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Old 12-13-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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PA High schools?

DH is going on a job interview for a company in Reading PA.

We already have been warned not to look in Reading..but outside of Reading...within an hour drive..what towns have good High Schools? If he was to accept the job I am not looking into moving until summer of 2014 (we live in NJ) Because I would not want to move our dd16 her senior year. Our youngest would be entering HS fall of 2014 so my thinking is to move after the one graduates HS and before the last one goes into HS.

I know nothing about PA schools/towns. I would be looking into a house on a large piece of property and would rather move to stand alone type of a house..I have no interest in a developement/ neighborhood. We have dogs and would probably get a few more (we show dogs) so I want room without having a neighbor on top of me.

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Oaks PA, Harrisburg, Bloomsburg, Ludwigs Corner, Allentown, Macungie, State College, York, Erwinna, Wrightstown. I know Bloomsburg and Harrisburg and probably the farthest away from Reading..I just want to give you an idea of where I have been in PA.
DH seems hopeful this would be a great move for him..I just want to start getting an idea of where to look..just in case.. Thanks in advance!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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We have a lot of good high schools in the Lehigh Valley area! But we also have some not so good ones! PM me if you want details. Is your child an athlete? Musician?
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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DH is going on a job interview for a company in Reading PA.

We already have been warned not to look in Reading..but outside of Reading...within an hour drive..what towns have good High Schools? If he was to accept the job I am not looking into moving until summer of 2014 (we live in NJ) Because I would not want to move our dd16 her senior year. Our youngest would be entering HS fall of 2014 so my thinking is to move after the one graduates HS and before the last one goes into HS.

I know nothing about PA schools/towns. I would be looking into a house on a large piece of property and would rather move to stand alone type of a house..I have no interest in a developement/ neighborhood. We have dogs and would probably get a few more (we show dogs) so I want room without having a neighbor on top of me.

We have been to dog shows in
Oaks PA, Harrisburg, Bloomsburg, Ludwigs Corner, Allentown, Macungie, State College, York, Erwinna, Wrightstown. I know Bloomsburg and Harrisburg and probably the farthest away from Reading..I just want to give you an idea of where I have been in PA.
DH seems hopeful this would be a great move for him..I just want to start getting an idea of where to look..just in case.. Thanks in advance!!
I don't have personal experience with the schools in the Reading area, but do know that you don't want to be in the city of Reading. Also, the Wilson School District (west of Reading) and Schuylkill Valley School District (north of Reading) have good reputations.

Of the towns you listed, Ludwig's Corner is the closest, about 50 minutes or so away. Allentown, Harrisburg, and York are over an hour. The others are much too far from Reading to even consider.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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Allentown is not an hour from Reading.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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I'm outside Reading.
Exeter is a good district. So are Oley & Wilson.


pm me if you have any other questions about the area. (and I actually graduated from Reading many moons ago, lol)
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #6
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I'm actually good friends with someone on Readings city council.. I will message him tonight and ask him what schools are good and what are bad down that way...

bloomsburg is a nice area but is about 1.5hrs from reading I see you also mentioned state college that's about a 4 hour drive.. lol http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/districtrank.aspx this site might also help you I'm about an hour away from reading and a semi decent school around me is blue mountain... its ranked 150 out of 553. My cousin teaches down there as well.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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IN the Allentown area, which is about 1 hour ish away, you have the Parkland School District, Southern Lehigh School District, Emmaus School District. Which I think are all in the top or close to it of the list of PA districts.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:57 AM   #8
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Ugh, I wouldn't live in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown area) if I am working in Reading. Too long of a commute.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:06 AM   #9
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Allentown is not an hour from Reading.
Oh it can be, trust me . But no, without traffic it's not. I live in the Reading area and work in Allentown. We thought life would be less expensive that way, but the commute...oh my. A real treasure. I take back roads because people routinely DIE out there on 222. So, OP, if you're entertaining the idea of living in the Lehigh Valley, which is nicer but more expensive, keep in mind that we have NO highway between that area and Reading. Just this infuriating 2 (occasionally 4) lane road with multiple, mile-long traffic light backups. Oh and NO plans for improvement in my lifetime.

