Just south of Lake Apopka and east of Johns Lake is Sunridge Middle School in south Winter Garden, FL. Sunridge Elementary School is located right next to Sunridge Middle so if you have kids in both school levels, there won't be a hassle dropping them off for school in the mornings and picking them up in the afternoon. Not far from the school are also many churches, grocery stores, and eateries. Homes near Sunridge Middle School are relatively affordable and designed specifically with families in mind. House prices range from the 200s to the millions depending on what you can afford. Winter Garden is an extremely safe area with a low crime rate and a highly sought-after area for families.
In October of 2017, the school's principal Patricia Bowen-Painter was named as Orange County's "principal of the year". She was recognized because Sunridge Middle was the district’s top scoring middle school on the Florida Standards Assessments in 2016 and she serves as president of the district’s middle school principals association. She has been the school's principal since it opened in 2012 and is the leading reason the school and it's students have become so successful. Behind a great school is always a great principal.
In 2018, Sunridge Middle ranked better than 76.7% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranked 3rd among 35 ranked middle schools in the Orange School District. In English, Math, and Algebra I test scores, Sunridge Middle ranks either even with the state average or above. The school is always working towards improving test results, which shows in the immense progression students continue to go through. The school is diverse so your child should feel at ease with their peers. Most students and parents are pleased with this school and find teachers and staff very helpful.
Much like most schools nowadays, Sunridge Middle School implements technology into their student's everyday learning. Students are made to be college and career ready by using digital tools and developing teamwork and team building skills. The school offers High School credit coursework in math and science, gifting services through language arts, academic course offerings engage and challenge students while supporting a variety of learning needs, and literary focus. Electives offered to complete the curriculum include band, orchestra, chorus, art, computers, physical education, and academic methods.
Physical education is very important. Sunridge Middle School recognizes this importance in your child's life, so in addition to mandatory physical education class your child will also have the option to joi a sport such as Basketball, Soccer, Track, and Volleyball. There are also many school clubs where your child can practice socializing with their peers and making friends. A few of these clubs include Art Club, Book Club, Math Club, Chess Club, Writing Club, Spanish Club, Photography Club, and more! School clubs are a great way for your kids to make long-lasting friendships with like-minded classmates. The School also has an honor society and yearbook for your child to participate in and become passionate to become a better student and individual.
The Sunridge Middle School FFA is an agricultural science program currently with over 500 participating students. The students that join the FFA are able to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through the education of agriculture. Much like a school club or a sports team, becoming a part of the FFA will teach your child how to lead, how to grow (themselves and in the form of agriculture), and teamwork. This is a great program to advance your child's knowledge and social skills.
Winter Garden is an extremely safe and family-friendly city. Every Saturday a local farmer's market is held with a large selection of vendors selling locally-grown fruits and vegetables, handmade jewelry, homemade goods, and more. Winter Garden's historic downtown not only holds the farmer's market every Saturday but there is also beautiful natural scenery surrounded by coffee shops, a bicycle store where you can rent a bike and ride it around the area, and even an old-fashioned candy shop! Winter Garden is truly a magical place to live.
With dozens of subdivisions and communities to choose from and more being developed every day, your choices are seemingly unlimited. For raising a family in a safe environment, you can't get any better than Winter Garden! A location with lots of wildlife, history, and just a taste of city life is my idea of a perfect place to raise a family. That with one of the best Middle schools in Central Florida leaves you no reason to turn anywhere else! Whispering Oak Elementary is the city's primary elementary school and provides your child with the best to start off their education.