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MLS# U8004264

The bedroom has the same upgraded flooring in addition to a customized adjustable shelving system, providing maximum flexibility and storage. Relax on your own covered and screened private balcony. The community has tennis and racquetball courts,...
Visit this property in TEMPLE TERRACE: 11716 RAINTREE VILLAGE BLVD #C, TEMPLE TERRACE

MLS# T3109781

Elegance in the heart of Panther Trace. The large covered porch greets you as you approach the home with its beautiful archways that add architectural flair to the exterior facade. With 5 bedrooms, 4. 5 baths, there is plenty of room to entertain...
Visit this property in RIVERVIEW: 11619 BALINTORE DR, RIVERVIEW

MLS# T3109766

Newly renovated 4/2 home with a huge fenced yard on a quite street. Energy efficient LED lights throughout. This house has been updated with new kitchen, bathroom, new range and microwave. This house is move in ready, hurry this will not last long.
Visit this property in TAMPA: 7143 WRENWOOD CIR, TAMPA

MLS# W7801505

The home is a 3-level townhouse with a large master bedroom and a second bed/bath on the third level with plenty of space in between for privacy. The first floor features a large bedroom, bathroom and sliding glass doors that open to a patio. The...
Visit this property in BRANDON: 2430 MIDDLETON GROVE DR, BRANDON


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School LOCATOR (find your school by home address)Hillsborough | Pasco | Pinellas

PUBLIC Schools: Hillsborough Pasco | Pinellas

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PRIVATE Schools: Hillsborough | Pasco | Pinellas

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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?
  • 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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Step 4: School district boundaries change, and it's important to confirm with The School that your address indeed falls into their territory and they would accept new students. 

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.