What Was Serena Williams’ Education?

Serena Williams is one of the most successful athletes in the world, but what was her education like? We take a look at Serena’s educational journey, from homeschooling to attending college on a tennis scholarship.

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Childhood and Early Life

Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan to Richard Williams and Oracene Price. She has five sisters including Venus Williams who is also a professional tennis player. The family moved to Compton, California when Serena was just a baby. In Compton, she was home-schooled by her father who had designed a special syllabus for Serena and her sister. They started playing tennis when they were just four years old.

Williams’ Education

Serena Jameka Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan to parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Williams’ father took an interest in tennis at a young age and taught the game to both Serena and her sister, Venus. When the girls were young, the family moved from Michigan to West Palm Beach, Florida so that they could receive a better tennis education and play better competition. Serena Williams attended the Rick Macci Tennis Academy and later trained with Nick Bollettieri.

High School

Serena Williams was a homeschooled student. Her father, Richard Williams, was her primary instructor, while her mother, Oracene Price, also helped. Williams began homeschooling in the ninth grade so that she could focus on her tennis career. In 2000, she entered a Florida virtual school for high school students who needed a flexible schedule due to their commitments in athletics or the arts. She graduated in the fall of 2003 with a 4.0 GPA.


Serena Williams attended the art school of the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pennsylvania) for one year before transferring to Rick Mount’s tennis academy in Florida.


Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and a former world No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. She became a Grand Slam singles champion for the first time at the age of 22 and completed the Career Grand Slam at age 29. She is the only tennis player to have won all four Grand Slams singles titles on three different surfaces (grass, clay, and hardcourt).

Professional Career

Serena Williams has been a professional tennis player since October 1995. She has won 73 women’s singles titles, 24 women’s doubles titles, and four mixed doubles titles. Williams is widely regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time. In 2002, Serena and her sister Venus Williams became the first women to play in a Wimbledon singles final since 1913. They have also won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles together.

Business Ventures

Serena Williams has many businesses outside of just being a professional tennis player. Some of her business ventures are a clothing line, an online beauty store, and a skin care line for children of color with STRONGSkin.

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