what about Nakoma neighborhood in Madison Wisconsin? I'm hearing bad things about the local school.

Asked by Amy, Montreal Quebec Tue Feb 5, 2008

Thoreau and Cherokee Heights? I love Nakoma homes but everyone is warning me off the neigbhorhood because of the school. Also the same with Maple Bluff. Are those school really rough?

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Myjs, , Wisconsin
Mon May 4, 2009
I live in Nakoma. Both of my children attended Thoreau & Cherokee. Great staff, faculty, & parental participation. What do you mean by rough? The schools here are diverse - we are proud of this. It's what make Madison & Nakoma a great place to live.
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Renee Dettma…, , 54601
Mon Feb 11, 2008
Hello! Good question and important concern. Have you thought of visiting the school and seeing it for yourself, perhaps visiting with a teacher or coach and see what they have to say. I realize long distance could be a concern. They probably have a web-site. Try contacting one or two of the teachers and admistrators and see what kind of response you get. You could also ask for test scores as far as comparing to the state and national average. Good luck!
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Becky Alexan…, Home Seller, Mount Horeb, WI
Wed Feb 6, 2008
If you really like the area and are concerned about the schools, there are nice private schools in Madison. I don't know if I would call too many schools in the Madison area rough. We moved back from Portland, Oregon and the any school in the Madison area is better than the best schools there.
Another thing I suggest to my clients is to my a priority list of everything from # of bathrooms to distance from schools. Many times that will lead you in the right direction.
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Kristi Ross, Agent, Monona, WI
Tue Feb 5, 2008

I know how important schools are in making a home purchase decision.

Each person has different criteria for what they consider important in a school; diversity, test scores, class size, IEP programs, etc.

greatschools.net is a resource for some of that information.

When you visit Madison, I would encourage you to go visit the schools and take a tour. Another option would be to phone them to ask your specific questions and ask for PTO contacts to use for references.

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