One of the many benefits of living at Lakewood Ranch is the assurance that no matter which part of this community you call home, you’re living near top-ranked public schools as well as a choice of charter, preschool and private institutions. 

Lakewood Ranch schools are some of the best in Manatee County, and in the State of Florida. This is one of the many benefits of owning a home in Lakewood Ranch, since good schools help properties retain and grow their value over time.

It’s not just about quality; it’s about thoughtful community design.


Lakewood Ranch High School


The developers of Lakewood Ranch thought far into the future when originally mapping out the community. Before building the first house they reserved and dedicated land for schools that would be conveniently located to each village. Each school in and around Lakewood Ranch features easy walkable, bikeable or motorized access for students, staff and faculty.

A wide choice of schools, from early childhood education through high school.

The community of Lakewood Ranch has a robust number of schools including no fewer than 14 preschools, 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, a high school with more than 2,000 students, a public charter school serving students K - 8, plus private primary and upper school academies.

The Florida Department of Education ranks public schools each year on an A - F grading system. In the past two school years, all of the elementary, middle and high schools at Lakewood Ranch earned either “A” or “B” rankings. Schools earning a consistent “A” ranking year over year - staying within the 90th percentile - include Dan Nolan Middle School, and the Willis and McNeal elementary schools. 

Find links to all the schools at Lakewood Ranch below.


Whatever style of learning you prefer for your preschooler, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Lakewood Ranch.

A Readiness Learning Academy

Albatross Learning Center

All God's Children Preschool

CapoKids Preschool

Center for Education Montessori School

Ellen Meade Studios and School of Creative Learning

Kiddie Academy

Kids R Kids Preschool


The top-rated schools at Lakewood Ranch are the envy of Manatee County. Students receive a consistently great education at all of these local area schools. Most of them offer options for after-school care and enrichment activities as well as a robust range of arts, sports, music and field education activities.

B.D. Gullett Elementary School

Braden River Elementary School

Robert E. Willis Elementary School

Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School

Imagine School LWR (charter school)

R. Dan Nolan Middle School

Braden River Middle School

Lakewood Ranch High School


Lakewood Ranch has some of the area’s best private preparatory schools. Each one features small classes and prestigious accreditations.

Out-of-Door Academy (Upper School)

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School (Primary)


When you consider their quality rankings, the dedicated staffs and faculty, and their superior accessibility, it’s easy to see why parents fall in love with the schools at Lakewood Ranch.