Gone are the days when parents had to make the near impossible decision on relocating to Florida, perhaps at the cost of an East Coast education. Most will agree, a strong education is of utmost importance and will provide a strong foundation for college and beyond. The good news is, when it comes to the best schools of Palm Beach County, the state of Florida has a lot to offer.
The private school options are truly impressive in South Florida with Ransom Everglades, Pine Crest, American Heritage and Gulliver Preparatory, Palmer Trinity, Saint Andrews and The Benjamin School consistently ranked at the top of National and Regional lists. Depending on the community you decide to make home, many transportation options are available to alleviate the carpool pressure.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th-grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs.
Palm Beach Day Academy’s two-teachers-per-class model in the Lower Campus and small class sizes throughout allow a sincerely dedicated faculty to provide critical levels of individual attention that allow them to refine their thinking, their writing and their self-expression to the highest levels. 81% of faculty have graduate degrees and the faculty to student ratio is 6:1.
American Heritage is a nationally ranked private school with a STEM-integrated college preparatory curriculum that provides elite students from throughout South Florida with a rigorous education in a technologically advanced and well-rounded environment including a competitive sports program and internationally recognized Fine Arts Department.
If you are looking for a faith based education, Rosarian Academy, Saint Andrews and Kings Academy are local favorites. For 90 years, Rosarian Academy has been dedicated to providing its students with the foundation to live a life balanced and grounded in faith, values, knowledge, arts, sports & service. Serving those in need is an integral part of life for Rosarian Academy students. Through service opportunities which occur throughout the school year, students realize that their own well-being is strengthened by service to others and the wider community. Boasting an impressive 2 out 3 graduates as Duke Tip scholars.
Saint Andrew’s School mission is to develop every child in mind, body, and spirit. Recognized as a top private school in the Episcopal tradition, we are a day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-K through 12 and serve 1,285 students from over 40 countries. Saint Andrew’s has developed a top college preparatory curriculum, which includes Honors, AP, and IB courses. To help achieve a balanced education, Saint Andrew’s offers students the opportunity to take courses that match their interests while developing the skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.
The King’s Academy is Palm Beach County’s leading Christian college-prep PK-12 school with graduates going on to success in a variety of colleges and universities: Christian and secular; Ivy league and state universities; U.S. Military Academies and beyond.
While Palm Beach County Public schools are slated to start the school year August 31st virtually, most private schools are on track for in-person learning. Many adopting trimesters where families will have the option of designating each term whether they will be present in-person or virtually.
The Palm Beach County public school system is the 11th largest district in the Nation. Luckily, local businesses have taken an interest, donating over $4,000,000 annually to support local schools and ensure they are not left behind. With well over half A & B rated schools and not a single F rated school in the district, I would say their interest is making a real impact.
In the digital age of Zoom, there are many great hybrid choices available as well. Including a combination of Zoom learning with in-person tutoring, private 3-5 student learning pods and homeschool alternatives.
Please contact me for a complete list of public & private school options, with fully customized tours available.