Lee County has 48 top private schools serving 7,600 students from pre-kindergarten to 12. More than 77 percent are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian) although there are several non-religious schools, although several have no religious affiliation, including Montessori schools. Following is a select list of the largest private pre-K–12 schools in Lee County. (Source: privateschoolreview.com)
Bishop Verot Catholic High School (9-12)
5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers | 239-274-6700
Since 1962, Bishop Verot Catholic High School has provided an academic environment that integrates learning about the Roman Catholic tradition. Its college preparatory curriculum consists of state-required courses for graduation, including 12 Advanced Placement courses, higher education dual-enrollment, and a wide range of electives. It offers 15 sports and 21 extracurriculars, as well as assistance to students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1 with an average class size of 24 and a student body of 730. Annual tuition is $12,500.
Canterbury School (K-12)
8141 College Parkway, Fort Myers | 239-481-4323
Since 1964, the non-sectarian Canterbury School has provided high-caliber academic instruction that fosters individual growth, leadership and lifelong learning. It offers 25 Advanced Placement programs and 12 sports, and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1, with an average class size of 18 and a student body of 663.It also provides support for students with a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairment, dyslexia and dysgraphia. Annual tuition is $25,600.
Crestwell School (PK-8)
1901 Park Meadows Dr., Fort Myers | 239-481-4478
Crestwell is a nonsectarian school established in 1993 by parents and educators and is located on a seven-acre campus with an expansive student-maintained garden and greenhouse. The student-to-teacher ratio is 15:1 and the student body is 200. Annual tuition is $8,500 to $9,500 for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Evangelical Christian School (PK-8)
8237 Beacon Blvd., Fort Myers | 239-936-3319
Founded in 1973, Evangelical Christian School is an independent, college preparatory school on a 28-acre campus that incorporates biblical principles into academics, athletics, technology and fine arts. Its curriculum includes 10 Advanced Placement and honors courses, in addition to 14 sports and eight extracurriculars. The student-to-teacher ratio is 18:1 with a student body of 1,148. Annual tuition ranges from $9,615 for kindergarten up to $11,875 for high school.
Fort Myers Christian School (PK-8)
1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers | 239-939-4642
Fort Myers Christian School was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God of Fort Myers and offers a Christian-based academic setting and curriculum. It offers four sports and 12 extracurriculars. The student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1 with an average class size of 15 students and a student body of 162. Annual tuition ranges from $9,900 to $9,950 for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (PK-12)
4770 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers | 239-995-7711
Good Shepherd Lutheran School, founded in 1967, is owned and operated by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with a well-balanced Bible based curriculum. The student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1 with an average class size of 15 and student body of 328. Annual tuition is $8,000.
Saint Andrew Catholic School (K-8)
1509 SE 27th St., Cape Coral | 239-772-3922
St. Andrew Catholic School, opened in 1989, provides a solid academic foundation that infuses Roman Catholic learning across its curriculum. It a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math) school that provides a Primary Years International Baccalaureate program for ages 3 to 12. It offers 9 extracurriculars and four sports. The student-to-teacher ratio is 25:1 with a student body of 353. Tuition information not publicly available.
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School (PK-8)
2055 Heitman Street, Fort Myers | 239-334-7707
St. Francis Xavier School, founded in 1938, provides quality academic instruction that integrates the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith at its open-air campus featuring a performing arts center and high-tech Learning Commons. The student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1 with a student body of 628. Tuition information is not publicly available.
Saint Michael Lutheran (PK-8)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers | 239-939-1218
Saint Michael Lutheran School is a parochial Lutheran school founded in 1956, offering a challenging academic and arts curriculum. It provides support for learners with dyslexia, language-based and mild learning disabilities, four sports and 12 extracurriculars. The student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1 with a student body of 457. Annual tuition is $9,000.
Sonshine Christian Academy (PK-12)
12925 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers | 239-694-8882
Sonshine Christian Academy, located on 18 acres, provides a Christ-centered education focused on excellence in academics. It has a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 and a student body of 300 and offers four sports.
Southwest Florida Christian Academy (K-12)
3750 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers | 239-936-8865
Southwest Florida Christian Academy opened in 1994 as a ministry of McGregor Baptist Church. The standard class size is 25, and the high school is focused on college preparation, offering Advanced Placement courses for students in grades 10 through 12. It offers more than a dozen sports. Annual tuition ranges up to $10,896 for grades 9-12.
For complete listing of all private schools in Collier and Lee counties: privateschoolreview.com