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    Ski towns with best K-12 schools

    Which ski towns have the best K-12 schools (public or private)?

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    Define "ski town".
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    The Park City school system is among the best in the country. It is the most important reason that we moved here.
    In 2006, the year we moved here, Park City H.S. was rated top 160 of all high schools in the country. Since you are from NY, I will tell you that we moved from the Millburn/Short Hills school system. According to US News, these two school systems were right next to each other in the rankings. The elementary schools have a dual emersion system, with spanish and french. There are two charter elementary schools here, too. I can not speak about the quality of their education, but one (The Winter School) is in session from ~May thru Dec., so the kids can ski all winter. The other, Weilmann, I know nothing about, other than kids are separated according to their strengths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    The Park City school system is among the best in the country. It is the most important reason that we moved here.
    In 2006, the year we moved here, Park City H.S. was rated top 160 of all high schools in the country. Since you are from NY, I will tell you that we moved from the Millburn/Short Hills school system. According to US News, these two school systems were right next to each other in the rankings. The elementary schools have a dual emersion system, with spanish and french. There are two charter elementary schools here, too. I can not speak about the quality of their education, but one (The Winter School) is in session from ~May thru Dec., so the kids can ski all winter. The other, Weilmann, I know nothing about, other than kids are separated according to their strengths.
    The PC public schools are excellent. They are a big part of the reason we moved here. The academics are above reproach and they do a nice job of exposing the kids to the unique local athletic opportunities.

    I am sure many other ski towns have good public schools as well. They tend to have a strong property tax base along with nice quality of life/cultural factors that are conducive to raising children.

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    I'm interested in this too. Out west - some towns that come to mind - Steamboat, Hailey ID, Bend, OR, Incline Village, NV. Interested to hear about Park City above.

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    "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." M. Thatcher (RIP)
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    abdication of the parent's role in teaching a child is great

    only realtors think that "great K-12" is the same thing as "great place to live"

    if you think your child's school is what makes your child a smart, well-rounded, open-to-many-possibilities child, I'm assuming you're a realtor preparing his/her Statement of Noble Lies to share with a house-viewing "client"

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    ^^^ Still making assumptions and reading things into people's posts that aren't there, eh?

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    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRanger View Post
    ^^^ Still making assumptions and reading things into people's posts that aren't there, eh?

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    still obsessively following me around, MISreading my comments, and then gloating on the misread? good job.

    why did OP ask about places with good K-12? you tell me, Expert Mind-Reader. you tell me. obviously you've read my mind inaccurately, thus earning you the TGR Expert In The Category distinction, and it should translate well here. mis-read for us, please. and then gloat. it's a fine course to take.

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    Actually no, I was curious what people were saying in the thread and saw you being a douche again.

    I have no idea why he was asking. I wasn't the one making the comment that tilts at windmills, while arguably denigrating a legitimate question. Dude cares about good schools, probably. That doesn't mean he automatically thinks that you cannot raise a successful/smart/academically-achieving/whatever kid in schools that aren't the best in whatever arbitrary measurement we're using. But any reasonable reading of your comment leads one to believe that is what you are saying. Seems to make sense that if you're looking to make a move but don't know where, the quality of the schools might be one factor among many... but your comment, again, under any reasonable interpretation of it, implied that OP is thinking that's the only thing.

    But please troll on. Make assumptions, and then when somebody calls you out for making those assumptions, take obtuse umbrage and claim they're misreading you. The shtick is pretty tiring though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
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    Stern lecturing serious guy, taking the "shit, we're just wasting time here man" forum too seriously.

    Good job. The Serious Scholar of TGR approach is more tired than a dying 100 yr old human, but hey -- if you can persuade yourself that Acting Serious bails you out here, Smug Pedantic Professor, go right ahead.

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    I was super impressed by their K-8 school, and south has some of the best teachers teachers I know (the student body however, is sadly white as driven snow)
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    Oh my, there is an opinion.

