Choosing a neighborhood, Part II: Schools in the Inner City
About a year ago, we started talking about one mama's dilemma about choosing a neighborhood and whether she ought to consider moving to an "established" school district. We have recently received an email from an urbanMama who wants to continue the conversation:
I know I have plenty of time, my son won't be going to kindergarten until Fall 2010 but I've started to research schools in Portland because we're finally shopping for a house. Yay! Everyone seems to be pointing me in the direction of the westside or magnet/transfer option schools. Do I have to move to a suburb or apply for the risky transfer option in order to get into a good school? I love the close proximity of everything in NE and SE but I don't want to trade my son's education for a cool, hip neighborhood. But on the other hand, I'm not sure if I could handle living in the SW suburbs. What are your experiences with schools in the inner city versus those of you living in SW Portland and beyond?