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Old 12-02-2009, 02:52 PM
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Our family (kids ages 8 and 13) is moving to Colorado (from Chicago) in the spring. We have family that live in the mountains. My husband is a Finance Director in the car industry and will be needing a job. We are concerned about good public schools. We are also looking for schools with good athletic programs; our 13 yr old is a cross country runner and our 8yr old plays football and swims. We need to find affordable 3-4 bedroom housing in the 250-300k range. We've heard Colo Springs is very conservative and military. We've heard Ft. Collins is nice, but can be too much of a college party town. Are there towns with everything we're looking for?
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:37 PM
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I have lived most of my life in Fort Collins, and find that, unless you are near campus, you shouldn't have to worry about partying students. I moved away for 7 years and chose to return here over 12 years ago to raise my children, in part because of the good quality schools and the resources and activities for families.

I don't know about a job for your husband, but there are several car dealerships in the Fort Collins / Loveland area.

For statewide school info, you can go here:
School Accountability Report - School Search (http://reportcard.cde.state.co.us/reportcard/CommandHandler.jsp - broken link)

For local school info, Welcome to Poudre Schools!

According to our local MLS, as of this afternoon, there are 99 homes available with at least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and priced between $250k and $300k. There are some very good deals in that price range currently. The inventory in the price range is likely to increase as spring approaches. You can view all listings at our local MLS consumer website: Coloproperty.com

Good luck in your search.
Mike Weber
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:54 PM
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I've taught elementary school in Colorado for 15 years. And , yes, you want to be very careful about rural Colorado schools. Its a funding issue. Try Cherry Creek or Jeffco (Denver) Douglas County Schools (south Denver/Castle Rock), Lewis Palmer D-38 in Monument, Academy 20 in Colorado Springs. I agree with Mr. Weber, too. Fort Collins is really nice with good schools! I believe Poudre Valley will have curruiculum more like what you're used to in the midwest, as well. Good luck and welcome :-)
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:40 AM
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Default Co School Curriculum differences from Midwest

Cadaylight -

Thank you for the info. I am intrigued by your comment regarding Poudre Valley District curriculum being more similar to the midwest. Can you expand on that comment? What differrences might I see in other CO schools? My 8-year old has ADHD so school is enough of a challenge already. Thanks again for the info!
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:08 AM
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We moved to Louisville a few years ago. Best Places to Live 2009 - Top 100: City details: Louisville, CO - from MONEY Magazine We just love it. Our 16yo son is on Cross Country at Monarch HS. It's such an inclusive team. They placed top 5 in the State this year. He just loves it. The Monarch football team made it to the State semifinals this year. Over all we are happy with the Boulder Valley School District. We also have a daughter in special ed so we did a lot of research before we chose Boulder Valley. Check out Louisville, I think you will like it, we're about 10 min from Boulder and 25-30 min from Denver.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:50 PM
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Default What about Johnstown?

Thanks Micktooth, but Louisville seems on the expensive side...

We've seen quite a few homes in Johnstown that we like. Anyone have any opinions on that area? Schools?
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