Experiential Learning

At Ransom Everglades, students learn by doing. In laboratories and on the campus stage, on the Bay, and in the courtrooms and museums of our city, students practice and apply the skills of the disciplines they study.

Our founder Paul Ransom, a follower of educational reformer John Dewey and naturalist John Burroughs, believed strongly in experiential learning. His students confronted and celebrated nature, practicing woodman’s skills at the Adirondack campus while sailing and fishing on Biscayne Bay. Students today collect water samples from Biscayne Bay to learn about biology and chemistry, and annotate, analyze, and discuss primary sources in history to become critical thinkers about the past.

Historian and naturalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote in Ransom Everglades Reflections of a School 1893-1978…

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

“The boys and girls who study here, not shut away by masonry, artificial lighting, air conditioning and windowless walls from the earth and sea, the growing plants, the wild creatures, the love of natural things, have had a wider approach to wisdom to the great truths of human thought, a more reasonable approach to the realities of human life.”

Experiential Learning News

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  • Alexa Hommen '22

    Marine Field Research students go shark tagging

    Ransom Everglades’ Marine Field Research students participated in one of the course's signature field trips: a shark-tagging excursion. Two classes of juniors and seniors each spent a day aboard a 55-foot research vessel in mid-February, looking for sharks on Biscayne Bay near Stiltsville and then, when a catch was made, stabilizing the shark and executing a number of research tasks.
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Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
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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.