Mission/Vision: By providing exceptional educational opportunities that motivate and engage each student, all students will complete school prepared for ongoing learning as well as community and global responsibilities.
The School District of Collier County has 48 schools and serves a total student population of 44,038. There are 29 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 8 high schools, and a PreK-thru-12 school (Everglades City School). There are also 12 Alternative School Programs.
The district’s two career/technical centers (Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology and Immokalee Technical Center) and adult education programs (located at several sites throughout the district) offer students both short- and long-term programs.
- We are proud to be an “A” school district – having received an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education.
- The school district and all of its schools are accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Click here to read the results of our 2012 Quality Assurance Review.
- The District employs nearly 3,200 highly qualified teachers, 49% with advanced degrees.
- Our teachers are among the best paid in Florida, with Collier County ranking in the top three districts in the State. Sadly, pay for teachers in Florida lags behind the rest of the nation.
- Some 139 Collier teachers have attained the prestigious rank of National Board Certified Teacher.
- During the 2011-2012 school year, we received help from more than 5,900 active and dedicated volunteers who donated an amazing 314,000 hours of service to our students and schools.
- On June 1, 2012, the District celebrated having more than 2,600 high school graduates.
- Our most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an Advanced Placement Laureate diploma, the most demanding Collier County Public Schools diploma available. The Laureate Program continues to grow with 88 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began 16 years ago.
- There are many opportunities for students to take dual-enrollment college courses, and six of our high schools are offering the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma for the 2012-2013 school year.
- English is not the first language for 14% of our students with more than 6,500 students in the English Language Learners (ELL) program. Collectively, these students speak 81 different heritage languages and hail from 147 different countries of origin.
- More than 48% of our students live in non-English homes, where English is not the first language and sometimes isn’t even spoken. The percentage increases to more than 55% in grades PreK through 3, where learning to read is so critical.
- The Collier district is a recognized leader in Florida when it comes to technology. There are approximately 27,000 networked computers in use district wide, with nearly 22,000 accessible by students – giving us a 1.98-to-1 ratio.
The information shown in the Fast Facts section was last updated 1-15-13.