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FSW Collegiate High Schools Named Schools of Excellence by Florida Department of Education

Dec 14, 2017

December 13, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – Both Florida SouthWestern State College Collegiate High Schools (FSWC-Lee and FSWC-Charlotte) have been named Schools of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).

The FLDOE recognizes a School of Excellence as a school that has received a grade of A or B in each of the three most recent school years (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) and has ranked at the 80th percentile or higher for their school type for at least two of the last three years.

Both FSWC-Lee and FSWC-Charlotte received A grades and ranked at 96 percent or above during the three qualifying school years.

“Achievements like these are the natural result of students working hard in rigorous and meaningful coursework that is planned and delivered year after year by a group of exceptional teachers,” said Dr. Brian Botts, principal, FSWC-Lee.

 “This recognition is a product of Florida SouthWestern State College’s commitment to provide multiple accelerated learning pathways to our community,” said Matthew Catanzarite, principal, FSWC-Charlotte. “The collegiate charter school model allows our students to reach their full potential.”

FSWC-Charlotte is the only school in Charlotte County to receive the distinction.


 FSWC-Charlotte is designed to provide students of all ability levels an opportunity to graduate with both a high school degree and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.  The teaching methods used provide students an engaging learning environment and opportunities to receive additional educational resources through the high school and Florida SouthWestern State College.  For more information about Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School Charlotte County visit

FSWC-Lee provides a dynamic STEM focused learning environment that is dedicated to creating and sustaining the independent learning process with a focus on helping students construct knowledge through projects, hands on activities, and academic debate/discussion. An integral part of the school’s mission is to connect qualified and motivated students to maximizing their college dual enrollment options.  For more information about Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School Lee County, visit Students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention as FSWC since the school has a maximum of 436 students in grades 9 through 12.

Last Updated: December 14, 2017

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