There are many rural areas in Berks County to check out. Oley has nice homes with lots of land and I believe a pretty good school system. We're in Fleetwood and I have no complaints, but the kids complain constantly (I take it with a grain of salt). We have friends whose kids go to Twin Valley. That is a large district that also has a lot of rural areas. The kids we know from that high school love it.

Any specific questions, feel free to PM me. I've lived in this area my whole life. The best thing I always say about it is that it is easy to leave. haha. Within 3 hours of many major cities
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:09 AM   #10
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I live just outside of Reading and I highly recommend Wyomissing school district. I graduated there and all my kids did too, one is still in school. They have excellent teachers, the school is one of the top ten in PA. Sports teams are great too, the football team made it the states I think this year. I have nothing but praise for this school. They have done wonders with my son who has Aspergers. I also adopted two children who spoke no English, they were in 1t grade and Kindergarten and the teachers worked with them. Within two months they spoke all English. Very small school, usually 120 in each class. If you like larger school there is Wilson School district, also excellent. Both school districts have very nice neighborhoods. Really outside of the city there are lots of good schools.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:11 AM   #11
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Reading is in Berks County.

These are the districts in Berks County that met AYP in 2012:

ANTIETAM SD
BOYERTOWN AREA SD
BRANDYWINE HEIGHTS AREA SD
DANIEL BOONE AREA SD
FLEETWOOD AREA SD
KUTZTOWN AREA SD
OLEY VALLEY SD
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY SD
TULPEHOCKEN AREA SD
TWIN VALLEY SD
WILSON SD
WYOMISSING AREA SD

You can see more specific data about PA school districts here:
http://www.education.state.pa.us/por...tatistics/7202
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:33 AM   #12
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Reading is in Berks County.

These are the districts in Berks County that met AYP in 2012:

ANTIETAM SD
BOYERTOWN AREA SD
BRANDYWINE HEIGHTS AREA SD
DANIEL BOONE AREA SD
FLEETWOOD AREA SD
KUTZTOWN AREA SD
OLEY VALLEY SD
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY SD
TULPEHOCKEN AREA SD
TWIN VALLEY SD
WILSON SD
WYOMISSING AREA SD

You can see more specific data about PA school districts here:
http://www.education.state.pa.us/por...tatistics/7202
Governor Mifflin is also in Berks, I think there are a few more.
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The commute from the Lehigh Valley to Reading is HORRIBLE- especially during rush hour. I wouldn't do it.

The Reading school district is rough. One of my best friends teaches at the HS (well, at the Citadel, which is the 9/10 campus)- I have heard some horror stories. Plus, they have a hard time keeping administrators, which is not a good thing.

There are many surrounding districts (suburban) with good reputations. My friend's kids are in Hamburg, and they are doing well there.

Good luck to your husband!
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Oh it can be, trust me . But no, without traffic it's not. I live in the Reading area and work in Allentown. We thought life would be less expensive that way, but the commute...oh my. A real treasure. I take back roads because people routinely DIE out there on 222. So, OP, if you're entertaining the idea of living in the Lehigh Valley, which is nicer but more expensive, keep in mind that we have NO highway between that area and Reading. Just this infuriating 2 (occasionally 4) lane road with multiple, mile-long traffic light backups. Oh and NO plans for improvement in my lifetime.

There are many rural areas in Berks County to check out. Oley has nice homes with lots of land and I believe a pretty good school system. We're in Fleetwood and I have no complaints, but the kids complain constantly (I take it with a grain of salt). We have friends whose kids go to Twin Valley. That is a large district that also has a lot of rural areas. The kids we know from that high school love it.

Any specific questions, feel free to PM me. I've lived in this area my whole life. The best thing I always say about it is that it is easy to leave. haha. Within 3 hours of many major cities
When my DH got a job with Lucent in Breinigsville many moons ago, we looked for houses in Fleetwood. Nice, rural area! But, being from Bethlehem my entire life, I just could not do rural!! So, we stayed in B'hem and he commuted. Of course, Lucent closed, so it was a smart decision to stay here- he now works in Allentown.

(DS17 just got accepted to Kutztown- it's his second choice, but the cheaper of his two top choices. Loved the campus though!)
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Governor Mifflin is also in Berks, I think there are a few more.
Yes, but I only listed the districts that made AYP according to this website:
http://paayp.emetric.net/County/DistrictList/c6
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