Academics

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The majority of Ransom Everglades students attend both the middle and upper schools. Being able to take a seven-year view provides many opportunities for designing an academic experience that is ambitious, yet appropriate for each age level.

The Middle School

With the guidance and inspiration of caring teachers who are experts in their academic fields, students establish their own identities on the Everglades campus. They acquire fundamental skills, develop talents and discover the activities about which they are most passionate.

All middle school students take classes in English, mathematics, Spanish, social studies, science and physical education each day. Electives in the arts and other world languages, along with grade-level courses in programming and robotics round out the schedule.

Middle School Facts

  • Middle school students have eight classes.
  • The eight-day rotation schedule divides classes into even days (periods 2, 4, 6, 8) and odd days (periods 1, 3, 5, 7).
  • Students begin and end each day in advisory.
  • Each day contains four teaching sections of 70-minute classes, advisory, a break and AAA.
  • AAA (long advisory, assembly, activities) occur throughout the eight-day rotation.
  • The middle school is part of the Caring Schools Network. The CSN's goal is to create school communities where "students can grow academically, build healthy relationships, and develop key social and emotional skills such as empathy and gratitude. Caring schools can help reduce bias, combat sexual harassment, and minimize bullying and other problem behaviors."
  • Advisory is built upon the five competencies of Socio-Emotional Learning, using activities from Making Caring Common and High Resolves for the eighth graders.
  • Band, dance, drama, strings, STEAM, Future City, Python, photography, digital art and design, 2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art and yearbook are offered as electives.
  • A multitude of athletic opportunities are available to students, including an intramural option.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 15:1.

RE INQUIRES

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

The Upper School

As students navigate the Upper School, they apply their knowledge and skills to increasingly challenging, problem-based scenarios in all disciplines. Foundational courses in science, history, and English comprise the ninth- and tenth- grade course loads, along with courses in math, languages, and elective options in the arts, computer science, and speech and debate. As upperclassmen, students select from a broad range of courses based on their interests and abilities.  While specialization is discouraged, opportunities are available for students to develop particular areas of interest in depth.

Student-Centered Teaching

Classes in the Upper School are based on inquiry and collaboration, requiring students to prepare, discuss, debate, present and defend points of view. Teachers guide the discussions, but students navigate their way through information together, constructing understanding for themselves rather than being told what to know.

Place-Based Learning

Paul C. Ransom, a follower of educational reformer John Dewey and naturalist John Burroughs, believed in experiential learning. At RE’s antecedents, the Pine Knot Camp and, later, the Adirondack-Florida School, Ransom’s students learned by using the Adirondack Forest and Biscayne Bay as extensions of the campus and living laboratories.

Today, Ransom Everglades still requires every student to master basic sailing, canoeing and kayaking skills in order to graduate. One of the most distinctive aspects of Ransom Everglades’ experiential pedagogy is the annual Outward Bound program for ninth graders. Preparation for Outward Bound is part of the ninth-grade Bay Studies curriculum and includes instruction in canoeing and the use of map and compass.

The City of Miami and nearby communities have become important educational resources for Ransom Everglades students.

  • Art classes have visited nearby Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, as well as Wynwood galleries such as the Rubell Family Collection.
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens has provided several research opportunities, including encouraging students to sequence and publish a gene of a rare palm species, as well as participate in NASA-sponsored plant growth experiments.
  • All of our middle school students get a first hand view of the working Miami River, guided on their journey by acclaimed local historian Paul George.
  • Middle and Upper schools students have experienced the trials of the accused, visiting both state and federal courthouses in our city, developing in the seventh grade a civic awareness, and as part of the government and criminal justice courses in the Upper School, an in-depth understanding of the complexities and challenges of the legal system.
  • Budding entrepreneurs have interned in local business incubators.
  • Future art historians and architects have interned at locally based, internationally recognized museums and architectural firms.
  • Young scientists have completed original research at local institutions and have published their work.

To increase accessibility to various internship opportunities, RE founded the Summer Learning through Internships and Mentoring (SLIM) program. Students who are placed in summer internships discuss their experiences during the annual Student Internship Forum at a poster session that takes place in January. At the forum, students present posters, field questions and encourage other students to seek out similar opportunities.

Paul Ransom's Adirondack-Florida School - An Early History of Ransom Everglades School

In the above video, Harry Anderson, Jr. '38 notes that Biscayne Bay was considered “…an extension of the campus.” This is still true today. The physical education department immerses students in the classroom that is Biscayne Bay, and the science department utilizes the bay as an extension of its laboratory facilities. As a complement to their Outward Bound experience, all ninth graders participate in an authentic research experience. Working in small teams, students collect data from various parts of the bay, then analyze the data and compare it to data collected in previous years. The project culminates in a formal science research paper.

A Student's Reflection

Because of the resources and opportunities available here, I am a student with a purpose. That’s what makes the school unique. The students that come out of this school are people with a myriad of interests who share one commonality: we care more about what we can contribute to the world than we what we can take out of it. That’s why I applied here. That’s why I am excited to come to school every day.

- Ilija Wann-Simm ’19

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.