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Old 06-21-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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What can you tell me about the schools in the surrounding areas of Kalamazoo? What communities in the county (other than the city of Kalamazoo itself) would you recommend to a family with kids? Affordable, safe area with good schools and a location with amenities so that one would not have to always go into Kalamazoo/Portage to get a bite to eat or library..
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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Off hand, I'd say Galesburg or Oshtemo. Maybe Parchment. Vicksburg. Schoolcraft is nice too. Scotts or Climax is you want a super small town.

I really can't comment on the reputation of the schools since I have't lived there in over a decade.

As a former student at one of the smaller suburban districts, I would have preferred to have the choices that are available at KPS or PPS because the activities and class choices are very limited in the suburban/rural districts. Maybe that's changed because of school choice, but that's the way it was 20 years ago. It will matter to the kids when the get into high school.

Also, K-zoo has the Promise Scholarships which is a huge savings because the scholarships can be used at public or private universities. (They added the private schools this year). That's nothing to turn your nose at, given the high costs of college. It even made me consider (briefly) moving back to Kalamazoo.

Hope some other people can chime in about the school districts. Good luck.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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Portage has about everything - shopping, recreation, a lakes area, excellent large library, safe neighborhoods, and probably ok schools.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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Portage has some of the best schools in the area. Portage was my first choice to recommend, until the I saw the OP said that they didn't want to go into Kalamazoo/Portage for everything.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:41 PM
 
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Portage has some of the best schools in the area. Portage was my first choice to recommend, until the I saw the OP said that they didn't want to go into Kalamazoo/Portage for everything.
I think they should know that southern Portage around the lakes area and beyond is quite rural, yet all the amenities on Westnedge etc are just a short drive away.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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Can anyone give me personal experiences about Northglade Montessori and Indian Prairie elementary. Would either of these schools be good for child with learning disability?
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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The area between schoolcraft and Vicksburg is nice, if you want a house with some land, thats one of the better places in the county....as is Richland...
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