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The educational base of Manatee County is extraordinary, standing as one of the many appealing facets of life for residents. Leading the way for excellence in education for students of the county are dedicated faculty and staff, as well as such entities as the Manatee Education Foundation. Supporters, which include individuals, businesses and local organizations, have been a vital part of providing outstanding educational opportunities to students through such initiatives as scholarships and grants.

MANATEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Inspiring Students To Learn, Dream and Achieve.

Headed by the leadership of the School Board of Manatee County, as well as the School Advisory Councils (SAC) operating at each school, the Manatee County School District stands as one of the largest educational systems in Florida. With more than 7,000 highly skilled employees, the district hails as the county’s largest employer and was the first recipient in the state to be awarded with the Office of Program Policies and Governmental Accountability Seal for Best Financial Management.

The Manatee County School District serves an enrollment of more than 41,000 pre-K–12th grade students. A number of honors and advanced placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and dual enrollment courses through Manatee Community College are available at the high schools within the district. In addition to the first-rate academic programming, the Manatee County School District offers a host of extracurricular options. Athletics, arts and a selection of diverse clubs and organizations involve thousands of students.

To learn more about Manatee County schools, please visit www.manateeschools.net.

CAREER & WORKFORCE TRAINING
Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) is a nationally recognized technical training center, which provides career preparation programs and continuing workforce education courses. It is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. MTI students and business partners have been recognized at the local, state and national levels for their achievements and contributions.

Manatee Technical Institute offers an adult high school program in an integrated multi-craft vocational training facility. The training programs are competency-based and state-certified in all applicable trades. These programs offer alternative high-wage careers to high school graduates while providing a trained labor pool for industries.

For the last six years, students from MTI have won more medals than any other school in the nation at the Annual SkillsUSA Championships, held each summer in Kansas City.

MANATEE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Manatee Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1988, which provides support to the Manatee County School District through a variety of programs. Its mission is accomplished by addressing key issues and needs within the public education arena and presenting effective, efficient and accountable opportunities for the private sector to support quality public education.

In 2008-2009, the foundation raised more than $500,000 for Manatee County Public School programs, including the Institute for Science Teaching, the Lockheed Martin Regional Science and Engineering Fair, the heART & Soul Art Program, the Prince Charming and Cinderella Project and Ca$h for Cla$$room Teacher Grants, as well as many scholarship programs. Under the umbrella of the foundation are such programs as Take Stock in Children, Project Heart and the Walter E. Moscoso Latino Education Fund. Major fundraisers for the Foundation, beyond its committed business partnerships, include the Annual Phil Galvano Golf Classic, heART & Soul Gala and Live Art Auction and the Pittsburgh Pirates Benefit Game.

For more information on the Manatee Education Foundation, please visit www.manateeeeducationfoundation.org or call Mary Glass, director at 941-708-8770, ext. 2148. See Manatee County School map on pages 28-29.ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

