Education and Health Care in Venice, Florida

As a small city, there is a variety of public and private education available to the citizens of Venice. The two leading public elementary schools are Cypress Elementary School and Henry E. Kinney Elementary School. Cypress serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade, and Kinney covers grades six through eight. There is also one public middle school: Venice Area Middle School.

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Venice High School is the only public high school in Venice and is part of the Sarasota County Public Schools district. NAAS (National Academy For Advanced Studies) is a private high school for grades 9-12. It has an enrollment of about 220 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1.

At the college level, Sarasota-Manatee Technical College offers vocational programs and courses at their Venice campus, as does Edison State College, located near Fort Myers. Additionally, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is situated in the nearby town of North Port; it offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Students who wish to attend college may also apply to one of the many colleges and universities located within a twenty-five miles radius, including the University of South Florida; University of Tampa; Saint Leo University; Eckerd College; Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ); Indian River State College; Broward College; Nova Southeastern University; Rollins College; Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and many more.

Venice has two hospitals, Venice Regional Bayfront Health on West Tampa Avenue that serves as Venice’s primary medical facility, and Peace River Medical Center on State Road 776 in Nokomis.

Regional Bayfront Health is a non-profit hospital that employs more than 1,000 people and has had more than 140,000 patient admissions. The facility has 244 beds at the main campus on West Tampa Avenue and another 54 beds at their Venice Urgent Care Center on US 41 Bypass South. The hospital provides many services such as general surgery, X-ray and lab tests, intensive care, imaging services (CAT scans and MRI), cardiac rehabilitation, and more.

Peace River Medical Center is a for-profit facility established in the 1950s and is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, formerly known as National Medical Enterprises, Inc. The hospital offers numerous neighborhood-based diagnostic and treatment programs, including cancer diagnosis and treatment, digital radiology, mammography, interventional radiology (nerve blocks and thrombi treatments), behavioral medicine services (including psychiatric referrals), intensive care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work services, and wound care.

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