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-
Address
620 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone
(352) 955-7880

Alachua County Public Schools Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
74%
Average SAT
1230
400 responses
Average ACT
26
504 responses

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

29 reviews
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I have been enrolled in the Alachua County Public School system since kindergarten. I have attended Hidden Oak Elementary, Kanapaha Middle, and Buchholz High. All three of these schools have been very well rounded. The teachers and staff have been amazing. They are always willing to help the students reach their goals and they're always willing to give extra help to children who need it. Though the one aspect of the Alachua County Public School System I would like to see improved is the cleanliness of the school campuses. Buchholz in particular. The bathrooms at Buchholz are absolutely disgusting, I try to refrain from using them as much as possible.
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I have been apart of Alachua County schools since Middle School. I believe there is too much focus on testing and trying to meet state standards rather than college prep. The teachers I have had are excellent in magnet programs such as Cambridge and IB, though there are many issues with these courses and they tend to be rigorous for the sake of being rigorous and for testing money rather to enrich those who are dedicated to learning. Many of the schools are rundown and absent of funding and money. There is a large focus on sports where many art programs are cut. The food is disgusting and lacks any type of nutrition, placing curly fries with every meal and calling them a "vegetable" on menus. Diversity is huge here however, with many different religions and races partly due to magnet programs and the University of Florida being here.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Alachua County. The schools were highly competitive and drove me to do my best. Students not only were involved in the various sports activities, but also in the many academic clubs offered at the different schools. Unfortunately, I felt the faculty at times sometimes left a little to be desired, as they were sometimes too blunt, but I understand they all had good intentions, and only wanted us to succeed. I did not eat school lunch very often, but when I did, I was usually disappointed in the selection. The only meal I did look forward to was when pizza was served. Mmmm. Overall, I will miss Alachua County and the community it has created, and I will hope to find a similar one in college.