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Old 05-30-2018, 12:21 PM
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Hello! We are in the very earliest stages of considering relocation to the Springfield area. We have relocated before, so we know what we would be looking for. At a minimum:

- Excellent schools. Our first choice is private school, but it would be great to live where there is an excellent public option too.
- A transplant-friendly neighborhood. We aren't from Missouri, or even from the same time zone, so it would be nice to be somewhere especially welcoming.
- We need a large house. To us this means 3000+ sf.

On paper we are intrigued by Greenwood Laboratory School, but online research says parents register their children at birth. Our children are older than birth. Are we out of luck?

Thanks to all in advance!
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:13 PM
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No one has anything for me?
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:57 PM
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Greenwood Laboratory school is very small - about 350 students, I think - and it is entirely possible that no one on these forums has any personal experience with the school. I do know that many years ago it ranged from outstanding to truly abysmal as they featured the latest trends from the MSU school of education. But that was then.

There are some threads on this forum about area schools. Use the search feature. Many people think "their" school is excellent. It is my impression that the Springfield Catholic schools are the most highly regarded private schools. I have kinfolk who could easily afford any school anywhere, and that is their choice. New Covenant keeps growing so they must be doing something right.

3,000 sq. ft. houses are going to be mostly in the suburbs, although there are some in Springfield as well. You will want to investigate Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic, and perhaps Willard schools.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:30 PM
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Thank you! I appreciate it. I searched the forum, but didn’t see much about private schools. Springfield Catholic will definitely be on our list.

We’re good with suburban, but we like sidewalks, front porches and community, too. I think that besides schools, we’ll need to get boots on the ground to see what feels like home to us. We know from past experience that certain parts of cities are more transplant-friendly than others, and that’s another aspect I was hoping to learn about.

Again, thank you!
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:52 AM
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Greenwood Labs is always accepting applications. The class lists are filled by registration date. A newborn will have a greater chance of being accepted than a ten year old.

You didn't mention your children's ages so the type of preparatory or religion-based options are numerous.

Since you mention Springfield Catholic, attend a service (or two) at St. Jo's or Elisabeth Ann Seton to ask the local parishioners what and where their offspring did during their K-12 years.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:55 AM
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Thanks, Vols. We have children at all stages of education (thus the need for a 3000 sf house ) so all information is relevant. If we get to visit soon, I'll try to ask people at those parishes.

Arrby, that's very useful information about Greenwood Labs following educational trends (at least at points in the past). I should have deduced it from the "Labs" aspect.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:26 PM
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As an alternative option I'd recommend a public high school with feeder schools that meet your specifications.

A high achiever can attend the Phelps Center for the Gifted. Central High School has a renown International Baccalaureate Program. Various high schools have honors programs to obtain college class credit for a fraction of university tuition. It's important to take classes Ozarks technical Community College and Missouri State University recognize and accept.

I cannot emphasize the advantages the public school system affords via the A+ program. Following the guidelines and reaching the benchmarks are well worth the time investment.

A 4/3 with 3000 sq ft will run about 215k in my area. Check out the new development in the 5600-5700 block of S. Cloverdale Ln in Battlefield, MO. I had a co-worker snap one up after they broke ground knowing it would sell quickly.

As for house hunting my top tips are checking out an area after it rains and making a bee line to a kitchen to set the tempo for any interior home tour.

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