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Old 03-28-2011, 09:55 AM
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My hubby went back to school, and upon graduation has been offered a job. It is a city job, with a 2 year contract. The one rule of it is that we must reside in Warren for those first 2 years. We're from a suburb of Lansing, we've driven through it recently. That's my knowledge of Warren. We will be renting, and are looking (hopefully) to pay $600-700 for a 3 bedroom house. We have a 13 year old daughter and a 8 year old son with autism. I know nothing about the schools, just that there are alot of them. Info I'm looking for, + anything else you feel I should know would be greatly appreciated.
*What are the schools like, from the good to the bad, because it may come down to where we can find a house in a months span
*What areas are the best, and the worst
*Any info on special ed, or a special school would be so helpful
*Crime info in the areas
*When I look on Craigslist alot of the houses say in Van Dyke or Fitzgerald school districts (would you send your kids there?) What would be the best ones to shoot for
*Are alot of the kids in the school district from other areas (here we have school of choice)
*anything else....thanks so much
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:19 AM
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Congrats on the job offer!! Good to read!

Warren, like any city, has it's good areas and not so great areas. Depends on what you can afford and what your needs or wants are. I think it might be tough to rent what you need for that amount in one of the better areas, but then again, I am not a renter so I could be wrong. Others may know better.

A decent guideline of schools is GreatSchools.org Search: warren

Use it with a grain of salt.

Personally, I would not send my kids to those schools, but that is just me. I think Warren Woods is better. My children attended Warren Consolidated Schools. One daughter graduated from Warren Mott. I think it was a pretty good school. My son attended Green Acres Elementary and I really liked it. My other daughter went to Beer Middle School and it was decent. But, my children started school in a private school, so the change was drastic for them. We moved before they all got into HS, which is why only one graduated from there.

I do not know about the special ed part.

As far as area, that is probably based on opinion. I would not have moved anywhere below 11 mile. JMO. My father lives at 10 mile and Ryan and I have watched that area decline tremendously. It is sad, because it was so nice there. It is ok, but just that, TO ME. My niece and nephew attended Centerline School District and while it was ok, they say there was a lot of crime and drugs there. I am sure there are drugs in any school system though.

Good luck in your search! I am sure you will be fine where ever you choose!
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:41 AM
Location: Waterford & Sterling Heights, Michigan
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From what I have heard the Warren Woods is better than WCS. I think the nicest parts of Warren are between 12 and 14 mile towards the northeast but that's just my opinion, lots of older tree lined neighborhoods. Anything near Van Dyke I would avoid. The problem is a 3 br house for $700 is going to be very hard to find, even in Warren, unless you are willing to look into apartments. I'm estimating at least 900 to 1000 for a 3 br in a decent area.
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