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Old 08-25-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Looking to relocate from Michigan to PSL. I have family in PSL West area and South Fl too.. So I have been to PSL and looked around a little.. I've also read several threads.. Heres our background...

Upper 30s married with kids 9 and 13.

Schools are huge for me! How are the schools? Really?!
Ive read there's "No Ghetto" but I drove around PSL and lots of houses were run down and in need of some TLC.. What areas should I look for GOOD SCHOOLS?! I got the red zone and blue zone info but is there an actual map with it outlined?? I looked on PSL schools website and didnt find one
Also with schools.. How is the after school care? Is there extra tutoring available? I have a learning disabled child.. How well are they prepared for that? Magnet schools?

Crime? I heard its low.. but what kind of crime is usual in the area? Gangs? Drugs? I've got teenagers to worry about!

I cant afford Tradition or Stuart areas.. but I do need the best schools I can afford. I also dont like houses on top of each other.. Is there anything available under 150k with an acreage? It can be a fixer...

For those of you that have recently relocated to PSL... How are you making friends? Are people approachable and easy to be friendly with? I read some were not. Being in my 30s I will need a friend support system eventually there.. Same with my kids..

Anything I'm missing??!!
Thanks!!!
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:06 PM
 
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Welcome! I do not have school age children so ill leave that to those that do. My wife and I moved here in 2011 from the Buffalo NY area and new no one. We have made friends in our neighborhood by getting involved with our HOA , we have made friends at the church we attend as well.Its a pretty friendly area in some ways and in other ways some people don't want to be bothered . I think its on a case by case basis
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Welcome! I do not have school age children so ill leave that to those that do. My wife and I moved here in 2011 from the Buffalo NY area and new no one. We have made friends in our neighborhood by getting involved with our HOA , we have made friends at the church we attend as well.Its a pretty friendly area in some ways and in other ways some people don't want to be bothered . I think its on a case by case basis
Thanks!!
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:24 AM
 
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Hi and welcome also!


We moved here a little over a year ago. Our boys are 14 and 11 (so one just started high school this year). They both attended a K-8 school last year, which I thought was ok, the teachers were nice, but I thought they were lacking in disciplining the kids who got out of hand. This year seems to be better so far.
I have "school bus phobia", so I drive my kids to/from school. Our school has an aftercare program, but since I don't use it, I can't help you there

We live off Gatlin in a great neighborhood. Our house sits on a quarter acre, but we have a lot of privacy with an empty lot in back and to the side. The other side has a 6 ft privacy fence, so we can't see into any ones property without looking obvious-lol! It does not give me the feeling of being on top of each other, although I'm sure one of these years, those lots will be developed and we will plan accordingly with landscaping.

We have great neighbors, even tho everyone hibernates in the summer.

Good luck with your search!

Barbara
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Crime is low - especially considering other areas. Any where you have people you have crime of some kind but PSL is known for it's low crime rate.

Schools - the maps are not correct, even on the site. Best to call the school board, especially since they have started already, and see who is even available.
St. Lucie Public Schools Offices
4204 Okeechobee Rd.
Fort Pierce, Fl. 34947
Phone: (772) 429-3600
Contact Email: Contact SLPS@stlucieschools.org

Lots in Port St Lucie are an average of 80x125. Acreage/home isn't really available in your price range in this immediate area. There are homes available in the up to $150 range though not as many as we would like since that price range is the most looked for.

As far as friends there are plenty of families with children in your age group. You just have to attend things they would be attending and join in.

Being new to an area is always an adjustment. Hopefully school will help that along.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:26 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Thanks!
I am not ready to make calls to the schools yet. Just wanting personal experience advice on area and schools for families our age. Once we have a better idea of when we will be there then I can make calls to the schools. Just gathering advice at the moment.
I'd love to hear more about the schools and peoples experience with them. I keep hearing they are just ok... But is that because of test scores (Which I dont agree with the standard testing anyways) or is there behavior issues? How are the drugs, sexting, gangs in school? Is the teaching bad? Why are the schools just ok? I do understand not all schools are great. My current kids schools are only graded in Great Schools with only an average grade so I am not expecting a perfect school system but I am expecting a better school then they currently have. If that makes any sense..lol

Thanks for all the responces. Its helps easy my worries...
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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I think the schools wont be too bad if you do a little more reseach on them and see if the programs match your expectations.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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I can't personally speak to the schools but the website GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community has a lot of good info - ratings and reviews may help you
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:46 AM
 
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I have looked into Great Schools. For their "grades" it looks like K-8 West Gate is the school of choice. Which is not far from my family....Would love to hear from a parent with kids in schools there. Thanks for the responces!!

I've read about the school of choice and certain boundries but if you live in a certain area do you automatically go to that school or are you always entered into a drawing of your top 5 schools of choice? Seems like theres only a couple top schools and just wondered how hard it was to get into those schools... Hmm...
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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since you haven't gotten an answer yet...time to call the school board and ask the horses mouth. Phone: (772) 429-3600

Boundaries and apparently rules as to who goes where have changed. Best to get first hand answers.
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