Back to School

List of 9 items.

  • 2019-20 Academic Calendar

    Please review the 2019-20 academic calendar. As always, we respectfully request that families plan vacations, college visits, medical and other appointments, and other commitments at times that do not require students to miss classes. Key dates for parents next fall include Middle School Back-to-School Night on September 5 and Upper School Back-to-School Night on September 12.
    We will also offer on October 21 and October 28 Parent Conference Days that will provide parents the opportunity to schedule one-on-one time with each of their child’s teachers. This is a change from previous years, when we offered meetings only with each child’s advisor. We will share more details with you in the fall about the purpose of these meetings, and how to schedule them.
  • 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 "Welcome to myCOMPASS" email sent to all new parents on April 23, 2019, for instructions. If you cannot locate that email and need assistance, please call 305 460 8883 or email
    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
  • New student access to myCOMPASS, email, etc.

    New students in Grades 7 through 12 will receive password access to email, GSuite, and myCOMPASS during orientation, the first day of classes. Grade 6 students will receive their access during the first week of school.

  • School Forms (due August 1)

    School forms are available on myCOMPASS. It is important that you complete the online school forms and paper school forms for your students, updating contact and emergency information, medical information, and giving or declining permissions for certain school activities, at your earliest convenience.

    The school forms are due August 1. Students will not be permitted to attend classes or participate in any sports tryouts or practices until all of their school forms have been completed and turned in. To ensure the safety of our students, this policy will be strictly enforced. If you have difficulty accessing the forms, please contact our webmaster.

  • 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. Routes and pick-up / drop-off locations and times, cost and other details are found in the Bus Service online form available in myCOMPASS with the required school forms.

    Note new bus stop:

    Brickell stop
    The Key Biscayne route will consist of two stops:
    6:50 a.m. (7:15 a.m. on Fridays) at SunTrust Bank, 520 Crandon Boulevard
    7:05 a.m. (7:30 a.m. on Fridays) at Immanuel Church, 1770 Brickell Avenue

    Contact Daniel Perez with any questions regarding bus service and to sign up for the newly-added stop.

  • Summer Reading

  • Textbooks

    Required textbooks for the 2019-20 school year are available through MBS Direct, the school’s official online textbook provider. We hope that families will appreciate the variety of options for purchasing books that MBS Direct provides. Please visit the MBS Direct website now to order your child's textbooks and ensure you receive them in time for the start of classes on August 19.
    Orders must by placed by Friday, August 9, to ensure they arrive in time. Please note that books will be mailed to the address you designate when placing your order online. These books will not be distributed at school.

    Note that you will need your child’s student ID number to view the required textbooks for your child’s classes. You can find your child’s student ID number on his/her “contact card” in myCOMPASS. Once you have obtained your child’s student ID number, you may proceed to MBS Direct. Please direct questions to Director of Bookstores Katrina Patchett via email or by calling 305 460 8885.

  • Middle School Uniform

    All Middle School students are required to wear RE school uniforms, which may be purchased in person at the AA Uniform Store at 8807 SW 132 Street or online from AA 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. Boys may wear shorts or pants with the logo; girls may wear shorts, pants, skirts, skorts or capris with the RE logo.

    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 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 School or Upper School bookstores. All pants, shorts, skirts, capris and skorts with 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

    Please note changes for 2019-20 with respect to the length of shorts and skirts.

    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

    Parents of middle schoolers and ninth graders are invited to attend their children’s orientation on the first day of school, Monday, August 19. All middle schoolers will follow a half-day schedule. Upper schoolers will follow a full-day schedule.

