013-2014 school year unless the school is fully capped. You will need to file a declaration Jan.7th -Jan. 14th to be guaranteed a place in your base school.
Here is the list of capped schools: http://www.newsobserver.com/content/media/2012/12/12/revisedcapfigure.pdf

If you are moving to the area it may be difficult to know which school your child will attend. The school caps may change for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Wake Ed Blog has good up to date information about Wake County School Schools.
http://blogs.newsobserver.com/wakeed/home

Marianne Howell Wright
Triangle Area Real Estate
919-274-4365
Local area videos and neighborhood information
http://ChapelHillNeighborhoods.com
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
Binny Joseph answered:
Hi Pravakar,
You have the choice of selecting following schools for the address 207 Magnolia Bloom Court, Cary NC 27519. Highcroft Elementary, Mills Park Middle and Panther Crek High is a good option.

For more details you can reach me on 919 636 1582 or binnyreal@yahoo.com

Carpenter Elementary (Y)(RC)
East Cary Middle (Y)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)

Morrisville Elementary (Y)(RC)
East Cary Middle (Y)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)

Green Hope Elementary (T)
Davis Drive Middle (T)(RC)
Green Hope High (T)(RC)

Cedar Fork Elementary (T)(RC)
West Cary Middle (T)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)

Highcroft Drive Elementary (Y)(RC)
Mills Park Middle (T)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)

Mills Park Elementary (T)(RC)
Mills Park Middle (T)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)

Alston Ridge Elementary (Y)
Mills Park Middle (T)(RC)
Panther Creek High (T)(RC)
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Thu Jun 7, 2012
Benjamin Passwaters answered:
If you are just relocating to the area make sure to check out the current 3 & 4 options for schools. I just had a nice conversation with a nice lady with the WCPSS and she said that while you will be given the opportunity the enter your top choice the schools are filling up quickly. You will be placed on the wait list for your first school but placed into the school that has a vacancy if you do not make it into your #1 option as of June 30th when the wait lists are looked at. There are also transfer options that would require you to find your own transportation for your children. If you want more clarity feel free to call the school system yourself. Like Susie said they are very helpful. Best of luck! ... more
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Wed May 12, 2010
Sharon Kowitz answered:
Cary has won about every award out there for Best Places to live, work and play in the USA. School scores are the highest in Wake County in Cary, so there is no wrong choice of schools. Do your children have special needs? That can mean they are gifted or they have special educational needs? I would love to help you and your family find the home of your dreams, just give me a call anytime or email me at skowitz@fmrealty.com. Feel free to check out my website at www.KowitzRealty.com I am also representing a new community at www.OldeCarpenter-Cary.com . ... more
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Fri Nov 21, 2008
Mike Jaquish answered:
You will get your best answer directly from the school.
Their contact information is at this site:
http://fwes.wcpss.net/contact.html

Welcome to Cary!
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Sun Jun 1, 2008
Peggy answered:
I have three children who have developed learning disabilities due to lyme disease and systemic strep and mycoplasmosis. Does anyone know of a good online christian school that can help us (high school)? ... more
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