Elementary Education

There are ten elementary school facilities in Charlotte County serving students kindergarten through fifth grade. The core of our elementary studies is a balanced literacy program that prioritizes reading, writing, and mathematics. In order to meet the diverse needs of our students, many support programs and teaching strategies have been implemented. Programs for Successful Learning and Exceptional Student Education classes are available at all sites. The education of your children is a team affair. Parent and community involvement is essential and encouraged. Together we can provide our children with a place Where Every Student Learns in an environment that is caring, respectful and full of joy.

Secondary Education-Middle School

There are four middle school facilities serving the Charlotte County area. All four schools offer an intensive core-curriculum program with a variety of well-designed elective offerings. Programs in Exceptional Student Education and remediation for students in need of academic assistance are available at each middle school, as well as access to serveral elective programs.

Secondary Education-HighSchool

Charlotte County's high schools offer young adults the optimum environment in which to expand their horizons in preparation for their futures. The high school curriculum provides both generalized and specialized education experiences, preparing students for the post graduate endeavor of their choice. Extensive course offerings are available from basic to advanced levels. Advanced Placement programs give students the opportunity to take college-level courses. Dual enrollment opportunities are are available to Edison College and the State College of Florida, as well as through the Charlotte Technical Center.

Home School

For information and registering your child for Home School, please contact: Melanie Eastman or Tara Whisenant at:

Phone: (941) 255-7507
Office Address:
C.C.P.S. - Home Education Office
18150 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Centers

An alternative high school program operating within the Charlotte County Public School system. It specializes in helping students map out a personalized plan to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. Students who are interviewed and selected will find a wide range of special options and programs.

Adult & Community Education

Town Center Mall
1441 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Phone: (941) 255-7430
Manager, Mike Riley

Provided in Charlotte Technical Center's Adult Learning Center and offers a variety of academic experiences for our population. Classes are designed to help students attain lifelong goals. Literacy and GED Preparation are provided, as well as other programs, such as Family Literacy, ESOL, Adult Transition, Citizenship, Adult Learner Workshops, and CNA training for ESOL Students.

Provides children and their families with opportunities to build a foundation for success through quality, comprehensive, community, and school based early childhood programs, such as Early Head Start, Head Start/VPK, Pre-K ESE, Title 1, and Even Start.

Charlotte Harbor School is a school within the Charlotte County Public School System that opened its doors in 1985. We assist students from PK - 12th grade. The school has three separate programs: West Campus, SANDS, and SAIL which delivers services to students with intellectual and or emotional/behavior needs. We offer the following therapies: Physical, Occupational, Speech/Language, Vision, as well as art and music, aquatics and a vocational program on and off campus. Charlotte Harbor is a PBS school (Positive Behavioral Support) that rewards our students for doing the right thing and making good choices. Please visit our web site for more information.

Serves over 2,000 high school and adult students annually. The Center is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. With student success at the core of the Center's Mission Statement, the staff recognizes the varied needs, abilities, and talents of each individual while striving to meet the business, professional, and industrial employment requirements of the Charlotte County area.

AMI Kids Crossroads

Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Phone: (941) 575-5790
Director, Cynthia Kusha

Charlotte Virtual School

Offering full-time and part-time virtual courses taught by CCPS teachers.

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After School Programs

Please visit the Department of Children and Families website for the most current list of licensed Day Care Providers.

Basic Aid Training

Basic first aid skills and injury prevention are taught to 8- to 10-year-olds or fourth through sixth-grade. This course is mainly taught as an after-school enrichment program or to specific youth groups. Cost: $20; book included. For more information, call (941) 629-4345 or (941) 473-9891 (Englewood) or e-mail: ccarchs@earthlink.net.

First Aid for Children Today

Basic first aid skills, health lifestyles and injury prevention awareness are taught to children ages 5 to 8 or in grades K - 3. This course is mainly taught as an after-school enrichment program or to specific youth groups. Cost: $20. For more information, call (941) 629-4345 or (941) 473-9891 (Englewood) or e-mail: ccarchs@earthlink.net.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County

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The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County provides a solution to the problems facing youth today.

The Club attracts and guides young people with core programs in five areas:

  • Character and Leadership Development - empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities.
  • Education and Career Development - enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.
  • Health and Life Skills - develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
  • The Arts - enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation - develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.


For more information regarding the before & after school programs you can visit their website and check the different clubs in their "Our Clubs" dropdown menu, or call the Boys & Girls Clubs Administration office at (941) 979-8379.

Heron hangout at Vineland Elementary

Vineland Elementary's Extended Day Program offers students the opportunity to be engaged in Enrichment Classes geared toward their age level and interests! Math Games, Spanish, Culture Club, Book Club, Wii Dance, Computer Exploration, and Art in Science to name a few. Daily schedules include Snack and Fellowship Time, Homework or Free Choice, 2 Enrichment Classes and Outdoor Free Activity Time! Our professional staff is comprised of VES Teachers and Para Professionals who ensure a caring, organized, and quality program. Allow us to make your child's before and after school time worthwhile!

