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Old 05-06-2007, 03:29 PM
 
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I am going to buy a house in either Pasco or Pinellas County, however my 11 y/o has A.D.H.D and O.D.D. and I am hoping to get as many recommendations regarding school districts (middle school/high school) which offer the most for his needs. Please if you respond could you name the school that you are recommending, since I am not that fimilair with the areas each school covers........thanks for your help
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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Pinellas County has a school choice program, so where you live will have almost nothing to do with what schools you are eligible for. You should check out their website for more info. And since registration happens WAY before summer, newcomers are usually left with the short end of the stick as far as choice fo schools. That said, Pinellas County spends an awful lot of money on ESE programs and kids. Some schools have higher concentrations of special kids than others, but my observation is that most schools are similar, they all have bad kids and they all have good kids. As a schoolbus driver, I have always enjoyed driving for Morgan Fitzgerald Middle (Largo area) because the administration does not hesitate to remove problem-causing students from the bus at the drivers request. They also seem to have a higher concentration of special kids, but the staff has been there for a while and they smile a lot when I see them at the beginning and end of the day. Just my 2 cents!
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:27 AM
 
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Pinellas does have better schools than most Pasco. Main difference between Pasco and Pinellas is taxes. Pasco is an area that is busting at the seams with construction b/c everyone is moving here now. The Trinity area is a new and upcoming area in Pasco with great schools. Pasco also has the school choice program. All of the schools in Pasco are rated by letter grades. I know Trinity had an "A" rating last time I was checking into that. Search the web for the school grades. Not too sure of the speciality programs.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Buda, Texas
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Pinellas county seems to have higher taxes then Pasco but I would think the difference between the two counties would be lost if you bought a home in the cdd communities. I have a 16, 12 and 11 year old and am trying to decide where to go also. I like the palm harbor, dunedin, oldsmar areas but I don't know if my kids would be happier in Land o lakes . I am trying to get away from living where there is mostly small children but don't want to end up where there is no children.. I also don't want to be too far from the beaches. We are located 80 miles away from the gulf now and I would like to get in alot closer so that my kids can go to the beach more often!
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:09 PM
 
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Pasco county does have school choice. We live in Holiday and my daughter goes to the new TOES. I had to get her out of Sunray.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Middle TN
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What happened at Sunray?
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:56 AM
 
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Wasn't aware Pasco had adopted the choice program? Are you sure? Many families move to Pasco (especially Trinity) to get away from the choice program. Having said that, home values are better in Trinity and it's a very family friendly place with new shopping centers and restaurants. It would be my choice if I was looking.
Yes I am positive about the choice program. We used it with my son years ago when he started. The only thing with the choice program is the school you are requesting has the choice of not accepting you. If that school is at 100% and they have no room, then you don't get in. But.....if you live in that school zone you are guaranteed a spot. So just check the schools before purchasing a home.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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i heard the schools in pasco are horrible for the mostpart
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:26 PM
 
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i heard the schools in pasco are horrible for the mostpart
Well, we do have our share of doosies, but if you research the school and get into an "A" school you are okay. My son is in a gifted program, so we are in a great position -- it's like a privite school in a public school with everyone learning at their own levels, unlike traditional classrooms.
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