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Old 06-25-2016, 12:29 AM
 
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Are schools in Kansas as good as Cupertino/Menlo Park schools in California? We are planning to move to Kansas from California.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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Where are you moving in Kansas? To Johnson County? If so, Blue Valley School District is the best, but Shawnee Mission and Olathe are good too. I don't know anything about Cupertino/Menlo Park schools, but according to the link below Blue Valley is the #1 best school district in Kansas in 2016 and Shawnee Mission is #2. Olathe is #5.


https://k12.nichebeta.com/d/blue-val...rland-park-ks/


https://k12.nichebeta.com/d/shawnee-...ol-district-ks
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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If you are moving to the KC area you better do some research on the fiscal state of Kansas before choosing the Kansas side.

Just Google anything about the Kansas economy, school funding etc. There is tons of info out there. I would look at park hill, Lee's Summit etc on the MO side before settling with KS side.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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Kansas is fine and I would say Johnson County is more comparable to Cupertino than anything on the Missouri side. And the schools are great. Don't listen to the naysayers. Some on this forum try to push the Missouri side. You specifically said KANSAS. The Kansas side is better, in my opinion. PM me if you like.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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Thanks for taking time out to respond.
I will be staying someplace close to Sprint office but the priority is good school as my daughter will be joining first year in high school. If any one local can throw some light on-
how rigorous public schools are? and
Info on Private, charter/magnet high school
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:03 PM
 
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The area around Sprint is Blue Valley School District. The public schools are great. You won't need private or magnet schools. A lot of doctors in Kansas City send their kids to Blue Valley School District or, in Shawnee Mission School District, specifically to Shawnee Mission East High School - rather than sending them to private schools. I don't think you can go wrong with any schools in Blue Valley.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:16 PM
 
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Both Kansas and Missouri offer great school districts in the KC area. School districts, not state lines, matter the most. In your case, it sounds like you'll work near or at the Sprint campus. I would also point you toward the Blue Valley or Shawnee Mission school districts, because that means you'll live close to work and offer good educational opportunities for your daughter.

Bear in mind, Blue Valley is often touted as the best school district on the Kansas side. If test scores and higher affluence matter most, then yes, Blue Valley wins. Neither test scores nor affluence guarantee rigor. If it were me, and I was seeking rigorous programs, I would take a long hard look at schools that offer IB.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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Johnson County schools are very good, and for the immediate future, there is no real reason to consider private schools (though there are some prestigious private schools close by, like Barstow at about 115th and State Line in KCMO on the border of Leawood, and very close to the Sprint Campus).

Longer term, however, there is a fairly legitimate threat to public education in Kansas, though Johnson County is likely the last place in the state that would feel effects of the state's economic and political turmoil.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:01 PM
 
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Although it's generally true that Blue Valley schools are the best in the metro, right now all Kansas public schools are suspect, due to the state budget. I'm not saying DON'T put your daughter in a Kansas public school, but make sure you're up to date on the situation.

Kansas GOP Lawmakers Advance Plan to Avert School Closings - ABC News
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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Kansas is in rough shape, currently, but the Johnson County school districts are still solid. At this point, anyway.

Anybody considering moving to KS right now would be very well-served to read up on the legislative landscape to know what they're signing on for. Especially if they're moving from a totally different region and it's not on their radar at all. Truth is, it's a big old mess and will continue to be, if voting trends stay consistent (and I have no reason to believe they won't). And that mess will absolutely ultimately affect what have been, till this point, good schools. I've worked in education most of my life, and am not a "sky is falling" sort at all, but the reality is that voters here have a proven track record of making choices that are quite harmful in many ways, and that's coming home to roost in education.

OP, do your homework.
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