Gift The PBDA Difference
Lower Campus
Pre-K – 3rd Grade
Upper Campus
4th Grade – 9th Grade

More from our teachers:

More PBDA teachers hold master’s degrees than any school of our kind.

Our smart caring teachers are ready to inspire.

More from our students:

Every PBDA child receives an individual learning program…

…designed to challenge and inspire personal excellence.

More from our community:

Families enjoy the rich traditions of the oldest independent school in Florida…

…and the diverse perspectives of students from 4 continents and a cross section of Palm Beach County.

More from our experience:

95+ years of experience matters.

PBDA continually adds new approaches to our solid foundation.

More from our graduates:

PBDA graduates are articulate, confident, lifelong learners prepared for secondary schools of excellence.

One third of PBDA students go on to the most competitive universities in the world.

Achieve More Today

Achieve More.

The foundation of Palm Beach Day Academy’s program is the education of our students in an academically challenging and compassion-rich environment that guides each child toward personal excellence of mind, body and character.

At all levels, our students are:
Challenged to Excel. Empowered to Act. Prepared to Lead.

A Legacy of Excellence

Founded in 1921, Palm Beach Day Academy is Florida’s first independent school — and one of its most rigorous. Two-year-olds are introduced to public speaking. Kindergarteners use Thinking Maps. And all students are challenged to excel not only in the classroom, but also on field and stage.

Well-Rounded and Grounded

Our self-designed character and leadership program instills trust, integrity, respect, responsibility, empathy and grit. Each year, students can choose from 125 after-school enrichment classes and a wealth of community-service opportunities. Students on the Lower Campus participate in a year-long Global Studies Curriculum, and the Upper Campus enjoys a China Partnership Program.

Paving the Way

Help students achieve more by supporting campus improvements. As construction of the new Mandel-Palayge Education Center on the Lower Campus moves toward completion, we’re excited to announce Paving the Way, our newest paver campaign that will create a legacy for all students, parents, grandparents and alumni. Learn more.

Join the PBDA Family

We are a true family school. Parents are welcome on campus at all times, and they are considered partners, with teachers and staff, in a child’s education. Nearly 25 percent of the student body are children of alumni. And we have an international student body that includes families from five continents. What else can we tell you about how your child can achieve more as a member of the PBDA family?

Achieve more by applying today

The mission of the school is to challenge our students academically in the most deliberate way…but it’s also about developing character.

Dr. Edwin Gordon, Head of School



Of PBDA teachers hold masters degrees in their field


Two full time qualified teachers in each class through 3rd grade


Of our 8th and 9th graders attend their first choice secondary school


Of PBDA students continue to the nation’s most competitive colleges, including the Ivy League

Some of the schools our graduates attend

Oxbridge Academy
Oxbridge Academy
St. Andrews School
St. Andrews School
The Benjamin School
The Benjamin School
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield Academy
The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School