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Old 08-14-2015, 01:46 PM
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Venice is in the Sarasota County School District. I know a business teacher at Venice High and she loves it. I taught in North Port and really like their schools. North Port is also in Sarasota County just south of Venice.

If you go to the Sarasota County School District web page and click on the links for the Venice Schools you can read about them and their activities, school calendar, etc. School starts in Sarasota County on Monday, Aug. 24 for the kids. Charlotte County schools are already in session.

There is more for kids to do in North Port than Venice. Venice median age is in the 60's and North Port is in the 40's.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:54 PM
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Ok thank you! Unfortunately my kids start here Wednesday so they would have to switch schools after the year has already started but it can't be avoided. Thanks so much for the information!
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:59 PM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by kimiedawn View Post
In the Sarasota--Bradenton area, Venice is known as the place where your parents' parents live.
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:05 PM
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In the Sarasota--Bradenton area, Venice is known as the place where your parents' parents live.
That comment may have been true and funny at one time, but that's changing. The new developments have more kids.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:07 AM
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We looked at Bradenton, and wasn't impressed. I know there are some nicer areas inland but we would like to be fairly close to the beach. That's why we liked Venice. The town itself seemed kept up nicer, and close proximity to the ocean. Another question I have is that I have heard insurance there is very high. Especially if in a flood zone. Can anyone tell me approximately how much that runs on say a 200k home?? Thanks so much for all the information !
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:55 AM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Sarasota county has one of the best school systems in the state of Florida. It also has Pine View School for the Gifted, which was ranked the top school in Florida and one of the top schools in the Nation. It is a public school and the requirements are that you live in Sarasota county, have an IQ of 130 or more, pass the achievement tests required and have teacher recommendations. I have one child who graduated from PV and another who attended for many years. It's a great school but it's not for every kid. It services grades 2nd-12th. Here's some more info on that subject:
Welcome to Pine View School
Pine View School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are many other fantastic schools in Sarasota and Manatee county's Here's a website where you can see how the schools are rated:
School Accountability Report...
or www.GreatSchools.com

Here are the school districts by zone: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net...lrp/zones.aspx

Southside services most of the downtown area south of Main St. North of Main would be mostly Booker school district. The Palmer Ranch area is mostly Ashton school district. There are other schools in the area but these are ones that I have either had personal experience with or I have friends that have kids in the schools.

Sarasota ranks as one of the top districts in the state by a number of measures, including test scores, graduation rates and teacher compensation.

It offers distinctive programs tailored to different student needs, including Florida's only school for the gifted, the state's largest special needs school and one of a handful of career-focused high schools.

My family has extensive experience with the Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte county school systems. My grandmother went to many of the local schools that aren't even around anymore. My parents attended many local schools. My father went to Anna Maria Elementary school in the early 50's. My parents attended Manatee High School together and they graduated from Manatee Jr College and both went onto eventually graduate from The University of Florida.

I attended public, private and charter schools in all three counties. My children are and have attended public, private, gifted and online schools in all three counties. I know many of the teachers, principals, etc in the local schools and have friends with children in the local schools as well.

When it comes to the locals school systems, I have a lot of first hand knowledge.

Alright, if I were checking out schools other than Pine View these are the schools that I would look into, in order. This is also the order they fall in if you look at the stats on the state of FL.

I'll throw some zip codes and communities in as well to use for a general guideline but make sure you double check them with the map provided and the local school board as the map/zip codes may change if they add a new school, development or due to enrollment.

Keep in mind that there are other communities in each zip code worth checking out. I'm just trying to give you a starting point. Also, if the community is very large it might encompass two or three different schools.

