Not to Fear, New Yorkers: Rhinebeck, NY, and Beyond Has Great Schools and Grade-A Education

A NYC reader moves to a chic Dutchess County town — but isn’t sure if the schools for her little one is up to par



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Dear Mama Greenest: “In one month we’ll be celebrating my daughter’s first birthday, and soon after that, we’ll start trying for another. It’s becoming far less appealing to live in NYC at this time, given the baby reality. We’re trying to decide what move to make in the next year or two and find the Rhinebeck area extremely appealing. Seems like an excellent place to raise a family and — I won’t lie — the fact that the city is somewhat accessible is a big plus. I’m not a fan of the suburbs, but I do crave and appreciate the culture and diversity the city has to offer. So this seems like the perfect fit.

I was wondering if there was a blog about the schools in the area, or a resource where one can get the insider scoop? All the big Web sites (i.e. Schooldigger.com and Greatschools.org) are helpful, but I want to know more. Any thoughts? Thanks! Nina”

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Shannon Gallagher

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Dutchess County native Shannon Gallagher is a contributing editor for Hudson Valley Magazine. An erstwhile thrill-seeker, these days she courts disaster of a different variety wrangling a spirited toddler, honing her vegan baking skills, and chasing the ever-elusive work-family balance. She teaches Pilates and does fascial bodywork, and lives in Rhinebeck with Coraline, a cat named Otie, and Sushi the Fish (named, of course, by the toddler).

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