Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Teach In Florida

Florida's North East Region


Situated in the heart of North Central Florida, Gainesville basks in Gulf breezes that make summer days warm and the nights comfortable and cool. The winters are dry and mild with temperatures ranging from the 20's to 50's. Gainesville is the governmental seat of Alachua County and the commercial hub for the entire North Central Florida area. A delight for nature lovers, 65% of the county's 969 square miles is a wilderness of forests, dotted with scenic lakes and wetlands. The University of Florida sets the area's tone in education, cultural arts and sports. The university town of Gainesville offers many avenues of interest. The city’s Northeast Historic District is a 63-square block area of 290 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture reflects styles common to Florida from 1880 through the 1920’s. The University Art Gallery and Teaching Gallery on the grounds of the University of Florida comprise the center of a thriving art community. The estimated population of Gainesville in 2000 was 212,997.

Gainesville and Alachua County have homes to fit every lifestyle. It is possible, for example, to find a new single-family home with 1,800 square feet of interior space on an 8,000 square foot lot for under $126,870. The many luxury apartment complexes appeal to university students, young families, and retired citizens. Condominiums complete with recreational amenities are also popular among mature adults and retired residents.
Relocation information from the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce.

The full scope of education is available in Alachua County. The Alachua County public school system includes 23 elementary schools, eight middle schools, seven high schools, two special education centers and an alternative middle/high school center. In addition, there are 14 private schools in the county: nine elementary, four K through 12, and one high school. The Gainesville area boasts the highest percentage of gifted students in Florida. Career-oriented high school students can take advantage of dual enrollment programs offered by Santa Fe Community College. Eighty percent of high school graduates go on to some form of higher education. Of course, the jewel in the crown of Gainesville-based education is the University of Florida, with more than 35,000 students and some of the premier educational programs in the state university system.

Cultural Opportunities:
Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Museum of Natural History, Fred Bear Museum, Hippodrome State Theater, Morningside Nature Center, Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site, Paynes Prairie State Preserve, and the Northeast Historic District. For sports fans, Gainesville is home to the University of Florida Gators.


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Jacksonville is a vibrant, growing community. With over a million people in its metropolitan area and with a median age of only 35.0, Jacksonville is the "youngest" major city in Florida. With new companies moving into the community daily, Jacksonville offers ample employment opportunities, has an attractive housing market, and a world-class climate. Boasting a sunny, year-round climate with average temperatures of 78 degrees, Jacksonville offers 20 miles of soft, white sandy beaches. The climate affords residents the ability to continually enjoy outdoor opportunities for exercise, recreation or relaxation. Jacksonville, Florida is located in Northeast Florida and is the largest city in the contiguous United States in land area.  They are ranked as the 14th largest city in the United States in population with more than 800,000 residents.


Relocation information from the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Few areas of community focus have received more attention, or achieved greater results, than education.  Jacksonville boasts two of the top 10 schools in the nation, according to Newsweek in its ranking of the nation's more than 23,000 public high schools: Stanton College Preparatory School and Paxon School for Advanced Studies have ranked in the top 30 for the past five years.

The Duval County Public School system is one of the largest school districts in the State of Florida.  They have over 160 schools and serve more than 120,000 students.  DCPS is one of the largest employers in Jacksonville with over 15,000 employees-second only to the U.S. Navy. 

List of Duval County public schools

Cultural Opportunities:
Whether you have the desire to shop, an ear for music or an attitude for action, Jacksonville is an oasis for visitors.  Home to the Southeast's largest modern and contemporary art museum, endless miles of beautiful beaches and sparkling, translucent waters, cultural pursuits from cool jazz to hot clubs and a remarkable concentration of high-end and ethnically diverse restaurants, Jacksonville offers visitors the true spirit of Northeast Florida with marvelous meals, flamboyant exhibits, peaceful landscapes and gorgeous gardens.  Come Play in Jacksonville.

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St. Augustine

Founded 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, St. Augustine is a time capsule with nearly 500 years of intriguing history. The city allows visitors and residents to explore many attractions, museums, and historic sites. St. Augustine is also equipped with 43 miles of pristine beaches. St. Augustine and St. Johns County exemplify a community with global appeal, combining and inspired climate and progressive commercial growth with a playground for diverse industry along with a healthy agricultural economy, rising incomes, and a safe, residential feel.

List of St. Augustine and St. John’s County apartments, condominiums, and residential real estate
Additional relocation information from the St. John’s Chamber of Commerce

St. Augustine and St. John’s County have 15 public elementary schools, five public middle schools, four public high schools, and two alternative centers. There are 20 privately run schools, and one special education school (i.e., for the deaf and blind).
St. John’s County School District and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind are the listed as two of the largest non-industrial employers.

List of St. Johns County public schools

Cultural Opportunities:
St. Augustine’s Historical District, Ancient City Tours, Inc., Cracker Swamp Preserve, Ghost Tours of St. Augustine, Gypsy Comedy Club, Lightner Museum, Limelight Theatre, Marineland of Florida, Museum of Weapons & Early American History, Old Florida Museum, The Old Jail and Florida Heritage Museum, Old St. Augustine village museum, Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth, Rembrandtz Gallery, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine Art Association, Florida Heritage Museum, Fort Matanzas, Museum Theatre, Spanish Military Hospital, and Oldest Drug Store.

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