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Old 11-02-2010, 02:46 PM
Location: Chicago, movin' to Milwaukee
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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
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:41 PM
Location: UWM Campus
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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.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:02 PM
Location: Chicago, movin' to Milwaukee
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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.
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