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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?
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 View More
St. Andrews School
The Benjamin School
The Hotchkiss School