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    Default Tell me about Folsom, CA

    There is a possibility that my dh will have a job opportunity in Folsom, CA. Is there anyone living there who can tell me about it? We will be buying a home, so I need info on the different neighborhoods.
    Thanks for any help.

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    Hi, Violetk!

    I don't know too much about Folsom itself, but I went to college about 1/2 hr from Folsom and frequently pass through it on the way to Lake Tahoe. Folsom is in just the beginning of the Sierra Nevada foothills and has very gently rolling hills with lots of oak trees and classic California golden grass. It is very pretty but also very hot in the summer (high 80's to low 100's) and cold in the winter (30's to 60's). It is right near the heart of "Gold Country" where all the gold prospectors first came to California so there are a lot of really interesting towns with the original buildings and mining equipment. It's a great place for kids to learn about the gold rush and actually do some panning for gold.

    The nearest big city is Sacramento which truly does feel "small town" despite it's large population. Old Sacramento is a western style area that is really fun to visit. San Francisco is about an hour away if you want a true big city experience, and there are tons of fun things to do there. As far as outdoor things are concerned, though it is really hot in the summer, winter is mild enough to be outside, and there are many lakes and rivers for water sports. Biking is huge in this area. Lake Tahoe, skiing, and hiking are only an hour or so away as well.

    Sacramento, in general, is known as a nice place to live. Many people have moved out of the bay area to Sacramento because of the crazy high house prices in the bay area. You definitely get more for your money in Sacramento and surrounding areas, but it may still be a bit of sticker shock compared to many other areas of the country.

    In general, I would think Folsom would be a nice place to live.

    As far as homeschooling goes, California requires you to register as a private school or be a certified teacher in order to homeschool your children. It's not a difficult process by any means but just something you should be aware of.

    Hope this helps and hope the potential move isn't too stressful and is more of an adventure!

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    Thanks, jastanley! I remember being envious of California's homeschool setup. It seemed like there were more options made available to homeschooling families.
    Lol, I am not worried about the summers. I currently live near Phoenix, AZ.

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    Wow! You definitely know how to handle hot weather! Best of luck with the upcoming changes!

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    Ahhh charter schools! Neighborhood school districts are currently fighting the sbility of homeschool charters to operate within their jusistiction. We will see how it all shakes out.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.


    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Lovely. I am trying to remain positive about this possible move. I dislike a lot of things about AZ, but they make homeschooling easy. Submit a form, get it stamped, and you are done.

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    You can do that in California too.
    Your Private School

    The charters are nice for having a secular based group of kids, and the help with the classes you dont want to teach, and the advice of professional educators....
    But if we lose our charters to petty jealousy and territorialism from the school districts, then I guess we will all go back to the independent way.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.


    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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