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Old 06-19-2010, 02:47 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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We are moving to St. Petersburg August 1st from MN. I'm wondering how elementary school registration works in St. Petersburg. In MN your child is guaranteed to go to the "neighborhood" school.

The reason I ask if this is the case in FL is as we are researching different neighborhoods to live in we are also researching the neighborhood school. I'm worried that we'll find a nice house to rent and the neighborhood school will be good but i don't want to be surprised by "oh we are sorry there is not a spot for your child. He will have to go to (some other random school that we might not be comfortable with)"

I looked on the school district website and the FL dept of education website but cannot seem to find an answer to this specific question.

Any info will be helpful.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:16 PM
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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They put your child in the neighborhood school as long as there is room. If there isn't, they stick them wherever they find a place. I've fought them on this and they have not budged a single inch.

Call the reservation department as soon as you can if there is a specific school you want.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:23 PM
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Moni, what you're concerned about is a possibility, particularly with more desirable locations and the closer you get to the first day of school, in late August. I don't know exact likelihood when it comes to schools in St. Pete, but you might want to get on waiting lists for magnets and fundamentals if you're not able to get your desired school placement. The more options you exercise, the more likely you'll get them moved somewhere you like before too far into the school year.
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