13 Mar 15 Best Elementary Schools in West Palm Beach
When you have children, especially young school-aged children, deciding where to live when you move can be an arduous task. Not only are you uprooting your kids from their friends, their teachers, and the school district they are familiar with, but you may not know the quality of an education they might get wherever you move.
This is particularly tricky when you move to a vacation and tourist city, such as West Palm Beach, Florida.
Thankfully, popular tourist cities, like West Palm Beach, have not only high-quality secondary education schools, but also quality elementary schools (public, charter, and private) for the residents’ children to attend.
We have compiled a list of some of the best schools in the West Palm Beach area based off test scores, educational missions, and extracurricular opportunities for the students.
1. Binks Forest Elementary School in Wellington
Rated number 1 in the Palm Beach area and 32nd in the entire state of Florida, Binks Forest is definitely a great school to consider for your children.
With an average of 16 students to a teacher, children can get more in-depth one-on-one time with their teachers. Both language and math scores average 90 out of 100 for state testing. This is definitely a high-achieving school, worthy of its ranking.
2. Wynnebrook Elementary School in West Palm Beach
Wynnebrook Elementary has a very diverse student body. It ranked better than 89% of elementary schools in Florida, and it was ranked in the top 20 elementary schools in Palm Beach School District. Since 2008, each year, the average test scores of the students have risen. With small class sizes (an average of 13 students per teacher), it’s no wonder that the students can achieve so well.
3. Atlantis Academy in Palm Beaches
This tiny K-8 private school (of under 200 students) puts their sole focus on the students. Their mission is to “allow students to discover their strengths, their own unique learning styles and the methods and techniques that work for them.”
Their curriculum includes using SRA Reading and Saxon Math. Scholarships are available to help with tuition costs.
4. South Olive Elementary School in West Palm Beach
With a grade of “A” according to SchoolGrades.org (and less than 25% of American public schools receiving an “A”), South Olive Elementary definitely has a top quality education.
This elementary school even offers a pre-kindergarten program. Students have an overall 75% proficiency in math and reading.
5. Waters Edge Elementary School in Boca Raton
Rated second in the county and in the top 10% of schools nationwide, students at Waters Edge Elementary School succeed academically.
Fifty-two full-time teachers means that class sizes are small—an average of only 16. Test scores for reading and math are 90 out of 100. This elementary school also offers a pre-kindergarten program.
6. Everglades Elementary School in West Palm Beach
Everglades Elementary has a very diverse student body who work hard to achieve high scores. With the average class size of 15 students, teachers are able to go more in depth with content.
This has resulted in every grade scoring higher on math and English in the state-wide testing than the average state scores. If you want your children to succeed academically, this school is a great choice.
7. Addison Mizner Elementary School in Boca Raton
With a rank of third in the county and in the top 10% of elementary schools nationwide, Addison Mizner has excellent test scores. Small classes sizes and high scores allow students to achieve much and gain more confidence in their academic ability.
8. Golden Grove Elementary School in West Palm Beach
Jumping in ranking for top elementary schools in the West Palm Beach school district each year since 2011, Golden Grove Elementary school is one to keep your eye on.
Not only has their ranking gone up, but each year since 2011, test scores have gone up as well. This gives positive precedent that each year your child goes to this school, their education will continue to improve.
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School in West Palm Beach
Dwight D. Eisenhower isn’t your average public elementary school – it is actually a Montessori Academy. This school not only focuses on a more hands-on discovery approach to education, but it also focuses on character education.
Following the CHAMPS model, students learn how to include their behavior and character into bettering their academic performance.
10. Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach
Becoming more and more popular as enrollment rates continue to rise, Pine Jog Elementary is a Green Ribbon School. According to the school’s site: “Our mission is to develop a community of environmentally conscious learners who value and respect themselves, others and the world we share through integrating science, technology, nature and art. This mission is accomplished through collaborative efforts between our school, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center and Florida Atlantic University.”
11. Saint Ann Catholic School in West Palm Beach
A religious private school, this Pre-K through 8th-grade school has high scores and a small student body. It even has a preschool accepting students as young as three years old.
Much of the primary academic focus is on humanities, social justice, the arts, and multiculturalism. It also offers a broad range of sports teams and extracurricular activities and clubs.
12. Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach
This Catholic private school focuses on five major parts of education: faith, academics, athletics, arts, and service to create a well-rounded student. They use Montessori teaching in the early elementary grades, as well as their Early Childhood program which accepts students ages 1-5.
13. Equestrian Trails Elementary School in Wellington
Ranked number 7 in the county, Equestrian Trails Elementary is a PK-5 grade school with lots of diversity. Class sizes average about 15 students per teacher. English scores are at 87%, and math scores are at 82%.
14. Del Prado Elementary School in Boca Raton
Del Prado Elementary is fifth in the county and in the top 10% of elementary schools nationwide. It has very high test scores: both English and math are above 85%. Many students in this school speak Spanish or Portuguese, so the school has resources in both languages, as well as English, of course.
15. Ephesus Jr Academy in West Palm Beach
A Seventh Day Adventist private school, the school’s mission is to “show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.” This private school serves Kindergarten up to 8th grade. This very small school allows students to get personal with their classmates and their teachers while focusing on academics.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of elementary schools available for your children to attend without having to sacrifice quality of education. Not only is West Palm Beach an awesome place to live because of the beach and other family-friendly activities available, but it is an amazing place for children to live to have a great academic experience.