Alachua, Marion, Citrus, Dixie & Columbia Schools Ranked Tops in Nation

May 9, 2017


Kudos to our educators across the Heart of Florida as our public schools are among the best in the nation.  According to the Washington Post's “Most Challenging High Schools” list, all seven Marion County high schools are ranked in the top 10%, with Belleview High School ranked 416 out of 23,000 high schools; the highest in the county, followed by Vanguard at 751, West Port (1207), North Marion (1400), Forest (1613), Lake Weir (1636) and Dunnellon (2186).  It is the third consecutive year all of Marion County high schools were ranked in the top 10%.  The news is equally good for Alachua County schools with Eastside raking 46th in the nation followed by Buchholz (399), P.K. Yonge (411), Newberry (1166) and Gainesville High School (1806). Citrus County public schools did well also with Lecanto High School (599), Crystal River High School (1341) and Citrus County High School (1515) tops in the country. Dixie County High School (1855) and Fort White High School in Columbia County (2192) all ranked in the top 10% nationwide. The rankings are based on the number of college-level exams taken by students, including for the International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs divided by the number of graduating seniors. 

SOURCE: Washington Post

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