Education in Florida 

 By County    

Lake County Public Schools

Polk County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

School District of Osceola County

Seminole County Public Schools

Volusia County Public Schools




Florida College of Natural Health


Full Sail University

Herzing College

Rollins College

Valencia Community College




Barry University of Orlando

Florida International University

Florida State University

University of Central Florida

University of Florida


By Area
Orange County Private Schools
Osceola Private Schools


Fun & Learning Center Kissimmee 407-846-7555 Non Religious PK
Hansel & Gretel Preschool & Day Care St. Cloud 407-892-3003 Non Religious PK
The Navigator School Kissimmee 407-566-2223 Non Religious 2-10
Bailey Academy Institute of Learning Kissimmee 407-518-7599 Interdenominational PK-12
El Shaddai Christian School Kissimmee 407-847-9370 Nondenominational K-12
First United Methodist Church School Kissimmee 407-847-8805 Methodist PK-5
Heartland Christian Academy Kissimmee 407-847-5184 NonDenominational PK-8
Heritage Christian School Kissimmee 407-847-4087 Baptist K-12
Holy Redeemer Catholic School Kissimmee 407-870-9055 Catholic PK-8
Kissimmee Christian Academy Kissimmee 407-847-3155 Christian 2-12
Life Assembly of God Life Academy Kissimmee 407-847-8222 Assembly of God PK-12
North Kissimmee Christian School Kissimmee 407-847-2877 Baptist PK-12
Osceola Adventist Christian School Kissimmee 407-348-2226 Seventh-Day Adventist 1-8
Otis Memorial Academy Kissimmee 407-933-6537 NonDenominational 7-12
Southland Christian School Kissimmee 407-348-7222 Baptist PK-12
St. Cloud Christian School St. Cloud 407-892-5511 NonDenominational PK-8
St. Thomas Aquinas School St. Cloud 407-957-1772 Catholic PK-8
Trinity Lutheran Kissimmee
407-847-5377 Lutheran PK-8


Polk County Private Schools

All Saints Academy
Winter Haven
863-293-5980 Episcopal PK-12
Anchor Academy 863-665-1916 NonDenominational 6-12
Asghsmo Assembly Christian School
941-635-4028   PK-12
Calvary Baptist Church 941-683-6781 Baptist K-12
Christ Community Christian Academy 863-688-8000 Christian K-4
Dundee Ese Learning Center
Eagle Lake Christian School 863-294-7259 Assemblies of God PK-8
Evangel Christian School 863-859-1477 Assembly of God PK-12
Faith Christian Academy 863-802-8990 NonDenominational PK-8
Families of Faith Christian Academy 863-668-0292 NonDenominational K-12
First Methodist School  
Geneva Classical Academy 863-644-1408   K-6
Greater St. Paul School 800-207-2983   K-6
Grace Lutheran School
Winter Haven
941-293-9744   PK-8
Green Apple Academy
877-816-7691 Non Religious PK-5
Harmony Oaks School
863-647-9933 Non Religious PK-8
Haven Christian Academy
Winter Haven
941-293-0930   PK-12
Heritage Christian Academy 863-665-1519 NonDenominational K-12
Immanuel Lutheran 863-967-5145 Lutheran K-7
Jewett Middle Academy      
Lake Wales Lutheran 863-676-7300 Lutheran PK-8
Landmark Christian School 863-422-2037 Baptist PK-12
Lake Wire Christian Academy 863-687-2354 Church of God PK-6
Lakeland Adventist Junior Academy      
Lakeland Academy
863-647-5323 Non Religious PK-1
Lakeland Christian School 863-688-2771   K-12
Lakeland Middle Academy      
Lakeside Private School
863-534-3413 Non Religious K-12
Lighthouse Christian Learning Center 863-422-8999 Baptist 1-12
Mulberry Christian Academy 863-425-1241 Church of God PK-12
New Jerusalem Learning Center 800-207-2983 Baptist PK-12
New Life Christian Academy 863-647-1944 InterDenominational 7-12
Newlife Christian School 941-439-2273 Baptist 1-10
The Oaks School
863-533-5539 Non Religious PK-6
One Way Family Christian Academic 863-422-1498 NonDenominational PK-12
Padgett Elementary School      
Palmer Academy
Haines City
863-421-5074 Non Religious 7-12
Pathway Christian School 863-686-8753 Church of God K-5
Resurrection Catholic School 863-644-3931 Roman Catholic PK-8
Saint Paul Lutheran School 863-644-7710 Lutheran PK-8
Saint Anthony Catholic School 863-858-0671 Catholic PK-8
Saint Joseph's School 863-686-6415 Catholic PK-8
St. Joseph's Catholic School 863-293-3311 Catholic PK-8
Santa Fe Catholic High School 863-665-4188 Catholic 9-12
Sonrise Christian School 941-665-4187 Church of God PK-12
Temple Christian School 863-646-5031 Baptist PK-12
Trinity Christian Academy & Daycare
Turning Point Academy 863-709-0356 NonDenominational K-12
The Vanguard School
Lake Wales
863-676-6091 Non Religious
For students with learning disabilities, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
Victory Christian Academy 941-858-5614 Assemblies of God PK-5
Word of Life Christian School 863-533-0007 Christian PK-12
Winter Haven Christian School
Winter Haven
863-294-4135 InterDenominational PK-8
Winter Haven Adventist Academy 863-293-9621 Seventh-Day Adventist K-8

