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Old 05-03-2010, 06:53 AM
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Hello, I've posted recently about moving to the area (husband will work in Golden at least until a potential office move to Englewood in 2 years). We like Golden (proper, Genesee, possibly Applewood/6th Ave) and Littleton so far (I haven't been to CO yet, only my husband). However, I just began including S. Boulder schools (Fairview HS, Bear Creek Elem) in my search and they seem to fly off the charts in performance as compared to the other schools. The parent reviews are also quite good (no mention of constant focus on testing--such as you hear in Texas). I'd like opinions on why or if the schools in S. Boulder are really that much better. Boulder is a further drive for my husband than we were planning - 35 minutes (although his co-worker commutes and says it's a peaceful drive-weather permitting). We also cannot afford much by Boulder standards (<$500k). I am wondering if it is even worth a look. A search of this site didn't provide any encouragement as to Boulder being a great place to raise kids but the school performance belies that. Is the performance high due only to a wealthy demographic? More highly educated parents? Any thoughts are welcome. I should note that we are reasonably conservative by nature but greatly appreciate the outdoors, environment, and general social conscience--but probably very conservative by Boulder standards! (By the way, we are looking at schools such as Highlands Ranch but nothing stands out like the S. Boulder schools mentioned above.) Thanks so much for any information...I have received lots of good advice on the area thus far. This site is so helpful for those moving to a new place.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:27 AM
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I'd look to Jeffco or Littleton schools - something to make your husband's commute shorter. Boulder to Golden is peaceful, until it gets very windy, or snowy, or rainy...

I highly doubt Boulder schools are all that. Are they highly ranked? Yes. School performance is one part school, one part kid, one part parent.

Boulder is more affluent than Jefferson County. Douglas County is also affluent, but probably not as much as Boulder.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:21 PM
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Thanks for your reply. I guess I just needed validation that I wasn't passing up extraordinary schooling as a matter of convenience. Thanks again.
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