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Old 01-09-2014, 06:19 PM
 
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Hi everyone
I'm new to Florida- moved to the Casa Del Sol neighborhood in Bradenton in July. I love it here! My son is starting kindergarten this year and I can see that it's about time to apply for schools. I'm looking into some magnets and charter school. So far I like what I've read about the new ( 2013 is first school year) charter school for boys, the Visible Men Academy. Has anyone heard of it? Being that I'm new here I do not know neighborhoods well. This school is located in the Pride Park neighborhood. Mostly I'm not reading good things about the neighborhood (comments such as 'wear a bulletproof vest' seem to pop up often). I'm from Chicago and have lived in good and bad areas - what I consider bad might not be the same as others.
I've also been exploring the manatee county school sites and have read about the schools here. If anyone has any good or bad opinions about Prine Elementary ( which is down the street), Ballard Magnet or any other magnet/charter schools in the area I'd really appreciate it!
Thanks
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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Prine is a good a school, Okay area. I wouldn't look into Visible men, it's very very small and just starting out- doesn't seem very stable. Manatee has great public schools, look into Manatee Charter School also. Ballard isn't the best school and not in the greatest of areas. Keep in mind, Manatee offers school choice --you can pick outside your area-Tara, Palma Sola, McNeal, Freedom are all in nice areas with a good scores..
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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