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Marion County School District

Public School District – Ocala , Florida

The Marion County School District provides students an interesting mix of challenging academics and fine arts instruction. With the prestigious Biomedical Science Program,over 15 Advanced Placement classes and lots of extracurricular activities, every student can find the courses that meet their individual needs and desires.

The facilities at both West Port and Forest High Schools include state-of-the-art classrooms, performing arts centers, gymnasiums, sports facilities, libraries and science labs.

Athletics are an integral part a student’s total education, so students are encouraged to participate in activities from weightlifting to flag football. Marion County Center for the Arts is a visual and performing fine arts magnet program that are welcome international students audition for. At Forest High School, the Marching Wildcats (band program) has received many superior ratings over the years.

Schools in the District have been awarded America’s Best High Schools from US News and World Report and America’s Most Rigorous High Schools by the Washington Post.
They were also named a semi-finalist in Grammy in the Schools five years in a row and designated an Educational Model school by the International Center for Leadership.

Ocala with a population of 57,500, is located halfway between Gainesville and Orlando. Less than a two hour drive from both the Gulf of Mexico and the beaches of the Atlantic
Ocean, Ocala is also bordered by a national forest. The warm temperatures year-round allow residents to enjoy outdoor and water recreational activities—summer and winter.

Located in central Florida, about one hour north of Orlando.

Area Population: 57,468
City Website: City of Ocala

Estimated Fall Start: Mid-August
Estimated Fall End: Mid-December
Estimated Spring Start: Early January
Estimated Spring End: Late May

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33 Acres

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Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

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  • 2D Art
  • Acting
  • Ceramics & Pottery
  • Creative Photography
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Keyboarding
  • Music and Sound Engineering
  • Speech
  • Technical Theater Design
  • Vocal Ensemble

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language and Culture
  • Human Geography
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History


  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Football
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • African American Student Association
  • Anime
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Future Teachers
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Glee
  • Future Health Professionals FHP-HOSA
  • Key Club
  • Marine Biology
  • National Honor Society
  • Philosophy
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions

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Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Adelphi University, Berklee College of Music, Brigham Young University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Colby College, Florida College of Natural
Health, Florida International University, Florida Poly Technical, George Washington University, Johnson and Wales University, New Hampshire Institute of Art, University of Notre Dame, New York Institute of Photography, Savanah College of Art and Design, State University of New York, Tennessee State University, Trinity College of Florida , University of Florida, University of Miami, Valencia College, Washington College

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Closest International and Local Airports: Orlando International Airport (MCO)
For Details Visit Website: Marion County School District

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