The Sumter County School District, in its commitment to educational excellence, will enable students to reach their potential through essential and positive educational experiences in a safe learning environment.
Sumter County and its school district is located in Central Florida, about an hour north of Tampa and approximately the same distance northwest of Orlando. The county is home to the largest retirement community in the world, The Villages, often referred to as Florida's Friendliest Hometown. While The Villages is quite populated and appears quite suburban, much of the remainder of the county is rural in nature.
The school district is made up of nine schools, including four elementary; one middle; one middle high; one high; alternative programs, including a virtual school; and The Villages Charter School. Approximately 5,500 students attend the traditional public schools in Sumter County, with another 2,700 enrolled in the charter school. While virtually the entire enrollment in the traditional public schools live within the boundaries of Sumter County, The Villages Charter School serves students from Sumter and several surrounding counties.