For more information, visit our school website and click on Heron Hangout. Or call Karrie McGuirk at (941) 697-6600 Ext. 187. Registration forms are available in the school office.

LEAP at Liberty Elementary

Looking for before and/or afterschool care? Liberty Elementary is very proud to offer a before-school and after-school enrichment program. We believe afterschool time should not be wasted. It can be fun with an emphasis on learning. Learning by doing is our philosophy.

  • Taught by certified teachers
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Right at school
  • Homework Help
  • Outside Playtime
Each student will have recess, homework help time, and snack time each day. Classes are taught by certified teachers each day. Students are grouped by grade levels, K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Visit our website for more information.


J.A.M. Club

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Exciting Before & After School and Summer School Programs (K-5) PLUS Childcare Center (1-4 years)
FCCPSA Accredited. DCF License #X20CH0013.

Operated by Port Charlotte Internaltional Church
24038 Harborview Road
(East of the Old School house Square in Charlotte Harbor)
For More information contact Betty Burnett:
http://www.pcichurch.org/content/contact-us
Phone: (941) 627-9036

New Operation Cooper Street

New Operation Cooper Street is a K-12 After School Program licensed by the Department of Children and Families, serving students attending Sallie Jones, East, Peace River, Liberty and Deep Creek Elementary schools. Students in secondary grades are served with proceeds from other grant sources. Transportation is provided daily from the schools to the center. Hours of operation are from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Children work on completing homework assignments assisted by teachers, tutors, and community volunteers. Hot meals or snacks are served daily. Students participate in supervised indoor/outdoor activities, drama, reading clubs, tennis, martial arts, piano lessons, and computer technology.

During the month of June, the New Operation Cooper Street offers a 4-week Summer Camp to accommodate the students attending the year-round schools.


For more information, please contact NOCS at (941) 639-3034, or visit the website.

Small World Christian Leaning Center / Camp Joy

Small World Christian Learning Center/Camp Joy, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, is devoted to sharing the Word of God with families in a quality childcare environment. During the year our buses transport from six (6) local elementary schools (Deep Creek, Kingsway, Neil Armstrong, Liberty, Meadow Park and Peace River) to our center for after school care. We provide students with a nutritious afternoon snack, devotion time, homework time as well as indoor/outdoor activities. On most days that public schools are closed to students, we provide a fun filled full day program including field trips. We also offer a unique summer program with daily field trips to exciting, educational and recreational events and attractions.

We have provided quality childcare since 1976. We are accredited by the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS), the Florida League of Christian Schools (FLOCS), hold the FLOCS Silver Seal of Excellence and the Florida Gold Seal from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Camp Joy hours are 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday when school is in session. On days public schools are closed and we are open, the hours of operation are 6:45 am - 6:00 pm.

For information please stop by our center at 2230 Hariet St. (Off Midway Blvd.), or call us at (941) 625-3600.

YMCA

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Ages 4-12 Years. At our Afterschool Sites, the staff provide a safe and fun atmosphere for families who require care for their children during the school year. Care is provided right on school premises. Care is provided at six school sites, including Charlotte Harbor Center which serves children with special needs. PM Snack is provided at each site. (Deep Creek, East, Sallie Jones, Meadow Park, Neil Armstrong and Kingsway.) $25 registration fee; $45/week. For both Before and Afterschool care: $25 registration fee; $55/week. $100 deposit for non-EFT.

Police Athletic League (PAL)

The Police Athletic Program at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is an exciting opportunity to work and play sports with youths and give them crime prevention and law enforcement education at the same time. PAL focuses on academics, athletics and relationships between community and law enforcement. PAL offers after school and summer camp programs.

Please contact Kris Bradley-Richard at (941) 235-4751. You can also find us on Facebook at Police Athletic League of Charlotte County

Pay to Participate

Middle School

We are pleased to announce that middle school competitive sports will begin this school year. The middle school sports program will include:

  • Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Boys & Girls Track
Please visit the links below for information regarding the middle school pay to participate program or contact your school's assistant principal.

High School

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, Charlotte County Public Schools began a Pay to Participate program for all athletic and cheerleading programs. Please visit the links below for information regarding the Pay to Participate program or contact your school's athletic director.

Section 504

Public Notice: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Section 504 and ADA are laws which prohibit discrimination against any person with a disability by any program receiving federal financial assistance. These laws define a person with a disability as anyone who:

  1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working)
  2. has a record of such an impairment, or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the School Board of Charlotte County, Florida recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

The school district has specific responsibilities under Section 504, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school district, he/she has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This law gives the parent or guardian the right to:

  1. inspect and review his/her child's educational records
  2. make copies of these records
  3. receive a list of all individuals having access to those records
  4. ask for an explanation of any item in the records
  5. ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child's rights
  6. a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.