Are you moving to Denver? If you have a family, you’re likely researching areas that are near the best schools in the area. It’s hard to know which sites give out accurate information on the schools in the area that hasn’t been provided by the schools themselves, or how many reviewers are not parents at all, but instead faculty and staff writing reviews to bolster the image of the school that aren’t entirely accurate.
Here’s a list of the top 3 public schools in Denver according to the Denver Public School’s School Performance Framework to help make your decision as to the final destination of that residential moving company truck a bit easier.
Byers Middle School
Part of the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Public School network, Byers Middle School is a college prep charter school that focuses on the fundamentals – reading, writing, math, and science – and accepts admission through a lottery process. Kids here are expected to live up to the high expectation held by the teachers, and behavioral issues are not tolerated. Soon, there will be a high school for kids to move up to (this middle school opened its doors to its first group of 140 six grade students in June of 2013). This education will prepare them to move to the equally demanding high school to prepare them for college.
It’s not all strict academics and rules – there are many things for kids to get involved in, whether sports or the school play. Some enrich the lessons they’re learning in school, while others connect them with their peers more deeply. Budding authors can check out creative writing club, while those who just love learning can join STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club. Jam out in guitar club, or join the school’s travel club — Falcons Without Borders. Enjoy basketball in the winter, and choose from tennis or soccer in the spring.
Stapleton Middle School
This school is yet another DSST school, it’s just been around longer than the Byers School. Stapleton Middle School first opened in 2008, and is just as vigilant about ensuring a high quality education for all its students. It too uses the lottery method of enrollment.
Because it has been around a bit longer, it has a few more athletic opportunities than the Byers School. Students can play soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball, or basketball here.
Green Valley Ranch High School
Guess what – this school is another DSST school! See a pattern here? Denver’s innovative model for a school centered around a strong foundation in the fundamentals of education seems to be the best way to go, at least based on test scores. The Green Valley Ranch High School is just a part of a larger 35-acre campus serving preschool to senior in high school – Vista Academy, Soar Elementary, Clayton Early Learning, Strive, Green Valley Ranch Middle, and Green Valley Ranch High.
The campus model gets the kids used to the campus model, like most colleges are set up, preparing them and making them comfortable with a campus. There is even a Student Union building complete with parking lot, as well as a sports complex.
Students in Denver have wonderful options with the addition of this DSST model. Parents love the structure and how well the schools prepare the kids for college. You’re going to feel confident unpacking that residential moving company truck at your new Denver residence, knowing your child has options like this at their disposal.
This school model isn’t for everyone. What do you think of this DSST school model? Would you be excited to send your child to a school as rigorous as this, or not? If you’re moving to Denver, let us know, and we’ll help you with the big move – we also have storage space for rent for anyone that’s moving to Denver!
At Exodus Moving and Storage we are very patriotic. We are committed to supporting those who support our freedom. On this 4th of July we simply can’t help but be thankful for the red, white and blue.
In 1776 five people were appointed to create a draft about freedom. The colonies sought separation from Great Britain and Robert Livingston, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Benjamin Franklin joined Thomas Jefferson to write what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. And while it was actually signed on the second of July instead of the 4th, on parchment instead of paper, this historic document is now held as a symbol of freedom in our great country. In a well known letter written by Adams to his wife:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Today as always, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be a company based in this great nation. We believe that the US was founded on some very important ideas about freedom. And throughout the year we are happy to support those who are making life better for the military members and family who give up so much to protect that freedom.
A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.
Colorado Hire Patriots
An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.
A charity created by SEAKR Engineering that supports families who have lost loved ones by raising and donating funds to them to help them mend their lives.
So this year as you are BBQing with family and friends, setting off fireworks and hopefully doing what Adams referred to as “pomp and parade”, we would like to encourage you to take the celebration one step further. We support the above organizations because we believe in this great country of ours. If you haven’t taken a look at them to see how you can get involved, we would like to invite you to do so.
From the Exodus family to yours, Happy Independence Day!
“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”
Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.
Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.
The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.
How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?
Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.
How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?
Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.
What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?
Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam. We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.
Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at
“When a serviceperson is deployed, a family goes to war.”
Many people claim to support our military. But at Exodus, we feel that in spite of the various ideologies attached to the politics of war, the activity of supporting our troops is a separate pursuit. Leaving homes and family is par for the course for these young individuals. And while many people talk about “giving back to those who give so much,” at Exodus, we support those who are putting this talk into action.
