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Good Schools – Good Living at North River Ranch

June 20th, 2024 • 3 min read

Education is a critical part of building a community’s foundation, and North River Ranch in Parrish, Florida, is no exception; here, education is a priority.

Our collection of top-rated schools ensures that your children will be prepared for the world that awaits them. Our goal is for North River Ranch to become the area’s educational hub for Manatee County Schools. And with a variety of avenues for preschool through adult learning – fun, technical, or instructional – the process of expanding your mind continues every day here.

North River Ranch students are zoned for Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School, Buffalo Creek Middle School (through school year 2024/2025), and Parrish Community High School. Coming school year 2025/2026 is North River Ranch Middle School.

Future North River Ranch Middle School Rendering

North River Ranch Middle School Conceptual

Barbara A. Harvey Elementary and Parrish Community High are both within walking and biking distance for most students living in North River Ranch.

Buffalo Creek Middle School — while not contiguous to the neighborhood — is a quick drive or bus ride away. Construction is well underway for the new North River Ranch Middle School to accommodate the community’s middle school-age students.

Higher education also stands nearby, with a new State College of Florida campus adjacent to our Riverfield neighborhood and offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs. In addition to our exceptional network of public schools, several charter and private schools are available nearby. The launch of an on-site preschool is pending as well.

Together, we have curated unbeatable educational opportunities that can take your children from kindergarten through college, all within walking or biking distance of their homes.

For the Love of Learning

Nature lovers may never stop exploring and learning about our local flora and fauna on the miles of paths and trails winding through the community. Soak in all the natural beauty of North River Ranch and learn more about it with our Natural and Native guide.

There is also plenty of fun learning for all ages at North River Ranch. FunDay events curated by the Director of Fun include a variety of interactive and hands-on learning activities, hula-hoop lessons, dog training, fitness classes, home-safety programs such as fire safety or hurricane preparedness, evenings with guest presenters and qualified instructors such as wine sommeliers, and networking opportunities. And the list goes on…

Plus, when you have free GIG HotSpots at the community amenities, it means you can do your homework poolside. North River Ranch’s Superstream makes virtual learning a breeze.

As always, your new construction single-family home or townhome should be a sound investment. Real estate in highly-rated school zones such as ours are in higher demand by buyers and typically fetch higher resale prices.

Education is a priority and an integral component of your extraordinary lifestyle. Good schools equal good living at North River Ranch.


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