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Palm Beach County is experiencing an explosion of full-time residents with families searching for great schools. The bounce back of the Florida economy from double-digit unemployment and the creation of new wealth has fueled a region full of opportunity. As of July 2015, Palm Beach County welcomed an estimated 24,000 new residents for the year, and the population just topped $1.4 million for the first time ever. Palm Beach County has some of the best school options in South Florida. For those looking to Miami, Coral Gables is regarded as the strongest community for school options.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Palm Beach County’s public schools spent $9,179 per student, while Broward County spent $8,117 and Miami-Dade spent $8,725. Palm Beach schools are able to provide students more arts programs and magnet programs than Miami-Dade or Broward. According to greatschools.org, a large number of the schools are high performing, scoring between 8 and 10. The Palm Beach County school district ranks #14 in the state of Florida.
Delray Beach is home to great elementary, middle and high schools. As one of the most popular areas for families, there are several elementary schools to consider. Morikami Park Elementary School is a highly-regarded elementary school for their International Baccalaureate program. The school has a reputation for rigorous academics including, a language program which teaches Mandarin and Spanish. The school also offers both tennis and soccer. Delray Beach is also home to The Gulf Stream School, which ranks as one of the top independent grade schools in the US.
Boca Raton is home to well-respected public schools such as the five-star Boca Calusa Elementary School. The school which is equipped to cater to different learning styles has been awarded the Governor’s Florida School Recognition Award for Excellence and the National Learning for Life Academic Award. The school’s Parents Association is very active. In general, the elementary schools across the county are scoring better than average with most in the top 20 percentile or better.
Palm Beach Elementary School is a popular and well-regarded elementary school that offers a gifted program and is a small school in a new building. Palm Beach Day School is a popular private school with a strong reputation serving Pre-K through 9th grade. There is also Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, which is a private catholic school serving Pre-K through 8th grade. For K through 12th grade, there is the highly-competitive Benjamin School, which is known for its strong STEM program. The school ranks 12th in the state of Florida. There is also Baldwin Prep School serving Pre-K through 12th Grade.
Palm Beach Central High School is a top rated public high school in the state of Florida. Other highly regarded high schools include Spanish River Community School and Boca Raton Community High School. Another public option in Boca Raton is A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School, which ranks 24th in the state of Florida and is a K-12 school. For creatives, there is the Alexander W. Dreyfus Jr. School of the Arts, a magnet school that ranks 7th in the state of Florida.
All these options are “A” level schools. Whether you are looking for public or private, Palm Beach County has a good selection of great schools available to families that can meet different needs, abilities and learning styles.
Michelle Farber Ross