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Old 03-08-2007, 10:15 AM
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Hello All

I am looking to relocate my family to Colorado, but my son has a multitude of developmental problems, ADHD, Turets, Ausberger Syndrome and OCD. I don't know what school/schools system it would be appropriate to locate him to. I currently live in Montana, where the schools are good with small classes, and the small town enviornment suits us. However, I have to move to Colorado, I have fallen on hard times and family there that can help.
What should I do?
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:53 PM
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I am a teacher in Douglas County and I can say that we have a great special ed department. The system is inclusive and the teachers are well trained. You won't be disappointed. Douglas County is a HUGE district, so you will not get the small town feel that you have now. Our schools are big, and half of the elementary schools are on the year round calendar. But you will not be disappointed. I know the special ed staff at a few of the Highlands Ranch Schools (Saddle Ranch, Trailblazer) and think they are outstanding.

Littleton is a MUCH smaller district. It is just north of Douglas county, located in arapahoe county. I love littleton because of how small it is. I have seen wonderful things happen in this district. Check out Twain and Franklin elementary. I have heard wonderful things about Lenski and Wilder elem. too. It is easier to open enroll in littleton than in Douglas.

Jeffco (Jefferson County) and Cherry Creek also have great reputations, and I don't know much about the Adams school districts. I would watch out for Englewood, and Denver is in such a state of turmoil with all of the state testing that I think you will have to look at this on a school by school basis. Denver teachers are dedicated, but have a TON on their plates. Absolutely stay away from Aurora School District (not the city of Aurora itself, but the district. Some of the schools in the city of Aurora are Cherry Creek). Those teachers are stresse beyond belief, and some of the systems that the district has put in place to raise test scores has not helped teacher moral...or so I hear.

Good luck. The good news is that teachers (well most of us anyhow) are in this profession because we love kids.... all kids. Your son will be fine.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:27 PM
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My family and I moved to Colorado last summer and we have an 11yo daughter with special needs. We live in Louisville which is in the Boulder county school system. We are very happy with the services available to her. Her teacher even has a PhD. I would also agree that the Douglas county schools have good sp ed programs as well. I do know someone having problems with her son in the Cherry Creek special ed system even though it has a great reputation. I would recommend Boulder or Douglas County for you. Good luck.If you have specific questions just ask. We love it here!
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:11 PM
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The special education program in D8 is a very compassionate one. This is in Fountain, CO, a burb in Colorado Springs. The cost of living is decent too. Oakwood homes is building brand new homes next to a brand new school (Eagleside- Kathy VanHult the new principal is hand picking the staff) for under $260,000. My home, bought in 2001 was built in 1978 and I paid $111,000 for it. (1750 sq ft) Today, it would go for $150,00+/- (5 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 car). The newer homes are going for $180ish.
I can tell you that D20's sped department has come up in the news for issues, D49 has a tight budget and from what I understand understaffed in that area.
Let me know if you have more questions about my area.
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