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

Academic Overview

Achieve more academically.

Students at Palm Beach Day Academy are training for a lifelong educational journey in a learning environment like no other.

PBDA is rigorous and nurturing. Challenging and warm. Students in Grades 4 through 9 are placed in flexible groups based on ability, performance, maturity and readiness in math and language arts.

We ask more of our faculty and students because we believe striving to achieve a goal is its own reward. This habit of mind prepares PBDA students for success in secondary schools of excellence – and life.

We prepare PBDA students for admission and success at appropriate, excellent secondary schools. Reaching that goal requires substantial effort from both students and teachers. Faculty members design a rigorous program and strike a balance between challenging students and providing them with all the support they need.

Community service provides students with a personal understanding of the needs of others. This is an extension of our core belief that, as a school family, we are all in this together — locally and globally, academically and socially. Collectively, students contribute thousands of hours of year of service to the community.

Even more than our rigorous academic program, even more than our talented teachers, the sense of community PBDA families enjoy must be experienced to be understood. It’s created through many small, wonderful moments together: participating in the morning ritual of placing a hand on the school creed in the lobby; gathering in friendly competition between PBDA Pelican and PBDA Flamingo families on Field Day; and watching in awe as your child achieves more independence and confidence than you ever imagined.

Curriculum Overview

Grade 4

  • Overview
    • Fourth Grade is a time to transition to Upper School expectations while in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Fourth Grade day includes a strong core curriculum with an emphasis on exploration and critical thinking in language arts, mathematics, Florida Studies, and science, along with a vibrant Fine Arts Wheel and athletics program. Numerous regular field trips, directly relating to and integrating the Florida Studies & environment program, are special highlights. Throughout the year, it becomes increasingly important for fourth graders to make choices and take ownership of their own learning and understanding as they build self-confidence and the skills needed for success in the Upper School.
  • Coursework
    • • All students in grade 4 enroll in Reading, English, Math, Science, Florida Studies, and all students attend World Language class (French, Mandarin or Spanish) three times a week.
      • Students who are not prepared to begin a world language may enroll in Strategies, a course designed to focus on a student’s specific learning challenges.
      • All students enroll in visual or performing arts electives, and all students participate in the 4th Grade Play.
      • All students attend Sports class daily.


At Palm Beach Day Academy, we value sportsmanship as much as scholarship, and athletes of every ability succeed here.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – is widely recognized as a vital approach to education.

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