11 Best Middle Schools in the West Palm Beach Area

Being a preteen can be hard, even when living in beautiful, luxurious West Palm Beach. Sometimes, school can be the primary cause of stress and distress in a preteen’s life: cliques, grades, high-stakes state standardized testing, big classes, budgets, and much more.

Luckily, West Palm Beach not only has top quality elementary schools and high schools, but it also has outstanding middle schools as well.

We have compiled a list of 15 of the best middle schools (public, charter, and private) in the West Palm Beach area based on score testing, academics, curriculum, teacher ratios, and extracurricular activities.

1. Bak Middle School of the Arts

This fine art middle school is one of the top-ranked schools in Palm Beach County. Students, on average, in Florida score around 50% on any subject in state testing. However, students at Bak Middle School scored over 90% in all subjects and scored a perfect 100% in math state testing.

That’s a pretty challenging task to accomplish which speaks volumes for Bak Middle School.  Clearly, Bak Middle School fulfills its mission of “empowering students to have the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence to reach their potential in the arts, academics, and in life.”

  • Ranked 10th in the state
  • Ranked 1st in Palm Beach County
  • 15.9 student to teacher ration


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2. Pine Crest School

Some parents are concerned about their children moving schools as they get older.  Luckily, there are schools in the West Palm Beach area that offer K-12 education.  One that tops this list is Pine Crest School, located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.

If you would like all of your children to go to a private school, Pine Crest is the place to go. A K-12 private school, Pine Crest has gained the title of #2 best private school in the entire state of Florida for 2017. At a teacher-student ratio of 1:13, you can rest assured that your children will get the personal attention they need to succeed in their academic endeavors.

  • Ranked 2nd in the state
  • 17.6 student to teacher ration
  • 98.8 average standardized test score


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3. Western Pines Community Middle School

Standardized testing is one way you can determine if a school is committed to academic excellence.  Although test scores should not be the only factor you use to determine a school’s quality, it is definitely one you should consider.

With state testing scores above 90% in Civics, Algebra I, and Geometry, Western Pines Community Middle School is a great school to send your kids. A diverse school, its students are continually improving their already high scores the past few years. And, not to mention that the student-teacher ratio is 19:1.

  • Ranked among the top 200 in the state
  • Performs better than 82.7% of schools on standardized tests
  • Average standardized test scores 80.75


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4. Watson B. Duncan Middle School

A good look at teacher certifications can also give you insight into what makes a great school.  Watson B. Duncan Middle School boasts some of the most highly trained teachers in Palm Beach County.

This middle school was one of the top rated middle schools in Palm Beach Gardens in 2017. With state test scores averaging over 90% in 3 different math categories, students are well prepared for high school. And it’s not surprising—every single teacher that teaches at Watson B. Duncan Middle School is fully state-certified to do so.

  • Under 700 students
  • 15.4 student to teacher ratio
  • Scores about 90% in 3 different math areas


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5. Palm Beach Virtual Franchise

Perhaps you are toying with the idea of a virtual school.  Nowadays, students can embrace their passions and still get a quality education delivered to them via virtual classrooms. Is your middle school student really into athletics or fine arts? Does the regular school system not work well with your child’s personality?

Then the Palm Beach Virtual Franchise is for them! With state certified teachers, students can stay at home and have class online to fit their schedule as well as their academic choices.

  • Performed better than 98.3% of students on standardized tests
  • Average standardized test score 92.5
  • Flexible scheduling


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6. Wellington Landings Middle School

Some students perform much better when they are guaranteed individualized attention.  Palm Beach County offers a fantastic school for kids who like those smaller classes. Wellington Landings Middle School has a small student to teacher ratio of 17:1.

They rank 4th among all of Palm Beach County’s middle schools and in the top 10% of all of Florida’s middle schools. State test score averages have been around 90% for the past eight years. Students score very well in English and Language Arts at this school.

  • Ranked 4th in Palm beach county
  • 17.1 student to teacher ratio
  • Average standardized test score 89%


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7. Independence Middle School

Education is more about growing than it is about remembering. Teachers who can help students grow academically are the best in the business. Independence Middle School has embraced this growth philosophy.

This school’s mission is “Where Eagles SOAR! (Safety Opportunity Academics & Respect)“. Scoring 100% on Algebra I and Geometry state tests, Independence Middles School has a high student improvement rate. Even students with disabilities score much higher than other students with disabilities in Florida.

  • Scored 100% on Algebra and Geometry state tests
  • Small class sizes
  • Student to teacher ratio 15.8


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8. Omni Middle School

Math can be hard for many middle school students.  When you find a school that has exceeded the state’s expectations in math scores, it’s wise to consider it an option for your children.

Omni Middle School is another top-rated middle school in the West Palm Beach area. In 2017, students at this school scored better than 87% of other Florida middle school students on their state testing. Students scored especially high in math at Omni Middle School.

  • Scored higher than 87% of Florida middle schools in math
  • Ranked among the top 150 Florida middle schools
  • Student teacher ratio 17.6


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 9. Eagles Landing Middle School

Scoring in the top 12% of the best middle schools in Florida in 2017 and the top 15% of having the best teachers in the state of Florida, Eagles Landing Middle School is the place to send your kids.

Your students will definitely have a personal relationship with their teacher as there is an average of 16 students per teacher.

  • Top 12% of Florida middle schools
  • Top 15% in best teachers
  • 16.1 student to teacher ratio


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10. Emerald Cove Middle School

Emerald Cove Middle School also has very high ratings on state tests, across the board at this diverse middle school. Even students with disabilities typically score twice as high as the average Floridian student with disabilities. Teachers and staff are very fast to address concerns of parents and students.

  • Ranks in the top 250 Florida middle schools
  • Employs 71 full time teachers
  • 17.2 student teacher ratio


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11. Rosarian Academy

A small private school, Rosarian Academy teaches students from Pre-K up to 8th grade. But don’t let the thought of tuition get you down.

This private school offers many scholarships for its students to attend. Rosarian Academy is a Catholic school that focuses on the Montessori philosophy of education. Students are well cared for with an average of ten or fewer students per class.

  • 8.2 Student to teacher ratio
  • Scholarships available
  • 10 or less students per class


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There’s no doubt that the teenage years are rough to get through.  We’ve all been there–confused, unsure where we fit in, trying to make friends, and making a few really dumb decisions along the way.  The right school can make all the difference.

Luckily, Palm Beach County has a lot to offer in this regard.  Now, not only can your preteen have the time of their life exploring and playing in the West Palm Beach area, but they can also love their education and be very successful at it.

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