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Old 01-29-2008, 01:10 AM
 
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Hello,
Relocating from Michigan. We were looking at the city of Newcastle based on our jobs (one in Federal Way, the other in Bellevue). It seems that they have their own elementary school which seemed to be very nice, but the listed schools for the houses in Newcastle seem to be based in Renton. Based on some threads, it sounded like the Renton area for schools was not nearly as good as the Bellevue/Issaquah schools. Even though Maywood and Liberty are in the Issaquah School district, does anyone know if they match up to or close to the schools located in Bellevue and Issaquah?

Any help would greatly be appreciated
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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Newcastle seems like it would be a very nice place to live. There are essentials (grocery, gas, restaurants) right at the main intersection with the larger shopping area of Factoria only 10 minutes away.

The school situation makes home shopping in Newcastle a bit more tricky. Most of the city seems to be in the Renton school district with a portion of it in the Issaquah school district. The Issaquah school district is generally considered to be one of the best in the area and significantly better than the Renton school district. Newcastle Elementary is one of the newest and best schools in the Issaquah district. The middle (Maywood) and high (Liberty) schools may not be quite as strong as others in the Issaquah district, but still compare favorably to their counterparts in Renton.

You can get a bunch of good school information here: The Seattle Times: School Guide
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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The renton school district is average at best. Its top school (hazen) still performs only about average. If I were you, I'd look very closely at where you buy your home in newcastle. In response to the last response....... Issaquah school districts takes most of the city of newcastle. Issaquah School District's border (newcastle elementary, Maywood Middle and Liberty High) runs roughly to the west of coal creek parkway. The neighborhoods which attend the ISD are: The highlands of newcastle, olympus, china creek, china falls, mile post, windstone, stonegate, the reserve at newcastle, bristol court, the sanctuary at newcastle, turnerberry, the crest, Newcastle golf club area and the pinnacle. The test scores for these schools are very high and newcaslte elementary is one of the newest, nicest, most expensive elementary school in the isd. Liberty and Maywood are older schools, but they arguably compare to Issaquah High school in terms of academics. Liberty has evolved over the years, it used to be the rural, "other" high school in the district with lower test scores. Eventually, the image has changed as the area has developed and is now a top ranked school with equally as good of test scores as the other ISD schools. In 1999 it was the NATIONAL blue ribbon school. So make sure you look closely at the neighborhoods and ask what School district they belong to. It will be noticable in the home price as well.

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Old 08-10-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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While there are a few good schools in the Renton district ( Sierra Heights Elementary, for example), I've got to agree with above posters that the Issquah district is far better than the Renton district...I've heard very good things about Liberty High School, and Newcastle is a nice and convenient place to live, with great access to hiking trails. There are even some Renton addresses near Newcastle that are in the Issaquah school district.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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Renton school district is average, but economically and racially much more diverse than Issaquah. Bellevue school district is the best district in the state - their high schools are all quite diverse and all have been ranked as some of the top public schools in the country. Newport High School is a great school and close to Newcastle, they serve the Newport Hills area and small parts of Newcastle I believe. Bellevue School District has open enrollment for some of its schools, this changes with the size of the student bodies. If BSD ends up not being an option, then Issaquah is definitely a better choice to Renton.

Newcastle is a great neighborhood. Definitely check out Newport Hills, Lakemont and Somerset as well (also depends on how much $ your trying to spend on a home/neighborhood), they're all next to Newcastle.

Most school districts have enrollment zone maps, you should check those out for the Issaquah, Renton and Bellevue school districts. In that area its not always clear where you should be sending your kids to school.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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Most school districts have enrollment zone maps, you should check those out for the Issaquah, Renton and Bellevue school districts. In that area its not always clear where you should be sending your kids to school.
Yes, we live in Lakemont, have a Bellevue zip code but are in the Issaquah School District. Our neighbors behind us are in the Bellevue SD. Check the maps and good luck!
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