1. Abel Elementary, 941-751-7040, 7100 Madonna Place, Sarasota, 34243-3239

2. Anna Maria Elementary, 941-708-5525, 4700 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach, 34217-1835

3. Ballard Elementary, 941-708-8400, 912 18th Street West, Bradenton, 34205-6803

4. Bashaw Elementary, 941-741-3307, 3515 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton, 34208-9304

5. Bayshore Elementary, 941-751-7000, 6120 26th Street West, Bradenton, 34207-6310

6. Blackburn Elementary, 941-723-4800, 3904 17th Street East, Palmetto, 34221-9513

7. Braden River Elementary, 941-751-7012, 6125 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, 34202-9675

8. Daughtrey Elementary, 941-751-7023, 515 63rd Avenue East, Bradenton, 34203-7699

9. Freedom Elementary, 941-708-4990, 9515 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, 34212

10. Gullett Elementary, 941-727-2067, 3415 Tallevast Rd., Sarasota

11. Kinnan Elementary, 941-358-2888, 3415 Tallevast Rd., Sarasota, 34243

12. Manatee Elementary, 941-741-3319, 1609 6th Avenue East, Bradenton, 34208-1499

13. McNeal Elementary, 941-751-8165, 6325 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, 34202

14. Miller Elementary, 941-741-3300, 4201 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205-1786

15. Mills Elementary, 941-721-2140, 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto, 34221

16. Moody Elementary, 941-741-3170, 5425 38th Avenue West, Bradenton, 34209-6097

17. Myakka Elementary, 941-708-5515 P. O. Box 38, Myakka City, 34251-0038 (37205 Manatee Ave.)

18. Oneco Elementary, 941-751-7018, 5214 22nd Street Court East, Bradenton, 34203-9452

19. Orange Ridge/Bullock, 941-741-3325, 400 30th Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205-8092

20. Palm View Elementary, 941-723-4812, 6025 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, 34221-9266

21. Palma Sola Elementary, 941-741-3179, 6806 5th Avenue NW, Bradenton, 34209-2299

22. Palmetto Elementary, 941-723-4822, 834 7th Street West, Palmetto, 34221-4698

23. Prine Elementary, 941-751-7006, 3801 Southern Parkway, Bradenton, 34205-1917

24. Rogers Garden Elementary, 941-209-7540, 515 13th Avenue West, Bradenton, 34206

25. Rowlett Elementary, 941-708-6100, 3500 9th Street East, Bradenton, 34208

26. Samoset Elementary, 941-708-6400, 3300 19th Street East, Bradenton, 34208-4360

27. Sea Breeze Elementary, 941-741-3190, 3601 71st Street West, Bradenton, 34209-5308

28. Stewart Elementary, 941-741-3176, 7905 15th Avenue NW, Bradenton, 34209-9757

29. Tara Elementary, 941-751-7660, 6950 Linger Lodge Road, Bradenton, 34202

30. Tillman Elementary, 941-723-4833, 1415 29th Street East, Palmetto, 34221-2499

31. Wakeland Elementary, 941-741-3358, 1812 27th Street East, Bradenton, 34208-9166

32. Williams Elementary, 941-776-4040, 3404 Fort Hamer Road, Parrish

33. Robert E. Willis Elementary, 316-8245, 14705 The Masters Ave., Bradenton

34. Witt Elementary, 941-741-3628, 200 Rye Road East, Bradenton, 34212

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

1. Braden River Middle, 941-751-7080, 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, 34202-9675

2. Buffalo Creek Middle School, 941-721-2260, 7320 69th Street E., Bradenton

3. Haile Middle, 941-714-7240, 9501 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, 34212

4. Harllee Middle, 941-751-7027, 6423 9th Street East, Bradenton, 34203

5. Horizons Academy, 941-741-3716, 1910 27th Street West, Bradenton

6. Johnson Middle, 941-741-3344, 2121 26th Avenue East, Bradenton, 34208

7. King Middle, 941-798-6820, 600 75th Street NW, Bradenton, 34209

8. Lee Middle, 941-727-6500, 4000 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton, 34210

9. Lincoln Middle, 941-721-6840, 305 17th Street East, Palmetto, 34221

10. Nolan Middle, 941-751-8200, 6615 Greenbrook Boulevard, Bradenton, 34202

11. Sugg Middle, 941-741-3157, 3801 59th Street West, Bradenton, 34209-6098

HIGH SCHOOLS

1. Bayshore High, 941-751-7004, 5401 34th Street West, Bradenton, 34210-5298

2. Braden River High, 941-751-8230, 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton, 34202

3. Central High School, 941-751-7900, ext. 2141, 5603 34th Street West, Bradenton, 34210

4. Horizons Academy, 941-741-3716, 1910 27th Street West, Bradenton

5. Lakewood Ranch High, 941-727-6100, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 34211

6. Manatee High School, 941-714-7300, 1 Hurricane Lane, Bradenton, 34205-3299

7. Palmetto High, 941-723-4848, 1200 17th Street West, Palmetto, 34221-2999

8. Southeast High, 941-741-3366, 1200 37th Avenue East, Bradenton, 34208-4599

ADULT/VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

1. Manatee Technical Institute - West, 941-751-7900, 5603 34th Street West, Bradenton, 34210-5297

2. Manatee Technical Institute - East, 941-752-8100, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 34211

CHARTER SCHOOLS

1. Bradenton Charter School, 941-739-6100, Grades 3-8, 2615 26th Street W., Bradenton, 34207

2. Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, 941-750-0900, Grade Pre-K-8, 10535 Portal Crossing, Bradenton, 34211.

