you have got the best understanding heart of a mom I have already communicated some schools and day care. But your green and yellow ranked suggestion will help a lot. I guess having an apartment with two bed and renting one would be good idea. Thanks for your detail suggestion Nadira.
I had an weird approach while searching for good neighborhood in Toronto, that is to pick areas with a clusters of 2-3 yelllow/green schools. Those areas are guaranteed kid friendly, serious parents live there. It is assumed that those areas are expensive but you are not going to buy a house now, you are looking for a rental. It worked for me. As a single parent we often narrow down our search in cheapest areas (i.e. social welfare housing/high crime zone). I personally would manage to live on those areas but kids will have a wide spectrum of normalcy, like in no way I want my kid to think shop lifting/drug use is a fun thing and most people do it. This is a 'nice to have' thought but sharing with you anyway so that you do not compromise your living standards thinking of money matters. Community plays a great role on a single parented child, you need a good village to raise him. Right now you need an apartment with good connection, near your college and near a good school. This might be all I can share for now, you did a great job sorting all these singlehandedly! If you want to connect do PM me your no. I will leave on 14 June. Would love to connect you here and there. Also I am looking to enroll into colleges, maybe you could share me your experience.