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Marion County School District

Public School District – Ocala , Florida

The Marion County School District presents international high schools students with an interesting mix of academically challenging programs. From the unique Marion County Center for the Arts to their prestigious Biomedical Science Program, students will find the courses that fit their studying needs and desires. The district offers a strong selection of over 15 Advanced Placement classes, arts classes, and extra-curricular activities for students to choose from.

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

Sports and Arts
The athletic experience is considered an integral part of the total program at Marion County Schools, students can participate in anything from weightlifting to flag football. Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA), is a visual and performing fine arts magnet program at West Port that international students can audition for. While at Forest High School, the Marching Wildcats (band program) have received many superior ratings over the years.

Awards and Accomplishments
The district has won America’s Best High Schools from US News and World Report, America’s Most Rigorous High Schools from Washington Post, Grammy in the Schools Semi-Finalist five years in a row, and become an Educational Model school from International Center for Leadership.

Community Information
Ocala is found about halfway between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the southeast. Just east of town, is the Ocala National Forest, a preserve of Florida pines, cypress and hardwood trees with water and plenty of recreation.

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

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

Estimated Start Date: Mid-August
Estimated End Date: 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
  • Human Geography
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • 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
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Glee
  • 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, Notre Dame University, 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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