School-aged children living in Keene's Pointe are served by the country's 12th largest school district: the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). Comprised of 117 elementary schools, 34 middle schools and 19 high schools, this public school district strives to challenge its students with curriculum that will motivate them to excel both inside and outside the classroom, and to become responsible citizens within their community. Adult learning centers, homebound programs, alternative education institutions, and charter schools are also included within OCPS. A number of parochial and private schools are available throughout Orange County.
High school graduates and adult learners ready to make the transition into a college environment have many higher education options available, including University of Central Florida; Florida Metropolitan University: Orlando College-South; Florida College-Integrative; Florida College of Physicians; Columbia College; Seminole Community College; and Valencia Community College. Because most of these colleges are located near the Orlando metropolitan area, students can easily find work within the area.
Economy & Job Market
Residents living in Keene's Pointe live in an area of Florida where the economy is strong and the workforce abundant, making it a community that is highly sought after by professionals. Many major employers are headquartered in the Orlando area such as Westinghouse, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Siemens, Electronic Arts, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden. The city of Orlando is considered a fast-growing medical destination with $2 billion invested into life sciences for projects such as the Florida Hospital and Orlando Health—two of the top-ranked hospitals in the country—the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, University of Central Florida's medical school, and Florida Hospital's Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement, and their Global Robotics Institute. All of these medical institutes in addition to several national pharmaceutical distributors are located within a short distance of Keene's Pointe.
Of course, we can't forget about the major theme parks that are housed in the greater Orlando area, like Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. The Orange County Public School district is also one of the top employers within the county. Other industries that contribute to the area's economy include health care, arts and entertainment, professional and business services, hospitality and leisure, government, retail trade, scientific and technical services, accommodation and food services, administrative, and finance. The metropolitan city of Orlando is also known for its convention industry and is home to the Orange County Convention Center—the second largest convention center by square footage in the country.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents never have to worry about running out of things to do; golf courses, the community swimming pool, boat docks, and tennis courts keep residents busy, happy and active. And let's not forget the many lush common park areas, children's playgrounds, nature preserves, and access to both Lakes Tibet and Burden! Residents can also take advantage of the 24,000 square foot Golden Bear Club clubhouse, which includes a health and fitness center, swimming pool, 250-acre Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, four lighted tennis courts, and a lounge overlooking the lake—perfect for admiring the Floridian sunset. The clubhouse also features The Golden Bear Grille, the perfect restaurant to hold your next corporate meeting, wedding banquet, or just a casual Sunday afternoon brunch. Additionally, other points of interest include the area around the town hall (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), which includes the Cal Palmer Memorial building, Chase Memorial Library, and a municipal building.
The greater Orlando area offers residents plenty of activities and theme parks to take the family out on an all-day outing. If shopping is your idea of a great way to spend the day, then you're in luck as Orlando is home to a great selection of malls and outlets. Known as one of the largest malls in Orlando, the Florida Mall features over 50 million square feet of shops, including 250 stores and seven major department stores. Other malls within the area include the Mall at Millenia, the Orlando Fashion Square, the Winter Garden Village, and the Festival Bay Mall. Looking for deals? Then check out the Orlando Premium Outlets and its 110 brand name stores, such as Giorgio Armani, Nike, Theory, Gap Outlet and Fendi stores, to name a few.
Let's not forget the many theme parks around the Orlando area that caters to kids of all ages, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World Orlando, and Universal's Islands of Adventure. If you're more of a history buff or would like to take your children or classroom out on a field trip, museums such as the Orlando Science Center, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Orlando Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, and the Orange County Regional History Center provides plenty of culture for visitors who are looking to learn what the greater Orlando area was like when the Seminole Indians inhabited the area to today's Disney era.
And finally, theatre and live arts patrons won't be disappointed as the Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic will accommodate their needs. But before you enjoy a culturally-filled night of theatre, be sure to head out to one of the many fine dining establishments located in Orlando, such as the succulent steaks that Morton's The Steakhouse or Ruth's Chris Steakhouse offers, the eclectic fusion cuisines that Emeril's Restaurant is known for, or the elegantly modern seven-course meals that Victoria & Albert's serves up at the Walt Disney World Resort. Casual, family-friendly dinner shows include Arabian Nights, Medieval Times, and Pirates Dinner Adventure.
Parks & Recreation
Keene's Pointe is home to the world class Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Golfers of all skill levels come here to enjoy the challenging course layout, flourishing beauty, and the environmentally friendly design that this golf course represents. Anchored by oak trees, sand traps and gorgeous lakes, the 18-hole Nicklaus-designed course includes an extensive driving range, members only golf club, fully stocked pro shop, and even offers golf packages for groups. Golden Bear Lesson Programs are provided to members throughout the year for Junior Golf, Beginner Clinics, Ladies Clinics, Corporate Clinics and Free Clinics.
The residents of Keene's Pointe understand that the many bodies of water defines their daily lifestyle and as such, they take advantage of the many fishing and boating opportunities that the area presents. A community dock is available at Lake Burden, making it easy for residents to go boating, fishing, and even water skiing. The greater Orlando area includes over 300 lakes for just fishing alone! Avid fishermen from all over come here to fish for trophy bass, redfish, spotted sea trout, and black drum, to name a few. If fishing isn't your game, then come and explore the Tibet-Butler Preserve. Located just south of Keene's Pointe, this 440-acre preserve is dedicated to the ecosystem of Florida and features exhibits on the local plant life and wildlife that live in the area, a bird sanctuary, trails, and boardwalks.
Another popular preserve is the Oakland Nature Preserve, which is home to many of Florida's birds, including the Snowy Egret, Red-Winged Blackbirds, and the Little Blue Heron. You can meander through the preserve by way of the 3,000 foot boardwalk.
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