School choice in Manatee County provides an opportunity for parents to select a school that best meets the educational needs of their child(ren). Options include public schools, magnet schools, academies and charter schools. There also are private schools and home education.
The Manatee County school district is home to more than 42,000 students and about 5,300 full-time employees.
A magnet school is a public school within the school district. Each magnet school has a theme or instructional approach, including global studies, advanced technology and communications and creative arts. Three school, Southeast High, Johnsom Middle and Wakeland Elementary are offerinf Baccalaureate courses.
Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular and among the fastest growing school choice options in the state. Manatee has aggrements with seven charter schools, some with multiple campuses. Parents can apply directly to schools.
Also under the purview of the Manatee County school district is the Manatee Technical Institute.
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