I'm moving myself and my four children (ages 14, 12, 7, and 5) from southeast Michigan to Cleveland this summer in order to move in with my partner and her three children. Yes, we'll have a houseful!
Anyway, what I need for my four are the following:
1. high school. I'm looking at the performing arts high school. I see that the auditions are in the spring. My oldest boy is pretty active (and talented) in theatre and will be getting a bit of dance experience this December. If that doesn't work out then see number two.
2. A good school district. My younger two will need an elementary school. They don't need any special services. My partner currently lives in Lakewood, but we won't be able to afford a big enough house there. She is a nurse and I am in nursing school. We'd like to live somewhere we can eventually purchase a home. And talk to me about neighborhoods. We all prefer (my oldest two, my partner, and I) somewhere walkable. Somewhere my teenagers can walk to the library or a coffee shop or a park and hang out with friends (or we can send them to the store on foot when we run out of milk.)
3. A school that has good special ed services. My younger son (age 12) has learning disabilities. We are looking at Lawrence, but of course it is expensive and managing financial aid options and grants is tricky with us being currently out of state.
So there you have it. Tell me what you know.
Thanks in advance!