Florida Schools: Overview Of Broward County Public Schools

Florida Schools: Overview Of Broward County Public Schools
We’ll explore Broward County Public Schools in Florida, the largest fully accredited school district in the country, including its history, structure and special features.

Broward County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Florida and the sixth-largest in the United States. Broward also boasts the largest, fully-accredited school district in the country. Serving more than 260,000 students in 260 schools, this district has implemented numerous programs to address the needs of all students. From magnet schools to a brand new military academy, this district strives to provide for a diverse student body, preparing them for life after their Broward County Public Schools experience.

The History of Broward County

According to the Broward County Public Schools website, the first two public schools in the county opened in 1899. The first teacher for the county, Ivy Cromartie, taught nine students at one small schoolhouse while Mary Butler greeted another nine students in another. The school was only in session for around six months a year at that time since their parents needed students to help on family farms for the rest of the years.

Schools in the area continued to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years. By 1914, Fort Lauderdale High School, which was created in 1910, boasted a study population of 325 and a full nine-month school year. Broward County was officially established in 1915, offering firm boundaries for the region. The county was named for the former governor of the state, Napoleon B. Broward. The new county was established, and the official Broward County School System followed, complete with a superintendent, board of public instruction, and elected trustees to represent each school.

Broward County Schools Today

Today, Broward County Public Schools continues to be governed by a superintendent and a nine-member elected school board. The county is staffed by more than 17,000 teachers and works within an annual budget of more than $5.65 billion, according to Wikipedia. The district has also expanded from its K-12 schools to include 16 adult and vocational schools and 16 education centers.

Broward County Public Schools now offers a wider variety of schooling options for families looking for a specific academic experience. The school system offers Innovative Programs which allow students to attend schools outside their boundaries. Reassignment can be done to another public school within the county or a variety of schools that specialize in various subjects or instructional styles.

This video offers an overview of the Broward County Schools.

Options in Broward County

According to the Innovative Programs initiative website, Broward County leads the country in choices of magnet schools today. Magnet schools offer students a unique educational experience that includes focused areas of study-specific subjects and in-depth learning experiences within those subjects. Hands-on and real-life experiences are emphasized as students move beyond the traditional classroom structure to opportunities to interact and even manipulate their own learning environment.

Broward County Schools offer a comprehensive STEM program for students of all grade levels, from elementary school to high school. The program is challenging and engaging, with hands-on learning and real-world applications. Students can access state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including 3D printers, robotics kits, and computer programming software. The program emphasizes collaboration and teamwork, developing communication and problem-solving skills. The program is led by highly qualified and experienced teachers and offers resources and support services such as tutoring, mentorship programs, and academic counseling. The Broward County Schools STEM program prepares students for successful careers in STEM fields.

Hollywood Hills High School is proud to offer a Military Academy for interested students. The program provides a structured environment that emphasizes leadership, discipline, and teamwork. Students have access to a range of academic and extracurricular activities that prepare them for success in the military and beyond. The Military Academy is led by experienced, dedicated instructors who mentor and support students. The program also offers opportunities for physical fitness training, marksmanship, and other military-related activities. Graduates of the Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy are well-prepared for careers in the military or other fields that require strong leadership skills and a commitment to service.

Adult Education in Broward County

As Broward County has expanded, the school district has also extended its educational opportunities to adult members of the community as well. The website for Broward Educator describes the various options for adult students, which include community schools that offer a wide range of adult education options. The schools are located throughout the county and offer parenting, business, and arts and crafts courses. Classes are also open to younger students who want to expand their education choices.

Broward technical centers also offer adults the chance to further their education through classwork specifically designed for the professional environment. The centers provide high-quality training at a fraction of the cost of colleges in the area. Credits earned at the centers may transfer to an associate degree program, and financial aid is available for students who qualify. The schools are fully accredited and offer job placement to students looking for work after completion.

This video looks at the future of the Broward County Public Schools.

Kudos for Broward County

With many academic and learning options for students of all ages to choose from, it may not be a surprise that this district has earned ample recognition for its education quality in recent years. The district website reports that three high schools in Broward County were recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as top high schools in the country. The Council of the Great City Schools has also recognized the district for outstanding student achievement.

Broward County Public Schools boasts a long history of more than a century. During those many decades, the school district has grown and evolved into a region of learning that is committed to academic achievement for students of all ages and from all backgrounds. With a wealth of options beyond the traditional public school experience, Broward County has risen to become one of the top school districts in the country.

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