Project Sanctuary is an organization we are proud to support because of their unique understanding of the plight of military personnel and their families. They understand the intricacies of this life changing situation. This organization seeks to address the deep relational ramifications of leaving your loved ones for long periods of time. Not only do these young men and women risk their lives, but they often return to families in financial and emotional stress, the kind of which is often unaddressed by other military support avenues. Project Sanctuary specializes in recreational therapy in the form of retreats that help to heal the wounds of war.
The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.
What do you do with Project Sanctuary?
My name is Heather and I am the Founder of Project Sanctuary. I was a registered nurse during the first gulf war. Experiencing many things during this time, I was overwhelmed with the reality that there simply wasn’t enough being done for the families of military. These people are away from their loved ones for so long, when they return, things have always changed. I began to do research and found that neglect and abuse reports triple during times of deployment. It was obvious to me that there was an incredible gap between what was being offered and what was needed and this chasm was wide indeed for these wives, husbands and children. I built Project Sanctuary to bridge this gap and based the program model on this basic premise: I asked them what they needed. Project Sanctuary is completely designed around the personal struggles and adjustments military families have to make and therefore it’s an evolving program based on the needs of those it serves. Currently we have two main groups: Blue Star- for those who currently have a family member in the field and Gold Star- for those who have lost a family member in the line of duty.
What the main goal of Project Sanctuary?
At Project Sanctuary we help military families to reconnect with each other. During times of deployment, families are emotionally and financially stressed often to the point of breaking. With few exceptions, they have a hard time being a part of a community in such a state and ironically, it’s what they need the most. Civilians don’t often understand just how much is being missed while a service person is away. The average army deployment is 14 months. Think about it. That means that the family back home has been without their loved one for every holiday and birthday in that calendar year. If you are in the army and you have had a couple of deployments and you have an 8 year old, you have missed most of their life. So many firsts are missed. First steps, first words, first school dances. And it’s even worse in the case of dual families who have both mother and father in the armed forces. Mom and Dad take turns being away. As you can imagine, this takes a very logical toll on everyone and brings new meaning to the word sacrifice.
For more information about Project Sanctuary, please visit their website at
“Community Involvement” can sometimes function as a vanity. Companies who are seeking good public relations will plaster this phrase, among others, in order to achieve trust with current and prospective clients. But at Exodus we believe that integrity is the basis for our success. When we say that we are committed to improving our community it’s because we actually are.
Beyond our neighborhoods, we are also committed to our great country. After all, it is the United States of America that allows us the opportunity and the freedom to create and uphold our beliefs within a professional business context. And as we grow, we are always looking for ways to say thank you. We search for people who have a sense of both the immediate and the larger community context. We look for team members who understand that they can and do impact our world one day, one action, one person at a time. We search for those not afraid to work hard and to stand behind the individual value that they bring to our Exodus family.
Happy to be highlighted by the “Voice of Aurora Colorado,” The Aurora Sentinel recently wrote an article about our new Operations and Facilities manager, Danny Moore. A 17 year military veteran, he found our job posting through Hire Patriots Colorado, http://colorado.hirepatriots.com ,an organization we are very proud to partner with. One of the first of hopefully many, we have been fortunate to have someone as talented, capable and focused as Danny join our team.
As a result of careful attention to detail, strategic planning and unsurpassed personalized service, Exodus Moving and Storage has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past several years. From our humble beginnings with a single truck and a dream to becoming a preferred mover of the US Department of Defense, we have come a long way over time. Some may wonder as to the reason for our growth. The simple truth is this: we work harder than any other Colorado based moving company to earn the respect of both our customers and our community.
One of the main things that sets Exodus apart is our staff. Many moving and storage companies have a reputation for being “fly-by-night.” Temporary hires and freelance outsourcing plagues our industry and sets a low standard in general with reference to quality and accountability. But at Exodus, we only use hired staff-that is to say we only let people interact with your move that we put our faith in enough to put on our payroll.
There are many things that we look for when we hire employees. Moving can be an incredibly labor intensive job. We strive to only hire those with the focused mindset, strength, detail oriented nature and strong work ethic that mirrors our commitment to complete customer satisfaction. And at the end of the day, we find that veterans of the United States military consistently personify these valued character traits. For this reason, among others, we have teamed up with Colorado Hire Patriots to aggressively pursue filling the job openings that are being offered by our growth to the men and women who have faithfully served this country in the field and are now looking to serve here at home.
