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Old 07-01-2010, 09:57 PM
 
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Default Golden, CO schools

My family is moving from MN to CO this fall. We have 3year old twin boys. My husband will be working from home so commute time not an issue. We really like the town of Golden given the proximity to hiking and Denver. Also that it is closer to ski areas. However I am having a hard time understanding how the schools fare. The elementary in genesee has high ratings but the elementary in areas closer to downtown golden have avg to low rankings. The high school is rated ok but not excellent. We really like this town but schools are important and public schools are a must. Originally we planned to move to Louisville but we like how Golden is more of a mountain town. I have not been able to find any threads on golden schools. Thoughts??
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:36 AM
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Location: South Metro Denver and looking at houses
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What is now is reality and what is 15 years from now is speculative. Who says you'll still live in Golden 15 years from now?
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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My family is moving from MN to CO this fall. We have 3year old twin boys. My husband will be working from home so commute time not an issue. We really like the town of Golden given the proximity to hiking and Denver. Also that it is closer to ski areas. However I am having a hard time understanding how the schools fare. The elementary in genesee has high ratings but the elementary in areas closer to downtown golden have avg to low rankings. The high school is rated ok but not excellent. We really like this town but schools are important and public schools are a must. Originally we planned to move to Louisville but we like how Golden is more of a mountain town. I have not been able to find any threads on golden schools. Thoughts??
First of all, Golden is not a mountain town. If you truly want a mountain town in the metro area, move to Evergreen. It is closer to the ski areas, but the ski areas are all at least an hour away. Ken Caryl (Chatfield HS)and South Lakewood (D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High magnet) have better schools, great access to hiking and parks, and are only a few minutes further down the road. Besides, unless you go skiing every weekend from October to April, moving to a location where you are marginally closer to a ski area really does not make sense.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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The quality varies in the Golden area. For elementary schools, some have very good reputations, such as Ralston (in Genesee), Mitchell, Kyffin, and Maple Grove. Pleasant View and Shelton are generally not as well regarded, but I don't think they are bad schools. Schools in Jefferson County have open enrollment, so you will be able to apply to schools outside of your home area; a lot of families do this. I agree that Golden is not a mountain town like Evergreen, but I think it's a very good location in between Denver, Boulder, and ski resorts.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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First of all, Golden is not a mountain town. If you truly want a mountain town in the metro area, move to Evergreen. It is closer to the ski areas, but the ski areas are all at least an hour away. Ken Caryl (Chatfield HS)and South Lakewood (D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High magnet) have better schools, great access to hiking and parks, and are only a few minutes further down the road. Besides, unless you go skiing every weekend from October to April, moving to a location where you are marginally closer to a ski area really does not make sense.
I have to disagree with this. Golden is at least as much a mountain town, as Evergreen is. Well actually they are more both foothills towns. Golden is located in a valley between Lookout Mountain on the West and North and South Table Mountains on the East. North and South Table Mountains almost totally cut it off from the rest of the Metro Area. That gives it a good mountain feel, IMHO.

I do agree that as far as skying goes, weather you live in Golden or Downtown Denver, is not going to make much difference. It's just another 15 min. onto a long trip to the slopes.
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