3. Imagine Charter at North Manatee, 941-723-1205, Grade Pre-K-5, 5309 29th Street E., Ellenton, 34222

4. Manatee School for the Arts, 941-721-6800, Grade 6-12, 700 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, 34221

5. Manatee School of Arts & Sciences, 941-755-5012, Grade Pre-K-6, 3700 32nd Street W., Bradenton, 34205

6. Milburn Academy, 941-761-4393, 6210 17th Avenue W., Bradenton, 34205

7. Oasis Middle , 941-721-6800, Grade 6-12, 202 13th Avenue E., Bradenton, 34208

8. PAL Academy, 941-714-7260, Grade 1-8, 202 13th Avenue E., Bradenton, 34208

9. Palmetto Charter School, 941-920-1348, 1607 17th Street West, Palmetto, 34221

10. State College of Florida Collegiate School, 5840 26th Street West, Bradenton, 34207

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Alternatives to the public education system are widely available throughout Manatee County. Just over 10 percent of the students in the county are enrolled in the non-public sector, which includes parochial, Montessori and independent institutions.

1. Bradenton Preparatory Academy, 941-792-7838

2. Bradenton Christian Elementary School, 941-792-8850

3. Bradenton Christian High School, 941-792-5454

4. Center Montessori School, 941-753-4987

5. Community Christian School, 941-756-8748

6. Gulfcoast Christian, 941-755-0332

7. IMG Academies, 941-755-1000

8. Moore School, 941-746-8594

9. Out of Door Academy, 941-349-3223

10. Palmetto Christian, 941-723-3711

11. Pendleton School, 941-739-3964

12. Providence Community School, 941-727-6860

13. Saint Joseph Catholic School, 941-755-2611

14. Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, 941-746-2121

15. Sunshine Academy, 941-794-3143

Bradenton Preparatory Academy is a coed college prep school. The school is situated on an 11-acre campus in Bradenton. Academic excellence, integrity, responsibility and social concern have been guiding principles since the school was founded in 1975 by Drs. Murray and Lois Gerber, New England educators. www.bradentonprep.org

Today, Bradenton Preparatory Academy offers its students a rigorous classical, liberal arts curriculum. Core courses provide a solid foundation in critical thinking and electives offer multiple opportunities for students to explore individual interests.

Bradenton Christian School (BCS) was founded in 1960 and is a fully accredited independent school. The school prepares the hearts and minds of God’s children by offering challenging academics rooted in God’s Word. Located on a 24-acre campus, BCS has an enrollment of approximately 600 students in its pre-K°©–12 program. BCS students can pursue many different interests, including drama, music, art, athletics, computer lab and media production. Activities abound in the form of a campus radio station, a daily video production show and chapel worship bands. Rooted in Christian values, BCS maintains its position at the forefront of Christian education. www.bcspanthers.org

Center Montessori School was founded in 1976 by Janice Mattina on the belief that children learn best in a nurturing environment with classrooms that have no academic ceiling. Offering educational instruction to children ages 18 months through 8th grade, Center Montessori is one of only a few schools in the state with a primary Spanish immersion class, where children ages 3 through 6 receive instruction and learn to converse in Spanish. Our Spanish Immersion graduates move on to our Elementary program where they continue much of their instruction in Spanish. In addition to our strong math, science and English curriculum, students have a variety of opportunities including participating in student-run businesses, educational trips and developing our edible school gardens. The center is now one of Florida's largest Montessori schools and a place where students become academically advanced, culturally enriched, socially adept, emotionally secure and physically fit according to each child’s potential.

