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MLS# T3375240

Your new home is surrounded by tropical landscaping and huge shaded oak trees. Your new home is a 1 bedroom 1. The clubhouse has a fitness equipment, pool table, large screen TV, little library and room enough for dancing. Lots of activities...
Visit this property in LARGO: 11485 OAKHURST ROAD # 313, LARGO FL 33774

MLS# T3375354

Our Freedom Series in Abbott Park features open-concept floorplans designed to fit your stage in life. Abbott Park features our Freedom lineup, which includes extended tile in the living and dining areas, granite countertops throughout the home,...
Visit this property in ZEPHYRHILLS: 38360 SPRINGHEAD LANE, ZEPHYRHILLS FL 33540

MLS# T3375286

Clubhouse with lots of amenities and community events. This cozy 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage boasts high ceilings, spacious open floor plan, Open Kitchen with Breakfast Bar Island, upgraded appliances such as GAS Stove, and BOSCH Noise...
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MLS# U8163669

Hurricane impact windows in 2017. The kitchen in this home is a sight to behold. Huge granite island and fantastic cabinetry. Come see this home soon.
Visit this property in HUDSON: 7710 LAKESIDE WOODLANDS DRIVE, HUDSON FL 34667


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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.