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Old 06-12-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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We may be moving to the Reno area within the next year. Our main concern is good schools for our young children who will be starting elementary school at that time. What is the best elementary school in Reno? By best, we mean high test scores, arts/music/science/sports programs, credentialed teachers, not too much overcrowding, etc. We've heard good things about Roy Gomm in the west/southwest area of Reno. We've also heard that the area south of Highway 80 and west of McCarran is nice (I guess that's where Gomm elementary school is).

But then others have told us that the south side is nicer and newer than the west/southwest side and that we should move more towards the south side of Reno, as McCarran curves towards Skyline Blvd and Lakeridge Golf Course.

Thank you so much for your advice.

Best regards,
Mari
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Reno
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Newer isn't necessarily nicer or better. I lived in the area you mentioned and my kids attended Jessie Beck which I found to be an excellent school. Both Beck and Gomm are rather old schools but well kept and have strong parental involvement. Caughlin Ranch elementary is also a good school. It's newer and not very crowded at all. All of these schools are in the Southwest area.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:22 PM
 
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Beck is a fine school. Looking at it from a teacher's point of view, I would not ever, I'd quit first, before I worked at Gomm, The Gommie mommies would drive me to murder, as would the Caughlin Ranch mommies, new rich with nothing to do but come to school with their ever so special-much better than all the other children, children. And.... Caughlin Ranch test scores are dropping, not much better than Esther Bennett in Sun Valley

Good schools? They are all good, they all use the same pool of teachers from UNR and Sierra Nevada college. This idea that one needs to live in a certain part of town in order to have a good education is bogus.

The district has music teachers, no art, no PE teachers. Education today is all about meeting NCLB, don't expect wonders.

My wife just suggested, the best trained teachers will be found at the Title 1 schools, which are the schools with over 50% free and reduced lunch. For instance my school has extra three reading teachers. So, you have a quandary, the best teachers in the worst social milieu. mmm what to do.

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