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  1. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    This is an actual parent review from GreatSchools for Timber Creek HS in Orlando. The other negative reviews complain about "illegals". No person is illegal. S's first pick is a magnet school with limited enrollment, this is a backup no-lottery public school. I may have found my tribe (the...
  2. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Well I'll be, I came up with what I think will make the kids happy. I talked myself thru a couple iterations in my head since my last post. We'll be selling this house next spring. We'll have plenty of equity, enough so that buying a college apartment in cash for the twins with just half the...
  3. JulieC

    Months

    February, April, May, August, October, November, December. I've only been in January, March, June, July, and September. Not wanting my kids to miss school has been prohibitive. I actually love it in June, but S and I really, really want to go to Food & Wine, Flower & Garden (for more than the 3...
  4. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Maybe I should "make" C live with M regardless of whether he actually goes to Ohio U (her target). The nice apartments I found for her have four bed/bath suites with shared kitchen and living space, allow one cat per suite. We have two cats and she wants them both. C is the other major cat fan...
  5. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Oh seriously, they are HORRIBLE! There are three groups of families here. The Natives, who went to this high school when it was much more rural. They generally have a good amount of money because they or their parents sold off farmland to turn into developments. They'll be cordial, but...
  6. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    I came up with a few options from the suggestions here. S came up with one on her own, in Melbourne. Admission is based on lottery, so I wrote to the principal asking what time of year that was done and what the odds were like. I've identified affordable, appropriate rental housing. I'm a bit...
  7. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    There is also the issue of SADD. I'm not sure how we got thru this winter TBH.
  8. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    We're just planning to rent for two years, see if we even like it. It's kind of in the middle of Florida, so easy to check out different beaches and towns in my spare time. If not Florida, somewhere else I've not lived. S might decide she wants to finish up here (school at the cabin is a worse...
  9. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    I appreciate the anecdotes about vacation home ownership. I hear you need multiple units and to live-live in one and do the property management yourself, otherwise you give all your rental income to someone else. The other option (which is quite attractive) is to rent in different places for a...
  10. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    https://www.niche.com/k12/winter-park-high-school-winter-park-fl/
  11. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Most excellent map, thank you. Lottery to be chosen for that school, or lottery to be able to afford the rent?
  12. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Noted. I'll make a point of it. I have time and love looking at houses, etc.
  13. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Winter Park as a launching point?
  14. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    And thank you, "don't live in Kissimmee" from Disney super-fans is very helpful. That list doesn't give a map (though I can make one), and maybe look at election maps for the blue parts?
  15. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    I did find this: https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/s/florida/
  16. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    I know. I'm hoping there is some enclave. We have good high schools here, but it is super duper red. I didn't think it would get less red in Florida, but SADD x 2.
  17. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    FWIW, we are visiting north of Tampa (Hudson) for a week this summer, we will be visiting Disney Springs for a day. I will likely check out at least Celebration briefly. The school isn't great, I haven't looked into what early college it might have. P spent time fishing in the various water...
  18. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    Oh, no reason at all to live right there. I mean within an hour or so of WDW. We would be selling our current home, but we already have a second home ("the cabin") in Hocking Hills of Ohio. Our plan for years has been to live 6 months there/6 months elsewhere, possibly buying something elsewhere...
  19. JulieC

    Good high schools in the Kissimmee area?

    We are seriously contemplating a move to the Kissimmee area for 2022-24. My youngest child, S, has mild autism and has had nothing but social issues at her high school in Ohio. I have looked briefly into the International School for autism, but I'm not sure that is the right direction. She is...
  20. JulieC

    Anaheim Disneyland Trip Scheduled

    Longtime no chat! My youngest child (DD14) is having a rough time of things. She is recently, finally diagnosed with autism (high-functioning). DH and I have suspected this for years, especially as she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) at about age 6. All SPD is on the autism...
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