Gainesville and Alachua County host a wide variety of educational settings, programs and pathways. Parents and students can select between many options to meet specific needs and goals. With highly qualified teachers and an array of specialty magnet, academic and career programs, Alachua County students make their mark.
Schools in the county benefit enormously from the vast resources available in a university town, including highly qualified teachers, mentors, interns, community volunteers and access to museums, the arts, college and university programs, dual enrollment programs, libraries and much more.
Public Schools are part of the Alachua County School District under the oversight of the Alachua County School Board. Public schools include zoned neighborhood district schools and magnet programs open to any qualified student.
Public school magnet programs include a wide variety of career, specialty and academic curricula. Students accepted into a magnet program receive school bus transportation regardless of what neighborhood, city or town they may reside in.
Charter Schools operate as part of Florida’s free, public education system. Charter Schools operate with greater autonomy than regular public schools and do not generally provide school bus transportation.
The Florida Virtual School is an accredited, public, online e-learning school serving K-12 students in Florida and all over the world. Florida Virtual School has become an important part of home-school programs, as well as offering options for students to add courses to dual enrollment, standard school enrollment or summer school.
Dual Enrollment programs at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College are also part of Florida’s free, public education system. Students can elect to take dual enrollment courses in conjunction with their high school program, or complete high school on the college campus. Dual Enrollment is open to students in the 11th and 12th grades. College courses taken during dual enrollment fulfill both high school graduation requirements and give the student college credit.
Parochial schools operate under the diocese of the Catholic Church.
Independent private schools provide a wide variety of additional education options.
VPK, Pre-K, headstart and kindergarten programs can be found in public, parochial and independent schools. Many schools focus solely on Pre-K and kindergarten, giving parents a large selection of school size, neighborhood, hours and educational philosophy.
Alachua County and Gainesville offer educational choices to meet the needs of every student.