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Old November 7th, 2019, 09:50 AM #11
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Don't lump all the counties and all the schools into one, just like anywhere else you will have your good and bad.
That's kind of what I'm thinking. Just like anywhere probably in the US.
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Old November 7th, 2019, 12:09 PM #12
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If you are used to the resources and relatively good teachers that we have here in central Maryland you are going to be disappointed in any rural area.
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No personal experience but I have friends who live in WV and use the lower cost of living to send their kids to some really good private church schools on the Maryland side. I suppose that option depends on what faith your practice as far as availability goes. I do not know anything about the availability of other private schools.
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Don't lump all the counties and all the schools into one, just like anywhere else you will have your good and bad.
I canít speak for morgan county or further west but Berkeley and Jefferson are a joke. I went through the ringer in Berkeley and know of a certain principle in Jco that walked out in handcuffs over trying to cover up a rape incident. As someone who has experienced both MD and WV public education, if I were a parent, I would never let my child attend school in the state of WV.
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One thing my wife and I struggle with is moving back home to Western KY. Most of our family is there, work for me is going well enough that I should be able to move wherever I want in the next few years. My wife is an FNP so it actually makes more sense to live somewhere with a lower cost of living and worse access to healthcare. After all, we grew up there and have done well for ourselves.

But then we start thinking of all the amenities we would lose out on: top ranked public schools, easy access to beaches, AT hiking, healthcare/access to top ranked specialists in the tragic circumstance that one of our children develops serious health issues, educational opportunities like all the Smithsonian Institutes, school sports variety . . . It is hard math to figure out. WV is closer and has fewer of the issues that Western Kentucky would, but it still didn't work for us in the end.

We will reevaluate in a few years when I officially gain the ability to live wherever I want for work.
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Sorry everyone, life got away from me and I havent had a ton of time for replying in the forum. Have been reading things here and there, though.

I want to SINCERELY thank everyone for their feedback. Unfortunately, it seems as though you have pretty much confirmed what my fear is - for all of its benefits, the school system and activities just arent up to snuff when compared to Maryland.

We are continuing to look - Southern MD is a possibility, though less convenient than Harpers Ferry (and, uh, still in Maryland). The Leonardtown area has decent housing prices and the schools are all ranked very highly. Already have friends in the Mechanicsville area. Plus, I'll be closer to the best gun shop in MD (gymratz)!

Just gotta talk the wife into it...
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And since Bean93 attended AAco , Md schools have taken a steep nose dive .


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How often do you actually go to museums, opera , etc ? ( And such areas would have a lot more of the cultural activities I'd be interested .)

I'm not much of a beach person , more into mountains .

Even if the AT per se isn't there , the totality of outdoor recreation would be massively greater .
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Sorry everyone, life got away from me and I havent had a ton of time for replying in the forum. Have been reading things here and there, though.

I want to SINCERELY thank everyone for their feedback. Unfortunately, it seems as though you have pretty much confirmed what my fear is - for all of its benefits, the school system and activities just arent up to snuff when compared to Maryland.

We are continuing to look - Southern MD is a possibility, though less convenient than Harpers Ferry (and, uh, still in Maryland). The Leonardtown area has decent housing prices and the schools are all ranked very highly. Already have friends in the Mechanicsville area. Plus, I'll be closer to the best gun shop in MD (gymratz)!

Just gotta talk the wife into it...
And to be clear, it is necessary to decide what you want in a "good school".

School climate in a small, rural-esque school can be a highly motivating factor and one that promotes student success. If you aren't stressed out by the piss-poor climate of the school, constant disruptions, etc, you may find it possible to be better at school even though the quality of the instruction and the breadth of the offerings is not as strong.

Conversely, being in a highly touted academic school might not be useful if the place is otherwise a mess of disruptive kids, shitty facilities, overcrowded halls, etc.

I've worked in both and everything in between.
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Sorry everyone, life got away from me and I havent had a ton of time for replying in the forum. Have been reading things here and there, though.

I want to SINCERELY thank everyone for their feedback. Unfortunately, it seems as though you have pretty much confirmed what my fear is - for all of its benefits, the school system and activities just arent up to snuff when compared to Maryland.

We are continuing to look - Southern MD is a possibility, though less convenient than Harpers Ferry (and, uh, still in Maryland). The Leonardtown area has decent housing prices and the schools are all ranked very highly. Already have friends in the Mechanicsville area. Plus, I'll be closer to the best gun shop in MD (gymratz)!

Just gotta talk the wife into it...
That was the school system we moved our son from (Hollywood Elementary) and not only did one of the teachers who came from teaching at Elkins, WV tell us that the schools in Elkins were better, we have experienced the validity of that claim when we started our son here. Again, each school is different, so experiences with vary.
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While this is not a decision that I will have to make for a while, personally I also do worry about some highly rated public schools being staffed by socialist teaching insanity at a young age like https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/...in-math-class/ or other examples floating around. I might be more comfortable with a worse rated rural school that sticks to learning if I ever end up pondering this question personally. I do know some teachers though and I have heard a good deal that biggest factor in a kid's success is how involved the parents are. No matter the quality of school if the parents don't take an interest or just yell at the teacher because their precious little Timmy would never skip class or cheat will more often than not raise kids who fail. You can't expect a teacher to force a child to care if the parents don't.
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