While experts point to the benefits of diversity — from children learning each others' languages to gaining an appreciation for other walks of life — a more self-interested reason for Mesa Verde parents to become involved in their neighborhood campuses might their home values.
Studies have found that standardized test scores are closely related to the surrounding home prices. A real estate broker interviewed for this series said schools are one of the first subjects people research.
Residents have remodeled many of the 1960s homes in Mesa Verde and installed elaborate landscaping. One front yard near Adams Elementary School has multicolored stone pavers, a top-of-the-line black BMW and a bubbling fountain.