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Old August 16th, 2017, 09:18 PM #1
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Eastern Panhandle schools question:

First off, let me start by saying I grew up in WV, but way down in Charleston which, in the 80's and 90's meant an almost 6 hour drive to get to Jefferson County, so I never really made it up that way then. I knew a couple of kids from Musselman High through Key Club, but that's about the extent of my knowledge of the schools in the area.

Now to the pertinent part. I recently found out that I'm on a very short list for a promotion to a regional management position within my company which would mean that, once I got into the routine and stable with the new position, I could move back to my home state and still be within a reasonable commute of the units I'll have to watch over.

The caveat here is that we currently have a 3-year-old and obviously want him to have a good public school education. While I know that some schools in the panhandle are phenomenal, I also know that others don't really make the grade so to speak.

We'd be looking to move anywhere from the Berkley Springs/Hedgesville area all the way east to Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry. Are there any areas that I should avoid at all costs due to schools or other factors? We're a few years away from making this move, but knowing now what areas to avoid will help us focus down the road.

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My Daughter when she moved to Hedgesville, my Granddaughters when they transferred from Frederick County, Walkersville when they got to WV they had to catch-up on their classes they were behind...if that means anything?

From what I am told by my Daughter the Schools are better...and Berkeley County is the only County with population/growth...when we purchased our home in WV the Lawyers broke down the demographics at the time?...

Hedgesville is growing although all of the 3 level of schools in HV are relatively close to each other...They are very Sports orientated for both Boys and Girls...

Plus it is a Free State, Open Carry and CC...No MD BS on Firearms...
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My Daughter when she moved to Hedgesville, my Granddaughters when they transferred from Frederick County, Walkersville when they got to WV they had to catch-up on their classes they were behind...if that means anything?

From what I am told by my Daughter the Schools are better...and Berkeley County is the only County with population/growth...when we purchased our home in WV the Lawyers broke down the demographics at the time?...

Hedgesville is growing although all of the 3 level of schools in HV are relatively close to each other...They are very Sports orientated for both Boys and Girls...

Plus it is a Free State, Open Carry and CC...No MD BS on Firearms...
Thanks for the info! I got an excellent education in the public school system down in Charleston, and everyone I knew from the panhandle had a good education as well, so I figured it'd be a-ok. Just wanted to double-check as the intervening 20 years hasn't been as kind to the schools in other parts of the state.
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Thanks for the info! I got an excellent education in the public school system down in Charleston, and everyone I knew from the panhandle had a good education as well, so I figured it'd be a-ok. Just wanted to double-check as the intervening 20 years hasn't been as kind to the schools in other parts of the state.
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My 7-year-old is in second grade in Elkins and compared to first grade in Southern Maryland we believe that the school here is better and he has some catching up to do.
Plus the teachers do not seem to have the liberal leanings that we saw at the Maryland school.
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My 7-year-old is in second grade in Elkins and compared to first grade in Southern Maryland we believe that the school here is better and he has some catching up to do.
Plus the teachers do not seem to have the liberal leanings that we saw at the Maryland school.


Good to hear. My grandson started kindergarten in Elkins this year.


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Harpers Ferry - I hear c.w. Shipley elementary is fantastic and Harpers Ferry middle school too.
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Don't know if your Catholic...We Catholic home school our kids, 12 and 9. Wife and her 4 sisters graduated from Seton Catholic Home Study and they all graduated from Kutztown University or Temple University.
http://www.setonhome.org
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Our church is St James the Greater
Its a beautiful church and I was surprised they have a marble copy of the Pieta. Also we just built the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. Very active church. We are involved with Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls.
http://stjameswv.org/our-lady-of-fat.../introduction/
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