Osprey School Guards Crown as Top Florida High


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 2nd, 2016 – Pursuit of excellence continues this school year for Pine View High School in Osprey after regaining its top 10 national ranking and leader of the pack in Florida, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Pine View, certainly one of the top draws for Sarasota homes for sale in Osprey, rose nationally in 2016 to seventh from 24th place in the 2015 U.S. News compilation. Previously, this school for gifted children was rated sixth nationally in 2007, 2013, and 2014.

The basis of the 2016 ranking is a three-stage evaluation starting with an analysis on student performance results on state-mandated test, such as the Florida Standard Assessment exams. The rating also considered how the schools performed on educating students from low-income households and racial minorities. Likewise considered was how well the schools prepared their students for college. An evaluation of the students’ participation and performance on international baccalaureate and advanced placement exams finalized the rankings.

High ACT Scores and New Programs

Osprey School Guards Crown as Top Florida High

Going by these measures, Pine View indeed looks geared up to retain or further improve its top 10 rating. At the start of the school year in August, the school’s principal, Dr. Stephen Covert, disclosed that Pine View’s ACT scores released recently continued to trend upwards.

Dr. Covert, stressing the significance of the recent results, said ACT is a national standard on college readiness that opens student entry into the most prestigious and selective universities and colleges around the world. In addition, the school continues to dedicate itself to social responsibility as part of molding its students’ mindset towards making a difference in the world.

As another platform for excellence, the Pine View principal noted that the school launched this year a new course—the AP Capstone Seminar. It comes as a two-course series enabling students to learn and master research skills in a study area at the college level. The school has also introduced a new engineering studies program and a robotics curriculum. Called “Project Lead the Way,” this series of Pine View courses leads to an industry certification.

Improved Facilities, Fine Locale

Several renovations and new construction this summer contribute to the high quality of education at Pine View which is located just east of Old Venice Road. These improvements included a new, single point of entry to the campus, new sidewalks, and renovations on its gym, media center, and on one of its buildings.

Additionally, this high school is surrounded by well-developed communities with a population of young families benefitting not only from its outstanding curricula. Conversely, these superb residential developments also contribute to Pine View’s fine locale conducive to quality education.

Great Neighbor in Woodlands at Rivendell

Osprey School Guards Crown as Top Florida High

One of these neighborhoods is the charming Woodlands at Rivendell located just south of Pine View. This community sits of a 400-acre site bordered east by the Oscar Scherer State Park. It consists of nearly 500 homes, with its available properties amongst the most sought-after Sarasota homes for sale.

Its residences are priced in the $300s‒$600s range and designed with floor plans of between 1,700 and 4,000 square feet, featuring two to five bedrooms. Deed restricted, this community offers many amenities, such as a community pool, playground, park, and gazebo. It also boasts of ponds, lakes, nature preserves, walking trail, and, of course, proximity to the highly rated high school of Pine View.