Sarasota County also has what is called "School Choice". Click here to find out more about that: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/dep...t.aspx?id=2674

Here is the website for Manatee County Schools: http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/
Attendance zones for Manatee county Schools: http://www.manateeschools.net/pages/...ignment_Lookup
And School Choice in Manatee County: http://www.manateeschools.net/pages/.../School_Choice

Another option is Florida Virtual School. My middle girl has done that for the last few years. It's worked out great for us but you and your child need to be very disciplined with turning in assignments, teacher conferences, etc. http://www.flvs.net/myFLVS/Pages/myFLVS.aspx

This website has some info on the local private schools in the area: http://www.privateschoolreview.com/c...L/county/12115
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has a list of a few private schools in Manatee county: http://www.manateechamber.com/manate...e-schools.aspx
as does this website: http://www.floridasmart.com/local/co...on_private.htm

Please use this website when searching for properties: www.myfloridahomesmls.com It's the most up to date website.

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Old 08-15-2015, 08:56 AM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I have attended the Venice Schools as has one of my daughters. My brother went to Venice High and a few of the teachers are still there! I, personally, have nothing but excellent things to say about the Sarasota school district as well as the Venice schools. I know there can be many variables--if they mesh with their teaches, how they get along with the other kids, etc. I have three girls of varying ages. We've done the public school route, Montessori school, private school, virtual school, gifted school, private college, etc. So, we've run the gamut on the local schools. I currently have one who just graduated from New College and went to the Venice schools as well as other local schools and Pine View, another who is 17 and ready to graduate, who again has gone the Pine View route, Montessori school, virtual school and various other public schools in the area and my little one who's 11 and also had lots of experience with the local schools. Since I have children who are school age I also keep in contact with other families who have children in many of the local schools. Often a the families are like ours where there may be older and younger siblings who are in or have been in the various local schools. When the kids all get together schools are a common topic of conversation.

Please be sure to verify school districts before purchasing a home.

Sarasota High Schools

High School
Riverview, Score 621, Rating A- (34233, 34231, 34241, 34238)--Aqualane Estates, Arbor Lakes, Arielle, Ashely Oaks, Ashton Glen, Ashton Pointe, Bahama Heights, Ballantrae, Bayview Acres, Baywood Colony, Bee Ridge Estates, Beneva Oaks, Beneva Pine, Beneva Ridge, Beneva Woods, Bent Tree Village, Coral Cove, Country Club of Sarasota, Deer Creek, Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, Gator Creek, Granada Park, Gulf Gate, Marbella, Misty Creek, Miro Lago, Preserve at Heron Lake, Prestancia, Red Hawk Reserve, Ridgewood, Serenoa, Siesta, Stonebridge, The Hamptons, The Landings, Turtle Rock, VillageWalk, Wellington Chase, Admirals Walk, All States Park, Amberlea, Bliss Estates, Botanica, Buccaneer Bay, Carrington Place, Casa Del Sol, Castel Del Mare, Cedar Cove, Cedar Grove, Center Gate, Clark Meadows, Clark Lakes, Colonial Oaks, Colonial Terrace, Country Manor, Country Place, Covington Place, Crooked Creek, Crossings, Denham Acres, Eagle Chase, Eagles Point at the Landings, Eastlake, Edgemont, Enclave at Prestancia, Esplanade by Siesta Key, Evergreen Park, Fairway Woods, Fishermans Bay, Flora Villa, Floral Park, Florence, Forest Lake Country Club, Forest Oaks, Forest Pines, Foxfire, Giannini Place, Golden Acres, Golf Estates, Grove Park, Grove Pointe, Gulf Gate East, Gulf Gate Gardens, Gulf Gate Manor, Gulf Gate Woods, Hammocks, Hansens, Harbor Oaks, Heritage Oaks, Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, High Acres, Hollywood Gardens, Honore Crossings, Hyde Park Terrace, Hymount, Imperial Place, Island House, Island Reach, Island Reef, The Island, Isles of Sarasota, Jackson Highlands, Jamaica Royale, Johnson Estates, Kenilworth, Kentwood Estates, La Vista, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Tippecanoe, Lakeshore Village, Lakewood, The Landings, The Landings Carriagehouse, Landings South, Landings Treehouse, Villas at Eagle Point Landings, Landmark Estates, Las Palmas, Los Lagos, Lucaya Country Club Village, Madison Park, Magnolia Pond, Marblehead, McIntosh Lake, Meadowland, Meadowbrook, Mediterranea, Meridian at the Oaks Preserve, Myakka Valley Ranches, Nathaniel Place, Oak Forest Villas, Oak Ridge, Oakleaf, Oakwood Gardens, Orchid Trace, Oyster Bay Estates, Palm Lakes, Palmer Club at Prestancia, Palmer Oak Estates, Palmer Square, Park Place Villas, Parkstone, Pelican Cove, Peppertree Bay, Phillippi Cove, Phillippi Crest, Phillippi Gardens, Phillippi Landings, Pine Meadow, Pine Ridge, Pine Shores, Pine Craft, Pinehurst Park, Pinestone at Palmer Ranch, Pinewood Village, Portofino on the Bay, Preserve at Misty Creek, Restful Pines, Ridgewood, River Forest, River Pines, Rivers Edge, Riverview Manor, Riverwood Estates, Riverwood Park, Rolando, Saddle Creek, Sandhill Preserve, Sara Sands, Sarasota Highlands, Savannah at Turtle Rock, Sawyerpine, Schooner Bay, Secluded Oaks, Serenade on Palmer Ranch, Shadow Lakes, Shady Creek, Sienna, Siesta Heights, Silver Leaf, South Gate, South Gate Ridge, South Haven South Highland, South Pointe Woods, Southfield, Southpointe Shores, Spice Bay, Stickney Point Park, Stonebrodge, Stone Haven, Stoneybrook Verandas, Strathmore Riverside, Summerside, Sun Haven, Suniland, Sunnyside Lake, Sunrise Cove, Sunrise Golf Club Estates, Sunset, Swifton Villas, Tamiami Terrace, Terra Bea, Terrace East, Three Oaks, Timber Land Ranchettes, Town & Country Estates, Tregate East, Tregate Manor, Trillium, Trinity Village, Tropical Shores, Vamo, Veranda at Heritage Oaks, Villa De Este, Villa Fiore, Villa Rosa, Village Green, Villas at Deer Creek, Vintage Grand, Virginia Heights, Vista Hermosa, Weslo Willows, Westbrook, Westlake Estates, Westwood, Wilkinson Woods, Woodlawn, Woodpine, Woodside.

