A History of Educational Excellence, Tradition & Pride
Welcome to Hardee County
Our home is a small county of approximately 30,000 inhabitants in Florida’s Heartland, the west central section of the state. Hardee County is home to many citrus groves, lush pastures, dairies, and horticultural nurseries. It is nestled along the banks of the serene Peace River, and provides locals and visitors with beautiful sights at Paynes Creek State Park, Pioneer Park, and Hardee Lakes County Park. Both parks provide many hours of trails and leisure activity.
When you come to Hardee County, you will enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of rural, country living, and within an hour, you can immerse yourself in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Local businesses provide great shopping facilities in the county, and family-friendly events are sure to bring on fun and laughter at Main Street Wauchula. Entertainment and activities abound with area county fairs, rodeos, Pioneer Days, Florida State Fair, and nearby professional sporting events. Theme parks, such as Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, and Legoland are just a short drive from Hardee County.
You may arrive at one of the major airports (Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, Bradenton/Sarasota), which are nearby.
Come enjoy our temperate winter climates, and the warm Southern hospitality offered to you by the citizens of Hardee County.
The Hardee County School District is comprised of nine schools….five elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school, one alternative school, and one adult/community school. The school district serves approximately 5,300 students, of which, 55% are Caucasian, 35% Hispanic, and 7% African American. The 350 certified professionals and approximately 400 support staff are guided by an elected superintendent and five school board members who serve four-year terms.