Use this guide to help navigate choosing a school in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County boast a number of high-quality elementary and middle schools that offer an excellent education for your child. GreatSchools is a rating system used to rate and provide information schools. As a non-profit organization with profiles of more than 200,000 schools nationwide, it is the top resource for education rating information online.

Top 10 Elementary and Middle Schools in Fort Lauderdale according to GreatSchools

GreatSchools rates institutions on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score that a school can receive.

Bayview Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 10
Public/Private: Public
Grades: K-5
Number of Students: 600
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1
Fun Fact: Known as “the School by the Bay”

Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 10
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-5
Number of Students: 739
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1
Virginia Shuman was a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010, and a National Magnet School of Excellence in 2009 and 2011

North Broward Academy of Excellence Middle School
GreatSchools Rating: 9
Public/Private: Public charter
Grades: 6-8
Number of Students: 352
The school also has an elementary education program for grades K-5 and offers “special programs in technology, art, music, foreign language, and PE.”

Harbordale Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 7
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-5
Number of Students: 437
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Sunrise Middle School
GreatSchools Rating: 6
Public/Private: Public
Grades: 6-8
Number of Students: 1137
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1
Located north of downtown, Sunrise has a Montessori program.

Sunland Park Academy
GreatSchools Rating: 6
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-3
Number of Students: 353
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

McNab Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 6
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-5
Number of Students: 682
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1
Fun Fact: McNab Elementary is named after William ‘Harry’ and Robert ‘Bob’ McNab, “farmers with large land holdings” who moved to Pompano in 1899.

Floranada Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 6
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-5
Number of Students: 749
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1
You can follow Principal John Vetter on Twitter at principaljrv.

William Dandy Middle School
GreatSchools Rating: 6
Public/Private: Public
Grades: 6-8
Number of Students: 1096
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1
William Dandy’s Vision Statement: “Providing a High Quality Education with an Emphasis on the Whole Child.”

Croissant Park Elementary School
GreatSchools Rating: 5
Public/Private: Public
Grades: PK-5
Number of Students: 742
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Additional sources of information to make an informed decision about school choices

While the GreatSchools rating is a wonderful tool, it shouldn’t necessarily be the only thing that you look at when choosing a school for your child. Below are a few other online resources in Broward County that may help you in your quest for a great educational institution:

  • Florida School Grades is maintained by the Florida Department of Education and includes links to School Accountability Reports, downloadable files on school and district performance, and additional resources on school grades.

Interested in finding a home in one of these school districts?

If you’re new to the area or plan on relocating within Broward County, don’t hesitate to contact Tim Singer and his team to help you find a home in a highly-desirable school district. With decades of experience in the Fort Lauderdale market and knowledge about some of the top schools in the neighborhoods of Las Olas, Coral Ridge, Victoria Park, Rio Vista, downtown, and the beach, Tim would be happy to help you in your search. For more information, reach out to Tim Singer & Associates today by phone at 954-463-1373 or through our online contact form.