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Boca Raton: An Epicenter for Education

Posted on: October 2, 2021

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Finding a new home can come with a number of challenges, including proximity to exceptional education. Fortunately, St. Andrews Country Club, located in the heart of Boca Raton, is surrounded by some of the best top-rated schools in the state. Discover what highly distinguished schools lie in St. Andrews’ backyard.

Saint John Paul II Academy

(grades 9-12)

Established in 1980, this Catholic coeducational college preparatory school offers advanced courses from AP Biology and Calculus to Psychology and Italian Language. Appendaged in the school’s mission: “Our faith-based learning community fosters excellence in all programs and enables the spiritual, academic, artistic, and physical development of each student.” Those enrolled will be immersed in not only an exceptional, private education but also “the Gospel values of tolerance, concern for the poor, justice, peace, and responsibility.” For enrollment of just under 500 students, Saint John Paul II Academy offers quite a number of sports programs and extracurriculars as well. Whether fueled by creativity or furthering an academic passion, new opportunities are bountiful here.

Pine Crest School

(Pre-Kindergarten-12)

Pine Crest School prides itself on its student-centered, extraordinary education ensuring students are “future-ready” and prepared to take on the world following graduation.  Pine Crest is one of the largest independent schools in the U.S., allowing for robust resources, choices, and unique opportunities. Most notably, Pine Crest presents 75 fine arts performances annually and harbors ten competitive robotics teams. Like many Boca Raton schools, it’s no secret that Pine Crest offers an exceptional education—so much so that many alumni continue the tradition by enrolling their children here too. Athletics, fine arts, STEM, student media—there’s truly something for each student to love.

American Heritage

(Pre-Kindergarten-12)

Fifty-two nationally recognized and presidential scholars, an 89% pass rate on all AP exams, six pre-professional programs, 141 honors and AP courses, the list goes on. American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach Campus is #2 in National Merit Scholars Semifinalists out of all schools in Florida and the #5 private school in the nation for the highest number of National Merit Scholars Semifinalists. The school consecutively celebrates  100% of graduates matriculating to four-year colleges, with an impressive number of acceptances to elite universities. Additionally, the school has recorded over 62 thousand community service hours across the senior class and offers 85 student-run clubs and activities. Check out more of American Heritage’s accomplishments and impressive educational opportunities across the web.

Saint Andrews School

(Pre-Kindergarten-12)

Saint Andrew’s School is a private day and boarding school, educating our community’s best students in the Episcopal tradition. The school has been named the Best Private School of Palm Beach County for the third year in a row by the Palm Beach Post and “continues advancing a strong commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and balance.” Saint Andrews students are not only immersed  in a bountiful variety of courses but they are surrounded by peers from over 40 countries. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, students are sure to get the tailored help they need across the board.

A.D. Henderson & Florida Atlantic University High School

(Kindergarten-12th grade)

A.D. Henderson & Florida Atlantic University High School has been the recipient of a National Blue-Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2018 and the prestigious College Success award in 2020 by GreatSchools.org. Like many top-rated schools in the area, A.D. Henderson offers dual enrollment to those working towards bachelor’s degrees and high school diplomas consecutively, though they have long been distinguished among competitors. Not to mention, the school comes in at #2 in Florida, making it a clear choice for many St. Andrews parents and students.

Freshman year, FAU High students begin preparation to transition to Florida Atlantic Universityl  By 10th grade, students will have finished their high school coursework and begin their undergraduate programs in a desired major. Unbelievably, students will graduate with three years’ worth of credit towards a bachelor’s degree, boasting savings between $30,000 and $60,000 for undergraduate programs. Don’t wait! Students wishing to attend FAU High School are required to apply pending acceptance.

Boca Raton Community High School

(grades 9-12)

Distinguished as the largest public school in Boca, Boca Raton Community High School is home to over 3,200 students. Despite its growing student population, the school has maintained an “A” rating from Florida’s Department of Education since 2005.  It has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the Top 5% performing high schools in the country.

Boca Raton Community High School has built its curriculum to offer honors, Advanced Placement, an impressive STEM program, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), and dual enrollment with both Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University.  Not only does the school offer a multitude of courses to choose from in each program, but they also provide students with an ability to stand out when it comes to applying to college. Not to mention, nearly 40% of the school’s faculty carry advanced degrees– one of the highest percentages among Boca public schools. Since opening in 1963, recent renovations have given the school a facelift, including a new stadium seating up to 4,025 spectators, a 9-lane track, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Grandview Preparatory School

(Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

Grandview Preparatory School, an independent college preparatory high school only minutes from St. Andrews, offers students a number of riveting courses and programs to choose from. The school is affiliated with many local universities, including Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University, hosting high-quality dual enrollment opportunities for students. As a college preparatory school, Grandview works to guide and counsel students throughout their duration of high school. Students have access throughout their four years to meet with counselors.  They are required to take a College Pre-Skills Course focusing on important aspects such as the SATs, ACTs, financial aid, scholarships, portfolio, and athletic requirements.

