Jen Rigsby is co-owner and founder of Front Range Educational Consulting. Prior to starting Front Range Educational Consulting, she worked for e.Merging Consulting. During her tenure at e.Merging, she handled preschool through high school students, gifted and talented, and relocation consultations.

Welcome to Denver

Relocating to the Denver area is an exciting time. Yet, it can feel overwhelming for families choosing a school in Denver.

The Denver area has more charter, innovation, magnet and option programming than anywhere else in the country.  However, each school district runs their lotteries differently. Therefore, it is  difficult for families to decipher what school works for their family. When moving to Colorado, parents often state that they want their child to go to the “best school”. While there is no “best” school, there is a school that is the best fit for your child and family.

Typically, a family will buy a house and their child is zoned for a neighborhood school. Unfortunately, Colorado’s diverse educational landscape has made this process hard to navigate.  Colorado’s school choice systems have a plethora of alternatives from the neighborhood schools with unique charter, magnet, innovation and option schools. Yet, each school district (and in some cases each school) has their own system protocols, terminology, and waitlists. It has become imperative to strategize various tracks including combinations of public, private, magnet, or charter schools to align with your child’s needs, and your family’s resources.

Find the Right School

Parents who relocate to Denver and choose to work with an educational consultant are surprised to learn of schools and programs that are not found online. Families become equipped with accurate information about school programs and specific curriculum that will help your child transition successfully. Educational consultants work alongside real estate agents streamlining the home buying process.   Families are given information on neighborhoods that meet all of your family’s needs. Data from educational consultants are more detailed than school ranking websites allowing a family to be more confident with their home purchase.

Finding the best fit school for your child and family is a huge step in building a new community in Denver.  Additionally, this decision can be difficult if your child has unique and special need. With the help of an Educational consultant, parents receive coaching with transition assistance plans, navigate mid-year transfers, and refer to specialists to help rebuild your support system in Denver. A school is so much more than reputation, tradition, and test scores. Parents want the best for their child(ren).  However, it is overwhelming to compare schools and evaluate based on data and testimonials alone.

Private Schools

Many families are turning to private schools due to the public school lottery systems.  Although the Denver area also has some fantastic private schools, some cost an upwards of $27,000 and have an acceptance rate of less than ten percent.  Private schools offer amazing curriculum, extracurricular programming, small class sizes that any child would benefit from.

Private schools are looking for students that align with their mission and unique student profile.  Therefore, standing out amongst hundreds of families vying for a few class spots is challenging while navigating each school’s specific admissions procedures, deadlines, and testing requirements. Educational consultants can help families identify which schools are worth the money and how to increase your chances for acceptance.

Your Partner in Education

With over 15 years of experience in education, Jen Rigsby has an intimate understanding of the inner workings of public and private schools in Denver area.  Also, Mrs. Rigby’s understands the importance of finding a home based on where you want your child to attend school.  Having done the legwork on your behalf and identified areas in all of the major public school districts, she can help you strategize for better results in the various school lottery systems.

Jen tours over 70 schools a year and conducts approximately 25 classroom observations. Equipped with a vast personal and professional network, she can provide public and non-public information such as budget decisions, staff changes and other leading indicators that can help you choose the right school.  Jen visits schools in person to understand schools culture, programming, and curriculum at a deeper level.  She looks forward to working with your family to identify the best school for your family.

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