Award Year: 2019

Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School

26300 Airport Road
Punta Gorda, FL, 33950-5748

(941) 637-5673

Mrs. Michelle Wier, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Charlotte County Public School District

School Website


Florida SouthWestern State College's Charter Schools provide a rigorous learning environment ensuring students will achieve their greatest potential through Principles of Excellence. Building on a strong pedagogical, ethical and socially conscious foundation that fosters creativity and innovation, Florida SouthWestern State College's Charter Schools produce graduates equipped to contribute to the diverse community of life-long learners in Southwest Florida.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%


Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School - Charlotte Campus is proud to be the first public charter collegiate high school in Southwest Florida opening our doors to incoming freshmen the fall of 2009. We strive to offer students of all academic backgrounds the opportunity to earn their Associate's Degree simultaneously while earning their High School Diploma. Students gain a seat in ninth grade through a random lottery and work towards being eligible for early college admissions through our sponsor, Florida SouthWestern State College, in their junior and senior year. We have been consistently ranked in the top 10 high schools in our state and we attribute our success to a collaborative model that involves teachers, students, and parents working together.

Our classes are challenging and foster curiosity and passion for learning. Our teachers encourage active engagement among students and create classroom environments that demonstrate value and support of each student. We are able to build strong relationships with students that help them navigate the challenges of high school and post-secondary education. We recognize that we are educating the entire young person and never forget that social and emotional growth is just as important as traditional academic growth. Our students participate in many community service projects and graduate with an understanding that they are integral members of our community. Diverse student organizations such as Key Club, Student Government Association, and Model United Nations allow our students to balance social and emotional development with their demanding academic coursework.