Lake County Private Schools

Blue Lake Academy Eustis 352-357-8655 Southern Baptist PK-9
Carlton Palms Educational Center Mount Dora 352-735-0588 Non Religious K-12
Christian Heritage Academy Fruitland Park 352-315-1400 Non Religious K-12
Christian Home & Bible School Mount Dora 352-383-2155 Church of Christ PK-12
Community Christian School Fruitland Park 352-787-1830 United Methodist PK
Covenant Light Private Umatilla
Christian K-12
Eagle's Nest Private School Leesburg 352-326-8961 Non Religious K-6
El Shaddai Ministries of Florida, Inc. Leesburg 352-742-2401 NonDenominational K-12
Faith Lutheran School Eustis 352-589-5683 Lutheran PK-8
First Academy Leesburg 352-787-7762 Baptist K-8
First Christian Church School Clermont 352-394-5575 Christian PK-5
Forest Lake Academy Okahumpka 352-787-5527 Non Religious K-12
Gabriel's School Leesburg 352-435-1922 Christian K-12
Genesis Private School Lady Lake 352-728-6184 NonDenominational 3-6
Gold Medal Honors Academy Eustis 352-357-1002 Non Religious K-12
Good Shepherd Montessori School Eustis 352-357-4728 Non Religious PK
Green Isle Children's Ranch School Clermont 352-429-4341 NonDenominational K-10
H.I.S. Royal Christian Academy Fruitland Park 352-787-9655 NonDenominational K-12
Heat Preparatory School Clermont 561-547-5531 Non Religious K-12
Holy Trinity Episcopal School Fruitland Park 352-787-8855 Episcopal 6-12
Institute for Early Childhood Education Mount Dora 352-383-1141 Non Religious PK
Lake Montessori School Leesburg 352-787-5333 Non Religious PK-8
Lakeside Academy Mount Dora 352-383-1189 Non Religious 4-12
Lakeview Academy Private School Clermont 352-429-4114 Non Religious 1-12
Liberty Christian Academy Tavares 352-343-0061 Baptist PK-12
Living Word Academy, Inc. Umatilla 352-669-8966 Christian K-12
Logos Christian Academy, Inc. Sorrento 352-383-6179 NonDenominational PK-12
Masada Academy of Learning Lady Lake 407-808-8493 Non Religious K-12
Montessori Nest & Children's House Mount Dora 352-735-2324 Non Religious PK-6
Montverde Academy Montverde 407-469-2561 Non Religious 7-12
Mt. Dora Christian School Mount Dora 352-383-9920 Seventh-Day Adventist K-8
National Deaf Academy Mount Dora 352-735-9500 Non Religious K-12
Praise Temple Christian Academy Groveland 352-429-8805 Christian PK-12
Real Life Christian Academy  
Formerly South Lake Christian Academy. Serving Lake County since 1982.
Clermont 352-394-5575 Christian K3-8th
Redeemer Christian Academy Sorrento 352-383-6425 Presbyterian 1-9
Saint Paul's Catholic School Leesburg 352-787-4657 Catholic PK-8
Shama School of Precepts Center Hill 352-787-7936 NonDenominational 6-12
Solid Rock Christian School Mount Dora 352-735-5777 NonDenominational PK-12
Starlight Private Academy Okahumpka 352-728-5840 Non Religious 9
Westminster Center for Education Leesburg 352-787-2400 Seventh-Day Adventist 1-8
White Stone School Leesburg 352-326-3396 NonDenominational K-12
Woodlands Lutheran Preschool Montverde 407-469-3355 Lutheran PK



