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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
So we are going to give Boulder a go. We visited for a month and a half and are going to try to relocate. We are in northern CA for the holidays and will head back after the 6th.

DS is five and has only been to school when I worked part time for a short time. I am thinking of putting him in a Montessori school there since he did well at the last one. However, there are so many here. Does anyone have any opinions on them?

Also, what about public and charter schools for next year? Which should I consider.

We are half considering Louisville or Nederland too since they may be cheaper. Any thoughts?

I am a teacher and hoping to get a position there next year... wish me luck!
post #2 of 17
Congrats on your move! I wish I could help with school suggestions in the area, but we only have experience with Blue Mountain Montessori in Erie ( LOVED it), but Boulder and surrounding areas have many fantastic schools. You might want to try joining Colorado Attachment Parenting for some more ideas and opinions.
post #3 of 17
Boulder public schools. It really depends on what you are looking for. But here are a few I would recommend looking into:

If you like Montessori there is Community Montesssori. For a more Waldorf/arts integrated school, BCSIS (they have the most awesome kindy teacher ). Alternative charter, Horizons. Schools with a more academic focus: High Peaks (Core knowledge focus), Peak to Peak (K-12 charter in Lafayette). Dual-language, University Hill (Spanish immersion school on The Hill), Pioneer in Lafayette (bilingual English/Spanish elementary). Generally, all the public schools in Boulder are good, if you end up at your neighborhood school.
post #4 of 17
Well, you're from California, so perhaps you won't be as horrified as we were about how $$$ everything is...we live in Louisville because it's the closest we could be to Boulder and not have to squeeze our family in to an expensive, rundown apartment in Boulder city limits. I still don't consider our rental house "affordable", but we could never buy a house here, so we just deal with it. Make sure you rent or thoroughly check out whatever town you pick--I don't like Louisville. It's safe (and the schools appear to be safe, and maybe "good", depending on what criteria you have for "good"), but there is no community here. The people are not mean, but they're not exactly friendly--one couple on our entire street has introduced themselves in 4 months, and we have a tough time even getting people to say hello when we pass them on the sidewalk.

We picked it (without seeing it, save a weekend trip here) because it was smallish (18,000) and bragged about its small town values, main street, etc. What I've seen is that everyone works, so it's desolate during the day, and the main street is a few restaurants and pricey shops--not the useable (grocery, hardware store, etc.) sort of small downtown I'm used to. There's big box stores on the edge of town, so it's not like we can't get groceries and things (though I usually go to Boulder), I just don't find it very community oriented. The rec center is nice, though, and a good value if you like to take classes, and there's lots of paths for walking. The library is new and they're very proud of it, but there's not a lot of books or good magazine selection--I end up ordering it all from the Boulder library. I don't have kids old enough for the schools, so I can't help you there.

I love the sense of community I get when I visit Nederland, but you'll have to consider the winter commute very carefully. Also, if you like a lot of "stuff" to do, you may feel isolated there. I'd move there if my husband could realistically get to work in a decent amount of time in winter, but it wouldn't work for us (there's a bus that goes to downtown Boulder, though).
post #5 of 17
I live in Boulder and I love it! My dd1 had a horrible elem school experience at Creekside - so not all BVSD schools are great. Now she goes to Manhattan middle and loves it. My dd2 attends Community Montessori and we are very pleased with it (it's a public charter school age 3 - 5th grade). PM me if you want!
post #6 of 17
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I live in Boulder and I love it! My dd1 had a horrible elem school experience at Creekside - so not all BVSD schools are great. Now she goes to Manhattan middle and loves it. My dd2 attends Community Montessori and we are very pleased with it (it's a public charter school age 3 - 5th grade). PM me if you want!
I have no experience with Creekside, although I do know of someone whose son goes there, and she as far as I know has no issue with the school. I really don't think one can generalize about a school, it is really all about the child, teachers, principal etc whether a school is a good match. For example I pulled my DS from a very well respected/loved focus school because he had a horrible experience in kindergarten, but I don't blame the school. It was my issue, I felt like the teacher just didn't get who my child was, other parents were just fine with the teacher.
post #7 of 17
Look into Jarrow Montessori, if you haven't already. Even though it's not a public/charter school, they do offer some financial aid.

