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Old 09-05-2014, 03:34 PM
 
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My husband currently works in Lake Wales. I am looking for an area with A rated public elementary, middle, and high schools like New Tampa where we used to live. I don't want to pay tuition. It seems that Winter Haven has A rated public elementary schools but the middle and high schools are D's. There seems to be nice areas but why are the schools so bad?
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Polk County schools overall have generally been poor and would contribute that to the population at large which tends much less educated to begin with. The better elementary schools in Winter Haven might be attributed to a younger, more educated demographic drawn to the town's nice downtown/historic homes and lower cost of living.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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[/b]36386172]Polk County schools overall have generally been poor and would contribute that to the population at large which tends much less educated to begin with. The better elementary schools in Winter Haven might be attributed to a younger, more educated demographic drawn to the town's nice downtown/historic homes and lower cost of living.
Polk County is a large county, Kyle, please don't paint such a broad brush. There are many good schools in LAKELAND which is Polk County's largest city, and a very nice one at that.

Winter Haven has long been a retirement or snowbird town (hence the name) so maybe that accounts for the schools.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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Polk County is a large county, Kyle, please don't paint such a broad brush. There are many good schools in LAKELAND which is Polk County's largest city, and a very nice one at that.

Winter Haven has long been a retirement or snowbird town (hence the name) so maybe that accounts for the schools.
The OP asked and the reality is that a broad brush is applicable. Yes, there are good schools here and there, but in general not so good.

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