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Welcome to Ransom Everglades School, a school that has blended tradition and progressive ideas for more than 115 years.

Throughout our history, students have developed the experiences, skills and knowledge to guide them through meaningful lives in a changing world. Since the beginning, Ransom Everglades has sought to instill an appreciation for the environment, global perspectives, empathy, cultural competencies and the ability to persevere. A curriculum that includes sailing on Biscayne Bay, a student body with students from around the Americas and world, and a well-traveled faculty have been hallmarks at Ransom Everglades.

Three decades before Harkness tables arrived at Exeter, Paul Ransom instructed students in the Pagoda through the close readings of texts and, in 1955, Marie and Ed Swenson opened the Everglades School to students of all backgrounds. Student-centered, discussion-based learning built on a pedagogy of inquiry still characterizes Ransom Everglades, whether around tables where literature and historical texts are analyzed or in computer and physics labs where students define problems and create solutions.

The rigor embedded in the curriculum not only results in high numbers of Advanced Placement Scholars and National Merit Finalists, but it also inspires students who build apps, create business plans, design original lab experiments and publish their research. A student population of diverse backgrounds; the school's membership in the Global Online Academy; educational travel opportunities to eight countries; student-led organizations like the Diversity Council and Women Empowered; and ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of perspectives represented in the study body and on the faculty continue to blend tradition and cutting-edge thinking at Ransom Everglades.

I'm honored to contribute to RE's long tradition of honor, excellence and service, and the types of leaders it spawns: Those determined to leave the world better than they found it.  

Penny Townsend
Head of School

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  • Head of School Penny Townsend

    Women and girls in the RE community

    Penny Townsend
    Yesterday I spoke to upper school students in morning assembly about the remarkable Alice Carter Ransom, who helped build our school and document its history after the death of her husband and our founder, Paul Ransom, in 1907. Paul Ransom died not quite five years after the founding of the Adirondack-Florida School, yet Alice remained at the helm until 1930. Much of what we read about the early days of Ransom Everglades is about a headmaster and his school: his idealism, his love of the outdoors, his belief in self-reliance, academic excellence, and his categorical devotion to educating the whole child. What we don't read a lot about is Mrs. Ransom's life of unselfish purpose and her absolute loyalty to her husband's dreams – which became her dreams upon his death.
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Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.