Collier County has 34 top private schools serving more than 5,800 students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. More than 50 percent are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian) although several have no religious affiliation, including Montessori schools for preschoolers. Following is a select list of the largest Collier County private schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. (Source: privateschoolreview.com)
(Area code 239)
Community School of Naples (PreK-12)
13275 Livingston Road, Naples
597-7575 • communityschoolnaples.org
Community School of Naples is an independent, college-preparatory school that opened in 1982. It is divided into the Lower School and Upper School, which boats 26 Advanced Placement courses. Lower School students dedicate 50 minutes or more each week to learning the school’s core values: citizenship, honesty, kindness, fairness, responsibility, courage, respect, cooperation, and perseverance. It offers 15 sports and seven extracurriculars, with an average class size of 15. Since 1996, 100 percent of graduates have been accepted to college. Annual tuition ranges for various grade levels and is $29,815 for grades 9-12.
Donahue Academy (PreK-12)
4955 Seton Way, Ave Maria
239-842-3241 • donahueacademy.org
Ranked among the top 50 Catholic schools nationally, Donahue Academy is located in the town of Ave Maria, east of Naples. It offers eight sports and three extracurriculars, with an average class size of 20. The student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1 with a student body of 275. Annual tuition is $7,400 for lower grades, $10,500 for grades 9-12.
First Baptist Academy (PreK-12)
3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
597-2233 • fbalions.org
This school, set on a 94-acre campus, opened in 1996 as a ministry of First Baptist Church Naples to provide a rigorous academic program of studies infused with Christian teaching. It offers eight Advanced Placement courses, in addition to programs for homeschooled students, 11 sports, and 15 extracurriculars. One hundred percent of high school graduates who have applied to college have been accepted. The student-to-teacher ratio is 13:1 with a student body of 597. Annual tuition ranges up to $13,790 for grades 9-12.
Naples Christian Academy (PreK-8)
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples
455-1080 • napleschristian.net
Naples Christian Academy was the first school in Collier County to be honored as a National Blue Ribbon School and its stated mission is “to develop well-rounded student leaders who will be known by their faith, Christian character, intellect, and impactful contributions.” It offers six sports and three extracurriculars, with an average class size of 10. The student-to-teacher ratio is 6:1 with a student body of 86. Annual K-5 tuition is $10,225, and middle school tuition is $12,050.
Nicaea Academy (PreK-12)
14785 Collier Blvd., Naples
353-9090 • nicaeaacademy.com
Instruction at Nicaea Academy is based on the Christian-based A Beka Book textbooks developed by the Pensacola Christian Academy. The school offers four sports and has an average class size of 18. The student-to-teacher ratio is 15:1 with a student body of 134. Tuition information is not publicly available.
Saint Ann Catholic School (PreK-8)
542 Eighth Ave. S., Naples
262-4110 • stann.net
Saint Ann Catholic School, a ministry of Saint Ann Parish, is rooted in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and was founded in 1956. The school offers nine sports, 11 extracurriculars and has an average class size of 15. The student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1 with a student body of 325. Annual tuition is $9,800.
Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic School (PreK-8)
2730 53rd Terrace SW, Naples
455-2262 • saintelizabethseton.com
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School is a Catholic school founded in 1981. The school offers six sports, six extracurriculars and has an average class size of 22. The student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1 with a student body of 253. Annual tuition is $7,230.
Saint John Neumann Catholic High School (9-12)
3000 53rd St. SW, Naples
455-3044 • sjnceltics.org
Students from different counties attend this small, faith-based, college-preparatory school, founded in 1980 and rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. It provides a rigorous learning environment with 18 Advanced Placement courses, as well as 19 extracurriculars, community volunteer programs, 12 sports, and robust cultural offerings. It is known for its personalized college advisory program that begins with incoming freshmen, with 100 percent of students accepted into four-year colleges. The student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1 with a student body of 278. Annual tuition ranges up to $13,500 for grades 9-12.
