Signature Programs

An RE tradition: Experiential learning

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

The earliest students at Ransom Everglades confronted and celebrated nature, practicing woodworker’s skills at the Adirondack campus while sailing and fishing on Biscayne Bay. Current students continue to benefit from myriad experiential opportunities woven into daily course work at RE, along with a number of exciting signature programs that offer meaningful explorations of various pursuits. Learn more about those programs below.

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.”

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  • Freshmen travel in four waves to Ten Thousand Islands

    After a one-year pause because of the pandemic, freshmen returned to the Ten Thousand Islands in the Everglades this winter, resuming the experiential learning tradition at Ransom Everglades that dates more than 30 years. In deference to COVID-19, freshmen traveled in four waves instead of two and each student was required to submit to a rapid COVID-19 test the morning of departure.
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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 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.