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 Florida SouthWestern State 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


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 Learning Center

Port Charlotte Town Center Mall
1441 Tamiami Trail, Suite 365
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Phone: (941) 255-7555

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) is designed to meet the needs of busy adult students in a variety of programs at several locations. The ALC is a program with Charlotte Technical Center and is operated under Charlotte County Public Schools. The programs are operated through state and federal grants and are intended to assist adults in earning a GED; preparing for college and career readiness; learning English as a second language; and in life skills planning.

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 and Pre-K ESE.

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.

Charlotte Virtual School

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

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Charter Schools

Crossroads is an environmentally based Charter school in Northeast Charlotte County serving difficult to place foster boys. The campus is over 20 acres and offers an array of activities for youth in residence. Established in 1986, the program has functioned under DJJ residential criteria and has served thousands of youth. The new therapeutic group-home structure incorporates the best characteristics from the previous model and allows for enhanced developmental experiences for at risk foster boys between 12 and 17 years of age. Optimal length of stay is until the student "ages out" of foster care.

Our youth profile is described as boys who have been difficult to place due to behavior and/or legal charges. They may also have been run-aways from their foster placements or they may have had multiple previous placements including school placements. These kids also have academically challenged levels as well as therapeutic needs which have contributed to their struggles.

The program facilitated by Crossroads incorporates Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS), behavior modification, and vocational training (construction, culinary, aquatics, and basic automotive maintenance). In addition, this charter school provides individualized academic support and education on site allowing for remediation and credit enhancement. The average youth profile reflects, over a program stay of 6-9 months, an average grade level increase in reading of 1.5 years, and an average grade level increase in math of 2.5 years primarily due to the reduced class sizes and enhanced need responsive education environment provided by the program.

Crossroads also provides Skills Streaming, Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART), and social skills training through community service, speaking engagements, and community dinners both at Crossroads and at various locations within the community.

As the first collegiate high school in Southwest Florida and the state's only collegiate high school to incorporate ninth graders when it opened its doors in August of 2009, Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School is located on the Charlotte Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. FSWC-Charlotte is designed to provide students of all ability levels an opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. FSWC-Charlotte students enjoy a college environment along with a vast array of resources provided by FSW while also maintaining the traditional elements of high school life.

Babcock Neighborhood School Charter Application

Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS) is a free public charter school open to all students in kindergarten through grade eight who qualify to attend a public school in Charlotte County. This includes out-of-district students who are allowed to request admission under Florida's open enrollment law.

Located in the heart of the world's first new town powered primarily by the sun, BNS offers a "place-based" environmentally focused "greenSTEAM" education program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics within a thoughtfully provided holistic learning environment. STEAM requires intentional connections among and between standards, assessments, and lesson design, while integrating related standards across disciplines - allowing students to demonstrate mastery of subjects.

By focusing on local landscape, history, culture and context, learning at BNS takes on specificity and moves from the abstract to the concrete, engaging students with an environment that encourages interactions with, and exploration of, the world around them.

The sustainability and conservation principles of Babcock Ranch provide opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning about nature, health and renewable energy with a STEAM focus.

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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.

Please note: Some programs may be unavailable do to capacity. Please contact the provider for more information.

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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21450 Gibralter Drive, Port Charlotte

Open to all student ages 6-18 years
Transportation provided from:

  • Neil Armstrong
  • Meadow Park
  • Peace River
  • Deep Creek
  • Kingsway
  • Liberty
  • Murdock Middle

Hours: Monday - Friday 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Open all school days)
Cost: $25 a week made payable one week in advance for care.
A one time registration fee of $75 is also due upon enrollment.

Members enjoy activities provided by caring youth counselor professionals, including certified school teachers. They receive homework assistance, physical fitness, health skills, fine arts, technology, STEM, character and leadership development.

For more information or to register your child please contact us:
Telephone: (941) 235-2472
Web: www.bgcofcc.org

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 International Church
24038 Harborview Road
(East of the Old School house Square in Charlotte Harbor)
For More information contact Betty Burnett:
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.

Kingsway Elementary Enrichment Program (KEEP)

Kingsway Elementary is proud to offer before and after school daycare. Our professional staff, comprised of certified teachers and para professionals, will provide many activities for socialization, creativity, and play. Snacks and homework help are also a part of each afternoon session.

  • KEEP is open on the days that school is in session.
  • Morning Session: 6:30am – 8:00am
  • Afternoon Session: 2:55pm – 6:00pm
  • Part Time is 1-3 days each week. Full Time is 4-5 days each week.
  • Students may be enrolled in morning and/or afternoon programs.
  • Students may be enrolled in full and/or part-time programs.
For more information, please contact the school at 941-255-7590. Registration forms are available in the office.

iSTAY at Meadow Park Elementary

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Technology, and
Arts for

For Schedule, Costs and more information View the Brochure!

At iSTAY, our mission is to motivate and inspire our students in an extended day format that is predominately guided by experiential learning in Science, Technology, and the Arts, with the goal of creating curious knowledge-seekers.

iSTAY is an extended-day program run by teachers and paraprofessionals of Meadow Park. The values and traditions that we teach in our school setting, such as leadership skills, positive expectations, and 7 Habits of Happy Kids, are maintained in iSTAY.

Summer Program

We are open during the summer for current K-5 students. The summer iSTAY program includes activities such as: computer coding, outside games, photography, table tennis, 3D printing, and field trips.

In addition to the engaging activities, students receive a healthy snack and homework help each day.

Educational Programs

  • Science
    Hands-on Exploration, Legos, Science Experiments
  • Technology
    Computer Skills, Promethean Board Activities, 3-D Printing, Computer Coding with Spheros and iPads
  • Art
    Creative, Seasonal Projects, Photography
  • Leadership
    Cooperative Games, Presentation Skills, Problem Solving, Manners


  • Mornings: 6:30AM - 8:00AM
  • Afternoon: 2:35PM - 6:00PM

We are only open when school is in session, with the exception of summer.



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. (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.