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Old 01-21-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Thanks. Would you say snooty by Chicago North Shore standards, or just by the standards of the area? And by social pressure, are there issues with integrating special needs kids (one of mine is)? It seems like a nice little community to me, though the affluence could certainly play a part I'm sure. I'm looking for great schools that don't have huge enrollments and class sizes, so it looks like a good fit, but while I think my kids are bright I'm not into driving them into huge stress over school.
I wouldn't compare it so much to the North Shore like Winnetka or Glencoe, more like a Northbrook or Arlington Heights maybe?

Or in Michigan it's not like Grosse Pointe. More like Rochester.

I don't know what your child's special needs are, but actually I've heard Kentwood Schools has some of the best programs for special needs, particularly autism.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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I wouldn't compare it so much to the North Shore like Winnetka or Glencoe, more like a Northbrook or Arlington Heights maybe?

Or in Michigan it's not like Grosse Pointe. More like Rochester.

I don't know what your child's special needs are, but actually I've heard Kentwood Schools has some of the best programs for special needs, particularly autism.

I'd actually disagree with Magellan on this one. It's very Glencoe-esque in my opinion. Now, Arlington Heights household income is about 100-115k average, which is right on par with EGR. Arlington Heights is a pretty average upper-middle class suburb for the area.

Glencoe's average is 250k~ last I saw. But, EGR is the Glencoe of west Michigan, if that makes sense. Where Glencoe is twice as rich as the other "average" areas, EGR is probably twice as rich as say, Kentwood. But ultimately I don't think that's really your concern.

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Thanks. Would you say snooty by Chicago North Shore standards, or just by the standards of the area? And by social pressure, are there issues with integrating special needs kids (one of mine is)? It seems like a nice little community to me, though the affluence could certainly play a part I'm sure. I'm looking for great schools that don't have huge enrollments and class sizes, so it looks like a good fit, but while I think my kids are bright I'm not into driving them into huge stress over school.
Honestly I'm trying to be as even-keeled about this as possible. I had lots of EGR friends, and I have lots of North Shore friends now. I feel that EGR is more down to earth overall. No one in EGR has private jets or gets a $2million condo in the city for their 21st birthday, in Lake Forrest they do. That said, the similarity lies in sort of an elitism relative to the area.

I'm hesitant to really make a recommendation either way as I don't have kids and didn't attend MI highschools myself. I do think EGR is great, and I would probably opt to live their if I was in your situation. The concerns about your children are valid, but I don't have any reason to believe a special needs child would have a harder timer integrating to EGR than FHN.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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Default forest hills or caledonia

Ive been reading the comparison between east gr and forest hills but am curious what the opinions on the caledonia school systrm. We are considering all three areas and are mvoing there from out of state this summer. Appreciate any guidance. We have a middle schooler and two in elementary. Thank you!
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro, MI
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Hello, i personally go to FHN. I am a junior there. It is the friendliest place there is. Great staff, love my teachers. There was a basketball game vs eastern last night actually and then a combined dance after. So good competition, game came down to last seconds, eastern won by 2. But directly after there was a dance and everyone got along. Go to youtube and look up fhn lip dub. shows how much fun we have. EGR is nice, just doesnt have the same qualities as forest hills schools, they are all caught up in the "east grand rapids lifestyle" and think they are better than everyone else. That is my opinion.

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P.S. We have the best academics around at fun. A senior at our school just got accepted to Harvard. We have kids all the time go to ivy leagues. Plus, we finish very high in state ranking for academics. Our football team had the highest gpa average in division 3, this season. last year we had 40 kids transfer to northern, and 4 leave. Proof is in the pudding!
THANK YOU for sharing the lip dub!! I absolutely loved it!! I am definitely in love with FHN now lol!! You can see so much fun and warmth wt both students and staff Very very nice!
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