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Old 04-08-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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Hi,

We are an active duty military family with a special needs child (3 year old son with autism) relocating to the Norfolk area. I have heard Chesapeake is great for their school systems and overall safety but other than that I have NO idea where to begin. We are hoping to buy a house in a safe and quiet neighborhood with access to a wonderful elementary school for our son. Any help that anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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when dh received orders to nob, we prioritized our needs. school zone was most important. i did a lot of reasearch on greatschools. (net or org, i cant remember) and found a couple of schools i liked the sound of. then i went to to the school system's website to find the zones for zip codes. then i went to realtor.com to find out what housing was like. we ended up in the hickory area of chesapeake (23322) and love it. good luck!
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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VA Beach is better for SPED (more $), but all of the districts on the southside participate in the SECEP program.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Hello, mflint25! I was just coming to the forums to ask the same question. We are an active duty family as well, and my Autistic son will be three in June. My husband is deployed on the Enterprise right now, and my son and I will be moving to the Norfolk area hopefully in July.

I've been doing a lot of researching, having never been to the area, and I feel like Chesapeake is going to be our best bet. I will be home by myself a lot, and I want to feel safe, i.e. jogging, nights alone. Plus the school systems are good, and you get more living space for your money. I did not know that VAB was going to be better for special ed. I will have to look into it. But as far as sight unseen, I think Chesapeake is going to be it.

When are you moving? I am looking to get in touch with other EFMP families, if you are interested.
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