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Old 07-19-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

My family is planning to relocate to Palm Bay, Florida and I have read all of the threads regarding Palm Bay (well, almost all).

I didn't see one that specifically discussed Palm Bay High School. I have a 14 year old son that may be attending there if I do decide to move to Palm Bay and would love to get anyone's opinions. Please, tell all positives and negatives of the school. I would like to get a complete picture of teachers, students, education ranking (we have checked out Greatschools.com, etc) behavioral issues within the school, etc.

We are moving from Brooklyn, NY and I have read that it will be a culture shock, but I believe we would get over that shock as we like a more laid back life and I am originally from a rural part of Jamaica. We love diversity and love that Palm Bay is described as diverse.

However, are there many activities within Palm Bay for a teenager? He is a really good kid and is into computers and books, not so much sports.

Regarding buses, as a New Yorker, public buses are my preferred form of transportation, are buses accessible and easy to use in Palm Bay? I would prefer not to drive, so any information regarding the quality of buses would be much appreciated.

Also, how is the job market in Palm Bay/ Melbourne? Specifically teaching. I am certified teacher with over 20 years of experience and an excellent record. I have experience working in day cares and elementary schools.
Thank you.
FloridaBound111

Last edited by FloridaBound111; 07-19-2012 at 11:10 PM.. Reason: Added more questions.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

My family is planning to relocate to Palm Bay, Florida and I have read all of the threads regarding Palm Bay (well, almost all).

I didn't see one that specifically discussed Palm Bay High School. I have a 14 year old son that may be attending there if I do decide to move to Palm Bay and would love to get anyone's opinions. Please, tell all positives and negatives of the school. I would like to get a complete picture of teachers, students, education ranking (we have checked out Greatschools.com, etc) behavioral issues within the school, etc.

We are moving from Brooklyn, NY and I have read that it will be a culture shock, but I believe we would get over that shock as we like a more laid back life and I am originally from a rural part of Jamaica. We love diversity and love that Palm Bay is described as diverse.

However, are there many activities within Palm Bay for a teenager? He is a really good kid and is into computers and books, not so much sports.

Regarding buses, as a New Yorker, public buses are my preferred form of transportation, are buses accessible and easy to use in Palm Bay? I would prefer not to drive, so any information regarding the quality of buses would be much appreciated.

Also, how is the job market in Palm Bay/ Melbourne? Specifically teaching. I am certified teacher with over 20 years of experience and an excellent record. I have experience working in day cares and elementary schools.
Thank you.
FloridaBound111
1. My guys got great education from Palm Bay high. Both were able to maintain their grades through their engineering and business degrees in college. I will let posters who have students in the school now tell you more about PBHS today but it was and maybe still is a powerhouse for football. I had one in sports and 1 in the marching band. The marching band gave him instant group of friends when he started high school and the band gave him opportunities to travel and see different places etc. too. I volunteered in the schools every chance I could because being involved in their eds makes for better education for your kids.
2. Lots of people in PB are from NY and Jamaica so you will find friends easily here. My neighbor(and my kid's Florida Grandma- their black grandma as she calls herself) and her whole family live here. There is even a cricket club here that they belong to.
3. Bus system is horrible and most people drive-especially to get to work etc. because it can take an hour or 2 to get places and the buses don't always run on holidays and weekends or very late into the evening. One of my employees a few years ago would get the bus to come to work but often was late or arrived an hour or 2 before her time to work and she would have to bring a bike to ride home at 9 or 10 PM because there were no buses running. Everything here is spread out and you need to drive to get places to do things like eat out, go to the doctor, the hospital, shopping, etc. .
4. Activities for teens......this is a sleeping community. We have the beach within a 15-30 minute from most areas of town depending on which beach you want to go to, movies, skateboard parks, rec center for basketball etc, but not a lot for teens to do that doesn't involve sports and their schools or church. To make sure my sons had things to do I became "surf mom" and got their friends and them to the beach, the swimming pool(no diving boards at home so needed to hit the public pools for that) , the water parks in Orlando, and even the theme parks to give them things to do in the summers so they wouldn't be bored here. We also built a skate ramp in our yard and that way we knew their friends and where they were and what they were upp to better. LOL They also did volunteer work so they could earn the highest of the Bright Futures scholarships.
5. Work in Palm Bay....unemployment still close to 10 % in the county. Teaching jobs scarce but check the Brevard County School site to get started in how to apply. Probably a thousand aps for openings so the competition is tight for all jobs. Subbing can keep you busy and get your foot in the door.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Hi Rabflmom,
Thanks for quick and informative response. I will definitely take everything you wrote into consideration, especially the bus/ job situation. The high school sounds like a good fit for my son, so at least that is one thing I can check off of my list. Thank you again.
FloridaBound111
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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Hi Rabflmom,
Thanks for quick and informative response. I will definitely take everything you wrote into consideration, especially the bus/ job situation. The high school sounds like a good fit for my son, so at least that is one thing I can check off of my list. Thank you again.
FloridaBound111
Just had a thought....you do know that Palm Bay High is not the only high school where kids in Palm Bay go, don't you? Only the kids who live in the NE section goes there. Palm Bay High School actually is in Melbourne so has kids from NE Palm Bay and South Melbourne going there. We also have Bayside and Heritage High Schools depending on where you live.

About the only people who ride the buses here seem to be New Yorkers who didn't drive in NY. Everything is pretty spread out here on the coast and you may live in 1 town, but you don't shop, eat, go to the doctor, play, etc just in that town. You really need a car to get around. Choosing one of the smaller towns might be easier to get around without a car-like Indiatlantic, or Melbourne Beach but even then you need to get to grocery stores and other places not located near the hub of the town.
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