Education

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SouthShore families are served by Hillsborough County Public Schools. Schools in the area include Apollo Beach Elementary, Ruskin Elementary, Cypress Creek Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Summerfield Elementary, Gibsonton Elementary and Boyette Springs Elementary. Boyette Springs is SouthShore’s only year-round school. Area middle schools include Eisenhower, Progress Village and Marion Rodgers. The two area high schools, Riverview High and East Bay High serve SouthShore area students as well.

The Apollo Beach Elementary school is in the heart of the community in a park-like setting. The school has won many awards and most recently qualified as a Five-Star School, one of only seven in the district. An outstanding staff of teachers has made this school a source of pride for area residents.

Ruskin Elementary offers a school-wide IBM computer network, with computers in every classroom and two computer labs. Ruskin emphasizes accelerated reading programs and a benchmark curriculum. Full-time specialists in reading, writing and mathematics are dedicated to helping students achieve fundamental success. Students enjoy sharing cultural celebrations with the community.

Cypress Creek Elementary has been selected as a model technology school by the United States Department of Education, and has been designated a Florida Academy for Excellence in Teaching site by the Florida Department of Education. A recipient of the county’s School of Excellence award, Cypress Creek Elementary boasts a school-wide Macintosh computer network with dual satellite dishes for interactive curriculum.

Eisenhower Middle School’s long-term faculty is one of its strengths. This knowledgeable team of educators has helped students achieve Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores which are above district and state average. Eisenhower rounds out its academic curriculum with music, art, agriculture, graphic arts, and business. In addition, Eisenhower is the site of the county’s largest special education center. A new middle school is planned for Ruskin in the near future.

East Bay High School is a widely respected educational institution dedicated to serving the community and preparing students for success. Students may choose from several courses of study: College Preparatory, Technology Preparatory, Technical Career, and College Prep/Tech Prep. East Bay also offers a wide variety of elective courses including: Business Technology, Agra-science and Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Art, Automotive Technology, Band and Chorus, Cosmetology, Construction Technology, Drafting, Drama, Early Childhood Education, Food Production and Production Technology. The Aquaculture Academy is the first of its type in Florida. Graduates of East Bay High School score high in scholarship awards.

Several private schools also are in the area.

These schools offer classes from preschool through high school.

In Hillsborough County, higher education is available at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, and Hillsborough Community College campuses in Tampa and Brandon. These schools provide accredited programs which award associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

 

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