Kindergarten thru 8th Grade
The Sanibel School – Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who live on the island attend the Sanibel School, which is part of the Lee County School District.
A National Blue Ribbon Award winner, The Sanibel School boasts a fine curriculum enhanced by deep community involvement and an active PTA. Students participate in programs co-sponsored by the City of Sanibel, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel Shell Club and National Junior Duck Stamp program, a program initiated by the school in cooperation with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Its groundbreaking scholastic and environmental programs have gained recognition around the world.
Parents who work on the islands but live on the mainland may be eligible for a waiver for their child to attend The Sanibel School.
The Sanibel School enjoys a special relationship with the city’s recreation department. The city and the school share a playground. Sanibel Recreation runs summer camp and after school programs for a nominal fee.
The Sanibel School
3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island
High School – High school students ride a bus to Fort Myers to attend district neighborhood or magnet schools, which specialize in various disciplines, from languages to fine arts. Students have a choice of schools within their immediate geographical area; a lottery system is used to decide who attends magnet and other most-requested schools. Students can also attend a variety of private schools off island.
For information on school assignments, call the Lee County School District Boundaries and Reassignment office at (239) 337-8248.
Children’s Education Center
350 Casa Ybel Rd., Sanibel Island, FL
Community Education – Community education classes for adults are available at mainland schools. Courses are also offered at the Sanibel Community Center, B.I.G. Arts Center and other island facilities. Other choices abound, Edison State College (ESC), a Fort Myers based higher education facility, offers two-year technical and transfer-credit programs. The Southwest Florida College of Business in Fort Myers extends programs in medical and legal areas, accounting and computers. Miami-based Barry University caters to the working adult student, and Walden University, based in nearby Bonita Springs, offers masters and Ph.D. programs. International College, a four-year degree-granting college in Naples, has a satellite campus in Fort Myers. Hodges University also located in Naples, is a comprehensive degree granting institution whose purpose is to provide post secondary opportunities to students from the general Southwest Florida community. Lee County Vocational Technical Education is operated by the Lee County school system.
Florida Gulf Coast University – Located just south of Fort Myers, FGCU brings an exciting approach and curriculum to students who once had to travel great distances for many degree programs. FGCU’s four colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Health Professions and College of Professional Studies (education, criminal justice, social work and public administration). Click here for FGCU contact info.