Campus Life

Some of the nation's leading colleges, schools and academies form bustling centers for study that add to the allure and diversity of our Gulf Coast.

  • For your children
  • For college
  • For special interests

From pre-kindergarten to high school, the wealth of outstanding public, private, and charter school options throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties are sure to inspire a life-long love of learning.

Academic excellence goes hand-in-hand with our vibrant Gulf Coast lifestyle, where bright young minds benefit from a variety of educational choices.

The Sarasota Country School District is one of only five of the state's sixty-seven school districts to earn an "A" grade in 2013.


While this is not your typical college town, some of the best colleges and universities of their kind attract students from all over the world. Nationally recognized colleges and universities offer everything from studies in business to developing artistic, traditional, and digital talents.

College-bound seniors have no less than 15 institutions of higher learning to choose from within Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.

Routinely ranked among the nation's best, our esteemed colleges foster passion for the pursuit of knowledge and a learning environment steeped in culture.


Whether an aspiring athlete, an artist in the making or a life-long learner, on Florida's Gulf Coast you'll find a place to enrich your passions.

IMG Academy offers gifted young athletes the chance to pair their studies with world-class athletic training, while the enduring cultural legacy of our region lives on as students draw, paint and sculpt their way to graduation at Ringling College.

Each of our local colleges and universities also offers a dedicated curriculum specifically geared to the adult learner. It's never too late to go back to school.