Community Christian School (CCS) was established in 1968. The 20-acre campus hosts the school’s nursery pre-K–12 programs. The campus includes three classrooms, air-conditioned gymnasium, full-size athletic fields and large playground areas. In the classroom, students learn how to apply the Bible to everyday living, how to respect authority and ultimately how to live the Christian life. CCS also offers reputable music and band programs. The school is a member of Florida’s Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools (SSACS) and the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). All teachers are certified through AACS and have at least a BA or BS college degree. www.cbc-ministries.net

IMG Academies is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training facility for athletic, academic and personal development. Over the span of 30-plus years, the academy’s advanced training methods have helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes improve in sport and life by providing an energetic and inspiring atmosphere on a 400-acre campus, which also includes a pre-K through 12th grade school and University of Miami branch campus. Consisting of the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, IMG Madden Football Academy, IMG Performance Institute and IMG Baseball, IMG Basketball, IMG Lacrosse and IMG Soccer academies, the Bradenton-based Academy attracts more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries annually. Through specialized training, expert coaching and customizable programs, IMG Academies offers the ultimate preparation for life in and out of the athletic arena. www.imgacademies.com

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School has welcomed families of all faiths to its independent day school for students in pre-K–12 since 1970. Located on 35 acres, the school currently serves close to 700 students and maintains an average class size of 16. The school enjoys direct access to the Manatee River, where students can study Florida’s marine and plant life. Academics are complemented by fine arts, clubs, an extensive array of interscholastic sports and a Service Learning program. The school’s Atlas Initiative program fosters a cultural understanding among countries around the world. www.saintstephens.org

Saint Joseph Catholic School has maintained a tradition of excellence since 1954. Manatee County’s only Catholic school, Saint Joseph specializes in the education of the “whole child” through character, curriculum and Christ. Students develop character through value-based learning, leadership and peer relations training, and participation in service projects. Team-building skills are taught via athletics and dramatic arts. Students consistently rank in the top 10 percent of nationally-normed standardized testing. They take top honors in local academic competitions. Students attend Mass and learn about the sacraments. Saint Joseph Catholic School provides an academically excellent, nurturing, faith-filled learning environment for the leaders of tomorrow. www.sjsfl.org

ADULT/VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) strives to make that process easier. With industry-driven curriculum and dedicated staff, MTI offers the perfect combination for those serious students. MTI is nationally recognized and is a seven-time SkillsUSA National Champion! Launch a new career, add extra certifications to a resume, fulfill continuing education requirements or participate in personal enrichment courses. MTI is an inviting and exciting alternative to traditional colleges. www.techtimesonline.org

HIGHER LEARNING

Argosy University, Sarasota, which has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, now offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology. Argosy University continues to offer master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees in business administration, education, psychology, counseling and leadership. Classes are scheduled to accommodate the working professional and adult learner. With more than 5,000 graduates since 1970, Argosy offers online, in residence and in a blended format with 100 percent online for undergraduate programs, MBA and MAEd. Courses are delivered by a faculty of leading experts in the field they are teaching. Scholarships are available to Florida Educators. www.argosy.edu

Hodges University is a regionally accredited, private, nonprofit college offering associate’s, baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines: public administration, management, criminal justice, interdisciplinary studies, information system management and paralegal studies. Programs are available through distance learning or in the classroom at one of our nine locations throughout Florida. Evening and weekend classes offer flexible scheduling. Founded in 1990, Hodges University emphasizes the practical application and advancement of knowledge in career programs, encourages scholarly activity among its faculty and focuses primarily on the needs of adult learners. Hodges University’s main campus is located in Naples. www.hodges.edu

Eckerd College was founded in 1958 and is a private, coed college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Eckerd’s bachelor degree completion program, offering evening and weekend classes, is designed to meet the needs of adult learners 23 years of age or older. With more than 15 majors available, Eckerd’s Program for Experienced Learners features accelerated eight-week terms, credit for prior learning and financial aid for qualified students. Eckerd’s main campus is located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg. Eckerd’s Leadership Development Institute executive education program, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and offerings through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Elderhostel identify the college as a national leader in continuing education. www.eckerd.edu

