Pine View School
1 Best Public Elementary Schools in Florida
- Sarasota County Schools, FL
Senior: Pine View is a terrific college preparatory school. The students are all focused and driven towards further education. The teachers take interest in teaching and preparing the students for the real world and the upcoming challenges they will face as they enter college. The campus is open and allows for a college feel; giving students freedom and independence. Pine View offers a broad range of Honors and AP courses to better prepare the students. It hard, but so is the real world!
- 2,186 Students
- 17:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
Florida State University School
2 Best Public Elementary Schools in Florida
- Public School
- Tallahassee, FL
Senior: I love FSU! It has definitely shaped my experience and I have learned and grown so much in my four years. The faculty and staff have all been extremely kind and it is easy to see how much they genuinely care about their students' success. They overextend themselves to make sure they meet the needs of each of their students.
FSU is working to improve the eateries on campus, now adding dining options in residential halls and including more healthier alternatives to cater to different dietary needs.
Diversity on campus is still an issue, as it is a PWI, a predominately white institution. There are safe spaces, however, for students of color to feel welcomed and comfortable. With over 600 organizations, FSU makes sure that every student finds a place on campus.
The new student Union is also in progress, which will expand to provide more spaces for club meetings and resources for students.
Overall, FSU is a great school and anyone can feel welcomed here, even if they aren't a student!
- 1,732 Students
- 13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School
3 Best Public Elementary Schools in Florida
- Public School
- Boca Raton, FL
Junior: I really love FAU Highschool. It is a great opportunity to get ahead for the future and experience the college setting. I am able to get ahead and graduate highschool with many credits working towards my major. The environment on the high school and college campus is awesome. The people were very intelligent and allowed us all to compete and work our hardest to succeed in this type of school. Overall, my experience with FAU high was amazing.
- 1,032 Students
- 19:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
5 Best Public Elementary Schools in Florida
- P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, FL
Freshman: I liked how open the students and teachers are, and how everyone is welcoming. Also, I feel many extracurricular activities and sports were offered that wouldn't be at other schools that advanced my learning.
- 1,153 Students
- 12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
Southside Elementary School
15 Best Public Elementary Schools in Florida
- Sarasota County Schools, FL
- PK, K-5
Niche User: Like any school, experience varies according to the quality of teaching. Southside attracts top-notch teachers. My 4th grader has had excellent teachers all the way through with the exception of one bad apple, who wasn't terrible, but just fairly lazy and unwilling to differentiate her teaching. The school admin promptly offered us the opportunity to switch to an excellent teacher and we've had nothing but excellent teachers since.
Southside offers an idyllic and charming environment.. I imagine our son will have very fond memories of the charming old building, lovely open and vegetated courtyard, open playground and fabulous school garden which they pass multiple times/day to/from classes.
Southside is in a high-income area of town. With the wealth, comes a good bit of attention to status, both material and academic. By academic, I refer to the ability and willingness of many Southside families to essentially purchase a "gifted" academic track for their children. There is a pervasive misconception at Southside that "gifted-certified" equates with "better teacher." The downside to this is that for those students who truly need more academic challenge, they are placed with less advanced students in gifted classes and the teachers must accommodate their needs, thereby preventing any truly advanced or accelerated curriculum from being offered. Fortunately, Common Core is requiring more advanced grade-level curriculum, increasing the challenge level for everyone.
Southside has a lot of well-to-do stay-at-home mom's ever present at school, in the PTO, raising funds and organizing fabulous events and programs, such as dance, drama and a truly wonderful school garden. While there is very little ethnic or economic diversity at Southside (a big downside), the school offers an almost nostalgic setting and energy, just a warm and nurturing primary school experience with highly motivated teachers to hopefully send them off to middle school as inspired learners.
- 725 Students
- 14:1 Student-Teacher Ratio