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Old 05-13-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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We are a young professional family moving from the DC metro specifically Northern VA. I’m a physician and have an interview at Case Western Cleveland hospital, spouse will telework. We are a young, outgoing black family. Kids are 4 and 5. Eldest was just diagnosed with ADHD. Before the move we planned on moving the kids from private school into the top notch Fairfax County school system. The thought was that public schools would offer more assistance with ADHD challenges.
Areas we are considering: Solon, Glenwillow, Beachwood: schools and safety are top priority. Walkability isn’t a huge factor but parks and shopping within a 10-15 minute drive would be ideal. Diversity is important too but schools have to come first. Would we feel comfortable in these areas? What would my commute look like? Any suggestions regarding ADHD and long distance moves also appreciated as we are newly navigating this diagnosis.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:43 PM
 
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I know nothing about Glenwillow, a little about Solon, and a fair amount about Beachwood. From what I've seen about Beachwood, it has a lot of diversity. It's mostly Jewish, but I've seen plenty of African Americans when we've stayed there. My feeling is that you'd be comfortable there.

I believe that Solon has a similar demographic but is more upscale and suburban than Beachwood. I recently saw that the schools there are rated #1 in the state of Ohio. I don't know what assistance they offer for kids with ADHD.

Good luck!

Disclaimer:
I currently live in the greater-D.C. area (Maryland) and am planning to retire in the Cleveland area. I am Jewish but have many African American friends, so diversity is definitely on my checklist. My husband and I are strongly considering either Beachwood or Solon, although we still haven't made any final decisions.

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Old 05-13-2018, 11:51 PM
 
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Five and diagnosed ADHD? I'm not going to get too into this, but I've been in education for a long time and that's pretty young. Most kids that age are very active. Please know that ADHD people tend to be very creative and seriously hard working. I would NOT trade my ADHD for anything. It has been a positive. There were times in school that it made it hard. A few teachers saw my potential and kept me busy and distracted when I needed breaks. A few probably retired soon after I was in their class.

My own kids were put on meds to my chagrin. I did not want them losing their creativity just so they could "focus" and get better grades. Now, they are both adults and will not go near a med and state the negative thoughts they had when they were medicated- they could tunnel focus, but they said they lost all their design ideas.

You are a physician and these are your kids. However, I just cringe a bit when a kid that young is "diagnosed" so early. I mean, in some countries they do not even start teaching reading until about 7. Until then, they are playing and learning social skills.

All the best on the interview! I have a former student from here in CAL doing his final residency at CASE.

Rob
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:26 AM
 
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Hi
We are a young professional family moving from the DC metro specifically Northern VA. I’m a physician and have an interview at Case Western Cleveland hospital, spouse will telework. We are a young, outgoing black family. Kids are 4 and 5. Eldest was just diagnosed with ADHD. Before the move we planned on moving the kids from private school into the top notch Fairfax County school system. The thought was that public schools would offer more assistance with ADHD challenges.
Areas we are considering: Solon, Glenwillow, Beachwood: schools and safety are top priority. Walkability isn’t a huge factor but parks and shopping within a 10-15 minute drive would be ideal. Diversity is important too but schools have to come first. Would we feel comfortable in these areas? What would my commute look like? Any suggestions regarding ADHD and long distance moves also appreciated as we are newly navigating this diagnosis.
You probably should contact individual school districts to see what programs are offered for children with ADHD.

In addition to Beachwood and Solon, perhaps also consider the Orange and Mayfield school districts, and even Shaker Heights.

See post 36 in this thread.

Ohio 2018: more important TODAY-->Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus?

Greatschools.org contains much useful information.

See posts 12 and 14 in this thread.

Walnut Hills Ohio's best high school, again

This thread is linked in one of the above threads, but I didn't want you to miss it, especially post 3.

Compendium of threads & posts on Univ. Circle, Cleveland Hts., Shaker Ht., Univ. Hts., Beachwood area

Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:40 AM
 
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Perhaps consult with an organization such as this one, which has an office in Beachwood, for suggestions. They should know which school districts offer specialized assistance for ADHD students.

ADHD Specialist - Westlake, OH & Beachwood, OH: Aligned Health Center: Chiropractor
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Look into Shaker Heights as well. Very good school district, very diverse, and many programs offered for kids with learning differences. I know a family with 6 foster kids who all have special needs, and they love Shaker schools.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:19 AM
 
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Listen very carefully. A professional just means they make money in it. It is a throw on word. Schools are just substitute for parenting. It is more about the home owners/renters of the area. Not the demographics. The last thing I want is to be a neighbor of somebody hawking my wealth. My community has a center with various activities summer concerts and carnivals. Like a little retirement home with pools and people of all age groups. The only reason why the schools are good is because the parents are goodwill.

If your a good person and more good people move in and connect the neighborhood will rise. You can tell a problematic person in the area. They are full of controversy and nobody is stopping them. Like I have these two morons in my area playing neighborhood watch pretending to be every bodies friend when they are trying to pretend they are officers.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:54 AM
 
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Firstly, welcome! Diversity, schools, shopping and parks won't be a problem in any of the areas mentioned. As others have mentioned, I'd throw Shaker Heights and Mayfield onto your list... though Beachwood might be my first pick in your situation.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:16 AM
 
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Hey OP!

African American family, moved from NE DC Jan 2017 after living there 12 years...Originally from the Cleveland area, and have a son on the Autism Spectrum. I can definitely relate to your move. I think Beachwood is a wonderful selection. When we moved back, we settled in Garfield Heights, which isn't as nice as Beachwood, but we were able to pay cash for a meticulously kept home on a quiet street. I've contacted Beachwood district schools prior to our move back. Orange City Schools is another nice place. Solon is rated #1, but to be honest, I'm not too confident in the diversity factor at the school level (not neighborhood). A diverse student population is very important to me. Plus, Beachwood is close to the highway.

Shaker has a really good school named Mercer Elementary, which seems to have a really good program for children with special needs and the diversity. But the property taxes in the city are extremely expensive if you are looking to buy.

Lyndhurst may have a really good public school program for your child. The homes are beautiful and it's right on the freeway, not too far from Beachwood.

Also just as a warning, Cleveland and the surrounding areas are not like that of DC. I have several degrees, from a private HBCU in DC and a PWI. I loved my diversity experience in the city. For the most part, our area will give you the family-focused feel that is very important when you have children and most people are very nice. But there are small batches of folks that are still stuck in the old way.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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Shaker has a really good school named Mercer Elementary, which seems to have a really good program for children with special needs and the diversity. But the property taxes in the city are extremely expensive if you are looking to buy.
High property taxes in SH reflect superior services (recreational facilities; garbage pick-up from behind house) and very high per capita spending on schools.

Property values reflect the high tax rates, with many houses selling well below replacement cost and very, very cheap compared to similar houses elsewhere in the country. SH has one of the most aggressive property inspection programs in Greater Cleveland in an attempt to keep the community's largely historic housing stock from falling into disrepair.

SH has the best rail mass transit options in Greater Cleveland, and offers an easy commute to University Circle.

I'm not certain that property values anywhere, including SH, yet reflects the impact of the new $10,000 limit on state and local taxes in the new federal tax bill, but SH should be hurt than communities such as Beachwood, with lower effective tax rates (due to a much larger commercial tax base).

However, Beachwood is attempting to pass a large new school levy which would raise real property tax rates there.

Beachwood Schools' Issue 2 falls short by just eight votes | cleveland.com
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