Moving to a new city can be stressful. Most families are looking for a new home, job, getting a lay of the land, and of course—schools for the kiddos. This may be one of the most important decision you can make as a family upon moving to a new place.

The right educational fit for your child is the most paramount decision you may ever make for him or her. This decision becomes more difficult upon arriving in a brand-new environment where you are unfamiliar with the education system. What are the best schools in the area? What criteria determine the quality of school for that state? Well, we’re here to help alleviate some of these worries for you.


What are the different education options in Florida?

  •        Magnet Schools
  •        Public County Schools
  •        Charter Schools
  •        Homeschooling
  •        Online Schooling
  •        Alternative Schooling
  •        Private Schools


Sarasota County has some of the top ranked public and private schools in the entire state of Florida. According to, here are the top ranked high schools in the Sarasota area:


How to determine a good fit:

First, consider what type of school, (if any) your child was previously a part of. Choosing something similar should not be hard, as Sarasota and the surrounding areas has a plethora of options. Make sure you and your family are education yourselves on the differences between the types of school offered in the Sarasota area. Once you have this information it’s time to take fit into consideration. What parameters are you using to search for fit? How does your child learn best? What is the ideal class size?


Schedule a meeting with the schools:

Whether it’s a virtual or brick & mortar school, scheduling a visit and/or meeting is a pivotal part of the process. Parents can get valuable information and the child can in addition, get a vibe from the campus and atmosphere of the school itself.


Talk with the locals:

Talk with your new neighbors, friends and everyone you meet to see what their thoughts on the local schools are. If they have kids, inquire about those schools they/re enrolled in. It can only benefit you to pick their brain and get as much advice as possible.

For more information about Sarasota public schools, please visit

Posted by Andree Huffine, Sarasota Realtor on
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