Falcon School District 49 is the fastest growing school district in the region (and by some measures, the state). It covers the eastern plains, the suburban area of Colorado Springs east of Powers Blvd, and a large portion of southeastern Black Forest. D49 has traditionally been torn between being a rural district covering many areas of 5 acre tracts with horses, and an suburban district covering many higher density areas such as Stetson Hills / Indigo Ranch, Springs Ranch, Banning Lewis Ranch, Woodmen Hills and Falcon Hills, among others.
In recent years, there have been several charter schools added with in the district, including the Imagine Classical Academy, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, and the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy. The entire educational structure of the Banning Lewis Ranch is planned to be based on charter schools, raising some interesting issues. The Banning Lewis Ranch is the largest development in the history of Colorado Springs.
The number 1 issue facing the district is growth, including both how to handle it from an infrastructure standpoint, as well as maintaining / improving academic excellence when so many new students are expected. The district began the search for a new superintendent at the beginning of 2013.
In 2012, D49 scored 75.4% proficient or above on the summary reading TCAP testing. The average home price for D49 in 2012 was $220,746. Here is a sample of homes for sale in D49 between $200 and 250k.