Student Leadership Academy Ranked Among the Best Schools in Florida - Niche Ranking

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL – February 9, 2015 – Student Leadership Academy in Venice has been named among Florida’s best schools, according to the 2015 Niche Ranking. The public charter school earned an overall rating of “A” and ranked 14th overall in the state and 11th in the “best academics” category out of 845 middle schools in the state of Florida.

Sarasota County Public Schools was also ranked. The District, serving more than 41,000 students from PreK-12th grade, received an overall score of A and ranked 2nd in the state among Districts in Florida.

“Our ranking is a testament to our school’s incredible teaching staff, involved and supporting parents, and students who are determined to succeed,” said Vickie Marble, Principal.

Schools across the nation were judged in nine criteria - Academics, Administration & Policies, Educational Outcomes, Extra-curricular activities, Health & Safety, Resources & Facilities, Sports & Fitness, Student Culture & Diversity and Teachers. The criteria also took into account feedback and opinions from school students and parents.

The 2015 Niche Rating Best Public Middle Schools ranks 19,710 middle schools based on key student statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students and faculty, and the students are very happy with their experiences. An additional 3,981 schools received a grade but were not eligible for ranking. For more information, read the full methodology.

Student Leadership Academy (SLA) is a tuition-free public charter school located at 200 Field Avenue in Venice, Florida. SLA has been serving the communities of Sarasota and Charlotte counties for over a decade. Consistently rated an “A” school, the Florida Department of Education named SLA a “High Performing Charter School” in 2011. Visit for more information about the school.

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