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MLS# A4157812

Lowest price in community. Very private conservation views from your expansive windows. Come and enjoy the life you deserve in this gated, Key West inspired community. Pictures are of the furnished model of same floor plan and do not represent the...
Visit this property in BRADENTON: 7710 34TH AVE W #102, BRADENTON

MLS# T2826171

Ready for your own personal upgrades and conveniently located within minutes from Westfield Country Side Mall. No Flood Zone. Very spacious and open living room and dining area. The best value in the area with a clubhouse and community pool.
Visit this property in CLEARWATER: 2103 PINE RIDGE DR, CLEARWATER

MLS# W7620810

Active Short Sale. Corner lot in Rolling Acres that's fenced in, with approximately 1300 sq feet living area, pool home. Home needs some TLC, 3rd bedroom converted for larger master area, can be converted back to 3rd bedroom if desired. Easy...
Visit this property in BROOKSVILLE: 6223 FABER DR, BROOKSVILLE

MLS# A4157460

Spacious pool home on Bowlees Creek with boat dock and direct access to Sarasota Bay. Extensive detail throughout includes hardwood oak floors in the foyer, dining and living rooms, crown molding, and tile floors laid in an offset pattern in the...
Visit this property in SARASOTA: 461 MAGELLAN DR, SARASOTA


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Figuring out exactly what you want in a school is not a simple task. When you imagine the ideal school for your child, you may picture colorful classrooms, dynamic teachers and a variety of extracurricular programs. But you need to weigh your child's needs, your family's values and practical constraints, as well. If you have more than one child, you may want them to attend the same school even if they seem suited for different environments. How do you figure out which qualities are most important when choosing a school?

Use this guide to consider all these important elements side by side. You might even invite your child to join you in this brainstorming process, especially if he has already attended school and has some ideas about what's important to him.

Step 1: Brainstorm. On a sheet of paper, draw three columns down the length of the page. Title each of the three columns as follows: Practical, Philosophical, Extracurricular. Using the guidelines below for each column, list the characteristics and qualities you're looking for in a school. Then continue on to steps two and three.

Consider:

  • How far can my child travel to school?
  • Do I need transportation provided, or can I get my child to school another way?
  • Do I need before- or after-school care for my child?
  • Does my child have any physical, emotional, linguistic or learning needs that require special attention?
  • For high school, does my child want preparation for a skilled trade?
  • Is college preparation a priority?
  • Are modern school facilities important to me?
  • What about technology?
  • Philosophical Elements

Consider:

  • Would my child be better suited to a small school environment, or would a large school be better for him?
  • Do I want a school with several grade levels, such as K-12, where my child can remain for several years?
  • How important is student diversity?
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  • Extracurricular Elements

Consider:

  • How important are music and art programs?
  • Are sports important? Which ones?
  • Do I want a school where parents are expected to be very involved with activities and decisions?
  • How does the school communicate with parents?
  • Are foreign language classes important? Which languages?

Step 2: Prioritize. Review each of your three lists and number your ideas in order of importance to you. While all the factors you've brainstormed may play some role in your decision, it's unlikely that any school will have every single characteristic you're looking for. The goal of this exercise is to clarify which components you can't do without.

Step 3: Find schools that match your needs. Through this exercise, you've created a basic picture of the school you're looking for. Now it's time to zero in on the schools that you'll consider for your child. Click into individual school profiles, where you'll find information about school curriculum, achievement, teacher-student data and much more.

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And finally... Don't forget that the best way to find out whether a school is the right place for your child is to visit in person. To make the most of your school visits, take along this handy school visit guide.