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Old 07-19-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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Hi- may be relocating to Louisville in the near future and need sound guidance on good area to live, schools, commuting, etc.

Facts:
  • working in Western part of the city near exit 3 off 264
  • Looking for residential neighborhood (single family homes/subdivision) 175K--200K
  • Schools are important- 11yr old starting middle school
Have heard Oldham county is a good place to look and other areas east of the city....are there areas on the west side south of 264 that make sense?

appreciate all suggestions,
thanks
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Hi- may be relocating to Louisville in the near future and need sound guidance on good area to live, schools, commuting, etc.

Facts:
  • working in Western part of the city near exit 3 off 264
  • Looking for residential neighborhood (single family homes/subdivision) 175K--200K
  • Schools are important- 11yr old starting middle school
Have heard Oldham county is a good place to look and other areas east of the city....are there areas on the west side south of 264 that make sense?

appreciate all suggestions,
thanks
Do not, I repeat do not enroll an incoming 11 yr old student in any Jefferson County Public School. If you must live in Jefferson County, you must budget for parochial/private schools.

If in the west, you might want to look at Georgetown/Floyd Knobs area of S. Indiana.

I live in Oldham County and highly recommend it for school purposes. As the old man says, "at this point in the school enrollment year, anything but JCPS."
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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JCPS is like a smorgasboard. Some excellent jewels of schools and then some of the most abysmal in the U.S. On a similar or smaller scale compared to other large urban districts in the nation such as Atlanta, L.A. Unified, S.F. Unified, Houston ISD, etc. It's all about living in the right district and neighborhood, having the right busing, etc. The individually BEST schools in metro Louisville and almost anywhere in Kentucky are in JCPS, as well as the individually WORST schools in the state.

You'll get more consistently positive results with Oldham County, KY and Floyd County, IN. Indiana as a state has a better-reputed and more locally-controlled network of schools than does Kentucky. Hell, even Indiana's higher education system is among the best in the east. As a UofL grad, I'd rather attend IUS in New Albany than UofL or UK, largely because of the Indiana University name on the diploma and the opportunity to receive an education that has "more bang for your buck." Just bear in mind that Indiana property taxes are higher.

But, back on topic: I agree with tomocox's recommendations.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Some of what Electric Ears says is true.........there are a couple of gems, BUT what makes JCPS distinctly different is that there are vestiges of bussing. In particular, your child will not be guaranteed attendance at his/her neighborhood school. You can't choose a school based on where you choose to live. Your child could possibly be subject to being bussed miles away based on socio-economic quotas that "need" to be met. Not so in Oldham County or Floyd County.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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I don't know too much about middle schools here. I''ve heard some good things about barret middle school. Or maybe try Highland middle school.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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I don't know too much about middle schools here. I''ve heard some good things about barret middle school. Or maybe try Highland middle school.
Ronny, you missed a key word in the title to Barrett Middle School. It is actually Barrett Traditional Middle School and no new residents are welcome to attend. It is too good and therefore, only those who were selected years in advance can have much hope of attending.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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http://http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.u...RetreatBro.pdf

This PDF gives you an overview of the current student assignment plan as well as a map of the clusters. Typically you are ok if you attend a school east of 65 and preferably north of 64. Though many schools in j-town are perfectly fine.

Middle School is a little tougher. There are fewer "great" middle schools that aren't magnet, or would be easy to get into. This is a case where I would consider moving out of Jefferson County. There are a few good middle schools in the county that are "open" such as Crosby and Ramsey. But if you can't get into one of those, you might want to look elsewhere.
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