Re: "Good" schools and urban cohousing
From: John Richmond (
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:24:54 -0800 (PST)
To Katie's reply - unlike Fresno, we do not have cross-school district 
enrollment. We do have some out-of-zone enrollment, but the neighborhood school 
concept is very much alive here. There are limited application-only slots in a 
few elementary schools in the city, an IB and a magnet arts program in middle 
school, and three application-based programs and an IB program in high school. 
There is a technical center but it is underused by city schools; suburban 
counties use it almost as much as we do.

The suburbs have a few middle school magnet programs, and each high school has 
a specialty center. This promotes more mixing between school zones at the high 
school level.

Virginia does not have many charter schools - we are regularly maligned by 
charter school organizations as having the worst, most restrictive charter 
school regulations in the country.

Liz - another aspect of our discussion was that we might be big enough to take 
over a PTA and change a school over a 3-5 year period. This happened with one 
school in Richmond with a cadre of parents that included the future fire chief.

Sharon: followup question - have you had parents decide not to move in due to 
the school zones in comparison to, say, Eastern Village in Montgomery County?

John Richmond
Richmond Cohousing

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