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Old 04-16-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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As a graduate of Smoky Hill's IB program, I vouch for this. Smoky Hill's IB program is like getting a private school education... for free-- and without the snobbery and rich kids that usually goes along with it. Not to mention that Smoky Hill HS is an extremely diverse school with kids coming from families from all over the world. I'm biased of course since I graduated there, but I think Smoky Hill is a better school than Grandview, Cherry Creek HS, or Cherokee Trails, pound for pound. I agree that there are certain schools in CCSD that aren't so great. I'm not going to name names here, but a couple of the schools in the northern/northwest part of the district have issues. But then again there's the "Challenge School," located in a "bad" part of Aurora. Some of the middle schools and elementary schools have gone downhill over the years. But by and large, CCSD really is a great district. If you automatically exclude all of the city of Aurora, a huge suburb, from your relocation search, then you're limiting some of the best potential options available in the southeast part of the city.

And rebagirl, I understand your intentions and where you're coming from, but I can say with certainty, speaking beyond mere theory, CCSD is superior to Aurora Public Schools, as a district. There is simply no comparison. In APS, the good schools are the rare exception, whereas with CCSD the "bad" schools are the exception. And CCSD doesn't automatically mean "non-diverse" either; as I said earlier, Smoky Hill HS is very diverse, with true international diversity (not just the diversity= only blacks and hispanics sense of the world) and it's a great school.
Extremely well put. I can vouch for what you're saying, grew up in Denver and went to a slew of schools...Smokey Hill included, along with Rangeview (I loved), Montbello and Aurora Hinkley. So I've experienced the gamet by far. It's true that better schools in southern areas, but I agree to not count Aurora out all together. I do have a question though, what did you mean when you said "(not just the diversity= only blacks and hispanics sense of the world)". I enjoyed reading your response, I just wanted clarity for understandings sake.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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I do have a question though, what did you mean when you said "(not just the diversity= only blacks and hispanics sense of the world)". I enjoyed reading your response, I just wanted clarity for understandings sake.
To a lot of people, the word "diversity" is a code-word for disadvantaged minorities, which in that context is usually limited to just African-Americans and Hispanics. There are people who would call a 99% Hispanic school "diverse." Smoky Hill HS, and much of the city of Aurora (although admittedly, the deeper you go into southeast Aurora, especially 80016 area code, the more "white" it becomes) is diverse in the true sense of the word: your typical "white" Americans, "black" Americans, Latinos (not just of Mexican heritage, but also from countries in South America), Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Ukrainians, Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, Afghanis, Israelis, Turks, (and I'm probably forgetting some)... true international diversity. People of every religion you could possibly name. I had friends in high school, in the IB program, who were from literally every single one of these ethnic/nationality groups. That's why I shake my head when I hear people say that all of Denver lacks diversity.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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To a lot of people, the word "diversity" is a code-word for disadvantaged minorities, which in that context is usually limited to just African-Americans and Hispanics. There are people who would call a 99% Hispanic school "diverse." Smoky Hill HS, and much of the city of Aurora (although admittedly, the deeper you go into southeast Aurora, especially 80016 area code, the more "white" it becomes) is diverse in the true sense of the word: your typical "white" Americans, "black" Americans, Latinos (not just of Mexican heritage, but also from countries in South America), Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Ukrainians, Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, Afghanis, Israelis, Turks, (and I'm probably forgetting some)... true international diversity. People of every religion you could possibly name. I had friends in high school, in the IB program, who were from literally every single one of these ethnic/nationality groups. That's why I shake my head when I hear people say that all of Denver lacks diversity.
Got it, I appreciate you responding and not being offended that I asked for clairification. I think I'm familar with the "single-mindedness" that you're speaking of. I appreciate your insight. It's interesting that this has been your experience in Denver, I think you're fortunate, as for me growing up there, I knew of three races, black, white, and hispanic- meaning Mexican heritage. I'd never met a spanish speaking person who wasnt of Mexican heritage until I was 19. I want to be in that IB program you were in!
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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Stapleton. Short commute, walkable living, lot's of parks and great schools.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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My family and I moved to Denver last year and rented a house for a year until we could find a place we wanted to move. After living in Green Valley Ranch for a year, we began looking in Parker. We were determined to not pay more than $275,000 for a house and found our options very limited in Parker for a house with 4 bedrooms and close to 2000 sq ft. We decided to search in Southeast Aurora instead and found our perfect house in Saddle Rock Ridge. This area is fantastic. The schools are all Cherry Creek School District (one of the best in the state), it's a walking neighborhood (to school...all schools (elementary, junior high and high school are within easy walking distance), there is plenty of diversity (my daughter's Kindergarten class has 4 African American students, 2 students from India/Pakistan, 4 Hispanic kids, and 2 Asians (out of 19)) but I haven't found any of the animosity I've felt at other places, the fabulous Southlands Mall is literally 5 minutes away and the neighborhood is clean and safe. The HOA does all of the landscaping and I have no complaints whatsoever. Our neighbors all take great care of their homes and the very first week we lived here, the neighbors on both sides and across the street invited us for a BBQ. We didn't start our house search in this area but I am so glad we live here now.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:24 PM
 
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We also live right next to Saddle Rock Ridge (Highland Pointe to be exact) and love our neighbors and area! Extremely kids-friendly!!! Highland Pointe is actually in the City of Centennial. It is quiet yet very convenient to e470, Southland Mall, Parker Hospital, all kinds of grocery stores. It is a 15-min drive to light rail, 25-min drive to the airport, and 35 min drive to downtown. If you ski a lot in the winter, make sure you get up really early though.
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