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Old 11-28-2006, 07:34 AM
Location: Red Lion, PA
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We are a small family considering a move to Jacksonville at the end of next year. Can anyone give advice about schools (elementary/middle school level) in general? From the research we have done, Duval County schools are not very impressive. Also-any advice about surrounding areas- St. Johns County, Nassau, etc.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:17 PM
Location: Florida
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public schools in Jax are pretty bad. There are some really good elem schools, and some middle schools, but the high schools they feed into aren't that great. Most of the public schools teach kids to prepare them for the FCAT, (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test). http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/fcat.htm (broken link)

All this really does is 'dumb down' the quality of education, and the smart kids lose out. St. Johns schools are much better, but everyone is flocking there. We thought about moving there to send our child to school in St. John's, but who know how the high schools will be in 15 years. (I graduated 15 years ago, and my high school - Wolfson - was one of the best...now it's average at best).

That's why we are going to send our kid to catholic school, and we're not even catholic. we're not made of money, but like they say, you get what you pay for....
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:59 AM
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We too are moving to St Augustine/JAx area in the summer after school ends. They are building a few brand new schools, and we are buying a home near the new schools to hopefully get into them next year. The school ratings are very good for this area, and scores are higher than state averages (for the St Johns County schools, some of them). I've done a lot of research, and feel the schools are very good considering this IS Florida, and schools are viewed as lower than other areas anyway. Any questions you have, I"ll try and help you. Maybe we'll be neighbors one day..haha!
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:11 PM
Location: Orlando, FL - used to be nice, a dump now. Anyone speak English down here???
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LOL... dude, go read the crime issues in Jacksonville.

Geeez... you want to get killed or rapped or something? If yes, then go to Jacksonville.

Have fun!
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