Back to School

Welcome! Our Back-to-School Page is designed to help new and returning RE families prepare for the 2020-21 school year by aggregating information on topics ranging from textbooks to school forms to student orientation. For those of you who have just joined the RE community, we are thrilled to have you and know you will love your time at Ransom Everglades. Please return to this page throughout the summer; it will be updated as new information becomes available.

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  • Course Selection For Rising Sixth Graders

    Every sixth-grade student will take English 6, Integrated Science 1, World Cultures and Geography, Spanish, mathematics and physical education, an elective and a rotation class (one semester of robotics and one semester of either a performing art or visual art class).

    In order to learn more about our curriculum, please access the 2020-21 Course of Study here
    Rachel Rodriguez, Head of the Middle School, will provide more information via email.
     
  • New Student (Grades 6-12) Placement

    Ransom Everglades determines new student (grades 6-12) course placement in math, science and world languages using a holistic process that for 2020-21 will include virtual assessments in world languages and a studious review of each student's background in other courses. New families will be contacted about placement.

  • Summer enrichment opportunities

    Check out our Summer Explorations web page for summer academic enrichment opportunities. Ransom Everglades will offer some for-credit courses (such as Algebra 2 and Geometry), as well as courses designed for enrichment and skill-building, either to "bridge the gap" between current RE courses or simply to learn a new topic or skill.
  • Parent Access to the school website / myCOMPASS

    The school uses myCOMPASS to keep students and parents informed about assignments and grades, and to communicate information about co-curricular activities, upcoming RE events and important school announcements. MyCOMPASS also includes class and team pages, and a Resources page with calendars, school forms and other important materials not available anywhere else or to the outside community.
     
    Please familiarize yourself with myCOMPASS before the start of school in August. MyCOMPASS is a primary form of communication with parents. Therefore, it is essential that you are able to access information consistently on myCOMPASS and that you configure notifications so you can receive information by email and/or text.

    All new parents must create a password the first time they log in. Please refer to the "Important Information for New RE Families" email sent to all new parents on May 27, 2020, for instructions. If you cannot locate that email and need assistance, please call 305 460 8883 or email webmaster@ransomeverglades.org.
    A welcome pop-up window with a "Getting Started..." panel will appear, listing a sequence of brief tutorials on the features of myCOMPASS. Please take just a few minutes to work through the tutorials, which explain:
    • How to adjust your privacy settings for the online directory, which will be available July 1, and
    • How to subscribe to various notifications from the school via email and text message.
    Please also take a few minutes to browse through the:
    • Resources that have been posted for your convenience.
    • Calendar. Among the best features of the calendar is the set of options in the left menu bar, which allow you to customize the calendar by filtering out those events not of interest to you.
    Student schedules and class pages will be available once classes begin in August. On class pages, students and parents can see assignments, syllabi, course calendars, and other resources that pertain specifically to each course.
     
    Please also note that extensive information is also available to you on our school website. The public school website is not a substitute for myCOMPASS; it is a helpful complement where you can see a daily calendar and news updates, access the school directory, and view general information about our academic, co-curricular programs, and connect with us on social media.
    Should you have questions or need assistance, please email webmaster@ransomeverglades.org.
  • New student access to myCOMPASS, email, etc.

    All students new to Ransom Everglades (grades 6-12) will receive their password access to email, GSuite for Education, and myCOMPASS during the first week of school.

  • School Forms (due August 1)

    School forms are available on myCOMPASS. Parents must complete required online and paper forms for their children to be eligible to attend classes in August and participate in athletics or any school-sponsored activities. Find step-by-step instructions here
  • Bus Service

    Ransom Everglades School offers bus service to and from pick-up/drop-off locations in Miami Beach, Key Biscayne / Brickell and Pinecrest / Coral Gables. The service is provided to and from both campuses by Franmar Bus Company.

    We will provide more information about how to sign up for next year's bus service in June. Contact Daniel Perez with any questions regarding bus service.

  • Textbooks

    Book ordering and distribution for most required books will be through MBS Direct an online book distributor. MBS Direct offers families several options for many books, including purchasing or renting them, and including new, used, and electronic options as they are available by title. This range of options allows families to make comfortable decisions based on cost and student preference.

    The MBS site will be open for ordering textbooks for the 2020-21 academic year in mid-July. Placing your orders early ensures that you have the best number of options for purchasing books and that your order will arrive before school begins. 

    At the end of each academic year, MBS holds a book buyback to allow students to sell their used books back to MBS. Learn more here about this opportunity.

    Katrina Patchett, our Director of Bookstores, is available to assist with this process; feel free to contact her if you have questions.

  • Middle School Uniform

    All middle school students are required to wear RE school uniforms, which may be purchased in person at AA & Dennis Uniform at 8807 SW 132 Street or online from AA & Dennis Uniform or online from Lands’ End.
    Please note:
    Students must wear polo shirts with the school logo that are long enough to be tucked in. All students must wear either shorts with the school’s logo, or khaki pants. All students must have at least one pair of khaki pants for cold-weather days, dress-up or field trips as requested, or any other day. Pants may be purchased at AA & Dennis Uniform, Lands’ End, or the store of a student’s choosing.

    All shorts must have a length of at least four inches from the top of the knee. Shorts must have the hem that is sewn by AA & Dennis Uniform or Lands’ End; they may not be hemmed, folded further, rolled under or cuffed.

    In cold weather, students may also wear over the regular uniform long-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts or fleece jackets with the RE logo that are available at the middle or upper school bookstores. All bottoms that have belt loops require a belt. Tie shoes (including sneakers) or loafers with closed toes and backs are permitted. Socks are required at all times.

