Lake County Schools have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a model district for its Blueprint for Career Preparation plan. Tech-prep programs begin at the eighth-grade level and allow students to prepare for either a trade or post-secondary education by enrolling in a variety of vocational programs while attending regular classes. Courses are offered in electronics, computer technology, welding and mechanical trades.
The Lake County School Board is located at 201 W. Burleigh Boulevard in Tavares. You can visit the Lake County School Board website at www.lake.k12.fl.us.
There are 23 elementary schools in Lake County covering grades kindergarten though 5th grade. Three schools, Tavares, Minneola and Clermont, each offer a standard curriculum with a strong emphasis on reading, writing and math skills. Subjects include language arts, math, science, health, music, art, physical education and social studies.
Cypress Ridge is a math, science and technology magnet school, offering students a core concentration in these areas. Each classroom has computers and every grade level receives instruction in life sciences, the human body, earth, space and the environment. Field trips are a major component of the program.
The ten middle schools provide students in grades six through eight instruction in math, science, reading, language arts, social studies and physical education. Other elective disciplines are available in art, music, foreign language and computer training. Students may participate in intramural athletics.
There are 9 high schools in the county. Lake County Schools has adopted the School-To-Work approach to learning where students are asked to select a cluster of courses by the 10th grade. Cluster subjects consist of Agriculture & Natural Sciences, Business & Technology, Culinary Arts, College Prep, Health, Hospitality, Industrial or Video and the Arts. Elements of the program include a combination of School-Based Learning, Work Based-Learning and On-the-Job Instruction, matching students and employers who act as mentors.
Each high school offers advanced placement and honors programs. At South Lake High, students enrolled in the Health Career Academy will receive basic education in pharmacy, radiology, paramedic training and physical therapy in conjunction with South Lake Hospital. South Lake is also one of only 70 schools nationwide to be named a National Service Learning School.
What are charter schools?
Charter Schools are public schools of choice that are state-funded but privately operated. They have the freedom to set their own rules, such as curriculum, teaching styles, personnel and discipline. Charter schools provide parents with additional choices for selecting the most effective educational programs for their children. Lake County currently has 10 Charter Schools.
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Where do I go for more information?
There are 43 private schools serving Lake County, the largest being Montverde Academy, offering dormitory style housing in a picturesque setting. There are several Montessori Christian-centered schools throughout the county, including Montessori at Roseborough in Mount Dora. Their website is located at: www.montessorinest.com
Of the 43 private schools, 32 are Non-profit and 20 are special needs from Autism & developmentally disabled to the gifted programs.
LAKE-SUMTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter Community College now serves more than 6,000 students annually at its main campus in Leesburg and its 40-acre Sumter Center in Sumterville. LSCC offers two-year degree programs for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) transfer degree, Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and Certificate programs in such disciplines as Business Data Processing and Dental Hygiene. Associate in Science degree programs are offered in over 15 disciplines including Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Financial Services, Fire Science, Graphic Design and Nursing.
Lake Sumter Community College completed their new 60,000 square foot South Campus in 2002, in partnership with the University of Central Florida. The partnership with UCF allows students to receive Associate of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education and R.N. and B.S.N. programs where credits earned can be transferred to UCF through their "2+2" program. The south campus also offers A.S. degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science and plans to offer Hospitality Management and Sports Training.
LAKE TECHNICAL CENTER
Lake Technical Center, Eustis, Florida is a post-secondary technical education facility of the Lake County School District, providing certificate programs, part-time short-term classes, online classes, adult general education, and support services for business and industry. LTC's mission is to "meet the educational needs of the community by offering a variety of high quality vocational and technical training opportunities. The school focuses on turning today's dreams into tomorrow's successes."
Currently, Lake Tech offers 26 postsecondary certificate programs plus two apprentice programs.
Approximately 4,500 students are served annually in the wide range of programs. The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education accredits LTC. Financial aid is available and most programs are approved for VA.
The main campus is located at 2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, Florida 32726. You can visit their website at www.laketech.org.
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