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Old 02-14-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Waukesha WI
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I am new to this forum, moving to Va Beach soon. I don't know anything about the area and am terrified I will end up in a bad part of town or a bad elementary school for my daughter, who will be starting kindergarten.

I have combed the threads but not seen much recent ones so I want to be sure I am getting up to date information.

PLEASE tell me what the good and bad neighborhoods are. I have a list of possibilities but am clueless, they could be in the ghetto for all I know and I want to avoid that! Looking to spend about $1400 a month on a single family home.

Good elem schools: Strawbridge, Princess Anne, Corporate Landing, Red Mill, Three Oaks, Windsor Woods, Ocean Lakes..am I right? Missing anything?

Thank you SO much in advance for any help!!
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:18 AM
 
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I am new to this forum, moving to Va Beach soon. I don't know anything about the area and am terrified I will end up in a bad part of town or a bad elementary school for my daughter, who will be starting kindergarten.

I have combed the threads but not seen much recent ones so I want to be sure I am getting up to date information.

PLEASE tell me what the good and bad neighborhoods are. I have a list of possibilities but am clueless, they could be in the ghetto for all I know and I want to avoid that! Looking to spend about $1400 a month on a single family home.

Good elem schools: Strawbridge, Princess Anne, Corporate Landing, Red Mill, Three Oaks, Windsor Woods, Ocean Lakes..am I right? Missing anything?

Thank you SO much in advance for any help!!
I can't really think of anywhere in Virginia Beach that I would consider BAD. Parts of Bayside, Green Run, Salem, and some areas near VB Boulevard are probably as close as it gets to sketchy but even those are fine... you just have a higher chance of some bad apples around there it seems. All of those schools you mentioned are in good areas. I have friends in the Ocean Lakes area that like it a lot and you should be able to find a house for rent in that range over there.

The VB school system has a very comprehensive webpage where you can look at test scores, programs, demographics... and whatever else you may consider important in determining a "good" school system. This is far more comprehensive than any random "My child likes this school... or I had a bad experience with this teacher" kind of revue that you may find on here.


The elementary school report cards are in a pull down menu at the top of each section.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Annual School Report Card Archives
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I agree..all the places you mentioned are good areas. Windsor Woods has a brand new school that was just opened a year or so ago. We go there to vote..very nice!
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Waukesha WI
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Thank you everybody! What about Aragona?
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia (804)
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I love VB Oceanfront and have only ventured outside of that for the Walmart, fast food, gas, etc. When I first visited in Aug 08, we came in by Fort Story and I saw very beautiful beach houses (?) or mansions (?). I was impressed and today I still am.

Now, when I was planning to MOVE to VB the more I researched the scarier it became. Like you, I didn't want to choose wrong. I learned that opinions should not be totally relied upon. I took a trip to scout neighborhoods and had a local show me all the areas on my list. I was surprised that many people on here felt certain areas were no-no's as well as how expensive the areas that were a go were.

Mind you, I grew up in inner city DC and moved to Southern MD when my sons were little. Both environments have given me a better level of balance so I can trust my radar wherever I go. As for others opinions, if you don't know their background exposure you can't know if they share your perception. That's why some people live alone in the woods while others wouldn't dream of living outside the city. So if you can, visit the area.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Waukesha WI
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Thank you for your input, everyone! Still looking.........
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:52 AM
 
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Thank you everybody! What about Aragona?

Aragona is not the Ghetto but your getting pretty close...Most people dont judge a neighborhood based on the elementary school but what high school the neighborhood kids would attend...If you are going to rent then that will not be a problem, but if your looking to buy it makes all the difference in the world
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