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From Grade School to Grad School, North River Ranch Offers A+ Living

May 19th, 2021 • 4 min read

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Quality education is irreplaceable. Summer’s relaxed schedule is a great time to explore North River Ranch’s proximity to good schools and how important location is for selecting your new home. Education empowers us to take on the world in so many ways throughout our lives. It’s not only a path to a career, but a path to lasting self-esteem, social connections, and creating a better world in general. Having continuity of quality education is very important to ensure that success. And just like building a new home, a solid education requires a strong foundation for actual growth. At North River Ranch, we believe in the power of education so much so that we made sure to include it right here within our master-planned community. Learning at every stage is closer to home than it’s ever been. Let’s take a look at our fabulous schools!

Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School is “Home of the Sharks” and was built in 2019. They feature education from kindergarten to 5th grade and very stylish school uniforms. It’s only a short walk to and from school within our community at North River Ranch. As part of the Manatee County extended day enrichment program, Harvey Elementary also offers a convenient before/after school program for children 4 years old until 5th grade. The program has been designed to provide affordable, active, and enriching environment for your youngsters. For working or busy parents, this program is a real lifesaver. Besides academic excellence, Harvey Elementary offers programs to enhance your child’s experience, such as the P.E.E.R. Program (Prepare Encourage Empower and Respect), Wave Runners Running Club, and lots of eLearning tools.

Buffalo Creek Middle School is only a few minutes away by car and focuses on grades 6th through 8th grade. Their mission is “to inspire our students with a passion for learning, to pursue their dreams confidently and creatively while contributing to our community, nation and world.” They are an official Cambridge Assessment International School which has many advantages. Cambridge courses in middle school prepare students for the A.I.C.E. diploma in high school. The A.I.C.E. program is a jump start to the skills, pace, and demands of higher education coursework. Students can also earn high school credits in middle school. Also, the Cambridge curriculum in middle school develops skills in cooperative learning and critical thinking connected to the academically diverse, global environment of today. As icing on the cake, Buffalo Creek Middle School has programs such as ExSL (Extreme Student Leadership), F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America), N.J.H.S. (National Junior Honors Society), and T.S.A. (Technology Students Association). All of those sound great to us!

Parrish Community High School (“Home of the Bulls”) is near and dear to us at North River Ranch. Recognizing the need for good public schools in the area, Neal Land & Neighborhoods was instrumental in facilitating the new Parrish Community High School’s development in 2019. It’s known for providing “a safe and supportive environment, focused on academic excellence, social awareness, and community involvement to create innovative learners who are inspired to meet local and global challenges.” There are so many activities that students can enjoy here too. They have a robust athletics program, student government, dynamic commercial arts program with shows & exhibits, a robust automotive program, the Bullpen student newspaper, dance team, technology student association, and plenty more to engage every interest.

A State College of Florida campus is coming to North River Ranch

Set to open in 2022 by North River Ranch is a new State College of Florida campus! We’ve very excited about this. It’s a wonderful amenity only a short walk away from your beautiful new home here. They will offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Pursuing a degree, enhancing your skills, or earning a new degree will only be a few steps from your door. The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, was established in 1957 and has a long and acclaimed history of higher education. Stay tuned for more information and exciting updates! Other Universities in the area include the University of South Florida with 3 campuses and The University of Tampa.

So, what have we learned?

We’ve learned that when you buy a new home at North River Ranch, it’s not only a smart investment but an investment in education that you can feel good about today and for the future. There’s always a chance to learn something new here. Join us at North River Ranch and discover why we’re the place for homegrown happiness.



About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit