1. Grandview Preparatory School
A small yet diverse group of learners, Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton seeks to develop individual and collective potential by keeping matters of the heart as prioritized as matters of the mind. Grandview, founded in 1997, is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school enrolling PK3-Grade 12. In class and beyond, students develop transferable skills such as public speaking, teambuilding, research and critical thinking that are key for success in college and life beyond. They discover their talents, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.
Grandview currently partners quarterly to give back to organizations such as Boca Helping Hands, Kindness Matters 365, Forgotten Soldiers, Back to Basics, Inc. and Humane Society of Palm Beach County.
After transitioning to remote learning in March 2020, Grandview continues to modify and strengthen its remote (and hybrid) learning program to ensure it aligns with the school’s core values along with being robust, flexible and personalized. Grandview was one of the first Independent schools to develop a comprehensive phase 1 re-entry plan for the 2020-21 academic year offering both virtual, in-person and hybrid learning. Their re-entry plan was used as a guide by many other institutions both nationally and internationally. Grandview also invested in many campus enhancements to ensure they’re adhering to CDC guidelines and keeping everyone as safe as possible as students return to campus. Live instruction cohorts of 9 students (to 1 teacher) have been implemented since August 19th, 2020 in addition to offering virtual instruction.
Grandview’s operating plan allows their community to be both preventative and proactive, in addition to being responsive.
2. Pahokee Middle High School
Pahokee Middle High School is committed to ensuring that all of our students (Grades 6-12) are provided opportunities essential to meet the demands of a global society. Our academic and Choice Programs support our students with being prepared to successfully think, perform, and communicate in college, career, and life. Although we are a small, diverse group of learners, it is our vision to be an incomparable school that is dedicated to preparing all students to be socially accountable lifelong learners who are primed for college and a career in a globally competitive world. We are a rural Title I school in an economic disadvantage area, yet we have produced scholars who graduate with Honors Point Averages of 4.97, members of the National Honor Society, earning IB Diplomas, and competing over 400 hours of community service. Furthermore, we have a student who graduated in the Class of 2020 who scored a perfect score on the ACT. Other recent successes include increasing our graduation rate from 91% in 2018 to 95.5% in 2019 to 97.5% currently. Also, we earned the designation as a Model School for our exemplary Positive Behavior and Intervention Systems program, increasing our number of students receiving their IB diploma from 0 to 15 over the past 2 years, participating in the Glades Matters event in Tallahassee, FL with the Mayor of Pahokee, competing in the national mathematics competition, our Varsity Football Head Coach Demir Boldin was named the Sun Sentinel Football Coach of the Year, and one of our female scholar athletes was offered collegiate scholarships in Basketball and Girls Flag Football while having maintained a 3.6 GPA.
Our Pahokee Subaroos robotics teams were featured in the Summer 2020 issue of Palm Beach County Business Quarterly Economic Development Magazine for gaining national academic recognition for the achievement of its winning robotics program. Our robotics program this is only 4 years old has represented Palm Beach County and South Florida in competitions at the state and world championship tournaments. Their performance has branded the teams as one of the best in Palm Beach County and South Florida. Due to their previous stellar performance, the Pahokee Subaroos were granted the honor of competing in the FIRST Lego League Razorback Invitational National tournament during the 2017-2018 school year. The success of the teams was so impressive that Coach Paniagua was named the “Robotics Coach of the Year”.
Our school received a mini-grant to implement community service projects through our newly formed Future Global Leaders Club. This club addresses the needs of underserved youth in our school by enhancing their ability and desire to serve as leaders at school and in their communities. At the beginning of September, the group will donate large duffle bags, stuffed animals, and personal care items to the Children’s Home Society in Belle Glade for children who are transitioning into foster care and canvas bags with personal care items will be donated to Victims Services in Belle Glades for battered women. We always encourage community involvement and input as we pursue our goals. Contributions and feedback are valued and help provide us with much-needed information to improve our educational systems and our community.
3. South Florida Science Center
Serving Palm Beach County since 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has provided curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through the latest discoveries in science and technology. It features more than 100 interactive exhibits, an immersive fresh and saltwater aquarium, full-dome planetarium, the world’s most advanced exhibit on the human brain, an outdoor science trail, and much more. Our mission is to “Open Every Mind to Science” and we have delivered on this promise by providing schools, visitors and campers an entirely new set of science programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, and other leading-edge educational programs. These new programs allowed us to educate more young minds than ever before, serving over 300,000 students, teachers and visitors last year alone, including 130,000 through field trips and educational outreach into schools and classrooms.
