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Old 11-04-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

We are moving to the Tampa area and since my husband works in Pasco county (NPR) we are thinking of narrowing our search for school and housing to the Pinellas county area. Pasco is a little bit too rural for us and we are more "city" type of people, and we'd like to be closer to the beaches. We are looking into Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Dunedin areas. Can anyone give us the pros and cons of each from people familiar with these cities? We want lots of kid friendly places but with some charm and not chain-only restaurants. How long would be the commute from Palm Harbor to downtown Tampa if we go to events, etc? What would be the closest hospital?

We also would like some insight on the middle and high schools from north Pinellas, such as Joseph Carwise Middle and Safety Harbor Middle. Also, what are the best high schools in the area? We heard a lot about Palm Harbor University High, which seems has a great IB program, but what about the regular High School, is it good? What about East Lake High? We haven't heard much about High Schools in Safety Harbor, where do those kids go?

Would the commute from NPR to St Pete be too long? We haven't looked into St Pete although it seems it has a few good schools.

Any information on the areas and schools listed above would be appreciated.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:34 PM
 
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PHUHS and ELHS are great, the Palm Harbor and Tarpon area are well served with all 3 levels of schools. Housing is very good and the beaches are not so far, but not as convenient as say Seminole, which also has very good schools and great areas and affordable homes. Though everywhere is getting affordable homes now
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Old 11-05-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Sorry to throw you a curve, but I wonder if you looked into Trinity as well? It is in an area where the three counties intersect, i.e., Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough. Seems that people who live in the area really like it for many of the reasons you have in your post.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Carwise and East Lake are fine schools if you have an Abercrombie-wearing, mainsteam, looks-straight-out-of-Disney kid (optional key to Mom's alcohol cabinet and Provera sold separately). If your child is the least bit quirky (and by this I mean anything from green hair to Asperger's syndrome), be prepared for hardcore bullying.
If you go strictly by test scores, probably both Carwise and Safety Harbor are good. Carwise may have an edge there because of the economics.
Dunedin Middle is thug central, only with bagpipes. Great town, crappy school.
I'd pick Safety Harbor over any of the north county schools, hands down. And no, I don't have a child there at the moment, though I know lots of kids (and several staff) at all three.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Hi everyone,

We are moving to the Tampa area and since my husband works in Pasco county (NPR) we are thinking of narrowing our search for school and housing to the Pinellas county area. Pasco is a little bit too rural for us and we are more "city" type of people, and we'd like to be closer to the beaches. We are looking into Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Dunedin areas. Can anyone give us the pros and cons of each from people familiar with these cities?
All three of those places really aren't much in the way of cities. They are definetly more of a suburban type area. They are all pretty clean and safe though, with the exception of a few pockets here and there.

If you want a true "city" feel your only real options in this area are St.Petersburg and Tampa. Clearwater doesn't have that much of a city feel to it, in my personal opinion.

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We want lots of kid friendly places but with some charm and not chain-only restaurants. How long would be the commute from Palm Harbor to downtown Tampa if we go to events, etc? What would be the closest hospital?
Morton Plant Hospital has locations in downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and New Port Richey. I've been to both the Clearwater and SH locations and they are top notch.

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We also would like some insight on the middle and high schools from north Pinellas, such as Joseph Carwise Middle and Safety Harbor Middle. Also, what are the best high schools in the area? We heard a lot about Palm Harbor University High, which seems has a great IB program, but what about the regular High School, is it good? What about East Lake High? We haven't heard much about High Schools in Safety Harbor, where do those kids go?
Don't know much about the middle schools, but Palm Harbor University, East Lake and Countryside are the only high schools in north Pinellas I'd even consider sending my kids to. I'm not big on Pinellas County Schools in general, but those three are pretty good.

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Would the commute from NPR to St Pete be too long? We haven't looked into St Pete although it seems it has a few good schools.
Depends on the time of day really. If traffic is decent and you take US19 all the way down, you could probably get from NPR to St.Pete in 30-45 minutes.
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