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About This School

Booker High School is a public high school in Sarasota. The principal of Booker High School is Dr. Rachel Shelley, who can be contacted at rachel_shelley@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 979 students attend Booker High School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the Booker High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 67% of the 979 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Booker High School is 17:1. Sarasota Military Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 66%
Hispanic 31% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 52%
Limited English proficiency 6% 6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This is my child's Freshman year and I am really impressed and happy with all aspects of this school. The VPA and AICE programs are excellent! And we loooove Principal Shelley. Keep up the good work!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    I give Booker High School 4 stars because the VPA programs are amazing. For any teen that is into the arts this is a great school for that! But the reason why it's not a 5 star is due to the academics. The teachers I had were mediocre. They either taught with all their might or didn't teach at all. But that's not to say that there weren't smart students that attended due to the VPA program. I know of two former students that have been granted the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and they both went to Booker all four years and graduated from there. So it all depends on how the student's attitude is not by the area that surrounds the school. A lot of SRQ residents will say that this school is dangerous but in my entire 4 years as a student I have never once felt that I needed to be on guard at ALL times! I felt more safe than threatened.

  • (4 years ago)

    I must say that I award a 5 star Rating to Booker High School it's Principal Teacher Quality Saftey and Discipline. And most of all To the VPA Dance Department that has guided my daughter as a dancer she who has received a full dance scholalship to Santa Fe College in Gainesville Florida. From here she will attend Florida State you can't ask for anything better. A proud Father.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has a fantastic visual and performing arts program. Seriously.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has a great arts program and serves minority groups with great fervor!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an excellent school for the visual and performing arts. My daughter is a senior there and her talents have expanded so much in the few short years she has attended this school. This school deserves an A+!

  • (5 years ago)

    Booker gives students the opportunity to explore their creative abilities while receiving an excellent education. As a student at Booker I truly enjoy going to school everyday to a safe environment where teachers and fellow peers are like family.

  • (5 years ago)

    as a current senior i have been here for 2 principals (mrs.white-davis and mrs.dorset) though they both had/have many flaws they have also made the school better. mrs. dorset made the kids want to come to school and for that i miss her. mrs. white-davis has stressed the importance of accidemics (which i agree was much needed) but she has stressed it too much. i see other students who just dont care anymore. and as a student has has gone to florida schools all my life when teachers/administration over stress the 'importance' of the FCAT you get so annoyed with hearing it and just give up and dont try. i think that to make booker better they need to not stress the students out so much.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in 9th grade at Booker High and this school is out of our county but it is where she really wanted to attend. I was so leary because of all the horror stories I had heard. That's what they are just stories. The school is great and the kids are great. There is alot of homework because she is in the honors classes but she is learning so many things I watched her and her friends do a presentation on power point for a group science project and I was so impressed at what they knew and how creative they were. I have no complaints. It is also a safe school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an alumni from Booker. I graduated in 2007. Now I attend USF in Tampa. Booker taught me so much about life and I think about how luck I was to go there every day. College is much different from high school. Booker left me prepared to deal with the challenge though.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an alumi student now attending UCF. Booker High School taught me many things besides just acadmics. There is something for everyone at the school and the adminstration and most of the teachers are very helpful in making sure you are successful.

  • (6 years ago)

    my son attends this school he moved to fla from NY state he is doing well in his classes and from what he tell me it is a good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Fabulous theatre program much better than expected. Dedicated teachers well-designed curriculum within the theatre program. The rest of the school is a big compromise. Facilities are old and not well maintained. We have not had good luck with the academic teacher assignments although there are good teachers there. We just haven't been in those classes.

  • (10 years ago)

    I feel the schools academics could be more important then the arts. The principal could be more parent friendly and stop showing favoritism for those students in the arts programs. Also she could value those teachers who really want to teach...not the teachers who get a name from teaching the arts. This school also seems to be too clicky...teacher and parent wise. There needs to me more team work all around and make this a parent friendly campus. The 5 star rating doesn't mean the parents are invited!

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