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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Alachua County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Gainesville, FL. It has 29,305 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% 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
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1260
712 responses
Average ACT
26
761 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
29,305
Free or Reduced Lunch
47.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,621
Teachers in First/Second Year
44.1%

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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Unfortunately, not all students have the same experience in Alachua county public schools. Advanced placement students often receive a majority of the resources, and these students tend to be wealthier caucasians. Teachers in higher level classes are often excellent, caring, hardworking teachers, whereas their regular education counterparts are not provided with the same attention and resources, thus causing them to lose hope in their students and in their work. Alachua County public schools need to make an effort to distribute resources fairly and focus attention on students who are falling through the cracks in order to ensure that they succeed as well.
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The teachers in high school settings have great influence on hard working students and truly want to see their students excel and graduate. There are some notable teachers that work the hardest in the school system and there are some that work just as hard but don't get recognized for their work as much. The schools stay clean but could have better irrigation systems when it rains. All around, the school's lunches have lacked nutrition and health standards which is important considering the amount of students who need school-provided lunches. Overall, the Alachua County Public System is doing the best with the budget they are restrained to and I personally believe the money the are allotted is enough to adequately teach and set up students for college.
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.