Seacrest Country Day School (PreK-12)
7100 Davis Blvd., Naples
793-1986 • seacrest.org
Seacrest Country Day School is an independent, nonsectarian school for children ages 3 through twelfth grade on its 42-acre campus in East Naples. Established in 1983, Seacrest fuels intellectual engagement and leadership with 10 Advanced Placement courses, as well as 22 extracurriculars, 12 sports, and a range of cultural opportunities. The academy allows highly competitive athletes who participate in individual sports (such as swimming, golf, tennis, etc.) to fulfill graduation requirements, prepare for standardized testing, and work with professional college counselors. Overall, the student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1 with a student body of 434. Annual tuition ranges up to $25,400 for grades 10-12. Seacrest Country Day School enrolls a socioeconomic diverse population based on annual income.
The Village School of Naples (PreK-12)
6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
593-7686 • villageschoolnaples.org
The Village School of Naples is an independent Methodist school serving infants through twelfth grade. As the first independent STEAM school in Collier County, the school is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in academics, technology, athletics, and the arts. The Upper School for 9-12 students was launched in 2017, and it offers an intense college preparatory experience in an encouraging atmosphere with several Advanced Placement courses. Overall, the school has 505 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1. Annual tuition ranges up to $17,550 for grades 9-12.
Lee County has 52 top private schools serving 7,750 students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. While 79 percent are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian), there are several nonreligious schools, including Montessori schools. The following is a select list of the largest Lee County private schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. (Source: privateschoolreview.com)
Bishop Verot Catholic High School (9-12)
5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers
274-6700 • bvhs.org
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 25 Advanced Placement courses, higher education dual-enrollment, and a wide range of electives. It offers 17 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 18 and a student body of 719. Annual tuition is $12,500.
Canterbury School (K-12)
8141 College Pkwy., Fort Myers
481-4323 • canterburyfortmyers.org
Since 1964, the nonsectarian Canterbury School has provided high-caliber academic instruction that fosters individual growth, leadership, and lifelong learning. It offers 22 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 impairments, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. Annual tuition is $25,600.
Crestwell School (PreK-8)
1901 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers
481-4478 • crestwellschool.org
Crestwell is a nonsectarian school established in 1993 by parents and educators. It’s located on a 7-acre campus with an expansive student-maintained garden and greenhouse. The student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1 and the student body is 193. Annual tuition is $9,500.
Evangelical Christian School (PreK-12)
8237 Beacon Blvd., Fort Myers
936-3319 • goecs.org
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 courses, in addition to 14 sports and eight extracurriculars. The student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1 with a student body of 1,033. Annual tuition ranges from $10,610 for kindergarten up to $13,100 for high school.
Fort Myers Christian School (PreK-8)
1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
939-4642 • fmcs-fl.com
Fort Myers Christian School was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God of Fort Myers and boasts 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 130. Annual tuition ranges from $10,708 for kindergarten through fifth and $10,762 for sixth through eighth grade.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (PreK-12)
4770 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers
995-7711 • goodshepofnfm.com
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 8:1 with an average class size of 15 and student body of 381. Annual tuition ranges from $9,000 to $9,500.
Saint Andrew Catholic School (K-8)
1509 SE 27th St., Cape Coral
772-3922 • standrewcs.org
St. Andrew Catholic School opened in 1989 and 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 nine extracurriculars and four sports. The student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1 with a student body of 340. Tuition information is not publicly available.
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School (PreK-8)
2055 Heitman St., Fort Myers
334-7707 • stfrancisfortmyers.org
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. St. Francis Xavier School also offers 10 sports and 12 extracurricular activities. The student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1 with a student body of 628. Tuition information is not publicly available.
Saint Michael Lutheran (PreK-8)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
939-1218 • smlcs.org
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 and language-based and mild learning disabilities, as well as four sports and 12 extracurriculars. The student-to-teacher ratio is 17:1 with a student body of 399. Annual tuition is $9,000.
Sonshine Christian Academy (PreK-12)
12925 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers
694-8882 • sonshine.online
Sonshine Christian Academy, located on 18 acres, provides a Christ-centered education focused on excellence in academics. It offers four sports and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1 and a student body of 214. Tuition information is not publicly available.
Southwest Florida Christian Academy (K-12)
3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
936-8865 • swfca.com
Southwest Florida Christian Academy opened in 1994 as a ministry of McGregor Baptist Church. The standard class size is 16, 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 $11,588 for grades 9-12.
Note: Some sports and extracurriculars have changed due to COVID-19. For a complete listing of all private schools in Collier and Lee counties: privateschoolreview.com