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Old 06-15-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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The only problem with Duval is that there are 2 excellent schools that you have to test into. Some people don't want to "gamble" with their child's education in case they don't make the cut (3 when cookman is a high school). I can understand that. My wife and I are taking a wait and see approach with our two kids. If they test really well, then we will probably try to move to San Marco where Hendricks and Landon are both good and they would be in the district with an eye on one of the big 3 for high school.

If my kids are borderline, I'll stay out here in St. Johns as the "safe" play.
I think you hit the nail on the head. we avoided duval because as a whole the schools aren't that great. I also didn't want my friends to have to ride a looooong time to get to those better schools (which as military you have preference to get into them). I wanted to live in neighborhood where my kids went to school with the kids they lived by and our community events were sometimes tied to the school events nearby. My girlfriend is moving back to jax in the fall (grew up here) and said that she's struggling with areas/schools for her kids. She is leaning towards St. Johns and not in Duval where she grew up because she believes that the magnet schools are in part to blame for the rest of duval schools being so poor.

It's tough......sometimes you have to sacrifice where you want to live at a certain point for your family. I know eventually we'll move into a different area after our kids graduate. I love my neighborhood for the kids especially.....but when they aren't around I don't know if I would want to stay permanently here.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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It's tough......sometimes you have to sacrifice where you want to live at a certain point for your family. I know eventually we'll move into a different area after our kids graduate. I love my neighborhood for the kids especially.....but when they aren't around I don't know if I would want to stay permanently here.
nail on the head there mate.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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This is why we settled on St. Johns county schools, too (NW)--real neighborhood schools only a short bike ride/walk or brief bus ride away. You don't have to gamble if your kid will get into a decent school, either. The trade-off are neighborhoods which tend to be newer, shopping which may be a little farther away (depending upon where you live, our grocery store is 2 minutes away), but there are some older neighborhoods which don't have the same-style homes and larger lots, less-restrictive HOA's and the residents have been there for some years. As we have four kids we just didn't see a reason to take any chances with who would get into which school and so we went with SJC. You cannot go wrong with any of the high schools or other schools in either NW or NE SJC.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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if u know what ur doing theres little 'gambling' involved really! but dont take my word for it--- go on www.metrojacksonville.com or www.riverside-avondale.com or www.myspringfield.org or any other forum and ask where people that live in the city send there kids and how that is! i promise the many thousands of parents arent giving up on thier kids education by living in the city believe it or not.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
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Before moving to Jacksonville I went and visited all the potential high schools. Both Bartram and Allen Nease were highly rated. In fact Allen Nease was rated the 81st best high school in 2007, 91st in 2008, and 93rd in 2009 by Newsweek. And what I liked about these schools is they were not Magnet schools and still ranked very high. I am from the Northeast where the public schools are very good. Personnally Bartram Trails was the right fit for my daughter. Go to greatschools.net and do some research and then go visit the schools. Except for a few schools in Duvall that are difficult to get into, I do not think there is any comparison, but do the research and check it out for yourself.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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I think you hit the nail on the head. we avoided duval because as a whole the schools aren't that great. I also didn't want my friends to have to ride a looooong time to get to those better schools (which as military you have preference to get into them). I wanted to live in neighborhood where my kids went to school with the kids they lived by and our community events were sometimes tied to the school events nearby.
Same with us. I spent months pouring over school ratings and test scores. I've talked to countless guidance counselors and administrators. Overall, Duval just didn't compare to St. John's.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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Same with us. I spent months pouring over school ratings and test scores. I've talked to countless guidance counselors and administrators. Overall, Duval just didn't compare to St. John's.

Are y'all settled in yet?? Our movers come Monday!
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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if u know what ur doing theres little 'gambling' involved really! but dont take my word for it--- go on www.metrojacksonville.com or www.riverside-avondale.com or www.myspringfield.org or any other forum and ask where people that live in the city send there kids and how that is! i promise the many thousands of parents arent giving up on thier kids education by living in the city believe it or not.
I'm sure there are pockets of the city that line up great with the schools. I simply could not afford the home prices at this time. I can't put two kids and a wife in a 1,400 square foot home.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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The more I look the more sure I am that we will live in SJC. PVB here we come??? Maybe. Have a number of subdivisions to check out. At some point I may even get excited about this...
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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Are y'all settled in yet?? Our movers come Monday!
Monday!!!! Wow! I know you are busy!!!

Our movers come the 28th and 29th. The stuff gets delivered to the new house on July 2nd! Much faster than we expected! I'm so excited!!!!
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