Fort Collins Schools – A Class Above

by kenlavertu on April 14, 2012

in Featured, Fort Collins CO Real Estate, Latest News

A huge factor for buyers with young families is the quality of local public schools. If you’re considering a move to Northern Colorado, allow me to recommend the Poudre School District, which serves the greater Fort Collins area, whose students consistently outperform their statewide contemporaries.

Poudre Schools serve the area roughly west of I-25 from Highway 34 (Trilby Road) in the south to Wellington in the north. Click here for a list of Poudre schools and their addresses.

For a sampling of Elementary school performance, I checked the Great Schools rankings: most have ratings between 7-10 on a scale of 10. A good example is Kruse Elementary School, whose fourth graders in 2011 tested 23% higher than the state average in reading, 20% higher in writing, and 20% higher in math. These scores are merely a representative example of the school’s overall performance.

For Middle Schools, see Preston as a good example.  Their 7th graders in 2011 blew past state averages in reading, writing, and math by about 20 percentage points per category.

For High Schools, I quickly sampled Rocky Mountain High School and Poudre High School. RMHS receives a grade of 8 out of 10 at Great Schools and boasts one of the most qualified faculties in the state. The faculty average 10 years of experience and 75% have a master’s degree or above. Poudre High School’s faculty averages 12 years experience and 78% of it’s faculty have a master’s degree or above.

Although most of us admit the most important ingredient to a student’s success is parental involvement, the faculty, facilities, and environment are highly significant. For these factors, the ones that lie largely outside the parents’ direct control, one really can’t do better than the Poudre School district.

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