education

West Villages’ proximity to top-rated public and private schools is one of the many conveniences we offer our residents. From the A-rated Sarasota County school district, to renowned continuing education opportunities at State College of Florida, West Villages celebrates the role that education plays in enriching one’s life each day.

Here’s a look at some of the nearby schools, universities and programs for learning at any age.

Taylor Ranch Elementary
Since its opening, Taylor Ranch Elementary has been considered a leader in the use of educational technology. There are four technology labs located on campus, where students can learn the latest in instructional software. And with a state-of-the-art science laboratory, students can get hands-on experience while they learn. There are also Advanced Work Classes offered, to meet the needs of gifted and high-performing students.

SKY Academy Middle Schools

SKY Academy Middle Schools
The SKY Academy Middle Schools are public charter middle schools located in Venice and North Port. The schools have the same standards as other public schools in the county, with a unique approach to teaching subjects and a focus on making healthy and positive choices.

 Island Village Montessori School

Island Village Montessori School
The Island Village Montessori School is a charter school with campuses in Venice and Sarasota that have earned the status of “high-performing charter school” by the Florida Department of Education since 2011. Students learn with the balance of traditional Montessori methodology and a contemporary technology-infused curriculum.

 Venice Middle School

Venice Middle School
As a National School of Merit, Venice Middle School’s mission is to challenge and nurture its students by offering a top-notch education while fostering a community of respect and understanding.

Venice High School

Venice High School
Venice High School empowers its students to become lifelong learners. With various signature programs, such as Advanced Placement, Career & Technical Education, Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and Rotary Future Program, students can make the most of their school and its preparation for higher learning. There is also an impressive athletics program as well as more than 35 clubs and organizations to participate in.

Suncoast Technical College

Suncoast Technical College
Suncoast Technical College has a location conveniently located in North Port. Students can enroll in challenging career and technical programs that prepare them with the knowledge and skills desired by employers and colleges. Technical programs have been developed with partnerships with regional businesses and are tailored based on community members’ input of demonstrated needs.

State College of Florida

State College of Florida
Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region’s first and largest public college, serving 11,000 college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and via online classes. Another 14,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes. The College has graduated more than 50,000 students since 1959.

State College of Florida Collegiate School - Venice

State College of Florida Collegiate School – Venice
State College of Florida Collegiate School – Venice allows students to attain a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts Degree concurrently upon graduation.

A Community of Learning

A Community of Learning
With nearly 100 neighborhood clubs and groups, excellent county libraries and continuing education courses offered throughout the surrounding area, there are countless opportunities to take part in within the community and nearby.