Check out our latest video explaining our philosophy about hiring patriots.
At Exodus, we are proud to be an American moving and storage company. Concerned participants in the communities in which we live and work, we are not only premier movers in Colorado but grateful citizens of a great country. Every day, US military soldiers come back from various assignments all over the globe. They have trained to dutifully and selflessly serve our country and to defend the freedoms we take advantage of daily.
The military is an amazing place to learn about hard work, discipline and focus. We feel these attributes along with an overriding spirit of loyalty are just a few of the traits that make our company so successful. We currently have the wonderful opportunity to expand our organization. In an effort to support these fine men and women, Exodus has become increasingly committed to hiring veterans to be a part of our team. Over the next couple of years of our expansion, we plan to hire 25-300 new employees with an emphasis of up to 70% being those who have previously served in our military.
Hire Patriots, Colorado
Originally founded to support Marines who had returned from war to find financial and personal hardship of all kinds, this organization started out with a truly grass roots beginning. In 2004 Mark and Tori Baird had a vision of creating a network that would bring much needed resources to veterans who were attempting to transition back into civilian life. In response to a need they saw and felt must be addressed, they sold their house and used the proceeds to build what is now known as Hire Patriots. This 501C3 web-based support medium has grown in leaps and bounds and is now one of the largest networks for transitional military support in the US.
Colorado Hire Patriots focuses on all aspects of re-assimilation into everyday life back at home. This includes not only the practical financial aspects but the emotional ones as well. Creating a forum for day job and full time work placements through job boards, listings and job fairs as well as marriage retreats and trauma support resources is just the beginning of the work done by this organization. At Exodus, we are proud to partner with them not only through the direct hire of veterans but to extend our volunteer hours and word of mouth support to their worthwhile events. In cooperation with this organization in addition to the Rocky Mountain Veterans Alliance and the SEAKR Foundation, we are excited to be a part of making a positive impact towards the promotion of patriotism in our community.
On October 8, 2010 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Exodus Moving and Storage presented the first annual SEAKR foundation gala. An evening of fine food & wine, silent auction, music and inspirational guest speakers, the night was a remarkable success. We were amazed at the support given to us by the community, the mayor’s office and the many local businesses that backed the families of fallen soldiers here in Colorado.
Because of the dedication of the caring businesses and individuals involved in this event, we were able to raise more than $15,000 for these families in need. And the best part is that the donations keep rolling in! As a result of these community efforts, we have been able to reach out to a family that desperately needed our help and save them from homelessness. We are currently evaluating new military families for what we can do to make them part of the SEAKR family. We learned a lot from our first event and we are looking forward to our next one where our hope is to raise more than $50,000 and add two new families to the SEAKR beneficiary list.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this important evening possible and we look forward to seeing more of our friends, customers and family at the 2nd Annual SEAKR event next October.
The Exodus Team
There is nothing casual about the casualties of war. And when a soldier gives their life for their country, there is surely no greater a sacrifice. But as those left behind attempt to recover emotionally from such a loss, often they are also plagued by the practical difficulties of financial turmoil. While the military attempts to supplement this monetary loss, very often, these payments come up short leaving grieving families with nowhere to turn.
That’s why we support SEAKR.
The SEAKR Foundation is a unique, private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting military families whose spouse or parent was killed in action while serving our country.
On October 8, 2010 the SEAKR Foundation is holding their annual dinner and silent auction to raise awareness and funds. With a fantastic cause and program, we will celebrate the induction of 5 new Colorado families now supported by the SEAKR Foundation.
Where: Curtis Hotel When: October 8, 2010
1450 Curtis Street Silent Auction 5:30 p.m.
Denver, CO 80202 Dinner and Event 7:30 p.m.
Please join us to make this first annual fundraising event a true tribute to those who give their all for our freedom!
SEAKR Foundation Promo
Please click on the link above to watch Andres Ross and Joel Coen on location at the Curtis Hotel, talking about the SEAKR foundation and the event itself.
Exodus Moving and Storage and SEAKR Engineering are teaming up to support SEAKR Foundation, with the 1st annual fundraising event. SEAKR foundation supports the families of Colorado soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. This event will be held at the Curtis Hotel in Denver on October 8th. Silent auction will begin at 6:00, dinner and guest speakers at 7:00.