With nearly 1.4 million residents in Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) is the thirteenth-largest public school district in the United States, and the fifth-largest school district in Florida – and has the highest graduation rate among large school districts in Florida. The district encompasses all of Palm Beach County and has an annual budget of $2.3 billion. For the 2014-2015 academic year, enrollment totaled 183,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grades, with 12,900 teachers. The district operates187 schools, including 107 elementary, 33 middle, 24 high, 17 alternative, two adult and 13 community satellite locations, one intermediate, two Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and two K-12. It employs 21,656 people. The school district is highly engaged with the community and has 41,500 community volunteers, and relationships with 1,200 business partners.
The district has 279 award-winning programs, and offers students International Baccalaureate at five elementary schools, four middle schools and six high schools; an International Spanish Academy; Montessori; Visual/Performing Arts; and STEM programs.
Twenty-two career academies are available in the Choice program, including:
- Aerospace Science
- Automotive Service Technology
- Biomedical Health Informatics
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice/Law
- Culinary Arts/Hospitality and Tourism
- Digital Design
- Early Childhood Education
- Engineering and Technology
- Environmental Science and Field Research
- Fire Science Academy
- Information Technology/Animation
- JROTC–Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines
- Leadership Academies
- Medical Sciences/Biomedical Science
- Multimedia, Music, & Communications
- Sports Management
- TV and Film Production
Residents of the Palm Beaches come from everywhere in the world representing 197 different countries and 145 languages. This dynamic multicultural community is reflected in the makeup of the student body, and the emphasis the district places on preparing students to succeed in a global economy, with instruction in several languages including Chinese, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish and American Sign Language. The school district support 29,314 students who are learning English through the English Language Learners classes.
The Palm Beach County School district is divided into five overlapping geographic areas, with an administrative office in each area. Each area comprises a group of about 40 elementary, middle and high schools. Parents can find which area and schools their children are eligible to attend via an online search based on the family’s home address; visit the “Find My School By Address” link on the school district’s home page, www.palmbeachschools.org. The individual Areas have some overlap, for example Area 2, Central County has significant overlap with both Area 3, West County, Area 4, North County and Area 5 . Maps of each area showing which schools are located in each designated area are available at: www.pbgis.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/cms/GIS_Map_Catalog.html.
In addition to the four geographic areas, a Transformational Area is designated for the twelve most academically challenged schools in order to provide additional support (curricular, administrative and technological) to help improve student achievement and grades.
Adult learners are also served by the school district, with programs offered through the Palm Beach Virtual School and at 28 Adult and Community Education sites, including the Adult Education Center, and 13 community satellite locations.
Area 1 Office (South County)
1790 N.W. Spanish River Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33431
23 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 7 high schools, and one combined middle/high school.
Among the schools in this area are Boca Raton Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Del Prado Elementary, Morikami Park Elementary, Omni Middle, Spanish River High, and the Village Academy on the Art & Sara Jo Kobacker Campus.
Area 2 Office (Central County)
4703 10th Avenue North
Greenacres, FL 33463
Area 2 contains 23 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and four high schools.
Among the schools in this area are Coral Reef Elementary, Forest Hill Elementary, Lake Worth Middle and High schools, Okeeheelee Middle, Park Vista High and Starlight Cove Elementary.
Area 3 Office (West County)
2625 State Road 715
Belle Glade, FL 33430
Area 3 contains 16 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 6 high schools.
Among the schools in this area are: Belle Glade Elementary, Equestrian Trail Elementary, Osceola Creek Middle, Polo Park Middle, Palm Beach Central High and Wellington Community High.
Area 4 Office (North County)
1160 10th Avenue West
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Area 4 contains 23 elementary schools. 7 middle schools, and 6 high schools.
Among the schools in this area are Bak Middle School of the Arts, Egret Lake Elementary, Jupiter Elementary, Middle and High, Palm Beach Gardens Elementary and High, the Conservatory School of North Palm Beach, and William T. Dwyer High.
Area 5 Office (Office of Transformation Schools)
1950 Benoist Farms Road Suite 1-026A
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Area 5 contains 22 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 3 high schools and one K-12 special school for students requiring behavioral therapy.
Among these schools are the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, Benoist Farms Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Jeaga Middle, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary, Royal Palm Beach Elementary and High, and the Indian Ridge Day School, serving K-12 students requiring therapeutic support with their academic education.