Sarasota has long been praised for its educational institutions. Not only does Sarasota harbor 3 colleges (one being a branch of world-renowned University of South Florida) but Sarasota is renowned for its public school primary and secondary school system, as well. It is not only the metrics alone that make these schools so beloved around the state. It’s a feeling of belonging, volunteer efforts, and community events that the schools partake in, as well. has ranked six Sarasota County middle schools, four elementary schools and a local high school among the best public schools it rated in the state of Florida. In addition, US News has Sarasota public schools consistently in the top 5 public school systems in the Sunshine State. This is undoubtedly high markings across the board for Sarasota County Public Schools.

Most studies regarding educational prowess take many factors into consideration. and US news seems to take a look each years at metrics as student diversity, teacher quality, test scores and overall classroom and student development at the end of each school year.

Last year Sarasota had the proud honor of harboring a school that took pride in ranking as cracking crack the state's Top 10 list – Fruitville Elementary School.

Fruitville isn’t the only school that is in the top tier of great institutions in Florida. Other Sarasota area public schools earned high marks in the Top 100 ranking list for the state:

  • Southside Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 11

  • Ashton Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 15

  • Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, Sarasota, No. 18

  • Lakeview Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 19

  • Phillippi Shores Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 29

  • Tatum Ridge Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 31

  • Gulf Gate Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 58

  • Imagine School Palmer Ranch, Sarasota, No. 60

  • Sarasota Suncoast Academy, Sarasota, No. 63

  • Brentwood Elementary School, Sarasota, No. 68

  • Two schools in Tampa also earned a place in the Top 100 list. They are:

  • Tampa Palms Elementary School, Tampa, No. 80

  • MacFarlane Park Magnet School, Tampa, No. 87


    Florida has amazing public school systems and Sarasota is proud to have one of the top public school systems in the entire state. If you’re planning on moving to Florida, education is a huge factor for your children or if you’re planning on attending college. Sarasota has beautiful beaches, fine restaurants, and world class public and private schools.

Posted by Andree Huffine, Sarasota Realtor on


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