A National Blue Ribbon Award winner, The Sanibel School boasts more than 100 years of educating islanders from grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. What once began as a 1-room schoolhouse has blossomed today into a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School placing The Sanibel School in the top 5% in the nation. The Sanibel School serves 375 students who live on Captiva and Sanibel Islands as well as the mainland of southwest Florida.
The Sanibel School provides a challenging academic curriculum with an emphasis on environmental education and community service. With a smaller school in a small community, parents are very engaged and maintain an active PTA. The entire community remains committed. Sanibel residents and businesses support the school in many ways, from festivals to fundraisers, like the annual Seahorse Festival benefitting the Sanibel School Fund that provides enhancements to the school curriculum.
Students participate in programs co-sponsored by the City of Sanibel, including conservation programs and the Sanibel Shell Club, as well as the National Junior Duck Stamp program initiated by the school in cooperation with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The city of Sanibel’s Recreation Department offers swim lessons in the city pool during school hours for new students who can’t swim, and the city and school also share a playground built by the community. The Sanibel Recreation Department also runs popular free after-school programs.