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    The highest ranked public mountain school in CO according to US News and World report is Crested Butte, 6th overall in CO. The better half had been working there, there are some seriously talented, but overworked, teachers there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telebobski View Post
    Define "ski town".
    I define ski town loosely. I would love to live in a town where I am minutes rather than hours from world class skiing. As an example to draw the line, Denver, although a great city with great schools, would not be included.

    There are many other important factors to consider, but it is interesting to know about the SLC schools, or that CB has the highest rated public school system in a ski town. I am also curious if there are particularly good charter schools elsewhere, like Aspen, Bozeman, Nelson, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creaky fossil View Post
    Stern lecturing serious guy, taking the "shit, we're just wasting time here man" forum too seriously.

    Good job. The Serious Scholar of TGR approach is more tired than a dying 100 yr old human, but hey -- if you can persuade yourself that Acting Serious bails you out here, Smug Pedantic Professor, go right ahead.
    A number of big assumptions are required to conclude that someone asking about a good school system is a realtor and/or someone seeking to abdicate themselves from the role of teaching their child. Perhaps it would be more productive to assume the best rather than the worst.

    As someone participating in these forums, I imagine you must be supportive of children gaining significant exposure to skiing - as part of a well rounded upbringing. You must have some helpful insight into ski town communities. If the quality of the school is not important to you, can you speak to the quality of the community in any particular ski town?

    If not, troll away.

    Disclosure: I am not involved in the real estate business in any form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaukamite View Post
    I define ski town loosely. I would love to live in a town where I am minutes rather than hours from world class skiing.
    On that note, let me sing the praises of School District 54 here in Smithers B.C.
    Largely on the strength of excellent teaching, the schools in our fair mountain town offer a high quality education and lots of extra curricular as well. French Immersion, hockey academy and a soon to be outdoor program etc., all within the public system. Charter options are limited to religious schools.

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    Ski towns with best K-12 schools

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    The highest ranked public mountain school in CO according to US News and World report is Crested Butte, 6th overall in CO.
    Kind of curious how those rankings are done.
    The stats for Aspen Public HS equal or exceed schools high on the list and yet it's unranked.
    Why do I care? Self validation bias of course.
    I think it's fair to say amongst the community that aspen elementary is generally considered very good, middle school so-so and high school more than decent.

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    Aspen has a good school system. It's just everything else about the town that difficult. No stores, or gas stations, or local community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    On that note, let me sing the praises of School District 54 here in Smithers B.C.
    Largely on the strength of excellent teaching, the schools in our fair mountain town offer a high quality education and lots of extra curricular as well. French Immersion, hockey academy and a soon to be outdoor program etc., all within the public system. Charter options are limited to religious schools.
    Timely since the province wide teachers strike ended approximately a week ago...

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    the folks in boise think they've got it good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    Aspen has a good school system. It's just everything else about the town that difficult. No stores, or gas stations, or local community.
    I'd agree with the good school, and that it can be difficult. There are plenty of gas stations for the # of people, it's just the price that you need to pay for gas.. is ridiculous. And there is plenty of local community.

    Colorado has a few ski towns with great schools:
    CB
    Aspen
    Steamboat
    IF you consider Salida a 'ski' town...

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    If you have noy gadeated k-12 by now you should just go ski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcpnz View Post
    Kind of curious how those rankings are done.
    The stats for Aspen Public HS equal or exceed schools high on the list and yet it's unranked.
    Why do I care? Self validation bias of course.
    I think it's fair to say amongst the community that aspen elementary is generally considered very good, middle school so-so and high school more than decent.

    They received #1 in CO and 59th in the nation in 2012 and then completely fall out of the rankings?
    http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20...NEWS/120509872


    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    Aspen has a good school system. It's just everything else about the town that difficult. No stores, or gas stations, or local community.
    No room for strip malls.

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    The social demographics in the small expensive ski towns are such that the schools will in general be good. If you have questions about Weilenmann in Park City, PM me. ( have kids there) It and Jeremy Ranch are scoring he highest in the ranking tests in town. If you choose Park City, every kid has an opportunity to get a very good education at any of the schools. I coach a bunch of kids from all of them and there are great kids thoughout this town.

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