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M., Home Buyer in Watertown, NY

Relocating to Orlando, FL in July, any advice on good location and elem. schools?

Asked by M., Watertown, NY Fri May 9, 2008

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Welcome to Orlando! The elegant Dr. Phillips area, recognized for its beautiful homes, excellent school system and popular Restaurant Row is ideal for a families! It is an affluent area yet there are very great deals right now! Great Schools has a complete guide to the best schools in Orlando! Click on my photo to visit our Relocation Guide, packed with useful information on everything that you will need to know!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
Dr. Phillips is a Prime location in Orlando, close to Orlando's finest dining, shopping and attractions. The schools are great as well. You are welcome to visit my website, I have many listings and would be glad to assist you if every in the area.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 12, 2009
East and Southwest Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Dr. Phillips and Windermere. They have all been know for there great schools, thriving communities and maintained neighborhoods. These areas have a wide range of home prices and have new and old communities. Glad I could help. Best of luck in your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
Elementary, Middle, High Schools A+ rated schools Winter Park, FL. Beautifull Place to live and raise kids. I am raising 3 myself.
If I can help....let me know
Steve Javier
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 11, 2008
Take a look at this
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
It seems like everyone is recommending the Dr. Phillips area and it just so happens I maintain a blog about the area at The FCAT score is the standard by which all schools are measured in Florida and I have a post regarding this topic at…

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.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
Try, They are a great source for neighborhood information by street address.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Great Dr Phillips area. Famous for great schools, security and location.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
I list and sell all over Central Florida and I can say that if I had my choice it would be Lake Mary, ranked as the 4th Best City in the U.S. by Fortune Magazine, it's known for its schools. Markham Woods Road is a great area for quality of life, location to shopping, restaurants and schools. It's tough to get someone to move from Lake Mary once they have experienced the people, quality of life and the proximity to most everything. You’re just a short hop to Altamonte Springs (has a great mall,) Longwood, Maitland etc... New Smyrna beach to the southeast & Disney to the west both just 45 minutes away.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Let me step back a bit. Barbaras answer is very on target, however I gave you my opinion in a broad sense. Not all parents have the time or inclination to stay on top of Floridas public schools. That is why I stated that a private, and I did also include magent schools in this, I just did not articulate it appropriatley. In general though the qualoty of education in FL is sub-par to your area of the country. I know it is a generalization, but it is what it is. Best of luck to you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
I love Baldwin Park if you want Downtown Orlando. If you dont mind a drive Winter Springs is a gem in Seminole County, to the West Oakland it great as well.

I wish you much luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 25, 2008

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 .

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 19, 2008
You'll love the change from upstate New York.....The following website should clear up some educational issues for you

Good luck with your search. Please consider using the "Eckler Team" as a resource if needed.

Bill & Susan
Century 21 Almar and Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 17, 2008
How old are your children?
What is your housing purchase budget?
Are you pre qualified for a mortgage already?
Celebration is the perfect family community and has a great k-8 school.
Please feel free to call me about properties in the area.
I rebate 1/2 of my commission back to my clients and do twice the work.
Just ask my wife she will tell you how hard I work for my clients.
Have an oustanding day
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
Here is a link to schools. Check it out. You should find it exptremely useful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
If you haven't found the information you were looking for, feel free to use the information on my web site, There is a button on the left toward the bottom which will give you a list of all the school districts in the Orlando area. As a Realtor I provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. I would suggest you check out the East Orlando areas as there are some very nice communities such as Avalon Park where the schools are within walking distance as they are actually in the community. There is also shopping, restaurants, banking, medical offices (coming soon), etc. If I can help you please feel free to contact me. Best Wishes....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
Your best bet is to contact a qualified Realtor whose knowledge base includes school zoning, but you can also research on your own via the Orange County Public Schools website @ ~ i have friends & family in the OCPS network & have addressed many public councils, including school boards, and would be happy to assist you further ~ you could then tell me some specifics of your needs so that we could best accomodate your requirements ~ best of luck, Vivian Katz, CIPS (407-367-9883 or
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
O i forgot the Zip Is 32806, which also boast one of the best middle schools and high schools as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 13, 2008
Hello, We currently have a pool home available just south of Downtown in a wonderful Neighborhood, VERY close and convenient to everything!! Also, it is literally a hop, skip and a jump (walk less that 3000 yards to a back entrance, property is not adjacent to, just close) to one of the counties top rated elementary schools, which i have provided a link to. Please contact me directly if you are interested. We are the home owners and are not real estate brokers etc...
Dan Kruse
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 13, 2008
Hello M,
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 10, 2008
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 9, 2008
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.
> > >
> 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:
> 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:
> Email me or call. I am in the office until about 3PM today. Otherwise email me your thoughts. I'd like to begin getting you information in houses!
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.
We would love to help.
Marian Schaffer
The Schaffer Realty Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 9, 2008
Good advice on location and schools are just two of the great things a local Realtor can provide you with. Are you working with anyone at present? If you'd like answers to those questions and others give us a call. We do a lot of relocations to the Orlando area!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 9, 2008
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