Fast Facts

  • Below are some highlights and fundamental facts about the School District of Manatee County.
    All numbers are approximate based on information available for the start of the 2023-2024 School Year on Thursday, August 10, 2023. 
    Charter School data only applies to total number of schools and total projected student enrollment.

Academic Ranking

  • In 2022, the School District of Manatee County was ranked 25th out of 67 school districts in Florida - our highest ranking ever!

    Ranking is based on total points earned in state accountability testing. Previously, the School District of Manatee County was ranked 41st in 2016, 33rd in 2018 and 29th in 2019. Rankings were not issued in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Updated rankings will be available soon.

  • 55,000 Students 51% Male | 49% Female | 46% White | 35% Hispanic | 11% African American | 5% Multi-Racial | 2% Asian | 0.1% Indian
  • 6,864 Employees Including Short-term and Part-time Employees
  • 2,964 Teachers
    734 Paraprofessionals
  • 66 Total Schools Including Public and Charter Schools
  • 47 Traditional Public Schools 31 Elementary | 9 Middle | 7 High
  • 3 Non-Traditional Public Schools Palm View K-8 | Johnson K-8 | Horizons Academy
  • Manatee Technical College 2 Campuses: Main (SR70) and East (Lakewood Ranch)
  • 15 Charter Schools
  • 20,445 Riders Students "Registered to Ride" for 2022-2023
  • 90 Bus Drivers
    110 Bus Attendants
  • 95 Bus Routes Consolidated for 2023-2024 School Year
  • 12,262 Miles Total Driven by Buses per School Day
  • 15,700 Breakfasts Served per School Day
  • 31,000 Lunches Served per School Day
  • 162,000 Summer Meals Served During the Summer
  • 8,353,000 Total Meals Served During a School Year


District Construction Projects 2023-2024


  • East County

    Near Completion
    Freedom Elementary - 8 classroom addition

    Complete January 2024
    Buffalo Creek Middle - 8 classroom and media center addition, current media center repurposed into 3 classrooms
    Lakewood Ranch High - 20 classroom addition and lobby enhancements

    Under Construction
    Haile Middle - Classroom addition and building renovation
    Tara Elementary - Campus-wide renovation and add 4 classrooms

    Construction Starts January 2024
    MTC Law Enforcement Firing Range and Driving Pad
    Parrish Community High - Classroom building addition

    In Planning/Design
    MTC Main Campus - Campus expansion (Design - construction document phase)
    North County Middle School
    - Schematic design phase started
    East County K-8 School
    - Scheduled to accommodate 1,500 students


    West County

    Near Completion
    Manatee High - Football field artificial turf

    Complete January 2024
    Southeast High
    - New science building and 11 lab addition

    Construction Starts January 2024
    Blackburn Elementary
    - Renovation and addition
    Manatee Elementary - Auditorium exterior renovations

    Under Construction
    Bayshore High
    - Painting and roofing
    Palmetto High - Replace 20 classrooms, cafeteria, improve lobby and baseball amenities, football field artificial turf