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Old 12-08-2015, 01:12 PM
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Yay! Another 'relocating to' thread. Maybe I can make my circumstance interesting enough to garner some responses.

I'm interviewing for a site my company has in Kalamazoo. If offered the position, I would be relocating my family of 5 from So Cal, to the area, likely Portage as it seems to be a shopping hub, and good transition from the where we live in Orange County. Kids are 3, 5 and 7. My main question is why some of the Portage School Districts elementary and middle schools are only ranking 5's and 7's, but both High Schools are 9 and 10? Both get positive reviews. Does anyone have an opinion as to the North schools opposed to the Central? And the other request is really just to ask what you folks think of the town, the seasons, the community and what there is to do. I'd like to take advantage of the outdoor opportunities the state has to offer, like hunting (meat, not trophy), and all types of fishing. My wife and I would love to move to a close community that celebrates the Holidays together like Independence Day, Halloween, and Christmas, and neighborhoods where kids can play together.
If you would like some clarification to our situation please ask, I will absolutely take the time to reply.

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Old 12-28-2015, 07:53 PM
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Lots of views, no replies? Perhaps I put my question in the wrong place. I'm still looking at both towns, more so now that I've seen a home I love in Mattawan.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:51 PM
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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All Portage elementary schools are wonderful. Don't worry about the rankings. They are great. The Portage schools just passed a huge millage to build new schools, pools, and athletic facilities. It's massive. All I really know about Mattawan elementary schools are they are very over crowded. The citizens keep voting down millages to build new schools.

There are definite 4 seasons around here. You get the best and worst of all of them...including today's wintery mix! Kalamazoo is just the right size for everything. Not too big, not to small. Most people travel 2.5 hours to Chicago if they want the big city feel for shopping, dining, or just a visit.

Mattawan has a reputation as a "rich" community...You know, the husband has a professional job in Kalamazoo, the wife is stay-at-home and drives a SUV and tries to be pretty and fashionable. It's mostly subdivisions and country living with a small downtown area.

You can get all the hunting and fishing you can handle in SW Michigan too.

Good luck!

Last edited by Softballfan; 12-28-2015 at 08:53 PM.. Reason: Add stuff
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:34 AM
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Thanks for the reply softballfan. I can speak to school admins to determine why schools with such positive reviews get such low ratings.
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Old 02-14-2016, 12:55 PM
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I'm sorry to post so late but I feel I need to speak up. I moved here last year from a large metropolitan area with truly outstanding schools. We've been disappointed with Portage and are going the private route. In retrospect, moving from a big city I did not really " get" kzoo and the truth is if you are being relocated from a large metropolitan area you can afford literally any community in the area and they have school choice so if you like a particular school you can apply and they will take you. Don't choose based on a neighborhood which we did and regret. If I had to do it over I woul get a place on one of the lakes or in the beautiful winchill or Henderson castle area of downtown kalamazoo which has the promise. Also the community feel you are looking for was amazing in our old town but I haven't found it here through an actual community- you kind of have to get involved in some other organizations to do that. It's weird because I know exactly what you are looking for and could probably give you a more detailed response but it's a small town so- good luck!
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