To those with creative, inspired students, Grandview is inclusive of a variety of programs in the arts too including an extensive art program, music, and dance. Though known for its stellar academics, interscholastic sports teams, academic clubs, community service opportunities and arts programs are enriched at Grandview Preparatory School as well.

Spanish River High School

(grades 9-12)

Coming in at roughly 2,480 students, Spanish River High School is renowned for its sky-high graduation rate, national distinctions for collegiate readiness, and grade “A” rating. Those in attendance are offered exceptional educational options along with 4 unique academies: Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, American History and Law, and Early Childhood. There’s truly nothing else like these programs around!

More than just an academic experience, Spanish River students can enjoy a multitude of clubs, teams, and programs including highly popular DECA, which recognizes students as emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Would you believe us if we told you Spanish River’s DECA program is the fourth largest in the world with over 600 participating students and 100 participating businesses? On top of exceptional education and clubs offered, The Spanish River Community High School sports teams are highly decorated as well.

Omni Middle School

(grades 6-8)

With a population of over 1,400 students, this Boca Raton magnet school is one of the largest Boca Raton public schools with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. At Omni Middle School, 83% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 70% for reading. The school offers an extensive selection of extra-curricular activities that include a jazz band, robotics team, National Junior Honors Society, intramural tennis, and more. There’s something for everyone to get involved in here.

Don Estridge High Tech Middle School

(grades 6-8)

Don Estridge is a five-star and “A”-rated technical magnet that offers computers in every classroom, advanced STEM courses, and a wide selection of extra-curricular activities and after-school programs. After learning of the computers in every room, it should come as no surprise that this is one of the best Boca Raton public schools in terms of STEM education. Only a stone throws away from St. Andrews, Don Estridge is a great option for younger members especially interested in the STEM fields.

Florida Atlantic University

Home of the Owls, FAU’s enrollment has grown to over 30,000 students and has transitioned into a more traditional university with an increase in admissions stringency, research funding, and the addition of an on-campus stadium. The school has recognized more than 1,000 accomplished scholars and researchers known for their excellence in teaching and mentoring and offers more than 170 degree programs through 10 colleges. FAU’s expanding research portfolio has even earned the University the “High Research Activity” designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With a campus commute under 15 minutes, FAU is the perfect place for St. Andrews members to enjoy high level education and the comfort of a private club community lifestyle

Lynn University

For a more intimate setting, Boca Raton’s private Lynn University boasts a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, priding themselves on small class sizes with plenty of time for one-on-one guidance. Like Boca Raton’s high school programs, Lynn harbors a multitude of opportunities for students to further their careers in varying fields. According to the university, “each year approximately 500 students participate in internships for course credit with employers such as American Airlines, Athleta, Football Dream Factory, Hyatt Regency, Michael Kors, RBC Capital Markets and Walt Disney World.”

Lynn offers frequent student events, 30 clubs and organizations, 5 Greek groups, and holds 25 national championships—so you know there’s always an exciting sports game to watch too. On top of offering notable courses, one can always find something new to check out on campus too.

Whether you’re looking for the best fit for your child, or are interested in furthering your own education, these top-rated institutions and others are just minutes from St. Andrews. What can be better than receiving a great education and coming home to the comfort of this blossoming private community? St. Andrews Country Club offers a vibrant, top-quality lifestyle and has done so for more than 30 years, and with these beach gems close by and Recreation & Aquatic Center at hand, members have access to it all.

St. Andrews’ distinctions include a “Distinguished Club of the World” and a “Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America,” and its world-class amenities make life a permanent vacation. With superior amenities, including two 18-hole championship golf courses and virtually no tee times. It is home to LPGA touring professional and resident Morgan Pressel. Aaron Krickstein, formerly ranked No. 6 in the world, oversees the tennis program and 14 clay courts. The Club offers a full service, award-winning spa & salonfitness centerfour restaurantsthree poolsKids Club, playgroundair-conditioned game rooms, and catering space for up to 350. Their location within Boca Raton puts them near some of the city’s highlights, ranging from Florida Atlantic University, the Wick Theatre, and some of Florida’s best beaches.

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