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Old 03-05-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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Hi there-- I've been reading these posts for the past few months and thought I would finally post. My family is considering a move to the Portland/Falmouth area for next Summer 2014 when my husband is done with his training. We are both in the medical field and we have two young children (our oldest will be getting ready to head to kindgergarten fall of 2014 and our youngest will be 3 and so we will be looking for a preschool for her.

I am wondering if someone can weigh in on their opinions of the school districts surrounding Portland. I have read that Falmouth is good and so is Cape Elizabeth but I would really appreciate any opinions from someone who has/does live there. Also, do the schools offer full day kindgerarten or half day kindergarten? Does anyone know of any great preschools in the area?

Another thing we are wondering about is the proximity to grocery stores, Target, movies, malls, etc. We live in Syracuse and we are accustomed to being very close to stores and movies etc. It seems that in Portland things are more spread out but I wanted to know from someone who lives there. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Welcome to the forum, I think you'll like in the Greater Portland area, my daughter is in kindergarten this year and loving it. As a licensed real estate agent, I can't comment on the quality of the school systems, but I'm sure my fellow Whofan atrixwolfe will check in shortly with her input. I believe that almost all of Cumberland County has full day kindergarten with the exception of Cape Elizabeth and Gorham.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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My grand daughter goes to "The Breakwater School" in Portland. I can't say enough good things about it! Breakwater is a small private school that is dedicated to educating the whole child and fostering independence, creativity, and curiosity and a joy for life. Whenever I visited Breakwater I was always amazed at the staff and children and the involvement of parents....in the community of learning.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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Breakwater sounds like the public elementary schools I attended in Minnesota many years ago (the 1950s). The emphasis was on thinking and problem solving rather than preparation for a future job.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I've heard that the movie theater in Falmouth is rather grungy, but I've never been there myself. But there are some great movie theaters throughout Portland and nearby towns.

You'll never be far from a grocery store.

I'm not sure about Target. I know there is one in Topsham (about 15 minutes from Falmouth). I'd be very surprised if there isn't one in Portland or South Portland, but I'm not sure.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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It took me a while, but I finally posted. The schools in both Falmouth & Cape are very good, as is Yarmouth & Cumberland.
Since I'm from away (not fond of that term, but its intended to be kindly, I think), I can only attribute this to a large about of the town taxes attributed to the school budget and parental involvement. I can only speak to the cape school, which I've heard does have 1/2 day kindergarten.
More of the shopping & movie theaters tend to be in scarborough, by the maine mall, there you have everything and its not a far drive 10-15 mins from falmouth straight down 295. Target, 2 nice movie theaters, Lowes, homedepot, marshalls, tjmax, home goods, petsmart mart all there. Groceries are close by everywhere. You'll find more independant stores and restaurants here than your probably used to. Falmouth does have a good collection of stores & car dealers near the walmart, you can see it on google maps. There area needs more DRs & nurses, so I think you'll do well here, of course the need is greater further north. Have you considered, watherville, bangor or even Barharbor area? Just saying I know they have a need for medical professionals in those areas. Bangor has a target. :-)
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: South Portland
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Here's a link to the State school testing results, for what it's worth.
Maine Education - Standards & Assessment - MEA - State and School Results

Falmouth and Portland certainly have handier access to shopping (including Target, TJMaxx, and Maine Mall) and entertainment than does Cape Elizabeth, which is further from Rte 295 and I-95. But you may find the area more compact than it looks on a map. It's very easy to get around.

As both a REALTOR and a writer, I find that local newspapers provide a glimpse of an area's day-to-day personality. This one covers a bunch of Greater Portland towns:

The Forecaster | Your source for local news
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