School District of Lee County (Florida)

The School District of Lee County manages public education in Lee County, Florida. As of May 2014, there are 87,120 students in the whole district.

The District school choice system is an open-enrollment system for school assignments and goes through the Student Assignment Office. A lottery process is used to assign students to schools when the number of applicants for a school exceeds the number of available seats. Students’ applications are assigned random numbers to determine the order in which their applications will be considered in the assignment process.[1]


While Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregated public schools in 1954, Lee County opted to ignore the ruling. In 1964, a student named Rosalind Blalock attempted to enroll in Fort Myers High School, but was denied admission to the whites-only school. A court case filed on her behalf by the NAACP resulted in a court order that forced Lee County to begin integrating the public schools. Prior to that time, Lee maintained a system that was separate but not equal for minority students. The district proceeded, first by integrating the teachers, then the elementary schools, and finally the high schools. In 1969, traditionally black Dunbar High School was closed, and students were reassigned to various white high schools around the county. The situation was often tense, with a riot breaking out at Fort Myers High School, and administrators at North Fort Myers High School pretended not to recognize a black coach, causing police officers to send attack dogs after him. The court order stayed in place for 35 years, and many of its measures are still in place today.[2]


Fort Myers Technical College
Cape Coral Technical College[3]

High schools

Middle schools

  • Alva Middle School
  • Bonita Springs Middle School
  • Caloosa Middle School
  • Challenger Middle School
  • Cypress Lake Middle School
  • Diplomat Middle School
  • Fort Myers Middle Academy
  • Gateway Charter School
  • Gulf Middle School
  • Harns Marsh Middle School
  • Lee Middle School
  • Lehigh Acres Middle School
  • Lexington Middle School
  • Mariner Middle School
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts K-8
  • Oak Hammock Middle School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
  • Six Mile Charter Academy
  • The Sanibel School K-8
  • Three Oaks Middle School
  • Trafalgar Middle School
  • Varsity Lakes Middle School
  • Veterans Park Academy for the Arts

Elementary schools

  • Allen Park Elementary
  • Alva Elementary
  • Bayshore Elementary
  • Bonita Springs Elementary
  • Caloosa Elementary
  • Cape Elementary
  • Colonial Elementary
  • Diplomat Elementary
  • Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary
  • Edgewood Academy
  • Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School
  • Fort Myers Beach Elementary
  • Franklin Park Magnet
  • G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School
  • Gateway Charter School
  • Gateway Elementary
  • Gulf Elementary
  • Hancock Creek Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Elementary
  • Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary
  • Heights Elementary
  • J. Colin English Elementary
  • James Stephens International Academy
  • Lehigh Elementary
  • Manatee Elementary
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts K-8
  • Orange River Elementary
  • Orangewood Elementary
  • Patriot Elementary
  • Pelican Elementary
  • Pine Island Elementary
  • Pinewoods Elementary
  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary
  • Rayma C. Page Elementary
  • River Hall Elementary
  • San Carlos Park Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Spring Creek Elementary
  • Sunshine Elementary
  • Tanglewood/Riverside Elementary
  • The Sanibel School K-8
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Tice Elementary
  • Tortuga Preserve Elementary
  • Trafalgar Elementary
  • Treeline Elementary
  • Tropic Isles Elementary
  • Veterans Park Academy for the Arts K-8
  • Villas Elementary

See also


  1. "Understanding Open Enrollment - Lee County School District". Archived from the original on 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  2. Smith, Ashley (17 May 2017). "Lee lagged on integration". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. Logan, Casey (June 8, 2015). "Fort Myers, Cape Coral technical institutes now colleges". News-Press. Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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