Higher Education and Local School District Links

SWFLinfo_education_01.jpgIt wasn't too long ago that Governor Jeb Bush declared, "The state of education in Florida is stronger than ever." Southwest Florida schools truly are a testament to that statement. Standardized test scores continue to rise, showing a marked improvement over years past.

Area schools are among the best in the state when it comes to providing individual assistance to students. School curriculums offer a broad variety of subjects in an attempt to mold a well-rounded student. Literally thousands of students attend class at more than 100 elementary, middle and high schools around the area.

Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison Community College, International College and the brand new Ave Maria are the area's premier higher learning facilities. Each new year the universities provide a variety of challenging courses and varied majors.


Call 239-280-2500 - View Map
Ave Maria University is a vibrant Catholic university located in beautiful southwest Florida. It is an academic institution that pledges faithfulness to the teachings of the Church and is committed to providing one of the finest classical liberal arts curricula available.
Call (239) 377-0001 - View Map
The Collier County School District, located in South West Florida, is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. With 21 schools receiving an "A" rating, Collier County Schools percentage of "A" rated schools exceeds that of the state.
Call (239) 489-9300 - View Map
With the first students admitted to Edison in the fall of 1962, Edison College celebrates 41 years of service to Southwest Florida this year. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are offered at Edison as well as various certificate programs.
Call (239) 590-1000 or toll free 1(800) 590-3428 - View Map
Florida Gulf Coast University, with its innovative programs, technology friendly campus, and outstanding faculty, is one of the most exciting educational environments in America. FGCU, a member of the State University System of Florida, is a comprehensive university created to address the educational needs of the rapidly growing Southwest Florida population. Classrooms showcase state-of-the-art multimedia instructional systems that feature Internet access, document cameras, and audio and video presentations.
Call toll free 1-800-466-8017 - View Map
Founded in 1990 as International College, Hodges University has established itself as one of the premier private universities in the State of Florida. The name was changed to Hodges University in May, 2007 to honor a generous gift by Earl and Thelma Hodges, long-time residents of Naples and avid supporters of the institution. Hodges University is regionally accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor's and Master’s degrees.
Call 239-334-1102 - View Map
The School District of Lee County is the 60th largest district in the United States and we proudly educate over 71, 000 students. Unlike many U.S. urban districts, Lee County's population continues to grow at a rapid rate. The reason for this continued growth is obvious - Lee County's 475,000 residents live and work in an attractive environment. Exotic trees and plants flourish in the subtropical climate, and local waterways support a host of fish, birds and other animals. There are beautiful waterfronts everywhere.