Re: "Good" schools and urban cohousing
From: Jessie Kome (
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:18:28 -0800 (PST)

Answering the question about whether any parents chose Eastern Village 
Cohousing (in Montgomery County, MD) over Takoma Village Cohousing (in DC) 
based on the public schools - yes, I did. Eastern Village is in a cluster of 
schools that feed up to the excellent Montgomery Blair High school through 
several good elementary schools, a math magnet middle school, and lots of 
possibilities for other options. The EVC kids have dominated selections for our 
corner of the County's center for the highly gifted for more than a decade. We 
are also very close to a very good Jewish community day school and a short 
distance from Waldorf and Quaker schools. Based on conversations here over the 
years, I am sure that the quality of the nearby schools factored in to many 
households' decisions to live here.

Not just for families with kids, BTW. It is pretty well known around here that 
the County invests in a well-planned maintenance, upgrade, and replacement 
cycle for the schools, especially the Title I impacted ones, and this is a 
strong support for residential real estate values county-wide.

Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Silver Spring, MD

> On Feb 21, 2017, at 6:24 PM, John Richmond <johnrichmond50 [at]> 
> wrote:
> 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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