Does anybody know anything about Newburgh, NY? Schools, health care, AP community, etc.?<br><br>
My DH had a job interview there and we may be interested in relocating, if the opportunity becomes a reality.<br><br>
I am currently moving to Monroe, which is near Newburgh. I'm originally from Rockland County, which is about a half hour south of Orange. So far I've looked at the Attachment Parenting International website and found a group that meets in the Newburgh area. I haven't actually met any of the group yet, but it's nice that they have one. Orange County seems like a nice place to live IMO. I've also already gotten a recommendation for a ped near Newburgh that is supposed to support extended breastfeeding and delayed vaxing. I haven't met her yet, though, so I can't give any personal insight. I was also researching homebirth options today, and there is at least one homebirth midwife in Orange County. There may be more. I also know there are several homebirth midwives from Rockland County that would also serve the Newburgh area. I'm not sure about the schools in Newburgh itself. My schools are in Washingtonville. I know you can check their reports online through the New York state website.
All that you report sounds good. If there is a hint of an AP community in an area, that usually means there is a nice AP community. Thanks for your information. So far, DH hasn't gotten a second interview, so we're probably not going anywhere. If we do, I'll let you know.<br><br>
Good luck to you!
He got that second interview, so, we may be relocating (if he gets an offer). I hear the Newburgh schools aren't so hot. What towns are near Newburgh with a good school system? How about private schools? Thanks for your help.<br><br>
See you in NY?
I grew up in Warwick, but moved to Middletown in 10th grade (both in Orange Co) I moved out of state, but moved back (to Broome Co) with my family in 2001<br><br>
Just a note about NY schools...most of the schools in that area of the world --Newburgh, Middletown, Monroe, Goshen, etc--are like just about anywhere, in that they are as good as you make them. So, I guess, knowing that by being here you are already the type of parent to be involved in your dc's lives, you really need not worry too much.<br>
Newburgh and Middletown do both have problems at the jr high, high school levels, but that is because they are larger cities. You might want to check out living in one of the 'suburbs' if you are worried about that. Of course I'm not sure you wouldn't have the same problems in any high school these days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I do want to point out that NY has some of the WORST homeschooling policies in the country right now. Not to say it is impossible--we have been hsing for 3 years now, without a problem, but it can be difficult, especially when it comes time for college entrance.<br>
If you want more information on homeschooling in NY, feel free to pm or email me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
besides that...I like living in NY...I like living in a state where the consumer has rights and where there are so many places nearby. You can just take the train to Hoboken and then into NYC for the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> And we used to do day trips to DC and Baltimore when I was a kid. There are railroad museums galore in the Scranton PA area. Cooperstown is just a drive away....<br><br>
gotta love it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
Hi I am in middletown/scotchtown and valley central schools. I've been here 1 1/2 years and love it ! moved from Long Island (don't hold that against me) and can't tell you what a great change this has been. I did see Trish said there is an attachment parent support group in the area ... i'd love more info, and I am expecting 2nd baby this winter and wanted to find vbac friendly homebirth midwife or birthing center. would travel up to 1 hour from middletown. any suggestions? someone told me a pro- extended bf'ing and delayed vax ped office in monroe, but only 2 docs have been supportive and its a large group. the senior docs are very conventional and have been less than nice and you can't always see who you'd like. if anyone knows of a ped who is supportive and (hopefully) holistic i'd really like to switch.
SunshinesMommy ~ Martha Roth is in Nyack, NY and will do VBAC homebirths. I'm one of her apprentices! I live in Milford, PA which is 18 miles west of you and I have yet to find a holistic ped anywhere near here. Martha's # is 845-348-8715.
There is, IMO, a great AP community in that area!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> They also meet online, and you will definately get some answers about schools/midwifes/etc from these mamas... here's a link: <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/apihudsonvalley/" target="_blank">http://yahoo.com/group/apihudsonvalley/</a>
If you need a AP friendly, non-vaxing friendly ped, check out Dr. Zatz. in Nyack, which is in Rockland County. we've been using him and love him. He used to be part of Nyack Pediatrics, but I just found out that he is now going to be by himself now. That is great news for me, since the other members of Nyack pediatrics are not friendly towards delayed vaxing, or so I've heard. But I'm hoping that I won't have to deal with that since Dr. Zatz will now be on his own. I live in Monroe and drive about 45-50 minutes south to see Dr. Zatz. But I love him, and the drive is worth it to me!
I grew up in Monroe and now live in Cornwall. I, personally, would not buy a house in the Newburgh district if I had a choice, unless i was sure I was homeschooling.<br><br>
Taxes are very high in this area -- significantly lower in Newburgh, though. Again, if you're homeschooling, it's OK.<br><br>
The elementary school system in Newburgh uses all magnet schools, I believe. So, there could be a great little school in your neighborhood, but assignments are by lottery and your child could actually end up in an elementary school far away from your home, while students from elsewhere in newburgh are bussed in to your neighborhood.<br><br>
Heritage Junior High has one of the highest reported school violence records in the state. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
All that said, I know of plenty of students who graduated from newburgh Free Academy and went on to be successful contributors to society. Also, here in Cornwall, the police blotter is full of bored kids with too much money getting caught smoking pot in parking lots, vandalizing, etc. The gang activity from Newburgh is spilling over here, so the previous poster with the comment about problems being pretty universal is right.<br><br>
Monroe is also much bigger, more urban, and with more problems than when I graduated 15 years ago.<br><br>
The bigger districts, however, are much better if you are looking for a diverse student body -- Cornwall is still pretty homogenous, as are the districts to the northern and western parts of the county, like Minisink and Pine Bush.<br><br>
The bigger districts also have more options for "tracking" students, if you're interested in that sort of educational approach. More students, more tracks. Music and sports also tend to be stronger at those schools. So it's mixed bag, I guess.<br><br>
PM me if you'd like an invite to the yahoo! group Hairy Armpitz mentioned. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
I live about 20 minutes from Newburgh (in Milton) and I personally have a few friends who attended Newburgh school systems and I've heard nothing but bad stories from there - Especially the high school. I would try another school district if at all possible.