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Manatee County School District is an above average, public school district located in Bradenton, FL. It has 47,883 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.
215 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 708-8770

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Free or Reduced Lunch


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$8,709/ student
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Manatee County School District Reviews

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There’s not much good to say about Manatee County, the few good things are clouded by the poor distribution of money between schools. With budget cuts, the already limited amount of revenue for schools is being reduced even more. The top tier schools receive enough funds to be able to thrive enough with revenue gained during the football season. However, at Bayshore High, a tier 1 school, has trouble managing their own money as well. With extra funding, the football barely suffices the funding for the school to operate. It's ironic, the schools are made to teach, yet schools are focused on athletics to gamble the possible financial gain. The smaller, less successful schools are actually cutting their throats into debt. This leaves the top schools at the top, and the low-grade school to the very bottom, leaving them in a poor situation for maintaining a school's purpose: to raise America's future workers and leaders. Funding needs to be more concerned for less successful schools.
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At school, my desire to learn is killed by the unbelievable amounts of work dumped on us. Due to sleep deprivation from having to wake so early for class, I am half asleep all the time. My guidance counselor forgot that my dad died and to send my transcripts to one of my colleges. The bathrooms are running out soap in the bathrooms and the campus is littered with trash, gum spots, and black clumps of hair. It's only built to hold 1,000 students and it currently has over 3,000. That has to be a fire hazard of some kind. The only facet of the school that isn't terrible is the band program/the teachers. I'm thankful for them. Additionally, the marching band is the best thing to ever happen to me and it makes my suffering tolerable. It'd be nice to see the school give it the money it needs, especially because it wins so many awards for the school, yet functions on such little. I am grateful for the program or I would have left my high school during the first year. I owe my life to it.
Very strict, orderly, and supplied, but not always focused on the right things. Much of the administration focuses too much on the unimportant things like students wearing their ID's around their neck, following dress code, or silly other little rules. They don't seem to be focused enough on the bigger problems like students coming to school high on drugs, vaping in the bathroom, and dealing edibles in class. I simply think they are just focused completely on the wrong things.