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MLS# T2909132

The large open-concept downstairs includes a kitchen that overlooks living room and dining room, a powder bathroom, under-stairs storage closet, and an outdoor patio. The kitchen features a large center island perfect for bar-style eating or...
Visit this property in GIBSONTON: 8110 BILSTON VILLAGE LN, GIBSONTON

MLS# U7835535

Desirable Dunedin. This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home sets on a large privacy fenced yard near the charming Downtown Dunedin. There is also a Community Pool for your enjoyment. This ranch home has been Freshly Painted, new Flooring, newer Windows, A/C,...
Visit this property in DUNEDIN: 1614 AMBERLEA DR N, DUNEDIN

MLS# T2909113

NEW HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The appealing one-story home includes many contemporary features, and an open-concept design and 8’8" ceilings enhance the wonderful feel of this home. The kitchen includes a large island perfect for bar-style eating...
Visit this property in GIBSONTON: 8120 HARWICH PORT LN, GIBSONTON

MLS# U7835538

This beautifully maintained 3 bedroom plus sizable loft will meet all of your expectations. All of the kitchen appliances have an extended warranty so no need to worry. The natural light in this house will amaze you. Come see your new home.
Visit this property in TRINITY: 1107 MAZA PL, TRINITY


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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.

- Search for a School
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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.