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  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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Lee County Public Schools is a public school district located in Fort Myers, FL. It has 91,309 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
Address
2855 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Telephone
(239) 337-8301

Lee County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1120
2,491 responses
Average ACT
24
1,717 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
91,309
Free or Reduced Lunch
55.1%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,336
Teachers in First/Second Year
42.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$852,352,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,113/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    5%

Lee County Public Schools Reviews

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I am a senior (finally!) at Estero High School in Lee County. My experiences these last few years have been mostly positive. No high school is perfect, but Estero is, I believe, one of the best high schools in the area. The majority of the students are awesome, friendly, helpful, I have made life long friends! What makes Estero special is it is an all-around school. They have a very dedicated theater program along with marching band, orchestra, ROTC program, medical program, many clubs for everyone, career center, and college preparation (started 2 years ago) department - which has been most helpful especially for me this year. The one thing I would change about Estero High School is the start time from 7:05am to an hour later at 8:05am. We could use that extra hour of sleep! It may even help improve our grades.
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I went to The Sanibel School for Elementary and Middle School. Since this was a small school on a small island, it almost looked like a private school. Beautiful building, great sports fields, excellent indoor/outdoor rec facilities. Great teachers and lots of volunteers. Unlike most other schools The Sanibel School added Spanish 1 and Algebra 1 to the Middle School curriculum. This was great! Saved me from having to do it in High School.
I currently am a senior in the IB Program at Fort Myers High School. Definitely the top public school in the district and possibly one of the best in Florida. I will graduate in May with my IB program and a weighted GPA of 5.7! I accumulated a lot of credits that will be very useful when I start at The University of Florida in July. All-in-all, the Lee County Public School System has been GREAT for me :-)
The schools are not very safe, but they are making changes for the better by securing entry points, practicing safety drills, and placing law enforcement officers in the schools. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of students, as well as parents, seem to care about a quality educational experience. For those they offer IB, advanced placement classes, and dual enrollment opportunities. The majority of students, however, have little interest in academics and quite often come late to school or don't bother to come at all. While poor parenting is likely the root cause, administration does have punishment guidelines in place, but seldom enforces. Teachers then become frustrated with the situation and standards sadly decline. The Lee County School District has implemented many things that should propel it to the top, but due to the lack of interest by students, parents, administration, and some teachers, it will never be better than average, and quite possibly below.