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MLS# U7748188

8966 60TH  WAY N, PINELLAS PARK listing
  • $249,500
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1474 Sq.Ft.

MLS# H2201341

12335 JAYBIRD  RD, WEEKI WACHEE listing
  • $199,900
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2940 Sq.Ft.

MLS# T2776357

6404 N 50TH  ST, TAMPA listing
  • $79,900
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 936 Sq.Ft.

MLS# W7612096

14002 WHITE PLAINS  ST, SPRING HILL listing
  • $158,000
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2385 Sq.Ft.

MLS# T2776120

11413 EASY  ST, LARGO listing
  • $99,900
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1010 Sq.Ft.

MLS# T2776108

6409 CREST HILL  DR, TAMPA listing
  • $129,900
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1802 Sq.Ft.

MLS# T2776322

15216 E POND WOODS  DR # 15216, TAMPA listing
  • $94,900
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1312 Sq.Ft.

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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?
  • Do I want a traditional, back-to-basics program or an alternative approach to learning?
  • 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.