17 Best High Schools In Florida

Pompano Beach High School
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There are 2,344 high schools in Florida, made up of 1,563 public schools and 781 private schools. Florida ranks as the 4th state in terms of student enrollment and 3rd in terms of total number of schools. It ranks 20th for the student/teacher ratio and sits 43rd for the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches.

Check out our list of top 17 high schools in Florida:

17. Pompano Beach High School

Pompano Beach High School is located in Pompano Beach, Florida, a Southeastern Florida beach city with a population of just under 100,000, according to Wikipedia. The city is a great place to live not only because it is home to one of the best high schools in the state but also has great year-round weather and dozens of fun activities ranging from water skiing to vintage theaters.

Pompano Beach High School is currently regarded as the 230th best high school in the United States, according to a recent US News Best College listing. The US news report goes on to state that Pompano Beach High School has 1267 students and sixty teachers, which means that there is one teacher for every 21 students.

Of the over 80% of students who have taken an API test, just over 50% have passed. The high school students have above average marks in both reading and math.

One factor that sets this particular high school apart from most high schools in the state and even the nation is the fact that Pompano Beach High School only requires students to come to school four days a week. Students get all day Friday off. NBC Miami reports that when the school first experimented with this new schedule back in 1997, it was not known how it would pan out.

However, students have made it clear that they greatly appreciate the extra time, as it affords them the opportunity to catch up on homework, engage in volunteer activities and/or obtain tutoring for subjects that they are having a hard time with. This tutoring is offered by Pompano Beach High School itself and includes assistance for not just the SAT but also other high school exams.

NBC Miami also notes that while other high schools have shown an interest in this unique school schedule, it has yet to be adopted by educational institutions other than Pompano Beach High School.