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Learning in Lakewood Ranch

From elementary school through college, residents of Sarasota & Manatee Counties and their families are assured that top quality learning opportunities will be available at home and nearby

For Lakewood Ranch residents, 5 of the county’s best public schools are within walking distance of this master-planned community. A special thoroughfare meanders through tall pines to provide convenient access to Braden River Elementary and Braden River Middle Schools. Lakewood Ranch High School opened in 1998 as the first high school to be built as such in Manatee County. This state-of-the-art facility has become a landmark school for others to follow. McNeal Elementary opened fall of 2003 and achieved the highest fcat ranking in the county in its first year! Nolan Middle School opened fall of 2004. The Out-of-Door Lakewood Ranch SchoolsAcademy, a prestigious private school since 1924, opened its upper school campus at Lakewood Ranch in 1997, which includes middle and high school classes. As Lakewood Ranch grows, so do its educational opportunities. Land has already been set aside for future public schools as needed. Manatee Community College offers continuing education classes at Lakewood Ranch High School and plans to build a satellite campus in the new Florida town. Keiser College opened its LWR campus in 2001. Manatee Technical Institute also opened an east county facility adjacent to Lakewood Ranch High School. In addition, University of South Florida and New College are just a short drive away.

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Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School

325 Lorraine Road
Bradenton, FL 34202
Phone: 941-751-8165
Fax: 941-751-8155

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R. Dan Nolan Middle School

6655 Greenbrook Blvd
Bradenton, FL 34202
Phone: 941-751-8200
Fax: 941-751-8210

R. Dan Nolan Middle School is a public school in Manatee County School District in Bradenton, Florida for grades 6-8. Established in August 2004, Nolan Middle School offers a rigorous, engaging academic curriculum complemented by excellent fine and creative arts, vocational, and athletic programs. At the heart of our school are talented and dedicated staff, administrators, and volunteers who are passionate about learning and deeply committed to the success of every Nolan student. Nolan Middle School values communication with parents and our community, and strives to create an environment where both students and families feel connected to the school community.

Braden River Elementary School

6125 River Club Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 751-7012

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Principal: Teachers: 46
Support Staff: 26
Projected Enrollment: 880 Honors Courses Available Average Teacher’s Years of Experience: 11
Percentage of Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 39

Directly adjacent to Lakewood Ranch and connected via sidewalks to Summerfield Village, Braden River Elementary is one of the highest academically rated elementary schools in the two-countyarea. The campus, shared with Braden River Middle, is a focal point for the Lakewood Ranch region and enjoys tremendous support from parents and business partners. The school has been fully equipped with the latest technology, and computers are a primary tool used in the classroom. The mission of Braden River Elementary is “to encourage all children to become lifelong learners and productive citizens through educational, technological and critical thinking challenges.

Braden River Middle School

6215 River Club Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 751-7080

Sixth through Eighth Grade Principal: Anthony DiBello Teachers: 45
Support Staff: 20
Projected Enrollment: 975 Honors Courses Available Average Teacher’s Years of Experience: 10
Percentage of Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 35

Directly adjacent to Lakewood Ranch and connected via sidewalks to Summerfield Village, Braden River Middle is one of the highest academically rated elementary schools in the two-county area. Braden River Middle aims to “enhance the uniqueness” of each pupil as they move from elementary through high school. Math and language have been targeted as areas for improvement in the curriculum. It also seeks to increase the communication efforts within the school and with the community. The school offers parenting skills classes and focuses on safety awareness issues on the campus located next to Braden River Elementary School.

Lakewood Ranch High School

500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 727-6100

Ninth through Twelfth Grade Principal: Roy Larson
Teachers: 85
Support Staff: 30
2005-06 Enrollment: 2400+/- Average Teacher’s Years of Experience: 10
Percentage of Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 56

On Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, just north of State Road 70. Lakewood Ranch High School is the Manatee County’s first school designed and built specifically as a high school. Situated on 104 acres, the school’s next-door neighbor is a regional county park. The four LakewoodRanch classroom buildings have a total of 82 classrooms, including 12 science laboratories and 14 othervarious laboratory and specialty rooms for vocational education, business, agriculture and graphics classes. The school has a 630-seat cafeteria, 644-seat auditorium, 80-seat media center, and a 2,100-seat gym. Sports facilities include a 2,000-seat football stadium, paved running track, baseball field, softball field, eight tennis courts, six basketball courts and eight racquetball courts.

The Out-of-Door Academy

Lakewood Ranch Campus
5950 Deer Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 907-1159
(941) 907-1159

Seventh through Twelfth Grade
Teachers: 30
Support Staff: 20
Enrollment: 242
Annual tuition fee required. Scholarship opportunities and special financing plans are available.

On University Parkway across from The Country Club. The Out-of-Door Academy Upper School provides a college preparatory curriculum, with a full range of academic courses, including honors and advanced placement classes. Students experience a rich and varied curriculum which is geared to help them acquire the academic and intellectual skills needed for college, as well as confidence and maturity. Small classes and dedicated teachers help to ensure the success of each student. In addition to their classes, Middle and High School students round out their education with a variety of extracurricular activities, including athletics, drama, musical groups, clubs, and student publications. The school has consistently been voted “Best Private School” in local newspaper reader awards.

State College of Florida

State College of Florida – at Lakewood Ranch
Center for Innovation and Technology

7131 Professional Parkway East
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 363-7000

Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region’s first and largest public college, serving approximately 36,000 college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and online via eLearning opportunities. Another 25,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes. The College has graduated 37,000 students since 1960.

SCF is a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.

The Corporate and Community Development Division offers year-round noncredit classes in workforce training, small business development, professional development, personal enrichment and driving safety through workshops, seminars, online classes and on-site training programs at area businesses.

Broadening the continuum of education, the College opened a collegiate charter school in fall 2010. The school enables students to complete high school and receive their Associate in Arts degree simultaneously.

The College is a member of the Florida Association of Community Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.

Credit courses and noncredit workforce training featuring: advanced software application training, 156-seat auditorium, 15 meeting rooms of various sizes, videoconferencing capability and more. Located near University Parkway and I-75, State College of Florida’s Center for Innovation and Technology opened for classes in 2003.

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