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Old 09-19-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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A little more information. As far as my hobbies and places I would travel on a regular basis, most of my activities are around my son's activities. He's in boy scouts with a church here and also a science program at UNC Charlotte on Saturdays. I am pretty confident that I can find similar activities for him in any of the cities. My main concern is schooling for him and being in an affordable area as i don't want to leave a comfy environment here and decrease our standard of living. I'm also involved in a graduate chapter of a sorority, but I know that there are several chapters in the Dallas area. Most of the suggestions have been in North Dallas. What are your thoughts on South Dallas? DeSoto? Cedar Hill areas?
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Why are you moving to the DFW area?
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I am originally from Louisiana and attended LSU. I would like to be closer to my family in La. My sister lives in Shreveport and other family in south LA. So Dallas is closer than Charlotte to La.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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A little more information. As far as my hobbies and places I would travel on a regular basis, most of my activities are around my son's activities. He's in boy scouts with a church here and also a science program at UNC Charlotte on Saturdays. I am pretty confident that I can find similar activities for him in any of the cities. My main concern is schooling for him and being in an affordable area as i don't want to leave a comfy environment here and decrease our standard of living. I'm also involved in a graduate chapter of a sorority, but I know that there are several chapters in the Dallas area. Most of the suggestions have been in North Dallas. What are your thoughts on South Dallas? DeSoto? Cedar Hill areas?
If you look at the thread on this page concerning National Merit Semi-Finalists, you will not see any Dallas schools (other than the Talented & Gifted Magnet High School), or high schools in DeSoto or Cedar Hill listed. Those schools may be adequate, but they aren't as strong or as challenging as the northern suburban schools. The number of NMSF is an indicator of the strength of the school/school district. Real estate in the better school districts will demand a premium for those better schools. You are the one to decide if standard of living is more important to your family than education. Every family has different priorities.
2014 National Merit Semi-Finalists
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I am originally from Louisiana and attended LSU. I would like to be closer to my family in La. My sister lives in Shreveport and other family in south LA. So Dallas is closer than Charlotte to La.
That helps! If you are planning on driving to Shreveport every couple of months and work is not a factor, I would look at Rockwall because its on the east side. Good schools, nice community.

There are lovely places to live in the southern sector. I much prefer that part of the Dallas area. But, schools on the north side are more highly rated. Exception: Midlothian.

Your budget will be a tremendous challenge. Very hard if not impossible to get a place to live with 3 bedrooms in a good school district on $1K/month.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, TX
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Most of the suggestions have been in North Dallas. What are your thoughts on South Dallas? DeSoto? Cedar Hill areas?
I have lived in the southern suburbs since 1988 (Lancaster 1988-1990; DeSoto 1990-2006; Lancaster 2006-present), so I'll share my perspective as a longtime resident. The communities of southwest Dallas county and northern Ellis county have grown significantly in recent years. We have no shortage of nice, quiet, and safe neighborhoods that are family-friendly. The northern suburbs are popular and well-represented on this forum, so potential newcomers are typically steered in that direction. On the other hand, there are only a few regular posters who live in the suburbs south of Dallas. Regarding education, I'm a product of DeSoto schools and received a quality education there. Broad generalizations about southern suburb schools should be taken with a grain of salt. Local school districts are offering a wider variety of academic programs to students, so I always recommend contacting schools to see which campuses will best cater to the needs of your children. There are great places to live across the DFW area, so you shouldn't have difficulty finding a location that meets your needs. I hope this helps.

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Old 09-20-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thank you so much!
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:10 PM
 
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I'd agree that there's nothing to complain about with many of the south Dallas schools. I went to DeSoto as well. I'm raising my family in Midlothian and so naturally would recommend it for your needs - affordable housing, great schools (including an FFA program), great community, close enough to larger communities and shopping (Mansfield, Cedar Hill, and Waxahachie provide 99.9% of the brick-and-mortar shopping we ever need), excellent medical facilities both in town and nearby... Mansfield, Waxahachie, and Red Oak are all also great. Cedar Hill is a nice town but I know more than a few people who have moved out of it and into Midlothian or Mansfield specifically because of the schools - anecdotal I know, but still. Burleson is nice as well.
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