Windermere Schools


Patricia Ramsey-Baney

Whispering Oak Elementary School (Website)

15300 Stoneybrook West Parkway

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 8:45 - 3:00 (2:00 Wednesday)


Ms. Sonia Warner

Tildenville Elementary School

1221 Brick Road

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 8:45 - 3:00 (2:00 Wednesday)




Mr. Robert Bixler

Dillard St Elementary School (Website)

311 North Dillard Street

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 8:00 - 2:15 (1:15 Wednesday)


Ms. Elizabeth Prince

Lake Whitney Elementary School (Website)

1351 Windermere Road

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 8:45 - 3:00 (2:00 Wednesday)




Dr. Connie Chisena

Windermere Elementary School (Website)

11125 Park Avenue

Windermere, FL. 34786


School Hours: 9:00 - 3:15 (2:15 Wednesday)


Mr. Trevor Honohan

Thornebrooke Elementary School (Website)

601 Thornebrooke Rd.

Ocoee, FL. 34761


School Hours: 9:00 - 3:15 (2:15 Wednesday)




Ms. Debra Lucas

Lakeview Middle School (Website)

1200 West Bay Street

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 9:30 - 3:50 (2:50 Wednesday)


Mr. Daniel Axtell

Gotha Middle School (Website)

9155 Gotha Road

Windermere, FL. 34786


School Hours: 9:30 - 3:50 (2:50 Wednesday)




Ms. Carol Kindt

Chain of Lakes Middle School (Website)

8700 Conroy-Windermere Road

Orlando, FL. 32835


School Hours: 9:30 - 3:50 (2:50 Wednesday)


Dr. Dan Buckman

West Orange High School (Website)

1625 South Beulah Road

Winter Garden, FL. 34787


School Hours: 7:20 - 2:11 (1:11 Wednesday)




Mr. Robert M. Avossa

Olympia High School (Website)

4301 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL. 32835


School Hours: 7:20 - 2:11 (1:11 Wednesday)


Mrs. Karen Ardaman
District 4 School Board Representative
Ronald Blocker
Orange Couny Public Schools (Website)
445 West Amelia St.
Orlando, Florida 32801



Day Care

La Petite Academy

(407) 877-0277

YMCA- Dr. Phillips

(407) 351-9417

YMCA- West Orange

(407) 656-6430


(407) 290-5437

First Baptist Child Care

(407) 876-2874

St. Lukes Child Care

(407) 876-1155

Windermere Union Pre-School

(407) 909-0464


Reading early, well
Florida has had great success in improving reading at early ages: More than two-thirds of Florida's fourth graders are now reading at or above grade level.

And Florida is providing resources for further advances. In 2004, the state introduced reading coaches into elementary and middle schools.

The state's reading plan requires students in grades six through eight who cannot read at grade level to take a reading class developed by reading experts. The goal: To have each and every Florida child reading at or above grade level by 2012.

Florida is also aligning middle school coursework and grading systems to high school studies and systems, thus ensuring that middle school students complete coursework requirements for promotion to high school.

"Together we are demanding more for our students, and giving them the tools to build a future bigger and brighter than was their past," says Gov. Bush. "We must think big and act boldly to ensure that our education system addresses the needs of all students."

The result will continue to be a highly skilled, competitive workforce that will advance the state's prosperous outlook.

College excellence
Florida's Community College System (FCCS) began in 1933 when Palm Beach Junior College was established as a public two-year college. In 1947, St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College) became the state's second community college.

FCCS has since grown to include more than 800,000 students at 28 schools, which lead in retention and graduation rates among college members of the Southern Regional Education Board.Florida community colleges offer nearly 800 associate in arts and associate in science degrees, about 500 certificate programs, plus four-year degrees at some colleges. Associate in arts degree graduates can enter a state university at the junior level.

