School District Tries to Lure Asian Parents – NYTimes.com
For school officials here, the numbers did not add up. Even as enrollment swelled to 3,200, from 2,600 a decade ago, attendance at Parent-Teacher Association meetings shriveled by half. Even as more students got accepted to Ivy League schools, turnout for the guidance department’s information nights was so anemic that counselors cajoled students to come — and bring along their parents.
Then teachers and administrators noticed something else: Jericho High School’s 90-member orchestra had become 70 percent Asian-American (the student body over all is about 30 percent Asian-American), but it still played for a mostly white audience at concerts with many empty seats.
The Chinese and Korean families that flocked to Jericho for its stellar schools shared their Jewish and Italian predecessors’ priorities on excellent education. But the new diversity of the district has revealed a cultural chasm over the meaning of parental involvement. Many of the Asian-Americans whose children now make up a third of the district’s enrollment grew up in places where parents showed up on campus only when their children were in trouble.
Holy moley! Is Jericho High School in New York trying to steal the thunder from Monta Vista, Cupertino, and Lynbrook? This calls for a Burbed investigation!
Where is this Jericho?
Got it. It’s 30 miles from Wall St (heh).
Next, let’s look at the rankings:
The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools
20 Jericho Jericho N.Y. 5.477 0.7 77.3
83 Gunn Palo Alto Calif. 3.813 6.1 74.7
147 Monta Vista Cupertino Calif. 3.166 1.1 72.6
187 Mission San Jose Fremont Calif. 2.877 3 75.1
337 Palo Alto Palo Alto Calif. 2.356 5 60.4
362 Lynbrook San Jose Calif. 2.297 1 61
650 Homestead Cupertino Calif. 1.784 8.5 33.1
(Cupertino High did not appear on the page… nor did any Sunnyvale schools strangely…)
Oh… well… I guess they have good schools after all. But let’s look at the weakness – I’ve found the cheapest 4-5 bedroom house in the Jericho school district:
JERICHO, NY 11753
List Price: $595,000
SEC/AREA: Old Jericho
Raised Ranch, Detached, # Families: 1
10.0 rooms, 5 Bedrooms , 2 Full Baths
School District: Jericho
Year Built: 1953
Lot Size: 75 X 96
Located In Jericho Sd#15 This Is The Perfect Home For Large Or Extended Family. Main Lvl-Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Freshly Painted.2nd Fl-2 Sun Filled Brs, Bth, And 2 Additional Rms.Full Bsmt, Gar, Great Yard, Convienent To Rr, Parkways, & Shopping.Taxes Do Not Include $821.68 Star Exemption.
Did you spot it? Did you see the weakness? Did you see the dirty secret that every Bay Area resident knows about the New York area?
Look at the property tax. It is insane! The percentage is double that of the Bay Area! No wonder everyone is flocking here! Think about it! If you bought that $595,000, 5 br/2ba excellent condition house, with a Top 20 high school, if you stayed for 30 years, you would end up paying $454,392in property tax (assumes 3% growth)
On the other hand, if you bought yesterday’s amazingly cheap Monta Vista house…
… after 30 years you would only pay $373,226. That’s savings of $81,166. No wonder smart people buy in The Real Bay Area, and not New York.
All you have to do is spend $325,000 extra for a fixer up – and then you’ll save $81,166 after 30 years. If you stay for 50 years, you’ll save $316,300!
If that math doesn’t make sense to, you aren’t smart enough to live in the Real Bay Area. Sorry.