Carpenter’s attendance area is scattered all over northeast Pittsfield Township, a location long popular with people priced out of the city. Carpenter is the only elementary school area entirely outside the city limits. Its children go on to Scarlett Middle School and Huron High.
The small frame and ranch houses in the original Carpenter School neighborhood were built around World War II. Several generations live on these quiet, flat streets, laid out in a grid between Packard and Washtenaw. Stretches of condos, townhouses, and single-family homes spread along the south side of Packard and in the Arbor Woods subdivision.
An older neighborhood of connected shady streets lies west of Golfside. Children along Christina and adjoining streets north of Morgan are bused to Carpenter. So are those in an area between Crane and Golfside along and south of Textile, in the far southeast corner of the school district.
South of Ellsworth and west of US-23, where the Carpenter area stretches south of Michigan Ave., a few modest subdivisions alternate with individual homes among acres of surviving farmland. Wellesley Gardens, on Michigan Ave. just west of US-23, has 426 new condos, lofts, and townhouses. It’s next door to the Arbor Knoll Apartments. To the west, on Stone School south of Ellsworth, are the 200 “upper and lower ranches” of the Woodside Meadows condominium.