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About Highlands County

 

Highlands County is located in central Florida and primarily consists of three towns, Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Sebring. Sebring is the largest town with its historic downtown circle and the modern Sebring International Raceway. Sebring Florida is known around the world for its warm hospitality and welcome to all, from near and far away.

 

Better known for its weeklong race activity in the fall and spring each year, the community offers many other activities and events for young and old to enjoy throughout the year. This charming community will capture your imagination and your affection to the point that many visitors return each year and some even return to live.

 

Recreation opportunities in the Highlands County abound for people of all ages including fresh water swimming in our many lakes, fishing, boating, water skiing and other water sports. Largemouth bass abound in area lakes and many are of trophy size. People can enjoy nature at its best in nearby Highlands Hammock State Park, the oldest in Florida's State Park System. Golfers have many excellent courses to choose from that challenge skills of all levels. Many other opportunities to enjoy life in the outdoors also exist, including bicycling and bird watching.

 

The quality of living in Highlands County is second to none.  Employment, business and recreation opportunities abound in central Florida. Highlands County is centrally located and is nearly equidistant to the metropolitan areas of Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota,Ft. Myers, Naples and West Palm Beach, where cultural amenities abound in addition to those found in the Sebring area.

 

Highlands County offers a slower pace of life tempered with a measure of sophistication. Culture and community pride are evident in Highlands County, with a progressive attitude displayed through our impressive revitalization projects in the area.

 

Local schools offer a variety of services aimed at a broad spectrum of users, including:

  • Honors Classes, as well as gifted programs for academically talented students. Dropout prevention programs at all academic levels, including an alternative school for middle grades.

  • Dual Enrollment Classes, so high school students can simultaneously take college level classes at South Florida Community College.

  • Tech Prep Programs in partnership with South Florida Community College, integrating academic and technical curricula which allows students to meet graduation requiremen ts while developing technical skills in specific areas.

  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE), for those with special talents or disabilities that require specially designed teaching strategies to meet unique individual needs.

  • Pre-Kindergarten Early Intervention Programs contracted through qualified local childcare centers, most of which are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • Migrant Early Childhood Programs, which provide pre-school readiness activities for those whose parents are actively working in agriculture.

Also offered are Supplemental Health services to migrant students, as well as after school Tutorial Programs for students requiring additional instruction and assistance in grades three through eight.  An Advanced Placement Program for high school students provides an additional means for outstanding scholars to be considered by a broader spectrum of top colleges and universities.

 

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY AND VETERAN'S PREFERENCE EMPLOYER

 

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