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Marion County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Ocala, FL. It has 42,786 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
512 SE 3rd St
Ocala, FL 34471
Telephone
(352) 671-7702

Marion County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1140
853 responses
Average ACT
24
658 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
42,786
Free or Reduced Lunch
66.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,304
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.8%

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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Marion County has an extremely diverse culture and a strong sense of family. The teachers treat their students as if we were their own kids. Although there is little funding towards education, there has recently been an increase in the promotion of furthering education at a collegiate level. My school, North Marion High, offers the AICE program which allows students to earn college credit, free of charge, while still attending high school. This program is extremely helpful for those looking to break away from the trend of only 10% of Marion County graduates choosing to attend college. An increase in community participation, educational funding, and the remodeling of Marion county facilities would positively impact students. In many ways, Marion county is just lacking resources and students do not get the opportunities that they often deserve. If there were more resources the students would emerge more well-rounded and prepared for their future.
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Overall, my high school experience so far has been adequate. The teachers I've had, in my opinion, were phenomenal. I have been involved in our medical program, and it is my favorite part of school. I am in the HOSA (Health Occupations Students Of America) club and ATCS (American Teen Cancer Society) club and I have really enjoyed it. My friends, that I have made since freshmen year, have pushed me out of my comfort zone to do bigger and better things. Forest High School is strong and resilient. In my sophomore year, we had a school shooting, but because of our amazing administration and teachers nobody was killed and we got through it as one. "We are strong, We are One, We are Forest."
Being in the Marion County Public School System my whole life, I've felt quite welcomed and accepted by most students and administrators. Some of the people you have to interact with are not always the most friendly, however, they do give you the tools and resources that you need so that you are properly prepared to advance to the next level or academics. The Marion County Public System gives the students an abundant amount of opportunity to embrace you likes and interests and helps you to make those into a part of your academic career. The administrators push you to do your very best