Education

There are more than 30 public elementary schools in the region, offering impeccable educational experiences for your children. In addition, the area offers countless programs, opportunities and sponsors that allow students to progress in their educational studies.

The region is also known for exceeding on the FCAT. We boast several Blue Ribbon Schools. The rich mix of public and private schools accommodate families of all sizes. With strong early learning programs, children are reading by kindergarten. An educational system on the forefront of learning, this region is renowned for inventing programs.

Higher Education

The University of West Florida, based in Pensacola since 1963, is the largest provider of higher education, offering a range of associate, bachelor's and masters degrees as well as doctoral programs to more than 12,000 students in its three colleges, and has awarded more than 59,000 associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral degrees. The West Florida Argonauts are composed of 13 NCAA sports teams which make up the athletic program for UWF.

Pensacola State College is one of 28 public colleges in the Florida College System committed to affordable, open access to educational opportunities. Pensacola State offers associate and baccalaureate degrees, career oriented certificates, college prep, recreation/leisure, adult education, GED prep, and standard high school diplomas. Pensacola State College services Escambia and Santa Rosa counties by providing convenient, accessible education at three campuses, three centers and online. Pensacola State was recently ranked in the nation's Top 50 producer of associate degrees in several disciplines.

Northwest Florida State College, based in Niceville has earned a reputation for educational excellence and community involvement, offering bachelor's degree programs, associate degrees, and certificates at several campuses and centers across the panhandle.

Technical education is available at George Stone Technical Center and Locklin Technical Center. Troy University, Embry-Riddle, and Virginia College also operate branch campuses within the area.

K-12 Education

Our area offers a wide variety of public schools, including magnet schools and specialized programs, and both religious and secular private schools.

The International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School is a prestigious, nationally recognized program. Pensacola High School is rated by Newsweek as one of the top 40 high schools in the country. It is open to able learners who meet admissions qualifications based on GPA, national achievement test percentiles, and teacher recommendations. PHS administers the largest number of Advanced Placement exams in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and PHS students go on to attend some of the most elite colleges in the country.