The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, is the 11th largest in the continental US and the 5th largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving 176,724 (Total K-12) students who speak 150 languages/dialects.
Our 2012-13 total budget is $2.37 billion serving 20,810 employees including 12,480 teachers. Over 38,256 community volunteers provide academic assistance to students through the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Program.
Our school grades are among the highest in the state with 86 schools earning A’s, 28
schools earning B’s, 24 schools earning C’s, 10 schools earning D's and 3 incompletes. (excluding Alternative Schools, Charter Schools and High Schools).
The School District of Palm Beach County has earned an "A" rating from the Florida Department of Education for the eighth consecutive year based on student performance on the FCAT.
Additionally, approximately 1,200 business partners provide between $3 million and $4 million per year in cash and other resources to support increased student achievement. As our school district grows more diverse, the task of providing effective learning experiences for every child in every classroom becomes increasingly more challenging. The School District of Palm Beach County recognizes this challenge and is determined to identify and eliminate obstacles that may exist within the structure of the schools and the school system.
The District has continually improved its graduation rate to 79.8% and has closed the gap between white and minority students in both graduation rate and academic performance.
Palm Beach ranks among the "best" in the state and nation in return on investment (ROI) as found in a national 2011 study by the Center for American Progress, for its high student achievement and low cost.
The District is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The District was established in 1909 and was formally known as the Palm Beach County Board of Public Instruction until the mid-1980's.
For more information on the Palm Beach County School District visit: http://www.palmbeachschools.org/
Other “Just the Facts”:
The District has forty one (41) Charter schools as of July 1, 2012.
The Home Education Office registered and ensured statutory compliance for 5,000 students in FY12. Our program, considered a model by FLDOE, continues to lead the state in size and students qualifying for Bright Futures scholarships.
There are 227 Choice Programs that include a variety of academic and career and technical education related programs of study in 71 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the county. Over 35,000 students participate yearly.
The Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) assists the schools by providing a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities, ages 3-21. There are 37,241 students in all ESE programs. This includes 9,000 students in the Gifted program. Many of these ESE students are mainstreamed into regular classes.
The District has built 85 new schools in the past 12 years, winning national design and construction awards.
Our district has 78,326 computers available to teachers and students arranged in a combination of networked computer labs, distributed workstations and stand-alone computers.
There are twenty-seven (27) community schools which includes a Virtual Community School providing on-line instruction. Adult and Community Education programs provide opportunities to thousands of students and county residents each year.
Currently approximately 24,921 students are in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. There are 150 languages & dialects spoken; ESOL classes are also held for adults.
After School Enrichment Programs are provided for 19,500 students in 97 of our schools. Summer Camps are provided in over 50 of our schools during the summer months.
737 National Board Certified teachers .
6 District Schools earned Newsweek's and U.S. News Magazine's Best High Schools in America 2012