The Forest Residents Have Access to Sarasota’s Top Schools

map of schools near the forest at hi hat ranchResidents at The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch have remarkable educational opportunities close to home and in the area.  Education near the community, and convenient to the I-75 and Clark Road corridors, includes some of the best public and private school options in the Sarasota/Manatee area. People from all over the two counties make long commutes to schools that are just a short drive from The Forest.  Opportunities range from early learning through high school and even higher education.

Private Schools Close To Home
Just down the road from The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is the Sarasota Suncoast Academy. This Sarasota public charter elementary school offers education from kindergarten through fifth grade. The Sarasota Suncoast Academy is above board in comparison to traditional public schools in the area, and with smaller class sizes, children are guaranteed the teacher student attention they deserve. A charter school with private school sensibilities, The Sarasota Suncoast Academy is truly a gem, and it’s located a stones throw from the community.

Another close by school is the Island Village Montessori Charter School. Island Village Montessori is a public charter, tuition-free Montessori School for students in grades K-8. They offer a safe, stimulating place to learn, incorporating the latest technology in a Montessori environment where every student is celebrated as an individual and allowed to soar to their fullest potential. Island VIllage is committed to the Arts with extensive programs in visual arts, music, and performing Arts. The Forest and Hi Hat Ranch have also worked with the school as a sponsor.

island village montessori school in sarasota, flAlso in the area just west of I-75 is The NewGate School. An International Monetessori Academy, The NewGate School offers an international curriculum that competes on a world scale. The school features education from 18 months through the high school level. WIth a strong sense of community, a focus on small class sizes, and programs that guarantees its children can compete with student around the world, The New Gate School is on the cutting edge of international education.  The Forest and Hi Hat Ranch have worked with the school on special projects and fund raising initiative.

The Out-of-Door Academy is a renowned Sarasota institution, and time and time again, it’s been ranked one the top private schools in Florida and the nation. The school has been recognized as a Cum Laude Society School, a distinction reserved for the top 1% of all secondary schools in the United States. The Out-of-Door Academy is consistently honored by Sarasota Magazine as the area’s “Best Private School.”  This year the school had an incredible 100% matriculation to four-year colleges and universities. The Lakewood Ranch campus is 20 minutes and offers the highest quality of education along with an excellent athletic department and a brand new visual performing arts center.

Also located at Lakewood Ranch is a State College of Florida campus. This state of the art facilities includes the Center for Innovation and Technology, which offers auditorium classes and computer laboratories with SMART board technology.  Also on site is the Medical Technology & Simulation Center, which opened in 2010. This two-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building houses the nursing, health professions, education and SCF”s new Energy Technology Management Programs. Plans for a third facility are already under way.

Grade A Public Schools
The public schools for The Forest also include some of the best in the Sarasota School District. The elementary, middle and high are all A rated schools with exceptional reputations.

Lakeview Elementary School is a Five-Star school that has been recognized for its educational excellence and high volunteerism. It has strong business partners, a very active PTO and an excellent staff many of whom have advanced degrees including seven nationally board certified teachers.  The school is close by just north of Clark Road on Proctor Road.

Sarasota Middle School is just eight miles west of The Forest and offers sixth, seventh and eighth grade students a progressive learning experience.  Students learn in one of two “team” structures offering options that best meet the needs of children and their learning styles.  Students also participate in unique exploratory classes such as Consumer Science, Chinese, Music Technology and Technology Applications.

Riverview High School offers a nationally recognized International Baccalaureate degree program. This program is known around the world as the premier high school curriculum.  The school consistently has over 50% of its graduates continuing on to four-year colleges and universities. Riverview High is 20 minutes west of The Forest.

Residents from families to retirees can find excellent educational opportunities near The Forest.  It’s a great place to live and learn. Click on the map to see the locations in Google.