Best high schools in Florida

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Students of Rene Cassin high school observe a minute of silence for slain history teacher Samuel Paty in Bayonne, southwestern France, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. French schools are paying tribute to a teacher beheaded by a radical Islamist last year after he showed caricatures of the prophet of Islam to his class. Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, was murdered on Oct. 16 last year near his school in a northwest Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin who had become radicalized. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

FLORIDA (STACKER) — As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said during a ’96 commencement address at Wellesley College, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” If that’s the case, high school may be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally get the freedom to choose their own classes, and prepare for college or the workplace. For many of these students and their families, public education is key: 48.1 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in 2020; and there are almost 24,000 public high schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For many anxious parents, getting their kid into the best of these public high schools is of the utmost importance. Some families even move homes to get into better school districts. However, among all of these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

Find out how the best high schools in the state stack up against each other, 9 of the 10 schools in the list are private schools. Stacker compiled a list of the best high schools in Florida using rankings from Niche.

#10. Palmer Trinity School (private)
– Location: Miami
– Enrollment: 770 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Pine View School (public)
– District: Sarasota County Schools, FL
– Enrollment: 1,877 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. NSU University School (private)
– Location: Davie
– Enrollment: 1,764 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. Gulliver Preparatory School (private)
– Location: Pinecrest
– Enrollment: 2,185 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Berkeley Preparatory School (private)
– Location: Tampa
– Enrollment: 1,401 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart (private)
– Location: Miami
– Enrollment: 849 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. American Heritage Schools, Palm Beach Campus (private)
– Location: Delray Beach
– Enrollment: 1,797 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)

#3. American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus (private)
– Location: Plantation
– Enrollment: 2,785 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. Pine Crest School – Fort Lauderdale Campus (private)
– Location: Fort Lauderdale
– Enrollment: 1,803 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. Ransom Everglades School (private)
– Location: Coconut Grove
– Enrollment: 1,130 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)

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