Venice High (All of the Venice area) Score 608, Rating A

North Port High (All of the North Port area), Score 569, Rating B

Sarasota High, Score 548, Rating B- (34236, 34239, 34237, 34240, 34242, 34232, 34233 ) 1350 Main, Akin Acres, Alfred Park Anchorage, Ashworth Park, Arboreal, Avon Heights, Avondale, Barton Farms, Bay Island, Bay Island Shores, Bay Island Park, Bay Oaks, Bay Plaza, Bay Tree Club, Bayview Heights, Beach Villas at the Oasis, Beach Haven, Beachway Apts, Bearded Oaks, Bellevue Terrace, Bent Tree, Bird Key, Brentwood Estates, Broadway, Bungalow Hill, Burns Court, Casa Del Sol, Casa Mar, Casarina, Center Gate, Centeral Park, Chartley Court, Cherokee Park, Cityscape, Citywalk, Cocoanut Bayou, Colonial Oaks, Condo on the Bay, Cordova Gardens, Country Club Shores, Country Creek, Courtyard Villas, Crescent Arms, Crescent Royale, Crestline, Crestwood, Crystal Sands, Deerfield, Desoto Park, Derby bay South, Dolphin Bay, Dolphin Tower, Eastwood, El Presidente, Embassy House, Emerald Gardens, Essex house, Excelsior Beach, Fiddler Bayou, Fisherman’s Cove, Fisherman’s Haven Floyd & Cameron, Forest Lakes Country Club, Forest Pines Founders Club, The Gardens Georgetowne, Glen Ridge, Golf Club Estates, Golfview, Granada, Granada Park, Green Acres, Greenbriar Homes, Greenfield, Greers, Grove Heights, grove Lawn, The groves, Gulf & Bay Club, Hager Park, Hammocks, Harbor Acres, Harbor Oaks, Harbor Towers, Harbour Towne, Harmony, Hartland Park, Hartsdale, Hibiscus Park, Hidden Harbor, Hidden Lagoon Beach Club, Hidden Oaks, Highland Crest, Hudson Bayou, Hudson Crossing, Husdon Park, Hyde Park Citrus, Island Reef, Jamaica Royale, Kanaya, L Ambiance, La Linda Terrace, La Siesta, Lake Sarasota, Lake Estates, Laurel Lakes, Laurel Oak Estates, Laurel Park, Lewis Combs, Lido Beach, Lido Harbour Towers, Lincoln Park on Hudson Bayou, Loma Linda Park, Long Meadow, Magnolia Pond, Mandarin Park, The mangroves, Mapleloft, Marina Del Sol, McCellan Park, Meadow Walk, Midnight Cove, Midnight Harbor, Midwood Manor, Mira Mar, Morill Enclave, Morton Terrace, North Harbor, Nottingham, Oak Court, Oakford, Oak Shores, Oak Vistas, Oakleaf, Ocean Beach, Ocean View, One Watergate, Orange Club, Orange Grove, Orange Park, Orchid Oaks, Otter Creek Estates, Our House at the Beach, Paddocks, Palm Bay Club, Palm Place, Palmer Farms, Palmer Glen, Palmer Lake, Paler Preserve, Paradise Island, Paradise Shores, Patricia Manor, Paver Park, Peppertree Bay, Echelon, Pier 550, Poinsettia Park, Point O Rocks, Pointe on Midnight Pass, Polynesian Gardens, Pomelo Place, Praters, Racimo Ranches, Ramblewood Acres, Regency House, Residences on Siesta Key, Ridgewood Estates, Riegels Landing, Ringling Park, Rivo at Ringling, Roberts Point, Rustic Lodge, San Remo Estates, Sanderling Club, Sands Point, Sandy Cove, Sandy Hook, Sara Sands, Sarabande, Sarasota Beach, Sarasota Golf Club, Sarasota Highlands, Sarasota Springs, Sarasota Surf & Racquet, Savoy on Palm, Sea Village, Seagrove, Seashell, Seminole Heights, Shadow Oaks, Sherwood Estates, Sherwood Forest, Shoreland Woods, Siesta Beach, Siesta Cove, Siesta Dunes, Siesta Estates, Siesta Gulf View, Siesta Harbor, Siesta Isles, Siesta Key Beach Residences, Siesta Sun, Siesta Towers, Siesta Villas, Siesta Woods, Siesta Bayside, Solymar, Somerset Cay, Somerset Cove, South Gate, South Gate Manor, Southfield, Southern Ridge, St Regis, Summerwood, Sunrise Cove, Tamaron, Terrace East, Terrace Gardens, Three Oaks, Tortoise Estates, Tortuga, turtle Bay, Tuscana, Twin Oak Pond, Vanguard Lofts, Vilano, Villa Rosa, Village Brooke, Village Green, Villages at Pinetree Marsh, Enclave, Ponderosa, Spruce; Vista Hermosa, Vista on Beneva, Washington Park, Whispering Oaks, Whispering Sands, White Sands Village, Windward Passage, Woodland, Woodland Park.

