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Old 09-22-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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I am a single parent with a 13 y/o evaluating moving to Seattle (from Boston) for a new job in June/July of next year.

Ideally, I would like to find a high end (I mean 80% or better placement into 4 year colleges) school district in a safe neighborhood close to downtown Seattle (where I would potentially be working).

Ideally, I would be planning to pay rent upto $2300/month for a 2 bedroom+ townhouse or equivalent near the school so that she can walk to and fro.

After going through this forum I wanted to find out whether Queen Anne is a good school district or not and other suggestions for school districts that fit this criteria.

Thanks

Matt

Last edited by dilaar; 09-22-2008 at 11:23 AM.. Reason: Corrected..
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Queen Anne is a neighborhood within Seattle and part of the Seattle School district...Queen Anne has some of the best elementary and middle schools within the district, but there is no longer a Queen Anne High School, and, generally speaking Seattle's public high schools leave a lot to be desired...If your 13 year old is academically gifted, Seattle's APP program is considered great, and is incorporated into Garfield High School in the Central District. There are a few nice neighborhoods not far from Garfield, including Madrona, Montlake, parts of Capitol Hill, Leschi...
There are also towns within half an hour or so from downtown Seattle with good school districts, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Shoreline,and Maple Valley...parts of Renton are in the Issaquah district and parts are in the Tahoma ( Maple Valley) district, so look at those parts of Renton in those districts.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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If you can afford $2300/mo for rent, you might want to consider private schools. There are many good ones. My guess is none of the public schools meet your 80% to college requirement.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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Default Thank you for the feedback

Ira500.....Your pointers are appreciated

Tobester....You make a point but unfortunately it is a trade-off between living in a not so desirable neighborhood and sending her to private school....My experience tells me a good neighborhood with good public schools is the best environment for my daughter.
But if push comes to shove and maintain work/home proximity I may have to look at a private school and compromise on the neighborhood but I would like to avoid that if I can...Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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You will find there are very few "not so desireable neighborhoods" in the Seattle area. It all depends on your definition of "desireable." I'm just saying if you're looking for a high school that sends 80% of its grads to 4 year schools, very few public schools will make that grade.
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Is it possible to buy a 3 bedroom home within a 20 minute commute to Seattle in a good-great school district for $350K-$375K? If not, what about for $425K-$450K?

Thanks - just started looking at the Seattle /UWashington area for employment and I'm just wondering if it is realistic.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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I'd say Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, and Kenmore would be within half an hour of the UW, have good school districts, and 3 bedroom homes for under 425-450...Not brand new homes, but not total fixers either...
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