Moving with kids is tough. It isn’t really moving to a new home that is stressing them out (unless you have a baby or toddler, in which case it is – babies and toddlers thrive on routine and familiarity). If your kids are school-aged and you’re staying in the same school district, they’re probably excited for the move to the new place. It isn’t the house that’s the problem. It’s when you move out of the district or to a new state entirely, forcing them to go to a new school full of unfamiliar faces.
Sometimes, you just can’t help it – the residential moving company is bringing your stuff to a new state because of your job, or maybe you’re moving to a new country altogether because you’re a military family. Either way, you know that your kids are going to hate you for a short period of time. One way to make sure they bounce back to their old selves is to move to an area where the schools are amazing. But how can you know?
Hooray for the Internet
There is a handy website called Greatschools.org, a place where parents go to rate the schools their children attend so that others looking into schools for their kids can make informed decisions from the advice of actual parents sending their kids there. Who better to recommend the school than the parents sending their kids there? It just makes sense.
Here’s a list of three of the top-rated Fort Collins elementary schools to help you decide the area that’s best for your kids, all compiled by Greatschools.com. The schools listed in this article received the highest score possible, a 10.
Traut Core Elementary
This is a public school offering preschool through fifth grade, and the draw here is the high rate of parental involvement. Any teacher or school administrator will tell you this is the key to a great school. They have a high standard when it comes to a student’s work, but most important is their attention to character.
They know that kids need to learn more than the three Rs – they need to build their character and become strong citizens of their communities. There is such a high standard for excellence here, both academically and personally – the school has been nationally recognized, earning a Blue Ribbon Award for excellence. The school’s national assessment test scores were exceptionally high.
Liberty Common Charter School
A charter school you need to submit a name to enter into the lottery to get in, it is well worth taking the chance. The K-12 school’s ACT scores are extremely high (the highest in Colorado, in fact), and kids that attend are expected to work hard. If you have dreams of your child getting into a top college, this school is a great way to prepare them for that. There is a strict dress code, a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, and very high expectations regarding behavior. It won the John Irwin Award for three years straight (2010-2012).
Extracurricular activites abound – recycling club, robotics club, jazz band, drama, and more. If your child is a gifted and talented student, there is a selection of college prep and AP classes to challenge them. The school also features sports fields for baseball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and basketball to name a few. Or participate in chess club. If you’re struggling with a certain class, attend homework club for extra help.
Coyote Ridge Elementary
This school serves students in grades K-5, and parents just love it. The teachers care about each individual student, and make sure that each of them is getting what they need from their time at school each day. The school fosters a sense of community and focuses on both academics and character, nurturing the whole child. Test scores are high – all above the 90th percentile – and this is attributed to the teaching methodology. Teachers here teach to the students’ interests, based on research showing that kids learn better about things they are curious about.
This year, the school won two awards from the Colorado Department of Education – both the John Irwin Award and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. There is a wide variety of extracurricular things – choir, walking club, chess club, Lego club, and more – and parents have put in over 6,000 hours of volunteer time over the past year. It’s a wonderful community here. If you need help getting here, call your Colorado moving company, Exodus, today. We’ve been Fort Collins’ top residential moving company for many years for a reason! Or, find us on Facebook. Your Colorado moving company awaits.
Do any of these schools sound like a good fit for your child?