Before Darol Rodrock became the largest residential real-estate developer in Johnson County, he was a teacher. And while it’s been some 40 years since Darol has held sway in a classroom, his belief in the importance of a quality education remains steadfast. It’s for this reason that every one of Darol’s 80-plus communities is situated in only the finest of school districts.
For instance, the family-favorite Stonebridge neighborhood is in the Spring Hill School District, the fastest-growing district in Kansas. With expected growth of 1,500 students over the next five years, the community recently passed a bond to fund a new elementary and middle school, an addition to the high school, and more.
Neighborhood trails lead Stonebridge families straight to the doors of the award-winning Prairie Creek Elementary School. Darol’s strong partnership with the school district helped ensure a new middle school will be built in the future adjacent to the elementary school.
For Dierdre Blonk and her family, school choice had an immense impact on where they decided to purchase a home.
“We’re a global family, and we move around quite a bit,” Dierdre says. “When we looked into area schools, we specifically looked at what was the best elementary school for our daughter. Before we bought in Stonebridge Meadows, I actually interviewed several schools in Olathe.”
Dierdre’s interview with the principal of Prairie Creek left her impressed and thoroughly informed of how the school functions.
“It’s an award-winning school,” Dierdre says. “After just her Kindergarten year, my daughter is reading books, writing sentences by herself, and writing her name in cursive — and it’s not that she’s doing these things, but that she loves to do them. Her teacher made learning fun, and she differentiated the curriculum to meet my daughter’s specific needs. The school truly has exceeded my expectations.”
Meanwhile, the Greens of Chapel Creek is in the De Soto School District, which welcomes 7,000 students through the doors of its 12 campuses. The district states it “has built a record of achievement in instructional program quality, policy development, efficiency of operation and student co-curricular activities…”
And that success includes the superior ranking of De Soto High School as Number Four among the top-rated high schools in Kansas by U.S. News and World Reports.
Some four communities — including Riverstone, Southwick on the Lake, Cottages at Woodridge, and Sundance Ridge — are in the highly coveted Blue Valley School District. Blue Valley is one of the largest school districts in the Kansas City Metro, with more than 22,000 students, spread across 34 campuses.
All five Blue Valley high schools were named to the Washington Post’s 2015 most challenging high schools list, Newsweek’s 2014 top public high schools list and The Daily Beast’s 2014 list of America’s top high schools.
Rounding out these impressive educational offerings is the Olathe School District, which is the second-largest district in Kansas with more than 29,500 students in some 49 schools — which have garnered some 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards, more than any other district in the state.
A number of fantastic communities are within the district, including Arbor Lake, Grayson Place, Persimmon Hill, and Forest View. Excitingly, this fall the brand new Olathe West High School will open down the road from the picturesque Persimmon Hill and Forest View communities. The building marks a new age of education, with a centrally located commons area and four adjacent wings, which put an emphasis on community.
“We are thrilled for the opening of Olathe West High School in August 2017,” says Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications at Olathe Public Schools. “Olathe West will provide students with an outstanding environment to learn and grow. Innovation is the cornerstone of Olathe West and technology will play an integral role in educating students. It is another high quality learning environment for the students of the Olathe Public Schools.”
“We are incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful options in public schooling in the Johnson County area,” says Brenda Sanders, President of Rodrock and Associates Realtors®. “All of our communities feed into outstanding schools, and our families not only benefit from the amazing educations offered but also go above and beyond to support our schools.”
Each Rodrock Development is uniquely designed to help families succeed, thanks to countless amenities, numerous family-friendly events, and the finest schools in the state. Each school truly helps breathe life into these communities — and our future. And this summer there is ample inventory available so that growing families can find the home of their dreams before school kicks into gear this August!
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