B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
512 Se 3rd St
Ocala, FL 34471
Telephone
(352) 671-7702

Marion 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
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1140
620 responses
Average ACT
24
537 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
42,517
Free or Reduced Lunch
64.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,304
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$382,138,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,844/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    7%

Marion County Public Schools Reviews

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My experience with Marion County Public Schools concluded in 2015 after I graduated but I can say that there are some serious flaws. There are some very good schools within the district but these tend to be the magnet schools such as Vanguard High, Howard Middle, Madison Street Elementary and some others. Yet even within these good schools there is a lack of equality in resource allocation for students in the accelerated programs versus students that aren't. Even though I was a part of the magnet program I didn't like how a lot of the administrators didn't put as much consideration into the "regular students". More over the schools in the rural areas of the county seem to be worse than the ones found in ocala and as a result they have much lower ratings than their peers.
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Chances are if you live in marion county, you can't avoid going to scool here. Marion county schools are usulally poorer. They don't have as many class choices because they can't aford extra teachers. The teachers are paid garbage and hence dont treat their job as seriously as they should (you get the occasional great teacher though, like a diamond in the rough). I personally went to lake weir high and graduated from the IB program. It was great. I loved the intellectual thought that was produced in such early years of my life. But there were set classes that we had to take and could not deviate from because there were no other choices for us. Our school was under funded and the lack of classes was suffocating. I am now enrolled at CF taking a tonne of classes so that I can be done with my AA a semester earlier than normal. So i guess the suffocation from lake weir toughened me up for college. But i still would have liked some options.
Marion County Public schools as a whole, are great however they do have some room for improvement. Although the amount of district and county tests and exams have decreased since I have been here, I still think it's a bit much. With the constant benchmarks that the kids have to take it is too much pressure, and often the kids do not benefit. I have discussed the subject matter with some of my teachers and they also agree with me that they county benchmarks are often unnecessary, and they often stress out their kids because of their random appearance in the curriculum.