In this new COVID-19 climate, we have evolved and created a dynamic menu of virtual programming including early childhood classes, a Virtual Science Fair series, exhibit tours, and science lessons geared toward all ages. As we continue to adapt, we have our sights set on more new programming for the 2020-21 school year. Home school classes, custom virtual field trips, programs in our new outdoor classroom, and safe spaces for children to conduct their distance learning coursework is all part of that plan. Our mission is alive and important now more than ever. For more information and to support us, visit www.SFScienceCenter.org.
4. Oxbridge Academy
Oxbridge Academy is an independent, co-educational high school inspiring students to meet the world boldly. The beautiful 54-acre campus supports 500 students, offering a curriculum with over 170 choices, taught by faculty who are leaders in their field. The Oxbridge experience is a culture of vibrant school spirit showcased through the arts, student clubs, and athletics.
In just ten short years Oxbridge, founded in 2011, has established its well-deserved position as one of the top independent schools in Florida. From its inception, Oxbridge intended to be a school with a student body representative of our community. Currently, forty percent of students receive financial aid. Nearly a third of the student body is students of color. One hundred percent of the graduates go on to college.
The student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1 allows Oxbridge to embrace student potential and cultivate passions. An Oxbridge education goes beyond the classroom. With hands-on learning approaches, students tackle real life issues in real time. With an emphasis on sportsmanship, the ThunderWolves compete at the highest level and have won several state championships, dozens of regional titles and district titles in Oxbridge’s short history. In and out of the classroom through academics, sports, and community involvement, the Oxbridge experience is interactive, adaptable, relevant, and anything but conventional.
With COVID-19 still a concern in our community, Oxbridge enters the new school year responsive, agile, and flexible, with new and enhanced programs and technology that will continue to ensure the delivery of a world class education.
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5. Path to College Foundation
Path to College is a local non-profit committed to helping hard-working students with extraordinary challenges solidify their chance at a selective university, debt-free. We believe that low-income students with high academic aspirations need targeted guidance and committed professionals to provide encouragement and accountability. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting the path to college in danger for many students. During the 2008 Financial Crisis, the rate of low-income students enrolled in higher education decreased by 10%. The current global crisis has skyrocketed unemployment rates close to 20% which will likely lead to millions of students curtailing their plans to attend or complete college. Path to College is here to disrupt this unfortunate trend to ensure that high-achieving students from low-income households apply and enroll in selective universities for a better chance of upward mobility. In addition to our signature academic fellowship program, we provide free outreach to hundreds of high school students with hands-on college and career preparation workshops, as well as SAT tutoring at partnering organizations in the community. By achieving our mission, We are committed to creating a society that prioritizes the education of its citizenry and envision a community that will benefit from this investment in terms of economic prosperity, innovation, health outcomes, and cultural vitality for years to come.
Path to College’s flagship academic fellowship offers three years of comprehensive and rigorous academic enrichment opportunities and wraparound support to directly increase the competitiveness of low-income students in college admissions. We take the best and brightest students and help them become more competitive, get better scholarships, and attend top-tier universities, without the crippling effects of student loan debt. Our fellows apply to college at 200% the national average, have an average 250-point increase on the SAT, and 100% of our fellows have been accepted to four-year universities of which 70% were accepted to top-tier universities with full-ride scholarships. We enrich our students’ academic growth by providing them with once-in-a-lifetime career exploration opportunities such as workshops, field trips, and college tours. We offer extracurricular academic enrichment and rigorous learning opportunities. We help our students achieve their scholastic goals with weekly expert SAT tutoring and one-on-one holistic support during the college and scholarship application process. We encourage them to serve their community and address challenges directly, thereby giving them leadership experience and instilling them with a sense of civic duty. Our core belief is that in order to be a happy and fulfilled individual you must give back. The foundation that all our work stands upon is our Career Coach Mentoring program. Our mentors are local, experienced, and dedicated professionals who devote time each week with their student to help them achieve their most audacious dreams!