East Bay Areas w/ great public schools for Muslim/Hispanic mixed children
Hi BPN members, I've been researching on my own for months and I feel like I need some advice on questions that a realtor just can't answer...
our family of 4 is looking to move to the East Bay in roughly a year. We work in the alameda area, bay farm island, next to the OAK Airport and currently live on the peninsula. Looking to decrease travel time and increase family time.
looking for a 4 bedroom house up to $1.5M, prefer a two story house, good schools - (great schools rating 8 and higher please) - safe area with entertainment activities that would appeal to our kids as they grow. Our children are heading into middle school years and I want them to be able to have some independence as they get older and I'll of course feel more comfortable if entertainment like movie cinema, etc is relatively close by and safe.
my husband and I both grew up in very urban settings with urban problems and we'd like a safer environment for our kids. We're originally from the east coast but we've moved around a lot.
our kids are great students, really kind people, on their way to being great citizens I hope! Here's one of my biggest concerns though and something I can't really speak freely to a realtor about. We are Muslim and my kids are currently the only muslims in their respective classrooms at school. We are very liberal and progressive but as our children get older they make comments telling us that all of their classmates are Christian and they don't want to tell people they're Muslim, it concerns me, I want them to feel comfortable in their own skin.
I am a white hispanic and my husband is of a mixed Indian and Arab origin. I speak Spanish and our current school is heavily Latino so most people assume our children are Latino but they don't speak Spanish. They understand some Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish because of grandparents visiting for extended stays but they only speak English. I feel like the middle and high school years are really tough and I want my children to feel like they fit, right now they feel like outsiders. One of our children looks more like mom - white/Hispanic and the other looks just like dad - people often Assume Afghan or Persian.
i've looked in Piedmont and Montclair but I just don't know if these are a good fit even though the commute would be easy and the schools seem good... any advice would be very much appreciated. Anyone in the same boat????
The only other family I know that shares our mix homeschools, ha!