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Old 03-26-2014, 06:21 AM
 
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With one child out of college (Go Wildcats), one still in college and an 8th grader at home, we have decided that we have had enough of the weather in New England and want to move up our planned relo to a warmer climate. Originally we planned to wait until she was out of high school.

We've moved several times with kids so my first thought is always to zero in on the best school district, then look at housing. Lots of easy choices in the MD/VA area as well as the Boston area and even Raleigh/Durham, where we were seriously looking several years back. Arizona? Not so much. Our first thought was to simply just consider private school, but I hate to just toss away that money if here is a public school to be found that is comparable or better than our own local high school, a top rated district.

University HS looks great but there is an admissions process and no guarantees, especially since we've already missed the deadline for freshman year applications. So I am in research mode. I've discovered Catalina Foothills. Would love to hear any other feedback or suggestions.

Also, I realize this isn't the Flagstaff forum, but Flag is another option we are considering, so if you have anything to pass on there, I'd be grateful.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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I believe the best high schools outside of University are Catalana Foothills High School and Canyon Del Oro. Tucson High School also has a magnet program. As far as private / religious Salpointe is well regarded.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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I believe the best high schools outside of University are Catalana Foothills High School and Canyon Del Oro. Tucson High School also has a magnet program. As far as private / religious Salpointe is well regarded.
CDO is good and nearby Ironwood Ridge is as well. On the opposite side of town you have the Vail School District with 4 high schools including Andrada for a very different learning experience.

Check out greatschools.org or usnews.com for ranking and reviews.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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Thanks. I have checked out both GreatSchools and US News. I have compared several schools to each other and each school to the local HS in our district. One thing I am universally disappointed to find is that extra curricular and arts/music programs have been cut across the board, except perhaps at University. Budgets are tight everywhere but our local school district (and much of MA in general) has been amazing at not cutting art/music/PE/language, etc. Class sizes are small at 20-22 and the parents are unbelievably involved. There are two incredible parent organizations that raise a large amount of money each year for various school needs that the schools can't provide within budget. Much of our technology, teacher fellowships, continuation of some programs, etc, benefit from the money raised each year. I know I am not going to find perfection but I also don't want to do my daughter a disservice or be forced to consider private school, which is an expense after having 2 kids in college!
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