Let me try to answer the question YOU asked. But first a clarification on ratings. The ratings are based on FCAT scores and they do tend to reflect the overall "bench strength" of the pupils attending. That being said, ratings are not the HOLY GRAIL.
Now speaking to your question:
There are publications available through relocation specialists that evaluate the public schools here in orlando. Its totally UNFAIR what the previous post implied. There are hundreds and hundreds of National Merit Scholars that have graduated from Orlando Public schools. I am not saying our schools are the Best in the nation, hardly, BUT a caring parent who stays involved, lets the teachers and administration know how much they care will NO DOUBT have a positive result. Further, if you have a student with a particular talent, there are High Schools with magnet programs designed to nurture that talent. There are gifted programs for elementary through middle. There's the international bacalaureate (IB) program for highschool. I can go on and on. If you don't already have a relo specialist, you can call our office and we would be glad to send you the school publications. If we earn your trust it would be an honor to assist you with finding your home be it a rental or a purchase.
use the advanced search MLS: G4624719 take the virtual tour.
$179,900 as of this post. In Mount Dora Florida 32757. Easy commute to Orlando and the attractions. Known for Antiques, Art festivals, and rolling hills.
It's tough to say which is area is going to be best for you until you figure out which schools you prefer and the price range you'd like to be in. You may want to ask yourself what size home, lot, age of home are appropriate for you. A popular alternative to Dr. Phillips is the section of Ocoee along Maguire Rd. where you get a little more for your money. The area off CR 535 is also popular for giving a little more for your money. Both these areas are a little further away but good schools, a value price, and close proximity to the Florida Turnpike, East West Expressway, and the Greenway make it a popular alternative. If you desire a larger lot, then you'll have to opt for communities built prior to 1991 at least here in SW Orlando. As a general rule, older properties have larger lots and newer properties have smaller lots. Hope this helps.
I actually moved to central florida from up north a couple of years ago. Our house is now up for sale, here is the link http://www.trulia.com/property/39318348-203-Briley-Ave-Oakland-FL .
A great city to live in is Oakland, it is not a cookie cutter neighbourhood and the city is full of huge oak trees, quiet and everyone is very friendly. There are many good schools close by (in Oakland and Winter Garden), Oakland Charter School, Lakeview Middle School and West Orange High School to name a few.
You'll love the change from upstate New York.....The following website should clear up some educational issues for you http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/rankings.pl/fl/
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Century 21 Almar and Associates
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I would suggest looking into the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando and Windermere. I would also suggest that when researching schools, look at more then just the Elementary School ratings because it's been my experience that most of the elementary schools have fairly high ratings. See where the middle and high schools are rated because once you relocate and settle in an area the last thing you'll want to do is then move across town and pull the kids out of the school system that all of there new friends are in.
Dr. Phillips and Windermere are expensive, but are both great areas with excellent schools.
Good luck with your move, let me know if I can be of assistance.
What are your needs,Location,schools,work,houses of worship, Hospitals, Etc
Then once you have the location figured I can help you with more detailed information.Orlando is pretty spread out. From Kissimmee to the south to Sanford,Lake May to the north. East Orlando ( UCF area) to Clermont/Davenport areas on the west side, Not to mention Windermere and Lake Nona.
Post your specific location needs here and I can suggest information from there.
We just referred a client to the Lake Mary Area.
Here is a copy of your research: First things first....Schools for your two girls. I am providing a link to a web site we use to research schools, School Digger. Considered the most reliable, unbiased site for school research. You always want to choice a school by the district, not the school itself unless you have a special need child and some other very unique situation. Here is the results of my study on School Digger:
> I know you originally had mentioned living in Kissimmee which is located in the Osceola School District. This district is ranked 65/69.
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> Seminole 7/69
> Citrus 11/69
> Sumter 22/69
> Lake 35/69
> Marion 34/69
> Volusia 38/69
> Pasco 45/69
> Orange 47/69
> Levy 50/69
> Polk 51/69
> Osceola 65/69
> Link to School Digger: http://www.schooldigger.com/
> Because you do not have a restriction on where you live for your job, I would most strongly recommend that we stay in Seminole or Citrus. Seminole may be your best bet for access to the city, better selections for neighborhoods, opportunities for employment (part time for Carrie). I would not rule out Citrus as the nice town of Inverness is only 40 minutes from your fathers house. Less congested, a little more rural, but very friendly.
> Would you two talk this out. Which type of area would you prefer? A little more rural, remote but friendly or a little more within the reach of the city, and still a very nice community. Matter of fact, Lake Mary which in the Seminole District was ranked #1 City in Florida and #4 Best Place To Live in the US.
> Here are a few links to visit:
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M. There are going to many opinions about your questions and I am sure a lot of very good points. Picking the highest rated school districts is pretty straight forward. We are a national firm headquartered in Chicago. We help people from all over the world figure out the best place to live. After we narrow down the best area based on your preferences and our data, we then refer you to a proven agent in the area. You do not pay us anything. We receive a referral fee from the agent.
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