Booker High, Score 546, Rating B- (34236, 34228, 34232, 34231, 34237, 34234, 34235, 34243) Alanari, Aqua, Aquarius Club, Arbor Oaks, Ashton Lakes, Barrington Woods, Bay Harbor Aprts, Bay Haven, Bay Isles, Bay Plaza, Bays Bluff, Beach Harbor Club, Beach Residences, Beachplace, Beau Ciel, Beekman Estates, Benedict, Beverly Terrace, Bird Key, Bradford Manor Townhomes, Briarfield, Broadway, Promenade, Burns Court, Buttonwood Cove, Cedar Creek, Central Park, Cedar Hammock, Cedar Creek, Chandlers Forde, Chanteclaire, Chartwell Green, Chatwick Court, Citrus Square, Cityscape, Coffman Manor, Condo on the Bay, Coreys Landing, Country Club Shores, Country Meadows, Crystal Lakes, Desoto Lakes, deer Hollow, Desoto Acres, Desoto Pines, Desoto Village, Desoto Village, Devonshire Place, The Diplomat, Dolphin Tower, Embassy House, Eastpointe, Emerald Pointe, Essex House, Fairway Bay, Fairway Oaks, Frances Carlton, Georgetowne, Glen Oaks-manor, Ridge, Gardnes, Country Club, Golden Gate, Grand Bay, Grand Oaks Preserve, Green Manor Estates, Greers, Greystone, Gulfstream Towers, Hadfield Greene, Hamlets Grove, Hampstead Heath, Harbour Court, Harbour Oaks, Harpers Croft, Hartsdale, Heronmere, Hidden Lake Village, Highland Pines, Hillcrest Park, Husdon Park, Hunt Club, Huntingwood, Indian Beach, Inn on the Beach, Islander Club of LBK, Islands West, Jefferson Pines, Kanaya, Kensington Park, Key Tower South, Kingsmere, L Ambience, L Elegance, La Bellasara, Lake Ridge, Las Palmas of Sarasota, La Chateau, Leisure Lakes, Lenray Heights, Lido Ambassador, Lido, Lido Beach Club, Lido Harbour, Lido Regency, Lido Shores, Lido Sand & Surf, Lido Towers, Lockwood Gardens, Longboat Arms, Longboat Key Estates, Longboat Moorings, Longboat Towers, Longboat Key Shores, Longwater Chase, Longwood Run, Longwood Villas, Magnolia Place, Maple Hammock, Marina Bay, Marina Towers, Marquee En Ville, Meadowlake, The Meadows, Morill Enclave, Morningside, Muirfield Village, Newtown estate, Heights and Farms, One Hundred Central, One Watergate, One88, Orange Blossom Tower, Palm Place, Parkridge, Paver Park, Echelon, Phoenix, Pier 550, Pierre, Pinebrook Hollow, Pinewood Forest, Pinewood Village, Pipers Waite, Players Club, Plaza at Five Points, Pleasant Acres, Portobello, Privateer, Promenade, Queens Harbor, Racimo Ranches, Ramblewood Acres, Regency House, Renaissance, Ringling Park, Ritz Carlton, Riviera Club Village, Rivo at Ringling, Sabal Cove, St Armand’s, San Palermo, Sanctuary, Sand Dollar, Sanderling, Sandleheath, sands Point, Sapphire Height, Sapphire Shores, Sarabande, Sarasota Bay Park, Sarasota Harbor, Sarasota Palms, Schindler, Savoy on Palm, Sea Gate Club, Seaplace, Sheffield Greene, Siesta Isles, Somerset, Spring Oaks, Spring Lakes, Strathmore Villas, Summer Wind, Sunnybrook, Sunridge, Sunset Beach, Sunset Towers, Sylvan Shores, Tallywood, tangerine Bay Club, Terrace Gardens, The Beach Residences, The Encore, The Highlands, The Tower Residences, Tocobaga, Towles Court, Tri Par Estates, Triton Bend, Twin Shores, The Uplands, Veinte, Villa Di Lancia, Village at Beekman Place, Village Gardens, Village Lake, Village Oaks, Villagio, Villas of Papillion, Villas of Laurel, Vista Bay point, Vizcaya, The Water Club, Wedgewood Lake, Weybridge, Whitaker Bayou, Whitaker Park, Whitakers Landing, Willow Green, Willow Links, Winding Oaks, Winslow Beacon, Woodland Grove, Woodmans Chart.

