For more than eight decades, the goal of the academic program at Palm Beach Day Academy has been to prepare each student for admission and success at appropriate, excellent secondary schools. We believe that goal requires a rigorous program and a substantial effort from each child. PBDA's greatest academic strength is its family-school culture that causes children to embrace rigor, value effort, and deeply enjoy the self respect and community recognition they gain from reaching genuine achievments through their own efforts. To give all PBDA students that experience, the faculty, from the earliest grades, is dedicated to finding the proper balance between challenging demands and nurturing support for each child. Our graduates tell us that they were well prepared with academic knowledge and skills, but they also report that they left PBDA with the ability to manage time, assignments, and goals confidently. They agree that the steady development of those skills during their time at Palm Beach Day Academy has been the foundation of their success.
On our Lower School Campus, core subjects are taught in classrooms by teams of two teachers. Creative and critical thinking, global awareness and community interaction are top priorities because we believe they are as important to future success as academic achievement.
On the Upper School Campus students in grades 4 through 9 are placed in flexible groups based on ability, performance, maturity and readiness in math and language arts. During regular team meetings of the faculty, each child's progress and placement is reviewed and adjustments are made as needed.
Beginning in the earliest grades, all students participate in community service activities that are designed to give the children a personal understanding of the needs of others and the responsibility we each have for each other. At Palm Beach Day Academy, community service is an extension of our core beliefs that, as a family, we are all in this together - globally, locally, academically and socially. We support each other toward success and personal fullfillment, and, in the process, create a learning environment like no other.