Education

graphicThe District School Board of Pasco County encompasses the geographic region of the county, and is growing rapidly with approximately 1,625 new students each year. The school system continues to be the largest employer in the county, with over 6,000 instructional and non-instructional employees. The District School Board of Pasco County currently includes 30 elementary schools, nine middle schools, eight high schools, and four educational centers. Plans are underway for three new schools for the 2000-2001 school year. This school district is dedicated to a vision of a community that works together ensuring that Pasco County students reach their highest potential. To accomplish this vision, the district has adopted Pasco 2001: A Community of Connected Schools.

Pasco 2001 is a plan to educate today’s students for tomorrow’s world. The program provides an integrated instructional program, use of technology, development of parent, community, and business partnerships, career preparation, and a challenging curriculum. The District School Board of Pasco County serves a culturally diverse population of students and adults from across the world. Specialized programs include special needs and gifted educational studies, before and after-school child care services, and community education. Pasco County’s District School Board is proud of its outstanding reputation and its commitment to provide an education that prepares students for the challenges of the future.

Pasco County offers residents a variety of continuing and higher education opportunities. Pasco County is home to a branch of Webster College, offering Associate degrees in Business, Medical Technology, and Travel and Tourism.

graphicPasco’s St. Leo University is part of the Saint Leo System, a global enterprise of over 9,000 people in the United States and Spain. One of the 20 largest Catholic institutions in the country, St. Leo University offers undergraduate programs at more than 18 locations. Founded by the Saint Leo Abbey in 1889, Saint Leo was the first Catholic college in Florida. A coeducational, liberal arts university, Saint Leo currently enrolls 8,500 students. The university is located on Lake Jovita, and is consistently ranked as the safest campus in Florida. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Saint Leo span the arts, sciences and business studies. Weekend and evening classes are offered for adult students, as are distance-learning options.

Pasco-Hernando Community College was established in 1972, and is a multi-campus, two-year college. Supported by the State of Florida, Pasco-Hernando Community College is located in a pleasant rural setting just forty miles from the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Associate degrees in arts and sciences are available, as are technical credit certificates. Those interested in non-credit, continuing education classes can choose from a variety of programs. 83 full-time and 300 part-time faculty serve the needs of the approximately 17,000 students who study credit and non-credit classes each year. Any person with a standard high school diploma or GED certificate is eligible to enroll at Pasco-Hernando Community College. In addition, several technical certificate programs allow enrollment of non-high school graduates. Many forms of financial assistance are available to eligible students.

 

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