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3yl, Home Buyer in Portage, MI

How can I tell where the dividing lines are for the different schools?

Asked by 3yl, Portage, MI Fri Aug 22, 2008

We are looking at homes in Portage, but want to be our children to go to Portage Central (and not Portage Northern) High School. Middle school, West or Central, does not matter, and neither does elementary. We really only care that the house is in Portage Central area. How can I find out what streets are the "cutoff" for determining which high school the child goes to? Additionally, since part of the Texas Township area goes to Portage Central, how can I include that in my searches, without including ALL of Kalamazoo? Thank you in advance!

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Google "school district boundary map". If the school district has their boundary map on the web, it should come up. Most do. Good luck!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008
Go to Portage Public Schools website and under Parents section you will find transportation street guides that break down each street into high, middle and elementary. This was so important to us as well and sometimes we were surprised at the school. I refered to it many times and it was a lifesaver and we found a home that met all our school preferences! Good Luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 25, 2008
We have the ability to search by school district and although our MLS does a great job, the school districts often have funny little jiggles in the lines that do not correspond to anything in any search. Also, the school districts may change a portion of a line from one year to the next.
So, to be absolutely sure, I always call the school to verify before an offer is written.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008
The only safe way is to call a school district. Streets and houses on streets are moved between schools. So, even if you have a map don't trust it and call the school district and ask for specific address or street or a group of numbers on the street. They will happy to let you know.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008
Artur Urbans…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
You will have to call the school district you are interested in to find out if the house is in that particular district. They have a list of all the addresses that are part of their district. I would also imagine that the MLS would have the school listed.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008
I want to thank you all for your help! I chose Ms. Drummond's answer as the best, because I really needed some type of guidelines to narrow my searches. I was able to find a map using google (I tried this thirty different ways, but never as obvious as "school district boundary map"!) Once we are interested in specific houses, I would certainly call the school and ensure that the home is still in the correct school district - so I do thank everyone for that advise. I really needed something to set me in the right direction, and I think I have it now. Thank you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 23, 2008
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