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Old 03-13-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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My family and I are moving to Denver at the end of the month and I am curious to find out if anyone has information on Golden High School. Everyone I talk to tells us to move to the Cherry Creek School Dist, but Golden just seems to be more of a central location that would fit all our needs. All I know about the high school is that great schools gives it a 7 and Colorado Grades gives it a C+. I'm wondering why it's so low compared to other surrounding schools. Is it a small school? Limited programs? No AP classes? Same questions for the middle school. Bell Middle school is a 6 and C+. Why so low? Any information would be helpful. First hand experience in the schools or knowing someone who has gone to them would be great. Thanks.

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Evergreen
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I don't know anyone that has children in those schools. Have you considered looking just a couple miles west on I-70 in Evergreen? Excellent Jeffco schools for both middle and high school.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:05 PM
 
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Yes, we have looked at homes in Evergreen and other areas, i.e. Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Arvada....... All nice places with good schools. I really like the location of Golden, though. Good homes go quick in the area, many with multiple offers. This tells me it's a desirable area. I just can't figure out why schools are rated so low.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Evergreen
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//www.city-data.com/city/Golden-Colorado.html

There's a few significant statistics in Golden compared to Evergreen (for example) that might contribute to the lower rankings for the middle school and high school. The median household income is quite different. The number of people with a Bachelor's degree or higher is different. The average age of the residents is separated by 12 years. It could just be that the average resident of Golden doesn't put a huge priority on education. If a child doesn't have parents that stress the importance of a good education, the child is not going to be on the path to want to do very well in school. Of course there are going to be a number of people that live in Golden that are highly successful and want their children to be successful as well, but there are some lower economic areas of Golden that feed into those schools too. This is all just some of my thoughts as to why the rankings might be so much lower. Feel free to take it with a grain of salt
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Evergreen
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One more thought and then I promise I'll stop. Who is buying those homes? Young couples without kids? Investors that want to rent the homes out to School of Mines students? Families? Retirees? Or a mixture of all of the above?
Believe me, it is a desirable area for many people. It butts up against the foothills and is convenient to getting into Denver and Boulder in addition to being close to most amenities. If the schools are ranked low, it's for a reason. Hopefully someone can chime in and help you figure it out better than I can. Good Luck with your search!
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:27 PM
 
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Thanks for your thoughts and ideas. I'm not sure who's buying the homes. They aren't cheap, though. The last home I looked at was over $400,000. It had ten showings on the first day of being on the market and went under contract with multiple offers. It would be interesting to know who is buying all the homes. They must not have kids, or if they do, maybe they homeschool or send to private? Who knows.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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Golden has several trailer parks, some with over 100 units each. Perhaps these scores are poverty related. I do not, however, believe that the majority of the trailer park citizens are in poverty. I think it adds a some diversity to go with the affluence and the college environment. Golden is great place. Golden High School was completely rebuilt in 2008.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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//www.city-data.com/city/Golden-Colorado.html

There's a few significant statistics in Golden compared to Evergreen (for example) that might contribute to the lower rankings for the middle school and high school. The median household income is quite different. The number of people with a Bachelor's degree or higher is different. The average age of the residents is separated by 12 years. It could just be that the average resident of Golden doesn't put a huge priority on education. If a child doesn't have parents that stress the importance of a good education, the child is not going to be on the path to want to do very well in school. Of course there are going to be a number of people that live in Golden that are highly successful and want their children to be successful as well, but there are some lower economic areas of Golden that feed into those schools too. This is all just some of my thoughts as to why the rankings might be so much lower. Feel free to take it with a grain of salt
Golden's stats are skewed somewhat by its high student population, and yes, for the umpteenth time, students are counted in their college town.. That brings down the number of people WITH a bachelor's degree, as many are seeking one, and also the average age. Still, the percent with a college education is higher than average. I disagree that the average resident of Golden doesn't put a huge priority on education, it being a college town and all.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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Golden has several trailer parks, some with over 100 units each. Perhaps these scores are poverty related. I do not, however, believe that the majority of the trailer park citizens are in poverty. I think it adds a some diversity to go with the affluence and the college environment. Golden is great place. Golden High School was completely rebuilt in 2008.
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Golden is an incredibly desirable town. It's the only place I would leave Wash Park for. That said, there are some very poor areas in it's outskirts that feed the high school. I can only guess that this is what brings their performance down. By in large though, there are many middle/upper middle class families with kids in Golden.
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