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Old 02-06-2010, 07:35 AM
 
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I may be relocating to the Citrus County area how are the schools for my 12 year old daughter?
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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I'm having mixed thoughts about Citrus Springs Middle.

Pros: A newer school that has good reviews from sites that contain feedback from parents and students.

Ratings are 4-5 out of 5.

They changed my 6th graders bus stop to pick him up right in my front yard.

They have some after school activities like archery, sign language , tennis etc.

Cons: the place looks like a prison with steel bar gates surrounding the building. (This could be good though if they ever have to go on lockdown and probably helps to keep the kids from cutting class).

An 8th grader attacked my kid on the bus and when I met with staff they somehow played it off about how my kid was asking for it.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
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My opinion.. but this is the worst school system I have ever seen!
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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I lived in Citrus County when I was younger, I actually moved there when I was around the same age as your daughter. None of the schools there are terrible, especially compared to schools in large cities. If you can move somewhere other than Citrus County, I'd recommend going somewhere else. There's really nothing there.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Citrus county, FL
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I have a daughter in 4th grade at the new Central Ridge Elem. and one in 6th grade at Crystal River Middle. We moved here from Maryland 2 years ago. Academically the schools down here are ahead of the MD schools. My girls both like going to school here and love their teachers. I thought Crystal River Middle did a good job of acclimating the 6th graders and parents to changing classes and meeting all the teachers. Overall we are happy with the school system here.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Citrus county, FL
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I forgot to add, Crystal River Middle is an old school that has had additions to it over the years. With that being said, when you go inside it is clean and kept in good repair. Probably the worst thing about the school is the parking, it's very limited and it is a pain to pick up your child or go to events.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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I grew up in Citrus County, & unless your kid is definatly in the cool crowd, & you're willing to participate with every PTA meeting, shell out cash for every fundraiser, after school activity, and buy new clothes for all of the above on a monthly bases, you kid will be miserable, When I attended School here not only were the students bullies, but the teachers too, ( And being apart of the in crowd, I'm ashamed to admit that so was I.) It wasn't until I moved north that I got a clue on how normal people function in real communities, where there are options, activities & jobs outside of a closed circle minded community. And FYI, As a 12 year-old girl in Crystal River, not a single one of my friends or myself came out of 7th grade as Virgins, drug-free, or honor students. ( & no, our parents were not lazy un-caring slobs. WE JUST DIDN"T GET CAUGHT) Why? Because that is all there is to do there, screw, get high, and slack off. I love my family that still lives there, & if you look past the poverty, and dumpy lifestyles, there is a unique beauty, but I will never move back or subject my little one to all that.
~A mom who moved away.~
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:02 AM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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I'm a recent graduate of Citrus High, my dad works for the school system, and I attended Inverness Middle School for one year.

The schools in Citrus County are like any school: you get what you and your child put into it. My family watched and complained for the first two years of my schooling, but then my brother and I became active within the music department and my parents became a presence at school functions, and the difference was night and day. I feel like I've made lifelong friends and connections in this county and although I've moved 400 miles away for college, I still keep in contact with not only my peers, but my teachers who actually care about my personal success and happiness, not just my FCAT scores or my AP scores. This is a small county with only three high schools, so yes you are an outsider looking in at first. I will say that a good majority of the teachers actually CARE about EDUCATING and will openly admit that the state's testing system is flawed.

I cannot speak for the other schools, but I know Citrus High School's fine arts are among the best in the state. We won State Championships in Marching band, our choir and drama consistently get rated superior at state competitions (against MUCH bigger schools with MUCH bigger budgets) and again, the teachers actually care. I talk to my former Chorus and Band teachers all the time as a mentor (I'm pursuing a career in music).

I would find what your teen likes to do and encourage them to become active in the school with that activity. I think Citrus County is unique in that it is big enough to have quality resources, but small enough to not be a rat race type community.

Another advantage: Citrus County was practically unscathed by the recent FL budget cuts. Our school board knows how to properly balance a budget and where to cut excess, and that's by keeping extracurriculars and good teachers and saving money where needed.

This is a very safe county. Is it boring? Yes, but it is very easy to entertain yourself around here if you're smart and find things to do.

I would highly recommend Citrus County, it's one of the best areas for the cost of living and I'm proud to call it my hometown.
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