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Sarasota County Schools Earns an “A” Grade for the 2018-19 Academic Year

The school district saw improvements in five of 11 measures of school effectiveness

SARASOTA COUNTY, July 11, 2019 – The Sarasota County School District has earned an A grade by the state of Florida for the 16th consecutive year since grading began in 2004. Sarasota was one of 24 school districts in the state to earn an A grade for the 2018-19 school year. The school district saw improvements in five of 11 categories, including English language arts (ELA) learning gains in the lowest quartile, overall math learning gains, social studies, graduation rate and college and career acceleration. Sarasota County Schools’ overall scores improved by eight points compared to last year and the school district is ranked #3 in the state behind St. John and Gilchrist counties. 

“I am so excited that Sarasota County Schools continues to be a high performing school district,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We placed a huge emphasis on reading and literacy last year and because of the outstanding work of our incredible teachers, school leaders and curriculum specialists, this strategy has really paid off; especially for our lowest-performing students. There is a lot of room to improve; however, and I am hopeful that we will continue to increase in key areas by providing even more support to those schools and students needing greater opportunities to succeed.”

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the official school grades across the state for the 2018-19 academic year. In Sarasota County, a total of 34 schools received an A grade, 10 school received a B grade, four schools earned a C grade and one school earned a D grade. There were no F grades in the district. Of our schools, ten improved their school grades, including Brentwood Elementary, Glenallen Elementary and Toledo Blade Elementary, all three of whom went from a C to an A grade. All grades include both traditional public schools and charter schools.

“The success of this school year is due in part to the amazing work of our teachers and extraordinary focus of our students,” commented Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer. “We are so thankful to our community partners who have helped our lowest-performing students excel in ways they never imagined. In addition, our teachers really are the best of the best and they are instrumental in helping all our students reach their full potential.”

The state’s grades are based on 11 factors that include student achievement, learning gains statewide, high school graduation rates and standardized tests, among others. Overall, Sarasota County Schools improved in five of these key areas.

Sarasota County Schools earned the following grades by school for the 2018-19 academic year:


Alta Vista Elementary – B

Ashton Elementary – A

Atwater Elementary – A (up one grade)

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – A (up one grade)

Booker Middle School – B

Booker High School – B

Brentwood Elementary – A (up two grades)

Brookside Middle School – A

Cranberry Elementary – B

Emma E. Booker – D

Englewood Elementary – A

Fruitville Elementary – A

Garden Elementary – C

Glenallen Elementary – A (up two grades)

Gocio Elementary – B (up one grade)

Gulf Gate Elementary – A (up one grade)

Heron Creek Middle School – B

Imagine School at North Port – B

Imagine School at Palmer Ranch – B

Island Village Montessori School – A (up one grade)

Lakeview Elementary – A

Lamarque Elementary – A

Laurel Nokomis School – A

McIntosh Middle School – A (up one grade)

North Port High School – A (up one grade)

Phillippi Shores Elementary – A 

Pine View School – A

Riverview High School – A

Sarasota Academy of the Arts – A

Sarasota High School – A (up one grade)

Sarasota Middle School – A

Sarasota Military Academy – B

Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences – A

Sarasota Suncoast Academy – A

Sky Academy Englewood – A

Sky Academy Venice – A

Southside Elementary – A

Student Leadership Academy – A

Suncoast Polytechnical High School – A

Suncoast School for Innovative Studies – C

Tatum Ridge Elementary – A

Taylor Ranch Elementary – A

Toledo Blade Elementary – A (up two grades)

Tuttle Elementary – C

Venice Elementary – A

Venice High School – A

Venice Middle School – A

Wilkinson Elementary – C

Woodland Middle School – B


To find out more about school grades across the state, visit the FLDOE online.


About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004 and have been awarded the Mid-Sized School District of the Year by the University of Cambridge. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit