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Friday, April 12, 2024

Buchholz High School ranked No. 54 in Florida by US News

Ranked best high school in Alachua County

Buchholz High School was ranked No. 54 best high school in Florida and No. 1 in Alachua County Public Schools by US News & World Report for the 2023-2024 school year.

The school was also ranked No. 822 out of 17,680 public high schools in the country, putting it in the top 5%. 

Rigorous courses and high academic expectations from teachers are at the core of Buchholz’s ranking, principal Kevin Purvis said.

“It's super exciting for us,” he said. “It's just a testament to our teachers, our staff, our students, our families, that they value academic achievement in what we offer here at Buchholz.”

US News ranks schools based on performance on standardized tests, graduation rate and college preparedness.

The school boasts a 97% graduation rate — a number partially thanks to individual coaching and meetings guidance counselors hold with students, counselor Suzanne Warner said. 

“Nobody that is a senior here doesn't know exactly what they individually need to do to graduate,” she said. “And that takes a lot.”

Buchholz has also been recognized for its academics in the past: its math team is the current national champion of the Mu Alpha Theta competition, and several students were finalists for the Physics Olympics team.

While the Buchholz community is celebrating its current success, it’s also striving to do better each coming year, Warner said.

“We're going to work hard regardless of whether US News notices us or not, but it is nice that they did notice,” she said.

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Alissa Gary

Alissa is a sophomore journalism major and University Editor at The Alligator. She has previously covered student government, university administration and K-12 education. In her free time, she enjoys showing photos of her cats to strangers.

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