You might want to review some of the national school web sites. They can provide you very specific information, including test scores, about the individual schools in your new community. You can also compare the schools were you are moving from to the schools where you are moving to. This should be very valuable to you in answering which schools are the best for your children.
Be sure to also check out this site - it includes a state report card of various schools.
A national database of school demographic information can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics Web site. http://nces.ed.gov/index.asp Click on the "School, College and Library Search" tab at the top in order to view data including a particular school's student-to-teacher ratio or enrollment by race and ethnicity.
For a snapshot of academic performance and to compare schools, a prospective homeowner might browse the School Matters Web site, http://nces.ed.gov/index.asp a service of Standard & Poor's.
Another site, Great Schools, http://www.greatschools.net/ offers similar tools.
I hope these sites are helpful to you in determining the best communities for your family.
As far as neighborhoods to consider. First let me ask where will you and/or your husband be working? I would be able to suggest several good areas when I hear back from you
Or, feel free to call me to discuss this in person.
Bill Kosena, ABR, CRS, SRES
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Without knowing more about your situation i.e. where you work it is hard to suggest other areas. If you are commuting to downtown Denver or points up north Broomfield or Erie will be a very good bet for you. If you are commuting to the south metro area, the school districts you should look at are Cherry Creek, Douglas County and Littleton.
Best wishes in your home search. And my I add, Welcome to Colorado!
My wife and I recently relocated to Denver with our 3-year old for many of the same reasons. Broomfield is great (Boulder Valley Schools are excellent) but we moved to the Stapleton area of Denver.
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First step-- is getting your loan approved. For a list of homes in Broomfield and surrounding areas, in addition to a school report for your children-- you can sign up now at FindingTheHome.com.
We would be happy to send you a Relocation Packet as well.
Have you spoken with a lender to map your plan for how you will finance your new home.
Is this a job relocation or simply a change of life and you will seek employment when you arrive here?
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Hope this finds you in excellent spirits!!! Surprised that no-one has mentioned the Cherry Creek school district to you- it is the best in the state statistically speaking that is. Go to the Colorado Department of Education (cde.state.co.us) and find the accountability report to compare schools to Cherry Creek or say Douglas Co. It really depends on your style, your activities and what type of home you are looking for. I am in the south end of the city as some agents mentioned below there are places like Highlands Ranch that are close to the Highline Canal and Chatfield Resv. There is also Cherry Creek Resv. Castlewood Canyon and Cherry Creek out south that offers a lot of recreation- in addition to being in the number one school district in the state. It just really depends on what you truly want at the end of the day. North tends to be a little flat in scenery and I am not experienced in their school districts. They are working really hard to expand in that area. Overall investment- I am sure you would be fine. Ensure that you are taking a close look at comps when making your purchase and ask the agent you are working with to provide you a list of recent foreclosure(s) in the area along with market trends.
I would suggest that you try looking in these areas as well.
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You can eaisly find a home for the amount you want to spend and I can tell you the $$ reasons you would want to consider this area. If you like parks and recreation - there is no shortage of paths, parks, bike trials, equerstrian trails ----etc.
Broomfiled would not be a bad choice - especailly if your employment is north west. You can also investigate schools on my Showcased Properties Unlimited website
Please let me know if I can be of service to you...thanks
Warren Petracek, GRI, SRES
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