Collier County has 31 top private schools serving more than 4,280 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. More than 65 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 private pre-K–12 schools in Collier County. (Source: privateschoolreview.com)
Community School of Naples (PK-12) | 13275 Livingston Road, Naples | 239-597-7575
Community School of Naples, an independent, college-preparatory school that opened in 1982, is driven by a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. It is divided into the Lower School and Upper School, which boats 26 Advanced Placement courses and an SAT average of 1300. 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 7 extracurriculars, with an average class size of 15. Since 1996, 100 percent of graduates have been accepted to college. Annual tuition ranges up to $27,952 for grades 9-12.
Donahue Academy (PK-12) | 4955 Seton Way, Immokalee | 239-842-3241;
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 597. The average SAT score is 1330, placing it 10th in the state for private schools. Annual tuition is $7,400for lower grades, $10,500 for grades 9-12.
First Baptist Academy (PK-12) | 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
This school, set 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 $13,000 for grades 9-12.
Naples Christian Academy (PK-8) | 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples
Naples Christian Academy was the first in Collier County to be honored as a National Blue Ribbon School and its stated mission is “guiding hearts, inspiring minds, and shaping lives.” It offers six sports and four extracurriculars, with an average class size of 15. The student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1 with a student body of 133. Annual tuition is $11,400.
Nicaea Academy (PK-12) | 14785 Collier Blvd., Naples | 239-353-9090
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 120. Annual tuition is $6,900.
Saint Ann School (PK-8) | 542 8th Ave S., Naples | 239-262-4110
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 seven sports and 11 extracurriculars and has an average class size of 17. The student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1 with a student body of 273. Annual tuition is $9,500.
Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic School (PK-8) | 2730 53rd Terrace SW, Naples | 239-455-2262
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School is a Catholic school founded in 1981. The school offers six sports and 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. S.W., Naples | 239-455-3044;
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 12 Advanced Placement courses, as well as 18 extracurriculars, community volunteer programs, 12 sports and robust cultural offerings. It is known for its personalized college advisory program, beginning with incoming freshmen, with 100 percent of students accepted into four-year colleges. The student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1 with a student body of 270. Annual tuition ranges up to $13,000 for grades 9-12.
Seacrest Country Day School (PK-12) | 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples | 239- 793-1986
Seacrest Country Day School is an independent, non-sectarian school for children ages 3 through the12th 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 robust cultural offerings. 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 9:1 with a student body of 270. Annual tuition ranges up to $24,900 for grades 10-12. Seacrest Country Day School enrolls a socioeconomic diverse population based on annual income.
The Village School of Naples (PK-12) | 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples | 239-593-7686
The Village School of Naples is an independent Methodist school serving infants through 12th 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 10 Advanced Placement courses. Overall, the school has 434 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1. Annual tuition ranges up to $15,400 for grades 10-12.