Excellence in education is provided in Brevard County through the combined efforts of teachers, parents and businesses. Brevard Public Schools is the 10th largest district in the State of Florida, with approximately 72,983 students, approximately 9,100 employees, and 58 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 12 high schools, 4 junior/senior high schools, 3 alternative learning centers, 4 adult education centers, 13 charter schools, and various special centers including the Department of Juvenile Justice school and 3 behavioral centers with an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion.
Parent/teacher conferences are emphasized and encouraged through all grades. Counseling services, exceptional and special education classes are all available, and special funding is allotted for these programs.
All grades stress academic and regular achievement testing which measures skills in reading, language, math, science, social studies and writing. Computers are readily available, enabling all students to have hands-on computer education.
Elementary students have a comprehensive program in language arts, math, social studies, science, health, physical education, music and art. Cultural Awareness programs are offered tb students through groups such as The Brevard Arts Council and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
Math, science, social studies and language arts are among the current curriculum for the junior and senior high students. Supplementary funds support the choral and band programs. Fine arts, physical education, practical arts and life management are among the other accredited courses. Education is also offered on the effects of drug abuse and instillation of self-confidence.
Brevard County is ranked the highest in high-tech science education. Science fair projects for elementary students are required and emphasize the study of the scientific methodology. All high school students are required to complete one of two sequences of science courses. Several high schools in Brevard offer specialized academies for engineering, science and teaching.
100 students a year are selected in Brevard to assume a national senator role. Students conduct research in preparation for their roles, often including an interview with the senator they will represent. Senators are assigned to committees to study major legislation, followed by U.S. Senate model sessions.
On-the-job training takes place through vocational education and applied technology, emphasized in Brevard schools. Hands-on opportunities allow students to practice the concepts they have learned in such programs as patient care assisting, drafting and design, automotive technology, and business technology.
Brevard County schools offer excellent athletics programs including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball. swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The Special Olympics is a series of athletic competitions for mentally handicapped students. Hundreds of disabled people participate each year in this rewarding program.
HIGHER EDUCATION PUBLIC
Eastern Florida State College
3865 N. Wickham Rd.
Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) is a comprehensive state-funded junior college. There are four physical campus locations available in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville, as well as an Aerospace program at Kennedy Space Center and a Virtual Campus.
EFSC offers a parallel program which enables students to transfer to a four-year college or university and also offers Direct Connect to the University of Central Florida. Associate of Arts degrees are offered in various disciplines including agriculture, biology, engineering, nursing, premed, journalism, education, business administration, math and computer, science, history, political science, social studies, and physical therapy.
Two-year Associate of Science degrees are offered in such areas as business administration and management, computer programming, international business management, hospitality and marketing management, medical lab technology, nursing technology, emergency medical and paramedic.
Vocational education programs are one year and prepare students for skilled jobs. Vocational certificates are offered in automotive mechanics, cosmetology, industrial electronics, practical nursing and welding.
University of Central Florida
1519 Clearlake Rd.
This university is state-supported. The campus was founded to serve students who have earned associate degrees from BCC and transfer students from other colleges or universities.
Major degree programs include engineering, business administration, public administration, criminal justice, education and nursing.
HIGHER EDUCATION PRIVATE
135 E. Merritt Ave.
Programs include behavioral science, business,human resources, public administration, humanities, and informational technology.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
4450 W.Eau Gallie Blvd.
The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft, and the systems that support them. There are 35 degreed programs and a growing list of non-degreed programs offered at two residential campuses and more than 130 worldwide campus locations and online.
2401 N. Harbor City Blvd.
The Melbourne campus of Everest University offers programs including accounting, applied management, business, computer information science, criminal justice, health care administration, business administration, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, medical insurance billing and coding, paralegal· and pharmacy technology. Online classes are also available but not all programs are offered online.
900 S. Babcock St.
Keiser University offers programs including business administration, criminal justice, education, nursing, accounting, health services administration, homeland security information technology management, interdisciplinary studies, legal studies, management information systems, psychology, culinary arts and radiation therapy.
150 N. Sykes Creek Pkwy. #200
Webster University was established in 1989. As the only university in Brevard County specializing in graduate education: There are three’ locations in Brevard: Merritt Island, Melbourne and Patrick Air Force Base, offering master’s degrees for working professionals.
Source: Space Coast Relocation Guide 2016