Pine View School receives top spot again in ‘U.S News & World Report’ Best High School Rankings

Riverview High and Suncoast Polytechnical High also featured in top 100 for the state

Image courtesy Sarasota County School District

Pine View School once again has been ranked the No. 1 high school in the state of Florida, based on U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best High Schools Rankings, the Sarasota County School District has announced.

Pine View School also was ranked No. 15 in National Rankings, No. 8 in Magnet High Schools and No. 23 in STEM High Schools, a news release points out.

Two other Sarasota County schools, Riverview High School and Suncoast Polytechnical High School, were also featured in the top 100 of the 2019 Best High Schools Rankings for the state, receiving spots 52 and 58, respectively, the release adds.

“Pine View School is an undeniable asset to our school district,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of the Sarasota County Schools, in the release. “There is no other environment quite like it for academically gifted students, and we are proud that their hard work is being recognized on this scale.”

“I am honored and humbled to lead such an amazing school,” added Stephen Covert, Pine View’s principal, in the release. “Our students are continually challenging themselves to grow and stretch, and it is inspiring to see how our community cheers them on. This is a very special honor as we are celebrating Pine View’s 50th anniversary this year, and our students, teachers, and staff truly are standing on the shoulders of the giants who have come before us,” he noted in the release.

In coordination with RTI International, U.S. News & World Report ranked 17,245 public high schools out of more than 23,000 reviewed, the release explains. The 2019 edition is six to seven times larger than the 2018 edition, which listed more than 2,700 ranked schools, the release adds.

This is the listing for Pine View on the website with the 2019 rankings. Image courtesy U.S. News and World Report

“The 2019 rankings are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year,” the release continues:

  • College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th-graders who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams
  • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th-graders who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.
  • Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations, given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.

• Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-2013 and graduated four years later.