Education



  • Schools School Board of Alachua County 955-7300 Zoning Office 955-7700 Alachua County Public School System* 23 elementary schools 7 middle schools 6 high schools 3 special education centers 1 vocational/adult education facility There are 28,777 students enrolled in the Alachua County Public School System as of February, 1996. Alachua County Private School System* (Private schools located throughout the county are those that are non-affiliated with the county school system and charge a tuition for students seeking education at their institutions. In some cases the schools are religiously oriented. Private schools do not list there enrollment statistics with the county records but welcome any one interested to apply.) 14 private schools 9 elementary 4 K-12 1 high school *Proof of residency is needed, such as sales rental or lease agreement, utility bill or a property tax bill. In addition, the child’s birth certificate and health and school records are required.
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  • Libraries Below is a listing of the libraries within the city limits of Gainesville, other locations around the county can be reached by calling the main number. Alachua County Libraries*: Main Library 334-3900 401 E University Ave. M-Th 10a.m. - 9p.m. F-S 10a.m. - 5p.m. Sun. 1 -5p.m. Millhopper Branch 334-1272 3145 NW 43rd St. Mon. & Wed. 10am-8:30pm Tues. 10 am-6pm Sat. 10am-5pm Sun. 1pm-5pm Tower Road Branch 331-0600 3020 SW 75th St. Mon. & Wed. 10am-8:30pm Tues. 10am-6pm Sat. 10am-5pm Sun. 1pm-5pm *Library Cards - Free to Alachua County residents -- 14 years and older with picture ID and proof of current mailing address, children under 13 must have parent’s signature.
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  • University of Florida Libraries Library West 392-0361 reference desk University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611 Marston Science Library 392-2851 general sciences and maps Journalism Reading Room 392-0455 communications law resources Smathers Library 392-0365 University archives, Latin American resources and special collections Health Science Center Library 395-0111 medical research and health-related resources **Book borrowing free to students with valid University ID card. Citizens not enrolled as students are welcomed to visit the libraries and utilize resources at each location.
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  • UF: Frequently called numbers UF Directory Assistance: 392-3261 Admissions 392-1365 Athletic Association 375-4683 (375-GoUF) Faculty and Staff Numbers 392-3261 Financial Aid 392-1275 Health Science Center 392-4200 IFAS 392-1971 Law School 392-0421 Libraries 273-2525 News and Public Affairs 392-0186 O’Connell Center 392-5500 Parking Information 392-2241 Police 392-1111 President’s Office 392-1311 Registrar 392-1374 Reitz Union information 392-1649 Reitz Union Hotel 392-2151
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  • Santa Fe Community College: Frequently called numbers Northwest Campus: 3000 NW 83rd Ave. Gainesville, Fl 32606 Main Number 395-5000 Admissions 395-5443 Career Resource Center 395-5503 Community Education 395-5193 High School Programs 395-5490 Information/Publications 392-5235 President’s Office 395-5164 Registrar 395-5443
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  • Newspapers: The Gainesville Sun (daily) Circulation 1-800-443-9493 Classified 1-800-443-4245 The Record (weekly) 377-2444 The Independent Florida Alligator 376-4482 (published M-F when UF is in session) The High Springs Herald (weekly) 352-454-1297
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  • Book Stores- The Gainesville area offers a wide variety of bookstores - from the huge corporate-owned stores to local shops. Comics: Comics Plus 1117 W University Ave 373-3790 Used/New: Florida Book Store 1614 W University Ave 376-6066 Goering’s Book Center 1310 W University Ave 378-0363 University Book and Supply 1227 W University Ave 377-1788 New: Iris Books “Books by, for, and about women” 802 W University Ave 375-7477 Books-A-Million 2601 NW 13th Street 376-6623 Barnes and Noble 3910 SW Archer Road 372-3535
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  • Getting On-Line in Gainesville- Are you a computer geek? Do you need an e-mail account and Web surfing software? The links below go to lists of internet service providers in the 904 and 352 area codes.
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