Congratulations on Ringling College of Art and Design ...in many circles considered the best art and design institution to attend!
Starting with the Trulia tool that gives you neighborhood information will be very helpful in measuring and balancing your wants, needs and desires.
Education is very important to many in Sarasota -- so you will find lots of support from our schools in seeking the best place for your child's needs -- visit them and see for yourself the atmosphere that give your a good "vibe".
Additionally, Charter schools are starting to be a very nice option for your children. I'm one of the Directors for Just For Girls Academy: http://www.justforgirlsacademy.org/. is K-3, and will be expanding to 12, hopefully soon.
Sandra LaFlamme, Realtor