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Old 02-10-2012, 07:25 AM
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I have been doing some research on schools 'cause we're thinking of moving to CO.

I have been hearing/seeing discussions about good schools in small communities but big drug problems - i.e., Niwot, Evergreen, Louisville, to name but a few.

Why then are the CSAP results for the middle/high schools in these areas top notch? If the kids were doing drugs, wouldn't the results be less exemplary?
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:53 AM
Location: Boulder, Co
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I think there are drugs in every high school in America. We just moved here from the East Coast 6 months ago and my kids both go to middle school in Boulder. So far I've been made aware of pot and mushrooms being used there. You just have to be involved in your kids' lives. Ask questions, be nosy, initiate talks about drug use and the dangers and make sure they know they can talk to you. Not a fullproof system but you are not going to find a high school with no drug use (IMHO of course).
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:57 AM
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Hmmm, i suppose it's all in how you define "big drug problems."

I lived in Niwot for several years. It's an unincorporated town just outside Boulder proper (on the way to Longmont) and yes, Niwot High is known for its outstanding academics.

There are some very affluent families in the area, and I'm sure that kids can get and use just about anything they want. Some of it is no doubt coming from Mom and Dad's medicine cabinet (or even their own). But, unfortunately, isn't that becoming commonplace in lots of areas? Unless things have changed dramatically in the last few years, it's not as though you see kids dealing and shooting up behind the Niwot Market. You may, however (surprise!) meet up with the aroma of weed while walking on a trail around town.

One of my children is a graduate of Boulder High School, also known for its academics. Some kids were big into drugs/alcohol, and others weren't. I don't mean to minimize your concern. In my opinion, the three areas you mentioned are all generally nice places to live and raise a family, but is any place 100% sheltered from reality? It's a matter of perspective -- and how susceptible your children are to the lure of the drug culture.

Disclaimer: My kids have always insisted that, hands down, I was THE ONLY PERSON in Boulder -- and perhaps the entire state -- who didn't/doesn't get high. So what do I know??
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