The faculty of Ransom Everglades implements a pedagogy that empowers students to own their learning, exposes them to global perspectives and integrates technology, all while preserving a classroom environment based on inquiry and valuing student-centered, discussion-based learning. Students in grades seven through 11 engage in structured research projects across the disciplines, resulting in the gathering and analyzing of data and the crafting of original work. Students also find opportunities to pursue their passions through facilitated summer internships, the Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities, the annual Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, and a course catalogue that includes a broad variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, STEM fields, and the arts. All middle school students study Spanish; additional language offerings include French, Portuguese, and Chinese, and through our partnership with the Global Online Academy, Japanese and Arabic. The course offerings of GOA, along with well-developed world history and literature programs; travel opportunities to Spain, France, China, Canada, Iceland, Haiti and Puerto Rico combine to challenge students with the points of view of many cultures. Robotics and computer programming are intentionally part of the student experience, familiarizing all middle-school students with principles of programming and design, and all students work with Excel and MATLAB in Algebra II and Calculus courses respectively.
While blending tradition and innovation, Ransom Everglades maintains a high bar for excellence. Our rate of AP scores of 3 or better has been consistently in the over 90-percent even while we steadily increased the number of AP exams taken by our students (a record 1000+ exams were taken in May 2017). Sixteen members of the Class of 2018 earned recognition as National Merit semifinalists. Our students become Presidential Scholars, start their own non-profits, win national prizes for photography, robotics, and debate, compete at regional, state and national levels of athletics and develop stellar academic profiles of GPAs and test scores. Their achievement and excellence, combined with the experience and expertise, and extensive programming of our College Counseling Office, result in placement in an impressive and diverse list of colleges and universities in the United States and in Europe.