Sarasota Is Back to School in August with an “A” Grade

Longboat Key, Florida | July 30th, 2019 – District schools in Sarasota received superior state ratings, thus reinforcing anew one of the county’s traditional strengths as an excellent choice for families to settle in. Ahead of the opening of local schools on August 12, state education authorities released their annual ratings covering the prior 2018‒2019 school year.

The Sarasota County School District, in this assessment, emerged as one of 24 Florida school districts that got an A grade. Significantly, this counted as the 16th consecutive year for the Sarasota district to earn an A since the state grading started in 2004.

Sarasota County School Superintendent Todd Bowden noted that their “huge emphasis on reading and literacy last year” has delivered in improving performance of the district’s students.

The Sarasota school district improved in five of the 11 categories used in the state ratings. The improvements included those in English language arts, overall math, social studies, graduation rate, and college and career acceleration.

Sarasota Is Back to School in August with an “A” Grade

Top 3 in Florida

The overall scores of Sarasota County Schools’ compared to the previous school year showed an improvement of eight points. Across the state, Sarasota came out third in the Florida education officials’ rating and was only behind St. John and Gilchrist counties.

A total of 34 Sarasota schools earned an A grade, 10 schools had a B grade, four schools got a C grade, and one school turned in a D grade. No school rated an F the district. Ten saw their school grades improve, including Brentwood Elementary, Glenallen Elementary, and Toledo Blade Elementary. All three leaped from a C to an A grade.

Both traditional public schools and charter schools were included in the state ratings. The alphabetized list in the table below indicates the ratings of each school in the Sarasota district, surely useful in cross-referencing the nearby residential communities that they serve.

Sarasota School District Ratings/School Year 2018‒2019

Alta Vista Elementary – B

Ashton Elementary – A

Atwater Elementary – A (up)

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – A (up)

Booker Middle School – B

Booker High School – B

Brentwood Elementary – A (up)

Brookside Middle School – A

Cranberry Elementary – B

Emma E. Booker – D

Englewood Elementary – A

Fruitville Elementary – A

Garden Elementary – C

Glenallen Elementary – A (up)

Gocio Elementary – B (up)

Gulf Gate Elementary – A (up)

Heron Creek Middle School – B

Imagine School at North Port – B

Imagine School at Palmer Ranch – B

Island Village Montessori School – A (up)

Lakeview Elementary – A

Lamarque Elementary – A

Laurel Nokomis School – A

McIntosh Middle School – A (up)

North Port High School – A (up)

Phillippi Shores Elementary – A

Pine View School – A

Riverview High School – A

Sarasota Academy of the Arts – A

Sarasota High School – A (up)

Sarasota Middle School – A

Sarasota Military Academy – B

Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences – A

Sarasota Suncoast Academy – A

Sky Academy Englewood – A

Sky Academy Venice – A

Southside Elementary – A

Student Leadership Academy – A

Suncoast Polytechnical High School – A

Suncoast School for Innovative Studies – C

Tatum Ridge Elementary – A

Taylor Ranch Elementary – A

Toledo Blade Elementary – A (up)

Tuttle Elementary – C

Venice Elementary – A

Venice High School – A

Venice Middle School – A

Wilkinson Elementary – C

Woodland Middle School – B


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