I raised my 2 daughters in WNY and had to do a bit of homework when I came down here and had to answer such question from some of my buyers. I can tell you that I am indeed extremely impressed by what is available to the youth here in Sarasota/Bradenton. I am sure that my daughters would have loved it here as much as they did it up north. Here is a site that you might want to look at if you are concerned about schools.
and if you go to my site, you will a lot of what Sarasota has to offer.
P.S. Feel free to contact me if you need help with real estate
There are seven universities in the surrounding area with an accent on creativity and further seeking of learning that are also influential on development. Kids are encouraged to participate in life here whether through volunteer efforts or participation in all the activities available through their schools and their community.
Now they are 14 and 9 and I can honestly say that Sarasota is a fantastic place to raise them. The school systems are great. The beaches are playgrounds and science labs! There are so many places to explore, not to mention Mote Marine, GWIZ, etc. Our kids are so lucky to have nature at their doorstep.
The other thing I feel is so wonderful is this - my kids have always been able to run out the front door and play with their friends. We have football games on the yard. They ride bikes, play tag. All those things so many kids dont do because their parents are worried - but with so many kids here, they run in gangs and are experiencing childhood like they should!
I HIGHLY recommend the area.
I am a fifth generation Floridian with four children. After living in Atlanta for 30 Years, my husband and I decided to move the family back to the Sarasota-Bradenton area, as we wanted them to have a better education & quality of life than they could get in Atlanta. That was 14 years ago...and one of the best decisions we could have made for our family.
Good luck to you, and feel free to call if you ever have questions regarding a move to Sarasota or Bradenton, FL.
Julie A Mahle
Pierce Properties, Inc.
Sarasota has a true committment to today's youth. From an educational perspective the Sarasota county School District offers a highly regarded program for gifted students. Pineview School is a grade 2-12 program that has caught the attention of educational leaders across the country as a model.
Programs like these don't happen by accident....they are a result of true devotion to helping students achieve to the best of their abilities.
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Venice, Fl 34286