Best Schools in Ocala

Are you moving to Ocala and looking for neighborhoods with good schools? Take a look at our recommendations below:

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School

This elementary school features high-achieving students, teachers, and parents. It has earned an A rating from The K-5 student population is 652, with a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. Students here are exceptional learners: 95% have proficient math skills and 93% are reading at grade level.

Madison Street Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

This is another highly ranked K-5 elementary school in Ocala. There are 400 students here, with a 13:1 student-teacher ratio. Ninety-two percent of students are performing at grade level in reading and math. Madison Street Academy is one of the best public elementary schools in the state of Florida, ranked #19 out of 2,093 (

Howard Middle School

This is a diverse middle school in a quiet residential area of Ocala. There are 1,226 students, with a 17:1 student-teacher ratio. The teachers here are dedicated to ensuring their students are well-prepared for high school and beyond, providing extra tutoring and help.

Osceola Middle School

This middle school has earned a B+ rating from It has 913 students, with a 19:1 student-teacher ratio. The school features an experienced teaching staff committed to helping every student succeed.

West Port High School

West Port High is a top rated Ocala school that’s home to 2,600 students. It is rated one of the most diverse public high schools in Florida and designated a “standout” school by Over 20% of students participate in AP courses. The graduation rate is 91%.

Vanguard High School

This is another well-regarded high school in Ocala. Vanguard has 1,720 students and 92% go on to graduate. considers it one of the best college prep public schools in Florida, ranking it #65 out of 530.