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Old 05-23-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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What are some of the best feeder patterns for public schools in and around the Austin area, K-12?
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: The Village
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Casis or Bryker Woods Elementary, then O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School is very well respected.

The entirety of Eanes ISD is also a good bet.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:54 AM
 
Location: 78747
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If money is no object, then Eanes would be the best.

Do you have a budget? Do you have kids?
or are you an out of town investor trying to fly by instrument?
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Doss-Murchinson-Anderson, Hill-Murchinson-Anderson

Laurel Canyon-Canyon MS-Westwood

In AISD there are several MS and HS magnet programs, so if the elementary school is strong, the feeder pattern may not matter as much.

And then there are the SW schools that feed into Bowie, too
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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In the early exploratory stages of moving back to Austin (wife and I went to UT). We have two children (one in Kindergarten and one pre-K) and would like to find a great feeder pattern similar to the one we would be leaving. Budget would be up to around $300K. We would prefer to live in the hills, commute not an issue so I would consider outlying burbs in the lake/hill country area.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Interestingly, I've not heard many great things about Eanes elementary/middle schools. The focus seems to be entirely on Westlake High (this comes from what I've read, e.g. the recent school rankings put out by a local non profit, and from talking to roughly a half a dozen parents who's kids go/went to a couple of Westlake elementary schools and Hill Country Middle School). Of course YMMV and not to say that they are bad, just that when folks talk about how great Eanes is, they seem to mainly be referring to the high school.

I would second Laurel Canyon/Spicewood Elementary -> Canyon Vista -> Westwood. Tons of homes in the $300K range gets you there.

Also agree that with the AISD magnet programs, one can choose a different pattern (e.g. pick a decent elementary school, then Kealing MS (magnet), then LASA if you're looking for a more academically challenging track).
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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Great info! Any thoughts on outlying areas near Lake Travis? Dripping Springs? Etc?
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Lake Travis has two middle schools - LTMS and Hudson Bend MS. Both are excellent - and feed into Lake Travis HS, also very good. All of the elementaries are very good. LTES has slightly lower ratings than the others - because of its slightly different demographics. But a very good campus in any case.

Lake Travis will probably build a new middle school in the next 3-4 years - likely to be further west on SH71. LTISD originally forecasted a second HS in the 2015 time frame - but that is very unlikely based on current growth rates.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Warrior Country
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I would add:

- either of the Steiner Elementary schools - Canyon Ridge MS - Vandergrift HS.
- River Place ES - the MS next to Vandergrift - Vandergrift HS
- Canyon Creek ES - Grisham MS - Westwood HS


Question...are there really "lots" of properties feeding into Canyon Vista MS that are under 300K? (i would have thought that number would be mostly 350K+)
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: 78747
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Worth mentioning: There is a huge difference between a 300K condo in Eanes, and a 300K house in DS. If you own a 300K condo in Eanes, your kids will run the risk of being looked down upon as "poor" by kids who live in multi-million dollar estates and could be treated as such. You may not think it's a big deal, but kids are mean, and they will speak their minds. If you live in DS, then your kid will be among "peers" and more likely to be treated with respect and encouragement. The question of "where are the best feeders" is rather myopic, and is one facet to a 20-sided question.

You mentioned that you want to keep the good level of schools you currently have, but what type of schools are you're kids in now? Conservative? Liberal? are you trying to upgrade, or keep the same environment, etc? Taking a kid from a "good school" in Round Rock and putting him in a "good school" in Eanes is trading apples for oranges and could be a real curveball for them.
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