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Old 05-15-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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The area's just fine. Very little crime there at all, close to parks, cafes, etc. It's just small for a family. Guessing 800 sq ft (A relative owns it)
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
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I agree with Robyn55, that you should nail down a job first. But I am a conservative kind of person, not a free spirit.

First on the Job:

You said you have a BS in Computer information systems. I think you will have better luck in that area than the hospitality business. I manage rental properties so I get people moving from different and get to see where they work. I get alot working at NAS and Mayport and all the companies that support those bases. And I imagine there is a need for someone in Computer information. I have an engineering degree and have friends that work here in the Computer Science field. I know one person who was IT and used Monster and got two job offers. One at a law company and the other one at a university. Also someone state city of Jacksonville was not hiring. I do not know about the details on that, but I just had someone apply for a house a couple of months agao that got a job with the Jacksonville Fire Department.

On schools, I saw there was a debate about SJ schools. I can only give my personal experience and Anecdotal prospective. I am from up North where they have "Good" public schools, so when I moved to Jacksonville I was worried about the public school in Florida. We search everywhere looking at school ratings and etc. And when we came down here we went and visited all the SJ schools. Mandarin was a highly rated public school so also visited it.

I can only tell you after all the research and visits we rented a place to be in the Bartram Trail School District. My daughet is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at UF and when we moved here I wanted to find a school just as "GOOD" as the public school she was attending up North, otherwise I would have put her into a private school. My daughter was a top student, so my prospective of the school comes from that point of view. And in my humble opinion that school was top notch and as good as any publlic school up North. One caveat here though, some are trying to compare that school to specific magnet schools that you have to be selected to get in. Not sure that is an Apple to Apple comparison.

Lastly on rentals. At the lower end of you budget, probably tough to get a place in a nice area with a good public school. I think you can defineately find some apartment though at the upper end of your budget. Start looking through Craigslist, Rentals.com and etc. to get some ideas and then you have to come down and get to know the area.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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Another no job, no money, "looking for a new start," with "kids I want to give a chance for better" thread.

See all other threads. This is not a unique situation.

Good luck selling your house. I had a friend who lived there and she just had to eat the loss.

If you're going to go bankrupt in Detroit, might as well have a second one in FL.

(wow, I'm cynical today. It's cliche, but I haven't had my coffee yet. )
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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There's actually A LOT of jobs in IT. Banks, financial institutions, medical centers, etc employ many.

I was helping my sister-in-law look for a new job the other day and came across a slew of IT jobs.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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St Vincents is building a new hospital in Clay County. I dont know how much support staff will be in Clay County but I would think that they would be expanding IT department. Clay County schools are decent too. When we lived in Jax we had kids in Episcopal Day Schools and Catholic Schools. If you end up in Duval and want private school, check in to Step-Up for students scholarships. ( We used to qualify for the program but now I make too much. Funny because we are not living any differently) We were able to have our kids in great schools. If you are Roman Catholic the tuition at their elementary school are pretty reasonalble .
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville FL
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Default St. Johns schools

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Touché. Ok, At least for the sake of this poor guy who wants to move his family to a better life, will you agree that the schools in "NW" St. Johns county are "almost" all excellent? Either way it sounds like its better than what's going on in Detroit.

OP, at least you can know that our schools are SO good we argue over which ones are better

Shannon4426, attached is the latest high school rankings from US News and World Reports.

Top Florida High Schools | Best High Schools | US News

I have managed to find the 'ok' schools from Jacksonville, (Stanton Prep at #4, and Paxson at #10) but I'm having trouble locating any of the 'excellent' schools from St. Johns County.

Would you mind searching this rankings list, and letting us all know where these schools that you reference are showing up. I can't find them, but then again, I didn't have time to go through the entire rankings.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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I was helping my sister-in-law look for a new job the other day and came across a slew of IT jobs.
Did she get one?
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: On the banks of the St Johns River
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Shannon4426, attached is the latest high school rankings from US News and World Reports.

Top Florida High Schools | Best High Schools | US News

I have managed to find the 'ok' schools from Jacksonville, (Stanton Prep at #4, and Paxson at #10) but I'm having trouble locating any of the 'excellent' schools from St. Johns County.

Would you mind searching this rankings list, and letting us all know where these schools that you reference are showing up. I can't find them, but then again, I didn't have time to go through the entire rankings.
Ponte Vedra is ranked #21 in the state of Florida. National rank #310
Ponte Vedra is the only nationally ranked school in St Johns County.

St Johns County Link ...
St. Johns County School District | Florida | Best High Schools | US News

Stanton is ranked #4 in the state of Florida. National rank #29
Paxon is ranked #10 in the state of Florida. National rank #68
Douglas Anderson is ranked #14 in the state of Florida. National rank #127

Duval County Link ...
Duval County Public Schools | Florida | Best High Schools | US News
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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Shannon4426, attached is the latest high school rankings from US News and World Reports.

Top Florida High Schools | Best High Schools | US News

I have managed to find the 'ok' schools from Jacksonville, (Stanton Prep at #4, and Paxson at #10) but I'm having trouble locating any of the 'excellent' schools from St. Johns County.

Would you mind searching this rankings list, and letting us all know where these schools that you reference are showing up. I can't find them, but then again, I didn't have time to go through the entire rankings.
Yeah, I don't give much credit to those lists unless there's at least one reliable, standardized variable that they are applying (like SAT's). Don't get me wrong, those are obviously great schools. But so are the ones in SJC.

We have good friends that needed to relocate recently, so they checked out a town that was on multiple "top ten places to live/raise a family" lists. They were reliable lists like Forbes, CNN. They said the town was a dump!!

Show me the SAT's of those schools compared to SJC schools and then we've got a conversation.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville FL
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Better yet, maybe you could share with us your personal qualifications that make your opinion more meaningful than that of US News?
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