U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 06-15-2018, 02:21 PM
 
6 posts, read 7,421 times
Reputation: 15

Advertisements

Hello, as we consider a move (and hopefully our new home for the next 20+ years), I"m digging into schools in the area -- by area I mean south parts of Denver (wellshire), and west parts of Littleton as well as Lakewood and Golden. I have seen various websites rating schools, but wondering what you guys have found to be the best/most accurate? I also really would love to find a rating that involves more than just test scores and college readiness - I am looking for things more like personal experiences -- bullying within the school, school spirit, sense of community, etc. I'd love to find a school system (especially high school) where students attend events and actually have that pride of where they go, etc.

Any ideas of where to find this info -- or even better -- personal experiences, would be great!
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-18-2018, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
3,051 posts, read 2,079,489 times
Reputation: 3536
I've never found a school rating system that gets down in to categorizing things at the level your looking for. Its predominately test scores and free or reduced lunch percentages. It also seems that the ratings tend to be at least a couple of years out of date.

Given your husband's work location in Arvada, I'd recommend finding a home as close to work as possible. You might look into places near Arvada such as Wheatridge, Lakeside, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn, or Broomfield. Maybe even over towards Golden.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
390 posts, read 278,103 times
Reputation: 389
I think the best way to gauge if a school will work or not is to tour a school. We had our son "in a low rated school" for all of elementary and he excelled because of the wonderful teachers that worked at the school and the nurturing environment. As mentioned above these sites are mainly based of test scores and free and reduced lunches. They don't take into account our English Second Language learner population and the struggles they can have during testing and how this can bring scores down.

Adams 12 is a very decent school district overall and incorporates parts of Thornton, Westminster, and Broomfield which could all be a decent commute for your husband. They also offer the option to choice into some schools throughout the district, however, the choice spots fill up quickly and are usually gone by the start of Summer.

There are several schools in Arvada itself or the Arvada/Westminster line, that my friend's children have attended and they have been really happy. Woodrow Wilson Academy being one and Ralston Valley Senior High being another.

The Green Mountain area in Littleton/Lakewood is a popular area and overall feeds into schools with a good reputation. The commute also wouldn't be too terrible.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 09:28 AM
 
540 posts, read 254,887 times
Reputation: 405
be aware RTD has almost completed construction of the G-Line lite rail in this area. Verify lite rail access in your area (s) call RTD at (303) 299-6000. ask about costs and run schedules.



For an opinion on school acceptance and bullying you might contact the LGBT Center 303 733-7743. If they dont have any opinions, likely they do if you express your needs, they will know some resources. The Center has certified clinical staff. You might also research police records as to how many times a school has had disturbances and than challenge the school staff.


There are some teaching colleges in the Denver area. I think CU and or DU universities have practicing magnet schools on campus. they may maintain the best practices teaching philosophies. The world your child will have to succeed in will likely not have the preference issues most >50 year olds. Here is a local 9news article on Denver School issues. Keep in mind the cost to the district for legal billable hours:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/l...ools/485795311


be careful out there:
You might read up on some issues the city of Denver has had in their high schools this last school year. Read up on legal issues with Denver's mayor. 1st world issues with the mayor's son. The Denver police chief is not a big win, he is forced to retire (he likes to road rage). if this is the visible top of the city government wonder what mid and lower levels look like?

Last edited by daprara; 06-18-2018 at 10:10 AM..
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
21,006 posts, read 11,633,974 times
Reputation: 31852
Quote:
Originally Posted by nvr33 View Post
Hello, as we consider a move (and hopefully our new home for the next 20+ years), I"m digging into schools in the area -- by area I mean south parts of Denver (wellshire), and west parts of Littleton as well as Lakewood and Golden. I have seen various websites rating schools, but wondering what you guys have found to be the best/most accurate? I also really would love to find a rating that involves more than just test scores and college readiness - I am looking for things more like personal experiences -- bullying within the school, school spirit, sense of community, etc. I'd love to find a school system (especially high school) where students attend events and actually have that pride of where they go, etc.

Any ideas of where to find this info -- or even better -- personal experiences, would be great!
No school rating system is going to be able to rank things like school spirit, they can only access objective quantifiable metrics.

You will need to find actual parents in the school community to talk to if you want the kind of info you are asking about.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 12:11 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
12,250 posts, read 8,038,289 times
Reputation: 8904
Quote:
Originally Posted by daprara View Post
be aware RTD has almost completed construction of the G-Line lite rail in this area. Verify lite rail access in your area (s) call RTD at (303) 299-6000. ask about costs and run schedules.



For an opinion on school acceptance and bullying you might contact the LGBT Center 303 733-7743. If they dont have any opinions, likely they do if you express your needs, they will know some resources. The Center has certified clinical staff. You might also research police records as to how many times a school has had disturbances and than challenge the school staff.


There are some teaching colleges in the Denver area. I think CU and or DU universities have practicing magnet schools on campus. they may maintain the best practices teaching philosophies. The world your child will have to succeed in will likely not have the preference issues most >50 year olds. Here is a local 9news article on Denver School issues. Keep in mind the cost to the district for legal billable hours:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/l...ools/485795311


be careful out there:
You might read up on some issues the city of Denver has had in their high schools this last school year. Read up on legal issues with Denver's mayor. 1st world issues with the mayor's son. The Denver police chief is not a big win, he is forced to retire (he likes to road rage). if this is the visible top of the city government wonder what mid and lower levels look like?
Can you provide a link that talks about the police chief's road rage. From what I remember is he chased somebody down that hit a department issued car and ran from the scene. That doesn't really qualify as road rage. He does have a bad habit of speeding in Aurora but it appears he pays all of his tickets. I also can't find anything about him being forced to retire.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
21,006 posts, read 11,633,974 times
Reputation: 31852
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timmyy View Post
Can you provide a link that talks about the police chief's road rage. From what I remember is he chased somebody down that hit a department issued car and ran from the scene. That doesn't really qualify as road rage. He does have a bad habit of speeding in Aurora but it appears he pays all of his tickets. I also can't find anything about him being forced to retire.
he did announce his retirement, once a replacement has been named. It was a month or two ago.

But I don't know what any of that has to do with school ratings
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 04:54 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
12,250 posts, read 8,038,289 times
Reputation: 8904
Quote:
Originally Posted by emm74 View Post
he did announce his retirement, once a replacement has been named. It was a month or two ago.

But I don't know what any of that has to do with school ratings
I don't know either. I probably should have left it alone.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
86,887 posts, read 102,301,239 times
Reputation: 32946
Quote:
Originally Posted by emm74 View Post
No school rating system is going to be able to rank things like school spirit, they can only access objective quantifiable metrics.

You will need to find actual parents in the school community to talk to if you want the kind of info you are asking about.
GreatSchools has that portion "How would you rate your experience at this school?", but I wouldn't put a lot of stock in it.

https://www.greatschools.org/colorad...Middle-School/
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-18-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
21,006 posts, read 11,633,974 times
Reputation: 31852
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katarina Witt View Post
GreatSchools has that portion "How would you rate your experience at this school?", but I wouldn't put a lot of stock in it.

https://www.greatschools.org/colorad...Middle-School/
Yes, that was covered by the "actual parents" and "talk to" part of my post. Although I'd expand the definition of talk enough to cover something like a facebook group for that school or location. We get questions about schools all the time on the local Stapleton online groups. But I don't think any rating site would be sufficient.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top