As the first collegiate high school in Southwest Florida and the state's only collegiate high school to incorporate ninth graders when it opened its doors in August of 2009, Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School is located on the Charlotte Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. FSWC-Charlotte is designed to provide students of all ability levels an opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. FSWC-Charlotte students enjoy a college environment along with a vast array of resources provided by FSW while also maintaining the traditional elements of high school life.
Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS) is a free public charter school open to all students in kindergarten through grade eight who qualify to attend a public school in Charlotte County. This includes out-of-district students who are allowed to request admission under Florida's open enrollment law.
Located in the heart of the world's first new town powered primarily by the sun, BNS offers a "place-based" environmentally focused "greenSTEAM" education program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics within a thoughtfully provided holistic learning environment. STEAM requires intentional connections among and between standards, assessments, and lesson design, while integrating related standards across disciplines - allowing students to demonstrate mastery of subjects.
By focusing on local landscape, history, culture and context, learning at BNS takes on specificity and moves from the abstract to the concrete, engaging students with an environment that encourages interactions with, and exploration of, the world around them.
The sustainability and conservation principles of Babcock Ranch provide opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning about nature, health and renewable energy with a STEAM focus.