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Advice on Peoria, IL: schools, doctors, fostering

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We are moving to Peoria, IL soon.  We want our kids to go to a public elementary school that isn't all white.  We are looking at Charter Oak, Hines, Kellar, Northmoor Edison, Roosevelt Magnet, Woodrow Wilson, and Velenta Hinton.  I have no idea how to narrow it down from there.  Anyone know which schools are the best?

 

Any recommendations for  a pediatrician that takes Medicaid and isn't trigger happy with antibiotics?  I would prefer an African American doctor if possible, as my kids are African American.

 

We plan to be foster parents and hopefully adopt from foster care.  Any advice on an agency to work with?  Are the private foster agencies better to work with than DCFS?  Is there a foster care or adoption support group?

 

I would appreciate any advice.  I don't know anyone in Peoria and my oldest child will be entering school for the first time next Fall, so I have never had to figure out school stuff before.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

I *highly* recommend hooking up with these families: http://www.cppeoria.org/

 

<3

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Thread Starter 

Thanks.  I will definitely do that.

post #4 of 7

Yes, what Sally said. ;-)

 

We live in Peoria, but unfortunately I don't have much knowledge of the public schools as we plan to homeschool. I will tell you that my general impression of Northmoor Edison is a good school, but when I've driven by during dismissal times it seems mostly white. Same with Kellar, but it's a great school. A friend of mine has kids who go there and she seems to like the school. I would think Charter Oak would be a good "mixed" school. 

Homeschool is very big in Peoria, as the public schools don't have a very good reputation. 

 

The Connected Parenting group, though, will certainly be able to point you in a good direction. 

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Charter Oak is about 50/50 African American and Caucasian, so I like that.  However, it is on the west side of Peoria and my husband will be working in Washington IL, east of Peoria.  Mapquest estimates that it would take 29 minutes for him to get to work from Charter Oak, but that doesn't take traffic into account.  Do you think it would be a lot longer than that to get all the way across town during rush hour?  I have no idea what traffic is like in Peoria.

 

Thanks for the advice.

post #6 of 7
A friend of mine lives in Knoll Crest. It's my favorite neighborhood. Her kids go to Hines and she really loved her sons Kindergarden teacher. We don't live too far from there, but are getting ready to move across the river as well to Metamora. It's a solid 16 minute drive.
The traffic in Peoria is really no big deal. Plus, from the Charter Oak area to Washington it's mostly interstate.
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Thanks for the info.  I will look into Knoll Crest when we visit to look for a place.

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