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Old 06-01-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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I'm planning to move to Port St. Lucie (Broadview Street) within the year and would like to know which private schools are the best in the area. I'm looking for an A school for daughters going to 6th and 9th grade. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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We were told during our job interview that there are very good private schools in Fort Pierce. But we don't have a kid so we didn't ask about it. Hopefully, someone such as PslOldtimer who has shared a lot of information about PSL in this forum will provide the answer for you.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:53 PM
 
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If you cannot find a private school, Lincoln Park Academy is a very good public school and was ranked as (I believe) #44 on the top 100 schools nationwide.
Just a FYI
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, FL
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I don't have a clue. My kids both went to public schools; traveled to Fort Pierce after elementary school because PSL only had one school at the time, K-6. They went to one school for 7th grade and a different one for 8th grade and then went on to Fort Pierce Central HS, where they both graduated.

They both attended high academic private colleges and are both successful in their chosen fields.

Our experience with the private schools is that's where (a)parents sent unmanageable kids who couldn't handle public schools, or (b) that's where rich kids sent their spoiled kids. There were a lot of parties with alcohol, for example. We didn't want our kids associating with either group. Obviously, the experiences of others may vary.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:30 AM
 
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I'm sorry but I don't know.

What I do want to add is that an A school, whether Public or Private is still an A school. But to each his/her own.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:16 AM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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I'm planning to move to Port St. Lucie (Broadview Street) within the year and would like to know which private schools are the best in the area. I'm looking for an A school for daughters going to 6th and 9th grade. Any help would be appreciated.
Morningside Academy is, from what I hear, a pretty good rated school, even though a bit pricey.
I had send my son to Barnabas Christian Academy on Paar St., and was pretty happy with them. (A reasonable tuition fee, small school, small class sizes, and yes, they still pray a prayer non-denominal, and LOT'S of activities for the children and involvement for parents)
The only reason why I took him back out was the fact, that they didn't offer football, and my son wanted to play again. *sigh*
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:51 AM
 
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I attended St. Edwards school in Vero Beach while living in Fort Pierce. Mind you, the tuition NOW is through the roof. If money is not an issue and your girls wont mind riding the bus for 45 minutes twice/day then that is your school. They bus their students from as far south as Stuart so PSL is not a problem. If you have any questions in regards to the school, feel free to drop me a message. I refer you to their website:


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Old 06-03-2007, 10:05 AM
 
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I'm planning to move to Port St. Lucie (Broadview Street) within the year and would like to know which private schools are the best in the area. I'm looking for an A school for daughters going to 6th and 9th grade. Any help would be appreciated.
I hate to tell you but "good private school in Port St. Lucie" is an oxymoron.
There are some excellent public schools - what they now call "Magnet" schools that are quite good, have huge waiting lists, etc. Also, what people don't know about St. Lucie County is that you may live across the street from a public school but they will bus your child 45 minutes away and nothing you can do about it. They have what they call "controlled choice". It means you choose the public school and they control where your child will actually go.

go to St. Lucie County Private Schools - Florida/FL - Private School Review

School Map - Saint Lucie County Point and Click map of the zones and the schools associated with each zone (http://plato.stlucie.k12.fl.us/html/school_map.html - broken link)

The second site shows the zones where you live and the school you can "choose" for your zone. This map is subject to change with little warning. Note; the school you can "choose" may be unavailable but it still won't be near your "zone". Some public schools are fantastic. Some suck. One of the best is Lincoln Park Academy, an accelerated school in Fort Pierce, but you will not like the drive there.

You don't say where you are moving from. You may be pleasantly surprised or horrified - it's a crap shoot. I wish you luck.
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:06 AM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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I hate to tell you but "good private school in Port St. Lucie" is an oxymoron.
There are some excellent public schools - what they now call "Magnet" schools that are quite good, have huge waiting lists, etc. Also, what people don't know about St. Lucie County is that you may live across the street from a public school but they will bus your child 45 minutes away and nothing you can do about it. They have what they call "controlled choice". It means you choose the public school and they control where your child will actually go.

go to St. Lucie County Private Schools - Florida/FL - Private School Review

School Map - Saint Lucie County Point and Click map of the zones and the schools associated with each zone (http://plato.stlucie.k12.fl.us/html/school_map.html - broken link)

The second site shows the zones where you live and the school you can "choose" for your zone. This map is subject to change with little warning. Note; the school you can "choose" may be unavailable but it still won't be near your "zone". Some public schools are fantastic. Some suck. One of the best is Lincoln Park Academy, an accelerated school in Fort Pierce, but you will not like the drive there.

You don't say where you are moving from. You may be pleasantly surprised or horrified - it's a crap shoot. I wish you luck.
I do agree.....to some extent and with moderation.
What the pp referred to, WAS correct (past tense). Why? because for several reasons.
Several years ago, in the early year 2000/01 was such a tremendous influx of people to the area, that the whole school system and infrastuctures suffered greatly. It was way to much to handle, and unvorseen......
Yes, some schools got such a bad rap, suffered with grading.....and, the controlled choice was more then enforced.
The schoolsystem's "controlled choice plan" is a "leftover" from an era when minorities were kept seperated from the white population. That, however, is no longer the case.
Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas greatly adapted.....it took some time, but, they sure did. Building more schools, spreading out the kids more to be closer to their homes, reducing class sizes, and hired more teachers.
Yes, the ever present "controlled choice plan" is still somewhat used, but the greater choice and preference, on where you are located at, and where the parent wants the child to go to school, is much more prevelent now, then it ever was.
Yes, parents CAN request, which school they prefer for their child.
And, as long as it is done early enough, yes, they will send the child there. (I had to do this with my son 3 times !!!)
Also, if you go onto the PSL website for the schools and the systems ratings....you will be PLEASANTLY surprised, because they really don't fair bad at all!!!!
Actually, considering all the hurdles they had to overcome...boy, did the schools remain resilient and came a long way!
Even I was a somewhat "nay sayer" at one time about the schools and the schoolsystem .....I was proofen wrong!
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all the information. I have heard from many of the locals that Morningside Academy is a great school. In April we visited the school and it looked o.k. but I was a little hesitant because the high school was in trailers connected together and they had no lockers - all the children's belongings were lined up outside of the classroom for the upper grades. I looked into the public schools and found A and B schools in the elementary level but when it reached middle and high school, ratings dipped and I wonder why.

I am also looking into Treasure Coast Christian Academy and believe they are building a new school in the area. Is that correct? Does anyone know if this school is good as the locals don't seem to know much about it?

I will also look into Lincoln Park Academy.

By the way, I am moving from New York. In my experience, private schools are a better choice for my girls as Christian values and prayer is very important to us. Know of any Christian churches in the area? I attend Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, Queens (a sister church of Brooklyn Tabernacle) and am looking for a comparable church.

I look forward to hearing from you all.
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