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Old 06-05-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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Well, if you wanted to move west, Stansbury Park Elem in Tooele County is rated 8 and we have new homes under $400k with huge yards. You will have the crowded classes again, however.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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But charter schools are luck of the draw right without any geographical restrictions?

How does transportation work? Do they have buses or parents just responsible for the transportation?
Yes, the parents provide transportation and it is luck of the draw.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Central City, SLC
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Some of my friendsí friends who live in the area have mentioned Cottonwood Heights/Sandy area but just looking online I am not finding very many homes under 400k with elementary schools with ratings 7 or higher.
You really need to take GreatSchools ratings for what they are: mathematical formulas that cannot measure true teacher/school ability or level of engagement. Because their algorithms rely SO heavily on class size and state reported per pupil funding (both of which are dismal in Utah), almost all schools "rate" more poorly than they actually are in reality (Utah teachers do remarkably well with little funding and many students).

In short, these ratings are quantitative and not qualitative, and you should use both types of data to influence your decision. Unfortunately, there's not a handy, easily researched way to find qualitative school data. Your best bet is to rely on anecdotal evidence on this and other forums and, if you can visit first, interactions and observations firsthand at the schools.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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We don't know if we'll be in Utah this fall or not, but we enrolled our son in Quail Hollow elementary in Sandy. It has great test scores, a "10" on greatschools, and involved parents, and the admin staff was very helpful.

There is another elementary in Cottonwood Heights, Canyon View, that I've also heard good things about. Homes in both areas are a little older but well-kept from what I've seen.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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We don't know if we'll be in Utah this fall or not, but we enrolled our son in Quail Hollow elementary in Sandy. It has great test scores, a "10" on greatschools, and involved parents, and the admin staff was very helpful.

There is another elementary in Cottonwood Heights, Canyon View, that I've also heard good things about. Homes in both areas are a little older but well-kept from what I've seen.
Do you live in the "zone" for the Quail Hollow elementary or were you able to enroll him even if you don't live in their zone?
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