Outstanding Schools

Alachua County Schools

Outstanding academic achievement and innovative, high quality educational programs are a hallmark of Alachua County Schools. The district is one of the highest‐rated in Florida, having earned an ‘A' grade from the state for six straight years based on the performance of its schools and students. It is one of only 19 of Florida's 67 districts to maintain this top grade for that length of time. Earning the highest ratio of passed Advanced Placement tests in the state for three straight years, averaging SAT scores among the top three statewide for four straight years, and well above the national average are also key indicators of the district's record of excellence.

The district also has outstanding relationships with the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, which provide unique educational opportunities for students, including:

  • magnet programs catering to the special needs of academically-talented/gifted students in elementary, middle and high school
  • a wide variety of career academies that prepare students for success in college and the workplace
  • state‐of‐the‐art classroom technology
  • full‐time elementary art and music education
  • and classroom teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Alachua County Schools have received the “What Parents Want Award” from School Match, the nation’s largest school selection consulting firm. Only 16% of all school districts nationwide earn this distinction.

Four of Alachua County’s schools are on The Washington Post’s 2011 High School Challenge Index, which lists the best high schools in the nation.