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Old 03-07-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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I need advice on family friendly areas. We are relocating to Ft. Lauderdale this summer and I would like to visit some possible schools over my daughter's school break. We are looking for a safe area for kids, excellent (A rated) school, and a recreation center with a swim program and team. I posted on the Florida thread as well. We are also looking for an area to launch our boat because dockage does not seem like a choice for our budget. However, if anyone knows of any specific area we can rent in so that we can get an idea of the area (with the most of the amenities above that would be a great help.)
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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I know I posted on the Florida forum but would you be willing to consider private schools? Also, the "A" rating to many degrees is a joke. There are "B" schools that outperform "A" schools in almost every category. Most of the public elementary schools are actually fine unless you are in the really bad areas, but it really drops off from there except for a select few areas, although Florida's curriculum is general is only around midpack in the US.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Schools can be rated by progress. So even if an atrocious school makes some progress that can raise the "F" grade to something much higher, even if the school is just as hideous as it was prior to the new "testing grades".
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:46 PM
 
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Right, well A rated schools have a track record of maintaining school population, and intergrating new students. I actually have thought in the system. Our schools are only as good as the volunteers who chose to serve system. Thank God! However good or bad ithe system is paycuts etc. it is parents, grandparents, anyone who has the ability to help that makes a school better. The grade system is what it is, it keeps everyone looking up. We all know there are people who will always be looking down. I respect "A" schools and you can look over a course of years and track a school by this. "F" schools are a symptom of many isssues I know alot from the "teachers" point of view.
Don't be so quick to judge, unless you have been with us. Take time to find out why and you'll know. That is why I am on this forum. Please help the situation.Thanks PBC
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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Thanks, I am looking for a combination of the list. It is easier for someone who lives in the area to eliminate obvious areas. Parental contributions are a key to a schools success which also leads me to determine what want from an area.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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Schools can be rated by progress. So even if an atrocious school makes some progress that can raise the "F" grade to something much higher, even if the school is just as hideous as it was prior to the new "testing grades".
And of course the flip side is that if a school has fabulous test scores one year and slips just a little it can be labelled a B school even though its scores are higher than some A schools. You need to be careful with the school grades.
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