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Old 11-30-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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We are currently looking to buy a house and my top priorities are schools and safety. I'm not too familiar with how the choice system works here in Denver and I'm worrying we will never find a suitable place because the houses I end up liking (South Park Hill for example) often have less than stellar public schools. I don't want to risk my son not getting into a good school for K-12. Is it pretty easy to get into non-assigned schools? We currently live in Lowry close by my work and our sonís current school. SO works near the DTC. We can move South for better schools but I haven't found a neighborhood down there with the charm of Park Hill yet. Thank you for and advice.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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In theory, your child can choice in.
In reality, kids within the boundaries take all the slots in a desirable school.
So, the answer to your question is: yes.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I can't answer your question specifically about how likely it is to get into a school outside your boundary, but personally, I would never count on that when making a decision as important as where to buy a house. It is too much of a risk if you don't choice into another school. We live in Stapleton and we have a modified Choice system here (every Stapleton resident is guaranteed a slot in a Stapleton school, but you are not guaranteed to get into your first choice).

I think the reality is that when you have school aged children, your highest priority for a home purchase has to be schools. Period. Unless, of course, you plan on sending your kids to private school- and remember, there is no guarantee of being able to get into the most sought after private schools in town as they often have waiting lists.

The schools are the main reason we chose to buy in Stapleton. We, too, had looked extensively hoping initially to buy in Park Hill South, Hilltop, Wash Park etc, but the schools were just not good enough (though sometimes you could find a good Elementary). Sometimes you have to give up the "charm" of the urban, walkable areas for the schools, IMO.

I do know there are some nice areas off of 225 like maybe Greenwood Village/South Aurora etc that are Cherry Creek School District. How about looking there?
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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There is no guarantee that you can choice into the school your child wants to attend. Competition is fierce for DPS magnet schools like DSST or DSA, and though your SO works near the Tech Center, I can tell you that the Cherry Creek schools in the area (Belleview ES, Campus MS, Cherry Creek HS) are considered at capacity and do not take students from outside Cherry Creek School Dist. They don't even take many students from inside the district.

Life is all about trade offs. You will likely have to trade a charming, walkable neighborhood for one with better schools.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:34 AM
 
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Have you checked out Old Littleton? It's very charming and the schools are good.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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Thank you all for the reality check. Too bad the neighborhoods around Denver that seem to have the most old style charm tend to have schools that aren't ideal.
Texas Ag- Thanks for the info on Stapleton. Are you guaranteed a spot in your assigned school? And what about HS? Looks like George Washington High isn't desirable. What are the chances of getting into DSST for Stapleton residents?
MissTerri- We were in Old Littleton this weekend. The small downtown was nice but we didn't happen upon a nice older neighborhood. Do you know of one there?
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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It might be easier for you to identify which high schools are acceptable first. After that you can look at which middle schools are acceptable that feed into the best high schools. Finally, look at which elementary schools are acceptable that feed into those middle schools.

You will end up with 4 or 5 elementary schools that meet your education criteria. Next you can go look at those neighborhoods. If none of those neighborhoods meet your needs then you will need to change criteria or look in other areas.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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Check out Congress Park, Teller Elem is 8/10 as well as East High. However, middle school is a problem.

We got lucky and choice'd into Bromwell, definitely not guaranteed though.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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I was thinking Congress Park when I typed the above. How bad is Morey MS?
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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Thank you all for the reality check. Too bad the neighborhoods around Denver that seem to have the most old style charm tend to have schools that aren't ideal.
Texas Ag- Thanks for the info on Stapleton. Are you guaranteed a spot in your assigned school? And what about HS? Looks like George Washington High isn't desirable. What are the chances of getting into DSST for Stapleton residents?
MissTerri- We were in Old Littleton this weekend. The small downtown was nice but we didn't happen upon a nice older neighborhood. Do you know of one there?
The new Northfield High School in Stapleton is opening next year. No guarantees, of course, but I would anticipate that it will be a high performing school.

Re DSST, there are multiple campuses now, at both the middle school and high school levels, so it's a bit easier to get in, although there are geographic preferences for some of the campuses, including Stapleton.
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