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MLS# T3132384

Enter to a stunning six-foot orbit chandelier and double staircase. The bright kitchen has a breakfast nook and is next to the dining room with views of the pool and lake. The first-floor master retreat has the same captivating views and features...
Visit this property in LUTZ: 19105 MERRY LN, LUTZ

MLS# U8085934

Beautifully remodeled pool home in a convenient part of Northeast St. Short trip to the popular entertainment in downtown, easy drive to the infamous 4th St. No expense spared, new laminate floors/trim throughout, new bathrooms new kitchen with...
Visit this property in ST PETERSBURG: 726 37TH AVE NE, ST PETERSBURG

MLS# U7810774

Under construction. 60% sold out. Minutes from Pier 60, Pura Vida allows for shopping and dining while maintaining the convenience and seclusion only offered by an exclusive 22-unit building. After enjoying a day discovering all that the top rated...
Visit this property in CLEARWATER BEACH: 15 AVALON ST #6H/603&604, CLEARWATER BEACH

MLS# U8012507

Under Construction. Each residence is an end unit, designed to showcase gorgeous water views. Limited to just 7 luxury residences, Palazzo del Sol offers the carefree lifestyle of condominium living with the privacy and feeling of a single family...
Visit this property in INDIAN SHORES: 18800 GULF BLVD #201, INDIAN SHORES


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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.