Charlotte County Schools

Charlotte County Schools

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Charlotte County Public Schools

Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Englewood, FL are all part of the Charlotte County School district. The following information is offered to help new residents learn about our fine schools. More information about specific programs and needs can be had by calling or writing at the numbers below.

Welcome New Residents

We understand that a school system is in large part a consideration in the decision making process of family relocation. Charlotte County is a wonderful place to live for both children and adults alike. Our district received an “A” rating by the State of Florida for the fourth consecutive year! We are very proud of our students, faculty and support staff for their achievements.

This page was designed to help you find your way around a new and unfamiliar place. Please view the topics listed in the column on the left hand side of the page in order to help you locate information about your child’s school, registration, bus stops, school meals, and other specific information.

If we can be of any additional assistance, please call our School and Community Relations office at 941-255-7430.

The School Board of Charlotte County is dedicated to its Vision of Student Success. Our mission is to provide an innovative educational environment that allows and inspires success for everyone.

Our History

From the beginning, settlers in Southwest Florida recognized a need for education. Young men and women motivated to educate the community’s children took on the role of teaching children in town halls and churches. As the community grew, so did our history. The following table outlines the district’s growth over the last 120 years.


Classes outgrow the community hall and the first building is designated as a school at the corner of Marion & Harvey Streets in Punta Gorda.


A larger school is built on Goldstein Street. The school was filled to capacity with an enrollment of 91 males and 87 females.


The first school for African Americans is formed. After an organized search, Benjamin Joshua Baker agrees to be its principal and relocates from New Orleans. Mr. Baker retired in 1940 after 49 years of teaching and died in 1942 while a new school for the African American Community (Baker Center) was constructed. The school remained segregated until 1964 when Charlotte County Schools were integrated.


Punta Gorda Grammar & High School opens with an enrollment of 150 students. Overcrowding forced construction of a new school on Taylor Street in 1911.


Charlotte County’s modern era begins when DeSoto County is divided into 5 parts. The first bridge across Charlotte Harbor is constructed and schools begin bussing students from rural communities to the Junior High in Port Charlotte and combined schools in Punta Gorda. Six busses operated on a budget of $30.00 per semester, per student.


Bussing increased Punta Gorda enrollment to 1,000 and forced construction of Charlotte High School. Charlotte County teacher salaries were reported as the highest in the State of Florida at $615.00 for teachers in a two room school to $933.00 in schools with 10 or more rooms.

As the Great Depression made its way into Charlotte County, the school year was reduced to 7 months and teachers often recieved promissory notes for items like food and clothing from local merchants rather than a paycheck.


Sallie Jones, one of the original 21 teachers assigned to Charlotte High School, is appointed the first female superintendent of schools in the State of Florida. Ms. Jones served 16 years as superintendent. She created the first school lunchrooms and set the standard that all teachers had to be professionally certified. Ms. Jones retired in 1953 after 31 years as an educator.


Two large residential developers (General Development Corporation and Punta Gorda Isles Development Corporation) spur Southwest Florida growth and force the expansion of the district. New schools are built in rapid succession as can be seen below.


Adult & Community Education


Peace River Elementary School


Charlotte High School, K-9


Lemon Bay High School


East Elementary School


Baker Elementary Center


Neil Armstrong Elementary


Port Charlotte Middle School


Punta Gorda Middle School


Meadow Park Elementary


Charlotte Harbor Center


Charlotte Vocational Center


Charlotte High School, 10 & 12 Grades


Port Charlotte High School


L.A. Ainger Middle School


Liberty Elementary School


Vineland Elementary School


Murdock Middle School


Deep Creek Elementary School


Myakka River Elementary


Kingsway Elementary School


The Academy


Sallie Jones Elementary School

Charlotte County Demographics

The total number of students attending Charlotte County Public Schools in the 2004/2005 school year was 19,397. The following tables will give you an idea of our student make up. If you have any questions, please contact John Weant at 941.255.0808, ext. 3091.

Please select the statistics you would like to view:

District Makeup by Grade Level

District Makeup by School Enrollment

District Makeup by Ethnicity and Gender

The following link provides a variety of demographic data on Charlotte County and Florida:

Charlotte County Economic Development Office

Charlotte County Economic Development Office

Student Testing

Charlotte County Public Schools uses a variety of assessments to capture a comprehensive picture of student learning in our district. Assessments provide the information necessary to improve student performance through instructional decision-making, setting priorities, allocating resources, and for accountability to students, parents, the community, and the mandated state and federal education authorities.

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