Keiser University is Florida’s leading statewide provider of career-focused, post-secondary education and is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Keiser University serves approximately 18,000 students seeking associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 high-demand degree programs at its 14 campuses and through its online Graduate School and College of Golf divisions. Keiser University’s educational reach extends globally through its international programs, including the Latin Division and cooperative agreements in the Eastern European nation of Moldova, as well as the new campus in Shanghai, China. www.keiseruniversity.edu

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, PA, Greensburg, PA and Bradenton, FL, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Located in Lakewood Ranch, LECOM opened its Bradenton branch campus in 2004. The combined enrollments of LECOM’s three campuses make it the largest medical school in the country with more than 2,000 students. LECOM Bradenton graduated its first class of osteopathic physicians in 2008. In 2011, the School of Pharmacy will graduate its inaugural class. www.lecom.edu

New College of Florida is located on a 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay and is the officially designated honors college for the State of Florida. Founded in 1960 as a private liberal arts college, New College’s intimate environment allows for in-depth undergraduate research and personalized learning. With a student/faculty ratio of 10:1, students work collaboratively with their mentors on coursework. New College has produced 30 Fulbright scholars since 2001. Under the leadership of President Gordon E. “Mike” Michalson, the college completed a visionary master plan. In addition to campus construction, the plan incorporates design elements to protect and preserve historical architecture, “green” building practices, a landscape rooted in regional ecosystems and centers of commerce to serve both students and neighbors. www.ncf.edu

Nova Southeastern University prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in business, education, counseling and the healthcare professions. It offers academic programs at times convenient to students, employing innovative delivery systems and rich learning resources. The university fosters inquiry, research and creative professional activity, by uniting faculty and students in acquiring and applying knowledge in clinical, community and professional settings. Most of the institution’s professors are practicing professionals in their field, bringing practical training and expertise to the classroom. Nova Southeastern University at Tampa is conveniently located near I-75. www.nova.edu/tampa

Ringling School of Art & Design located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 35-acre campus includes 90 buildings and attracts close to 1,100 students. It is recognized as one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the U.S., as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. With a better than 2:1 student to computer ratio, Ringling College’s computing infrastructure rivals even that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, fully accredited college. www.rsad.edu

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region’s first and largest public college, annually serving 30,000 college students at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and another 25,000 participants in professional development and personal enrichment programs. While continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers, SCF’s mission includes workforce baccalaureate degrees and SCF Collegiate School, grades 6–12. The Corporate and Community Development Division offers noncredit classes in workforce training, professional development, personal enrichment and driving safety through workshops, seminars, online classes and on-site training programs at area businesses. The Small Business Development Center is a hub for information, training and counseling services for new and existing businesses. www.scf.edu

The University of Miami’s partnership with IMG Academies offers a variety of educational opportunities to IMGA students and the community in Manatee County. The University of Miami offers Intensive English, TOEFL preparation and a select group of credit courses in Bradenton. In addition, UM offers a four-month paralegal certificate in Tampa and is launching a 14-week Human Resource Management certificate in Lakewood Ranch. www.miami.edu/tampa

University of Phoenix was founded in 1976 on an innovative idea: make higher education highly accessible for working students. Many of the conveniences that twenty-first-century students now take for granted were pioneered or made acceptable through University of Phoenix's efforts. University of Phoenix has more than 100 degree programs in much-desired employment areas, from business and technology to healthcare and education. www.phoenix.edu

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has served the needs of the local community, business leaders and organizations by advancing its reputation as a leader in higher education and continually producing well-educated graduates who become leaders in our community, nation and world. USF Sarasota-Manatee is dedicated to providing a quality education from outstanding faculty and a committed student services staff. USF Sarasota-Manatee is Your Hometown University with a global impact. www.sarasota.usf.edu

Webster University has delivered educational programs to individuals who want to earn a master’s degree while balancing career and family since 1915. Webster University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1925. In addition, Webster’s School of Business & Technology programs have special program accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools & Programs. The Sarasota-Manatee Campus currently offers master’s degrees in business administration, human resources management, management & leadership and counseling. www.webster.edu/sar

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