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Old 09-04-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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My Husbands job is relocating to Des Moines in the next few months. We have one 9 yr old and would like to know what the best place to live with the best schools? Looking to rent for the 1st yr, so rental budget about $1200 a month.
Thanks for any input
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I'm guessing you're not getting any responses as you're kind of vague on your requirements. i.e...people aren't sure where to start. A few suggestions.

* Use the "Search this forum" feature for "schools" and that will provide you several discusions on area schools. From there, maybe you can ask some more specific questions based on what has been discussed in the past (or ask for clarification).

* since most schools in the metor are good, it is hard to narrow down the "best place to live" without knowing more of what other amenities you're wanting/needing. Examples: do you have a preferance of urban vs suburbia? Do you want to be on bus routes? Do you want a short commute to work (ie...bus, bike, walk, doesn't matter)? Do you like to be close to shopping?

* are you looking to rent a house or an apt?

The more information you provide, the more responses you're likely to receive here.

Welcome to Des Moines!
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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I didn't reply because I don't know anything about schools here.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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My Husbands job is relocating to Des Moines in the next few months. We have one 9 yr old and would like to know what the best place to live with the best schools? Looking to rent for the 1st yr, so rental budget about $1200 a month.
Thanks for any input
I have two children in Johnston schools and have first hand knowledge of several other school districts...I recommend Johnston. Crescent Chase apartments are nice and very near grocery and schools. All students are bused in Johnston as well.

Good luck!!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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I would be interested in hearing more about Johnston schools. Also what is your take on Waukee schools? I know according to test scores they are the highest scoring district in the des moines area over the last 5 years, but I read poor reviews regarding bullying and behavior by kids. Thoughts? What are your thoughts on other schools you have first hand knowledge about? Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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My wife's best friend went to Johnston schools growing up and now they open enroll their 4 kids to Johnston schools (they live in Urbandale). We live in the Johnson school district and that is where our daughter goes.

We are all very pleased. It is a great school system.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:06 AM
 
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I actually graduated from Urbandale but was not pleased when I visited the schools and spoke with parents with children currently enrolled there. I agree that Waukee is an excellent school system overall but the quality fluctuates from school to school and I do know of some issues with bullying...it is an expensive area and financial status can be an issue.
Simply put, Johnston is a small town with a great amount of parent involvement in the schools. Our taxes are steep but it keeps the town and schools clean, safe and competitive.
I would recommend that you contact the districts you are interested in and go on tours of the schools as well as looking at stats.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:18 AM
 
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Any majority-white suburban school is usually good, anywhere.

Schools in Iowa are generally better than most places with real "urban problems" so to say.
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