B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Alachua County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Gainesville, FL. It has 28,689 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
Address
620 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone
(352) 955-7880

Alachua County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
74%
Average SAT
1240
498 responses
Average ACT
26
597 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
28,689
Free or Reduced Lunch
48%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,621
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$256,779,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,386/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    5%

Alachua County Public Schools Reviews

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The Alachua County Public School system offers many opportunities in and outside the classroom that has benefited me as a student. Academics are important at most schools in the county and they highlight the importance of good grades are for your future. They have great teachers and administration that cater to the student's individual needs. Through the Alachua County Public School system, I feel well prepared for college--especially as a student within two of the county's various magnet programs--Cambridge and the Academy of Health Professions. The only issue I would say about this county is that the ethnic groups within certain magnet groups is limited. For instance, in the Cambridge program, 95% of the kids are Caucasian . However, in the Academy of Health Profession, there is a more diverse group of people within that magnet, career program.
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My experience with Alachua County Public schools was very up and down. The middle school programs were very poor and the administration was poor and almost racist; the middle school programs also didn't prepare me well for the highschool level of education and speed. The high school programs from my experience however, were better and prepared me well for each next grade level. I am confident that I will now go to the collegiate level of academics prepared for the rigors that the universities hold frothier students. The facilities in all Alachua county public schools were very horrible and could use major upgrades. The bathrooms are repulsive and the food is well below what the standard should be. The computers and processing systems are outdated and could be upgraded tremendously. Overall though, I would say the Alachua County school district is an average to above average school district.
Having been to five of alachua county's schools I can tell anyone who is looking at attending one of the many public or private schools within their borders. That they are like most schools. They do their best to work with students and prepare them for their post high school experience.The teachers are their strongest attribute. The teachers go above and beyond to help their students, this is particularly noticeable at Newberry High School I say this because in 2016 they had a 100% graduation rate. I feel that the only thing holding these schools back is a lack of funding.