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Old 01-11-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Good morning all. I have spent the last couple of days reading through tons of posts on this site. So very handy. Ya'll give a lot of good advice. It is much appreciated.
I am planning a move to CS in about 7 months (end of the school year) after patiently waiting for about 4 years to do it. I will be a single mom for roughly 1.5 years while my husband finishes his military career. I have been looking at houses online a lot. I also took a list of zip codes someone recommended on another thread. Wondering about the best school districts. I am of the opinion that school is more about the individual teacher and less about the school as a whole. I am a native Floridian and currently living here now. Words can't express my unhappiness with the schools. We were in WA state (hubby is a submariner) and I desperately miss the mountains, the snow, the hiking, etc. NOT THE RAIN. On our first cross country trip to WA we stayed over night in CO and ended up staying 3 days because it was just so wonderful. We have made that drive 4 more times and each time we have stopped and stayed a bit in CO.
I do prefer to be near a base for medical, etc. So, schools?? Best areas near the base?? I think that is it....for now.
Any words of advice? I appreciate it.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Consensus is that best school districts are D8, D12, D20 and D38 and I've listed them geographically from south to north.

South is near Fort Carson, central is near Peterson AFB and north is near the USAF Academy. Way out east of town is Schreiver AFB. Cheyenne Mountain facility is west, near the D12 area.

What base are you interested in?

Will you be working? If so, tell us and we'll advise best areas for short commutes, but truth is, having spent 30+ in the DC area with DOD and driving in that crap, there are no bad commutes here unless you want to live up in the mountains west of the city and commute to the USAFA on the far north end of the city.

We're up on the far north end, near the USAFA, but we can get to Peterson in 20-25 minutes, Carson in 30-40 minutes depending on which gate, etc. Our area is known as Briargate and Pine Creek, zip 80920, with D20 schools, and overall it's a newer area with good shopping, movies, and quicker access to the Denver area. Consider along the Powers Blvd corridor, in Briargate or Pine Creek; also nearby places in zip 80924 like Cordera, Wolf Ranch, and Cumbre Vista (http://www.cumbrevista.com/index.html - broken link), etc. There are two new public hospitals up this way, not to mention those on the bases.

Zip code map.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Hi and thanks Mike! You always seem to have very well written answers. That is great.
Thanks for the school info. I notice from looking at different home listings certain ones boast their location in whichever district!
Not too concerned with which base, just that there are good medical facilities. I notice that civilians are accepting less and less Tricare and I find it easier going to a base. The quality of care seems to be much better. (Perhaps that is just me).
Not going to work right away. I would actually like to hopefully volunteer with CASA and they seem to be easily accesible from all areas.
Your response has been so helpful to me. I am writing everything down.
Thanks!!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Mike was very helpful to me as well. I have been here almost five years; I moved from San Antonio TX. Everyday I feel so blessed and fortunate that I made the move here!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Mike was very helpful to me as well. I have been here almost five years; I moved from San Antonio TX. Everyday I feel so blessed and fortunate that I made the move here!!
Great to hear from you again!

Are you doing your part to Keep Manitou Weird!
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Great to hear from you again!

Are you doing your part to Keep Manitou Weird!

I need to spend more time on this site!! And yes, doing all I can to keep Manitou weird!! Hope all is well with you Mike!!
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