April M. Griffin
Alachua County School Board, District 1

Gainesville and its surrounding municipalities are a wonderful place to raise a family. Our school system is an example of “Why Greater Gainesville.” All Alachua County Public Schools strive to be centers of excellence in all aspects of our students’ education.

This year we were one of just fifteen school districts nationwide honored with a US Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Our county has a vigorous school choice option with academic magnet options at elementary, middle and high school levels. Both the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs are available to our high school students.

Our students have consistently ranked among the top in the country and internationally. We encourage all of our students to take Advanced Placement classes and our pass rate for the AP exams is over the state, national and global passing rates. During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 2,300 students took 4,800 AP exams.

This fall we are adding the Robotics and Engineering Academy at Loften High School to our list of career and technical academies. Our students in career technical magnets and classes earned over 4,000 industry certifications in the 2014-2015 school year. The Washington Post listed five of our county’s high schools among the nation’s most challenging. Our District boasts a rich array of fine arts education and programs throughout all of our schools.

Alachua County students also excel in athletics. We offer a very diverse array of sports at both the middle school and high school level.

The community supported our schools by volunteering over 722,000 hours last school year and passing an extra $1 million tax that is vital to our programs. The business community also supports our schools.  Last year almost 400 business partners donated almost $3 million through donations, in-kind giving and time.

There are many opportunities for families to enjoy the fine arts, sports and nature all within our public schools. As you can see, our public schools are “Why Greater Gainesville!”

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