Education on Florida's Research Coast is a work in progress between public and private, industry and citizens and between the educational system and the overall population it serves.

Florida's Research Coast offers an educational system with a trained workforce to support the industries that populate the region. This effort begins with the region's commitment to public education and extends to a high-quality university and college system.

Our local communities work together on improving K-12 education. They are supported by the State of Florida in continuing to implement educational improvements. Recent improvements include distance learning, upgraded technology in classrooms, computer labs, high-speed internet connectivity, new buildings and facilities, offering early college courses, advanced foreign language offerings and FCAT.

Florida has instituted a variety of new industry training programs. These programs are offered through Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University on each campus located in the region. The courses provide training for companies expanding or relocating in the state. Indian River State College has five campuses in the region and Florida Atlantic University has two campuses in the region.

Both institutions conduct extensive research in various areas within their systems. This includes emerging industries including life sciences, technology, marine, energy and agriculture. FAU has a center of excellence and has played a pivotal role in expanding research being conducted in the region.

Higher Education Institutions

Indian River State College: Campuses: Stuart, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Indiantown

Florida Atlantic University: Campuses: Port St. Lucie, Harbor Branch - Ft. Pierce

Hobe Sound Bible College - Hobe Sound

Barry University - Port St. Lucie

Florida State University - IRSC Ft. Pierce

Keiser University - Port St. Lucie

University of Florida /IFAS - Fort Pierce

Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne, branch campus in Vero Beach

Public Schools

St. Lucie County School Board

District Offices
4204 Okeechobee Rd.
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
Phone: (772) 429-3600

Indian River County

School District of Indian River County
1990 25th St.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Ph. 772-564-3000

Martin County

Martin County School District
500 East Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34994
Ph. 772-219-1200 x 30200
Fax 772-219-1231

Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Ph. 863-462-5000
Fax 863-462-5204