Vocational education, adult continuing education and certificate programs prepare and enhance students' abilities to compete in the modern workplace. Florida's workforce system and the private sector coordinate training initiatives and grants through community colleges.

"Florida's Community College System is taking an aggressive approach to integrating technology to enhance the student's educational experience," says David Armstrong, Chancellor of Florida's Community Colleges and Workforce Education. ÒWe are creating the kind of workforce Florida needs to continue to attract high-wage, high-value jobs." Indeed, community colleges are Òone of the unsung heroes behind Florida's economic development revolution," says Gov. Bush.

Public, private universities
Florida's 11 public universities have nearly 280,000 students, and those universities will award about 64,000 degrees in 2006.

A record $1.4 billion in public and private sector research was done at Florida public universities and the private University of Miami in 2004.

Researchers also applied for and received more patents than ever, according to a Florida State University study: 616 invention disclosures (versus 552 in 2003) and 127 U.S. patents (versus 119 in 2003).

And for every additional dollar spent on research, the state enjoys about $11 in increased economic activity, according to a Board of Governors-sponsored study.

The $150 million in Florida tax revenue spent on university research in FY 2003-04 leveraged an additional $1.2 billion in grants, fees and private spending. Over the next 30 years, the investments will generate about $218 million in additional tax revenue and support more than 75,000 Florida jobs, according to a recent study done by Florida State University.

Florida's private, independent colleges and universities have some 120,000 students, accounting for more than one-quarter of all students attending four-year schools.

The 28 schools in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) association are accredited, nonprofit and Florida-based. They have assets of more than $3 billion and produce more than 60 percent of the first professional degrees awarded in Florida.

The ICUF schools mirror Florida's 11 public universities in being accredited, nonprofit and Florida-based. Diverse in student bodies and missions, they offer a wide range of programs.

The New Dynamics of Public Education in Florida

· For the first time, more than half the students in Florida's public schools are now reading at or above grade level (versus 46 percent in 2001).

· High school graduation rates are up while dropout rates have dropped by almost half in recent years.

· Minority K-12 students are gaining ground twice as fast in reading and three times as fast in math as are their white classmates.

· The number of high school students taking advanced placement courses increased in recent years more than twice as fast as did the national average.

· About 35 percent of all Florida's public university students are minority students.

Florida pioneers new tools for teachers
Florida's public school teachers will soon have access to a new collection of cutting-edge online tools called "Sunshine Connections," which will allow teachers to track student progress and freely share information on how they can improve learning.

Florida officials in August 2005 launched the first phase of Sunshine Connections in Bay County.

"We are deeply committed to addressing the needs of our education community by providing teachers with tools to help them succeed," says Gov. Jeb Bush. "This pioneering approach will free teachers of burdensome paperwork, allowing them to focus on teaching."

Sunshine Connections provides teachers with quick, easy access to classroom-management tools, linking teachers to student data, curricular materials and other Florida educators.

Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning, the Florida Department of Education and Florida teachers developed the tools over two years. Microsoft will spend $6 million on the system and plans to use Florida as a model for other states. Besides minimizing paperwork, Sunshine Connections will help teachers reduce lesson-planning time and develop teaching activities based on their student data. It will allow teachers to share lesson plans and best practices, as well as instant access to student performance data right from their desktop computers with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Timely teaching tools
Teachers will be able to view and analyze their students' Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores and easily identify each student's strengths and weaknesses in particular areas. Sunshine Connections will help teachers find, modify or design curricular materials around the unique needs of each student as early as the first day of school.

Teachers with initial access include Michelle Gainer, a high school math teacher at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Bay County.

"This site provides me with a way to find the information I need on planning and student assistance in a timely manner," says Gainer. "The secure log-in allows me to analyze my students' areas of weakness based on the previous year's FCAT results. Much like a doctor analyzing patients before treating them, I can analyze my students' needs before teaching them."

Users in Duval and Miami-Dade counties and some districts in the North East Florida Educational Consortium will follow Bay County. By 2009, Sunshine Connections will be available to more than 200,000 teachers and 2.9 million students statewide in all 67 Florida school districts.



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