Education in Hernando County
Hernando County continues to make the grade in education. Supported by many talented educators and involved parents, students are responding with high test scores, awards and scholarships throughout Hernando County.
From elementary through college, new facilities are open to accommodate the growing needs of the community. Enhanced academic curriculums keep pace with the demand for schools to provide students opportunities for educational advancement at every grade level.
For the 2014-2015 academic calendar year, nearly 22,000 students were enrolled at twenty-six elementary, middle, K-8, alternative, high and charter schools operated by the Hernando County School District. Dedicated and talented educators, involved parents and enhanced academic curriculums allow students opportunities for educational advancement at every grade level.
Hernando also proudly features eight top-notch private schools as well as the Hernando eSchool, which expands Hernando student’s convenient access to knowledge and skills through a high standard of rigorous and relevant curriculum.
Suncoast Technical Education Center (SUN TECH)- 352.797.7091
For a bright future in some of today’s most exciting careers, The Suncoast Technical Education Center, which was developed as a joint venture between the Hernando County School District, CETA (Chamber Education Training Association) and the Office of Business Development, offers accessible and affordable adult training programs for individuals sixteen years of age and older who are looking to acquire new or update existing skills that are regionally in demand.
Hernando County Education Foundation- 352.797.7029
The Hernando County Education Foundation was founded in 1988. It is a 501c3 Non-profit organization whose purpose is to seek out financial support for the unfunded needs within the public school system. Their mission is to create partnerships that advance student achievement and promote excellence within Hernando County public education. It focuses on student scholarships, classroom grants, literacy and recognition programs. Recently, it was expanded its focus to include STEM education, Career/Technical Education and Community Engagement work.
Springs Coast Environmental Education Center- 352.592.5737
Since 2010, The Weeki Wachee Springs Coast Environmental Education Center has provided visiting students from local schools a wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of environmental, responsibility, conservation and stewardship. The Center is located on 23 acres of scrub habitat on the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Weeki Wachee Preserve along the Weeki Wachee River in Hernando County.
Pasco Hernando State College
Brooksville Campus 352.796.6726
Spring Hill Campus 352.340.4801
PHSC continues to expand not only their facilities but their academic offerings as well. These offerings include partnerships with Hodges University, Barry University, and University of South Florida courses. This wide array of AS degrees and AA degrees spanning over 40+ high demand career programs, makes PHSC a very attractive and affordable education choice.
Public and Private Schools
Several public and private schools in Hernando County offer an educational option for students in grades K-12.
Every high school in Hernando County fills an educational niche, from International Baccalaureate degrees to “Career Academies” including: International Business, Marketing Web Design, Veterinary Assistant and Health Sciences. Additionally, accelerated programs such as Honors and Advanced Placement provide a rigorous academic challenge. Qualifying students can participate in College Dual Enrollment from Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC).
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Lori Romano- 352.797.7001
Nearby Colleges and Universities
Not too far from Hernando County, three Universities offering degrees from Bachelors to Doctorates are busy educating our future leaders. Students can choose the rural setting characterized by the rolling hills of Saint Leo, Florida, home to Saint Leo University or the hustle and bustle of Tampa and the University of South Florida, or the University of Tampa.