  • Upper School Dress Code

    The faculty, staff and leadership of the school wish to maintain standards of dress and appearance appropriate to serious academic pursuits while permitting individual taste and considering the South Florida climate. The school expects students to use common sense and conservative judgment in following these guidelines for attire and grooming during the school day. The faculty has become increasingly concerned about tight fitting and revealing clothing worn by some students that presents them in an unflattering manner and/or that reveals a lack of respect for the academic environment that is our school. Only clothing consistent with the guidelines below may be worn. The Upper School Dean of Students and the Head of the Upper School reserve the right to determine whether students are dressed and groomed according to the following guidelines. Students not adhering to the guidelines will receive disciplinary points, may be sent home to change into proper attire, and will have any resultant absences marked as unapproved.

    Clothing must fit appropriately and be in good repair (no holes, rips or tears) at all times, whether one is sitting, standing, bending, or climbing stairs, and should completely cover one’s shoulders, chest, torso, back and buttocks.

    • Shirts and blouses: Polo-style collared shirts with two or three buttons and an optional logo on the chest or sleeve, appropriately buttoned oxford shirts, and blouses are acceptable. Flannel, fully zippered, and hooded shirts are not permitted. T-shirts with RE logos or symbols may be worn on Fridays. All shirts and blouses must have sleeves.
    • Shorts: Only appropriately fitting Bermuda-style shorts, cargo-style shorts or capris, long enough to reach at least the tip of the thumb when the arms hang straight down alongside of the hips, are acceptable.  An acceptable example: J. Crew 5- or 7-inch chinos shorts.
    • Pants: Pants: Only Khaki-style, dress pants, or cotton denim jeans, worn at or above the hips, are acceptable.
    • Skirts/Dresses: Only dresses that cover the shoulders, have a collar, and are appropriate for an academic environment are acceptable. Skirt length must be equal to or extend beyond the tip of the fingers when the arms hang straight down alongside of the hips. Skirts and dresses may not have slits; a kick pleat is acceptable. Scoop-neck, low-cut, form-fitting, or backless dresses may not be worn. T-shirt dresses are not appropriate for the Ransom Everglades academic environment.
    • Footwear: Flip-flops and other beach shoes are not allowed.
    • Outerwear: Sweatshirts, jackets and sweaters may only be worn with a turtleneck or visible collared shirt underneath.
    • Hats: Hats and hoods are allowed outdoors only.

    Professional or business attire is required on special assembly days. Appropriate examples of this attire are:
    • Business suits, sport coats and/or vests.
    • Skirts or dresses that do not have a slit; a kick pleat is acceptable.
    • Blouses or dresses that are appropriate for an academic environment, cover the shoulders, and are not scoop-neck, low-cut, or form-fitting.
    • Oxford dress shirts.
    • Dress slacks.
    • Ties or bow ties.
    • Shoes must be dressy: loafers, closed flats, closed-toed shoes that can be tied or high heels.
    • The following are prohibited: bare midriffs, low-cut tops, shrugs, shawls, visible undergarments, transparent clothing, strapless, halter tops, beach flip-flops and open-toed sandals.
    • “Rompers” are not permitted.

    PE attire
    , which can be purchased in the bookstore, must be worn during physical education classes. During the swimming rotation, female students must wear a one-piece bathing suit.

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  • Student Orientation

    Student orientations will take place on August 24 for grades 6 and 9. School begins for all other grades on August 25. Sixth-grade parents should plan on starting the school day with their children on August 24. Sixth grade students will also be invited to a casual gathering on Sunday, August 23 (more information to come via email). Seventh- and eighth-grade parents should plan on starting the school day with their children on August 25. More information will be shared on the start of school as that date approaches.

  • School Supplies

    We will provide information in this space in the coming months about how the RE Bookstore will enable students to acquire necessary supplies.

  • Summer Reading

    A summer reading list will be available here, and on the myCOMPASS resource board, in early June.

  • Fall Sports Tryouts and Start Dates

    Tryout dates for individual teams will be listed on the respective team page.
    Middle school students will receive information about requesting fall clubs and sports teams and sports start dates at a later date.

    The first practice dates for fall sports for upper school students will be listed here at a later date.

    For more information, contact athletics@ransomeverglades.org.
    Note that all required online school forms, FHSAA athletic participation forms and RE medical paper forms (available May 29) must be submitted by August 1 (July 30 for football) for students to participate in tryouts or practices.

  • Performing Arts Fall Performances

    Check back later for fall performance dates.

  • Detailed School Calendar of Events

    The school calendar is very busy, and events are being added all the time. For more details on events or for dates of events not listed on this page, please consult the school calendar in myCOMPASS or the events calendar on the school website if you do not have a myCOMPASS account.

  • Parent Volunteers Needed

    Please take a minute to consider some of the worthwhile opportunities volunteering with the Ransom Everglades Parents' Association (REPA) or Fund for Ransom Everglades. Fill out the REPA interest form to find out how you can contribute to REPA, or email Melissa Bonafonte, Director of The Fund for RE, to learn how you can join a team of 150 parent volunteer solicitors who serve as front-line ambassadors for Ransom Everglades, ensuring that students and faculty are fully supported.

  • Student Yearbook Photos

    Upper school student yearbook photos will be taken on the first day of classes, August 25.

    Middle school student yearbook photos will be taken on Friday, August 28.

  • Student Clubs and Activities

    Rising tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders have already signed up for fall clubs and activities. Find a list of upper school clubs here.All other students will learn about available clubs and have the opportunity to sign up for them at a later date. We will post an updated list of middle school clubs when available. You can find the 2019-20 middle school club list here.
  • Contact Information and Directions

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.