In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the United States to live, Palm Beach County has a highly educated workforce to support its robust economy. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, about 33 percent of Palm Beach County residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, surpassing the national average of 29 percent, while more than 87 percent of residents are high school graduates.
Credit for these numbers is in large part due to the county’s wide range of educational opportunities at every level, from early childhood to K-12 schooling to a number of post-secondary colleges and universities, and even lifelong learning societies and programs that cater to the retired population. If you want to learn, this is the place!
Click on the links below to learn about the different education options in Palm Beach County.
Preparing for Postsecondary Education
Florida administers a Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) to 11th grade high school students, virtual school students, and homeschooled students to assess their academic skills, college readiness and course placement. Achievement of a qualifying score on the test, or successful completion of a remediation course, is required for high school graduation.
The SAT and ACT tests are generally accepted or required by Florida’s state universities and colleges. Several private colleges and community colleges in the state permit the substitution of alternative tests such as the COMPASS, WAIS or others. In 2014, the average SAT math, reading, and writing scores were 461, 461, and 446, respectively. The average ACT composite score for students in the District was 19.2.
Florida Prepaid Plan
The Florida Prepaid College Board offers several plans tailored to meet a range of varied financial needs. These include a 529 plan, 1-year, 2-year and 4-year plans, and a 2+2 plan that starts a child at one of the 28 Florida Colleges (formerly Community Colleges) at a lower cost and guarantees their admission to a State University on completion of the associate’s degree. Information about each plan is available at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.