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Old 04-07-2007, 01:05 PM
Location: Makakilo, O'ahu, Hawaii
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Aloha Everyone,

Just to give you a quick update (I know y'all are on the edge of your seats). ANYHOO...I gave my hubby a proposition a few weeks ago, I told him that if we are not financially better off by this time next year, then we move to CS in June '08. He agreed! HOLY CROW! Anyways, I have been already looking into schoools for our 3 year old and I came across Academy International in the D20 school district. The reason why i like it is for the French Immersion Program. My parents are both from Belgium and my husbands mother is from France. I think it would be a great way for her to keep up with the language (unlike myself who hardly remembers anything from school!). Here are my questions:

1. Does anyone have any experiece with their kids in this school? What it is like? The good, the bad, and the ugly.

2. Is this a public or private school?

3. If we end up moving into a diffferent district, how difficult (or easy) is it to request going to a different school in D20? What is the process?

Your help would be appreciated!!

Mahalo Nui and Hau`oli Pakoa!
(Happy Easter)


Last edited by CO mom in paradise; 04-07-2007 at 01:28 PM..
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:54 PM
Location: Virginia
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Michelle, This is a public school in D20 with an excellent reputation. In order to get into this school, you really need to live in that neighborhood (just like other D20/12 schools). Getting into D20 is almost impossible unless you are a D20 employee. The waiting line to get registered during open season is a nightmare. Being in education, I can tell you that this school repeatedly places first/second in local competitions (ex. Battle of the Books). The school recieved an Excellent on their state report card last year, which is a stable rating for them. Also, their student enrollment of 630+ has only 2% or 12 students on free/reduced lunches. The teachers at this school have a very low turn-over.
For the most part, all schools in D20/12 have good reputations- why wouldn't they? That's where the higher income families live.

I have been in the Colorado Springs area for 13 years now. From my experience at UCCS, volunteering/working/ doing projects in numerous school districts/schools, I can tell you that the major difference in schools is due to good parenting, not great teachers. There are great teachers all over the area, along with bad/tenured ones.
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