U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 11-02-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago, movin' to Milwaukee
7 posts, read 45,518 times
Reputation: 13

Advertisements

Hello Everyone,

This is my first thread!

Some background:
My family and I (fiance and 2kids) live in Chicago (the actual city) and are relocating to Milwaukee. My fiance was offered a position in Waukesha. I'm a city girl so he will be commuting to Waukesha from Milwaukee.

We are looking at the report cards for different public schools in Milwaukee and decided that we would live in the areas with the 'best' schools. After making quite a few calls to these 'good' schools, turns out unlike Chicago, you don't have to live in the school's neighborhood for your child to attend.

So my question is based off of a scenario. Lets say we want our daughter to attend I.D.E.A.L. School, for K5, and let's say they have 50 spots and 200 kids applying for them...the 150 that don't get those spots are put on a waiting list...so what happens in the meantime?

We would be applying to several schools that we consider the 'best', but what if because of the lottery system she doesn't get in? Would we be forced to put her in a low performing public school? Is there a way for her to be tested so that she has some kind of preference?

In Chicago, for our daughter to go to a 'good' school, we have to live in that area, if we don't, then she would test for 'good' schools. If she tested well, than we could pick from a list of 'good' schools. If she didn't qualify for these 'good' schools then she would go to the school in our district, which cross our fingers would be a 'good' or 'decent' school.

Obviously Milwaukee does things a bit different...I would love some clarification from parents or anyone who has some advice on this topic, Thanks for taking the time to read my thread
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-07-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: UWM Campus
68 posts, read 154,697 times
Reputation: 37
well I work at Hartford University School on Maryland Ave and have some input on that school. I don't know which schools are good and which are bad but I have heard this is one of the better ones. If your kids are white they might not feel as comfortable here. It seems the small population of white kids at this school tend to be outcasted more and more as they get older. By the time kids are in 8th grade the small amount of white kids seem to only hang out with each other. If your kids are black they will surely love this school. I love this school and it is very close to my heart. For some reason however racial tension still exists. One positive about the school is the diversity of the kids going there. There are kids from very poverty stricken areas on the north side to very wealthy kids living on the east side. I have also heard that golda meir school is very good along with maryland ave Montessori school. Hope this helps in some way if you have any specific questions on this school I could try to answer them or find the answer.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-07-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago, movin' to Milwaukee
7 posts, read 45,518 times
Reputation: 13
We're a very diverse family: Korean, Puerto-Rican, French-Canadian & Irish. It's funny you mention EastSide. We just rented an apartment in that neighborhood, we love, it reminds us of home in Chicago & we were schocked we could afford it.

We don't have any problems with our children being a racial minority, they always have been and it has never affected their happiness. However I will not put my daughter in a situation that doesn't foster a diverse culture. So far, East Side satisfies our need to provide this for our family. Bayview was nice too.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definetly research them for January applications.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top