And I second the rec for possibly living in Lousiville. Quite a bit cheaper for housing, yet close enough to Boulder (and not too, too bad of a drive to Denver).
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses!

We are actually from Long Island, NY... but still it is not surprising. We are considering moving slightly out of Boulder to save.

We too like Nederland. Louiseville was so-so. I am nervous about that mountainous commute down though.

I think we are going to rent about 15 minutes up... off of Sugarloaf.
post #9 of 17
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I think we are going to rent about 15 minutes up... off of Sugarloaf.
Sugarloaf can be quite a challenge in the snow. You really need 4WD or AWD and good snow tires.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I heard it is a school bus route so always plowed? We do all four wheel drive on one vehicle and AWD on the other.
post #11 of 17
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I heard it is a school bus route so always plowed? We do all four wheel drive on one vehicle and AWD on the other.
If you are on a school bus route you should be fine. My eldest DD (who lives in Ward) works for a couple who live off Sugarloaf, she manages okay in her Subaru with studded snow tires. Long, steep driveways tend to the the issue!
post #12 of 17
subbing..................

......was just going to log on and ask the very same thing.
We are considering a job-related move to Boulder.

Very hard decision because we already live in an awesome area of NE WA state...way up near border to BC. Our boys go to a lovely, innovative, and very tiny public K-8 school and I am sooooo worried we could not find another one like it. Sigh...

But, we are just skating so thin financially where we are on my income alone. And my husband especially misses having a Buddhist community nearby and with access to plenty of health food markets and bookstores. He just finished a graduate degree in counseling and would like to start a practice somewhere...he is pondering that where we are now, may not be able to support his modality of therapy.

Any thoughts from the Boulder mamas would be a yay!!!
post #13 of 17
subbing too....
same story here, but right now we are in asheville nc, a very cool mt town etc....but if dh gets a good offer in boulder...ykwim?
i lived in my tent in nederland for a summer as a hippie teen...and loved it...how do you find rentals there?
anyone know of any good schools there?
thanks!
post #14 of 17
Moma Justice...ha...we used to live in Asheville too...6 years there..loved it...did we know each other??? LLL? Somehow we have managed to live in the beautiful spots in this US of A....we also lived near Leavenworth WA...that was fun...and on the beach near Destin, FL.

I soo have been looking at Nederland because I think it would most closely match where we live now...hippie community in the woods...job opp is with Boulder County though and they have free bus passes...that sounds intriguing

schools are what to figure out....
post #15 of 17
(former Coloradoan here )

DD attended a day camp at this Montessori school--not far from Celestial Seasonings. http://www.mountainshadows.org/

She also attended some day camps at this Waldorf school when she was younger...about 5+ yrs ago. Lovely place.
http://www.shepherdvalley.org/

Nederland is a really hip mountain town, but the drive into Boulder is a good 30 minutes (without traffic or weather issues).

You'll have more choices if you live in Louisville (unless you really want to be away from suburban life) and it's cheaper than Boulder.

Best of luck to you!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
You could consider Lyons too. It is north of Boulder, but doesn't have big box stores, etc. Ned is pretty cool, but the drive seems tough in winter to me. We are just little way up... about halfway between Boulder and Ned.

I was traveling and with family and missed to open enrollment so I don't know what we will do with school now... sigh.
post #17 of 17
I second the suggestion to look into Lyons. If you likd Nederland, definately look at Lyons. We lived in Ned and loved it, until the winter time, actually we still love it, but was hard with kids and getting out etc. I felt like I was in the car A LOT! Lyons is our favorite, it is a wonderful friendly small mountainy town that is really close to Boulder and Longmont.
We live in Lafayette, just next to Louisville, and like it for the most part, but wouldn't want to settle here for the rest of our lives Kwim.
Nederland has an awesome community, a moms group (nedmamas), coop, a great rec center just outside of town in gilpin, and great people. The wind and cold in the winter is really hard and usually pushes people out.
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