Charter Schools
Imagine North Port, Score 609, Rating A

Imagine Palmer Ranch, Palmer Ranch, Score 656, Rating A

Island Village Montessori (I helped start this school), Score 646, Rating A

Sarasota Academy of the Arts

Sarasota Military Academy and Prep, Score 622, Rating A

Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences, Score 683, Rating A

Sarasota Suncoast Academy

Sky Academy

Student Leadership Academy

Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, Score 531, Rating C

Special Schools
Oak Park School

Pine View School for the Gifted, Score 898, Rating A

Suncoast Technical College

Sarasota Virtual Academy

Sarasota Polytechnical High, Score 641, Rating A

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Old 08-15-2015, 09:18 AM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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As far as your question about flood zones, nobody can answer that without knowing what the BFE or Base Flood Elevation is of the home and where the home sits. Also, not all homes require flood insurance, if they don't then the flood is much cheaper. Then there are other things that insurance companies take into consideration-are the windows impact resistant or do they have protection, how close are you to a fire hydrant or natural body of water, what does the roof look like (and the style, is it hip), how old is the home, what is the home constructed of (wood, block, etc), how many toenails is the roof tied down with, etc. As you can see, there are many things that go into pricing out insurance and it does not go on the purchase price of the home. You also cant go on what your neighbor was quoted for insurance either.

Since you're looking in the Venice area--have you looked at Stoneybrook at Venice or Grand Palm? Those two areas might be to your liking due to some of the amenities-In-line Skating and Hockey Rink, Basketball Courts, Sand Volleyball Courts, Baseball/Soccer/Multi Purpose Field, Community Center, Activity Director, Media Room, Fitness Center, Lagoon Style Pool, Splash Fountain, Spa, Gazebo with Grills, Tennis Courts.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:23 AM
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Thank you so much for all the great information! We definitely liked Venice better as a town than we liked Bradenton. My son is extremely smart and I imagine he would have no problem getting into Pineview but he plays baseball and I was unsure if they had sports. My 6 yr old is excited and has no reservations at all. My 15 yr old is quite nervous about leaving his friends and school. I'm hoping all works out to his benefit . I really appreciate all the feedback. It helps a lot!!
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by kimiedawn View Post
Thank you so much for all the great information! We definitely liked Venice better as a town than we liked Bradenton. My son is extremely smart and I imagine he would have no problem getting into Pineview but he plays baseball and I was unsure if they had sports. My 6 yr old is excited and has no reservations at all. My 15 yr old is quite nervous about leaving his friends and school. I'm hoping all works out to his benefit . I really appreciate all the feedback. It helps a lot!!
Wow! Ok, so you have children of varying ages? I didn't realize that. I have one girl who gradated from PV and one who attended from 2nd-7th grades at PV. I'm sure people who have been on the board are tired of hearing the same thing about PV from me but--here goes. Basically, as you can imagine, PV is definitely not for every kid. It was fantastic for my oldest and worked well for my middle girl for a while but then it wasn't the best option for her. Obviously, my girls have two different styles of learning. PV is a huge commitment for the kid as well as the parents. They expect and require volunteer hours from the parents. Most are OK with this but some parents work and cannot accommodate this requirement. PV holds an open house and during that open house you will be escorted around the campus by some of the high school kids. This would give you an opportunity to ask questions of the school and also the kids who attend. The number one question I get asked about PV is-"Do they have a lot of homework?" The answer in a nutshell is, yes. It also varies on grade level, teacher, etc.

A friend of mine, Mike Jennings, is the Vice Principal of Venice High. He's a great guy and runs a tight ship. I also know many parents with kids at Venice. Mike has been in the forefront of many great changes at Venice High as well as the district as a whole. Here's one of the many articles on things he has accomplishments while being at Venice High: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net...&blogyear=2009 His wife, Tiffany, is also a local school teacher. I recommend you check out both PV and Venice and see how you and your child feel about both.

With the baseball end of it, PV doesn't have sports per se, its an academic orientated school- think Speech and Debate Club, Eco Club, Latin Club, Robotics, etc. He can however play baseball for a local high school and still attend PV. I know many kids transferred out into the various local high schools-mainly Riverview and Venice for their sports programs. Pine View is also big on rowing which is generally Sarasota Crew or Sarasota Scullers and many kids get offered scholarships due to their involvement with both organizations. My middle daughter was involved with Sarasota Crew. Several of the teachers also coach for Crew and Scullers (mostly Crew at PV).

I think you have a lot to think about and it's great you are looking at all options.

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