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Old 12-06-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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I will be relocated from New York to Miamisburg, OH. I am looking at Springboro, Centerville, West Chester, and Mason for the next home. I'd appreciate if anybody can answer the following questions:

1. We are Chinese and my son is 5-year old. I want to know which public/private school has a good mix of students from different background.

2. Which neighborhood would you recommend out of the 4 I mentioned above.

Thank you.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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IMO, based on the students I interacted with at these schools during my time at Beavercreek High School a few years ago, I'd go with Centerville, Mason, West Chester, and then Springboro. Not that Springboro would be unwelcoming, or that Centerville is still heavily caucasian. Mason and Centerville seem to have a decent sized Asian student body (roughly split between Indians and Far Easterners) with Lakota/West Chester not far behind. Springboro seemed to have a smaller Asian student body.

As for the communities diversity overall, I'd say that the size of Mason, West Chester, and Centerville give them a more pronounced diversity, while Springboro, which is a little smaller, is still relatively caucasian.

Warning: Shamless and bias plug. If you are willing to look at other communities outside these four, I'd recommend Beavercreek, which has a decent sized Asian population. Half of my friends in my school were either Indian-American or of Far Eastern decent. The only dectractor is that you are about 15-20 minutes further north of Cincinnati, so if being close to there matters, then I'd say go for one of the four you mentioned. Now, my opinion may have bias as my meetings usually came through speech and debate meetings and other forms of competition (I was an honors student and thus did a lot of academic based activities).
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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Here is a blog post on the Asian Festival in Miasmburg, which also has maps of the concentrations of Asians in Montgomery & Greene Counties: Asian Festival & Mapping Asians It seems the census tracts that comprise Centerville and adjacent Washington Township have the highest concentrations of Asians (they are in the same school district). This area is close to Miamisburg.

I post at another board. A board moderator lives in West Chester, and has kids in their schools. He says that the area is somewhat diverse, meanin there are Indians and Chinese who have kids in the local schools. Perhaps also Arabs and others who follow Islam(as there is mosque in West Chester).

You might want to also post your question at the Cincinnati subforum as Mason and West Chester are thought of as suburbs of Cincinnati.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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None the areas you mentioned would be bad, although Mason would be quite a hike for no good reasons.

On the list, Centerville is the best pick IMO. Sterile, but comforting, has more heritage and a sense of community than the other "sprawl-burbs" listed, has DLM, and is very livable. Also has a fairly diverse, well-balanced community and awesome schools.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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I'd also go with Centerville/Washington Twp. . .fantastic schools; very close to Miamisburg and it would be the most diverse of the 4 cities.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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I aprove the above messages! I live in Washington Twp, so I'm biased there. But I'd be happy in any of the communities mentioned.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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I think Mason is much more diverse (different nationalities) than the other schools you mentioned. Dayton does not have a particularly large Asian population -- Cincinnati might be a better match if you want to live closer to a bigger Chinese community.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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^There was a stat floating around the Cincy Forum here that Mason was 95% white. That's as bad as Oakwood.

I don't know if Centervillle is better, but from personal experience, I'd say it is at least equal.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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You are never going to get NYC or California levels of ethnic diversity in this part of the US, unless you are up in Chicagoland. So what we are doing is working with the low single digits when it comes to the percentages.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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Greatschools.net shows Mason as 80% white and 11% Asian and Centerville at 83% white and 7% Asian. Springboro is 93% white and 2% Asian.

The Mason/Centerville difference may not seem great, but it is the difference between an average of 2 Asian kids in a 15 student classroom and 1 Asian kid. That might make a difference for some people.
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