    Please note that at the Upper School, students will take yearbook photos on the first day. (Middle School students will take their yearbook photos August 22 and 23.) 
    There is no parent component to orientation for grades 10-12. Freshman parents may not park on campus for orientation because of construction. Please consider ridesharing.
    Monday, August 19: First Day of Classes/Orientation
    7:30 a.m. Freshmen arrive to campus (Parents must find parking off campus or use ride-sharing. No parent parking on campus).
    7:45 a.m. Freshmen meet in advisory in the Lewis Family Auditorium; freshmen parents may join their freshmen.
    8 a.m. Freshman Class Meeting with Parents, Lewis Family Auditorium
    • 8-8:30 a.m. Head of Upper School, Dean of Students and Class Dean welcome freshmen
    • 8:30 a.m. Freshmen take campus tour (including locate and claim lockers, take yearbook photos) and work with junior mentors.
    • 8:30 a.m. Freshmen parents hear from school leaders, college counseling, counseling office, athletics and others.
    • 9 a.m. Freshmen parents hear from Head of School Penny Townsend
    • 9:45 Freshmen parents visit athletics, health center, other destinations (optional) or depart campus
    8:30 a.m. Class Meetings Grades 10-12 (seniors in the Pagoda; juniors in the dining hall; sophomores in the gym).
    9:15 a.m. Advisory, Grades 10-12.
    9:50 a.m. End freshman activities and advisories for Grades 10-12
    10 a.m.                All-school assembly
    10:30 a.m.          End assembly
    10:40-11:05        Period 1
    11:10-11:35         Period 2
    11:40-12:05        Period 3
    12:10-12:35        Period 4
    12:40-1:05          Period 5
    1:10-1:35 p.m.    Period 6
    1:40-2:05 p.m.   Period 7
    2:10-2:35 p.m.   Period 8
    2:40-3:15 p.m.   Advisory
    3:15 p.m.             Dismissal for all upper school students
    3:30-5:30 p.m.  Parent/student meet & greet with new Head of Upper School Patricia Sasser (Ransom Cottage)
    7th and 8th Grade
    7:45-8:20 a.m.   7th grade assembly/8th grade advisory (students and parents)
    8:30-9:05           8th grade assembly/7th grade advisory (students and parents)
    9:15-10:15           Students visit classrooms following Tuesday's schedule
    9:15-10:30          Parents may attend REPA coffee in Activities Room, or depart
    10:30 a.m.           Students dismissed

    6th Grade
    10:50 a.m.          Legacy sixth graders ONLY should report to gymnasium with their alumni parents for special photo (more information to come via email)
    11:30-12:15         Assembly for all sixth-grade students and parents
    12:30-1 p.m.      Advisory meetings for sixth-grade students with their parents
    1-1:45 p.m.          Lunch for students; parents may attend REPA coffee in the Activities Room, or depart
    1:45-2:15             Advisory
    2:15-3:15             Students visit classroom following Tuesday's schedule with student ambassadors
    3:15-3:30            Advisory
    3:30 p.m.            Dismissal (parents return to pick up children)
  • Student Yearbook Photos

    Student yearbook photos will be taken on the first day of school at the Upper School. At the Middle School, yearbook photos will be taken August 22 and 23.

  • Fall Sports Tryouts and Start Dates

    Tryout dates for individual teams are or will be listed on the respective team page.

    Middle School students should make club and sports team requests by August 1 by going here. More information on clubs can be found here.    
    Middle School practice start dates are as follows.
    MS football, swimming, and girls' volleyball: August 20
    MS golf: August 21
    MS cross country: August 22
    MS crew and sailing: August 26

    The first practice dates for fall sports for Upper School students are as follows:
    US crew: August 19
    US cross country: August 7
    US football: July 29
    US golf (tryouts): August 19
    US sailing: August 19
    US swimming: August 12
    US girls’ volleyball: August 5

    For more information, contact
  • Performing Arts Fall Performances

    Sept. 14:All State Band Auditions
    Oct. 4:Orchestra Fall Showcase (Rehearsal Oct. 3)
    Oct. 10, 11Upper School Live@Lunch
    Oct. 17Middle School Band Solo and Ensemble Recital
    Nov. 6, 7, 8:Middle School Fall Play (auditions Sept. 10, 11)
    Nov. 8, 9:
    FBA Solo/Ensemble Festival
    Nov. 21, 22, 23:
    Upper School Fall Musical (auditions Aug. 27, 28, 29)
    Dec. 2, 3, 4:Upper School Spring Play Auditions
    Dec. 4:Orchestra Winter Concert
    Dec. 5:Upper School Band Holiday Concert (rehearsal Dec. 2)
    Dec. 6, 7, 8:Middle School Performing Arts Trip to Orlando
    Dec. 10, 11:Middle School Spring Musical Auditions
    Dec. TBD:Winter Dance Showcase
  • 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.

  • School Supplies

    Students do not have to purchase locks, notebooks, paper, folders, or other school supplies during the summer. They will receive information on what they need for their classes during the first day of classes. Locks for lockers also will be provided.

  • Student Clubs and Activities

    Students returning to the Upper School will have selected their clubs in the spring of 2019; there will be an additional opportunity early in the school year for students to select new clubs and for freshmen to select clubs.

    Middle School students are asked to choose their preferred fall clubs and athletic teams by August 1. This will enable students to enjoy those activities as soon as the school year begins. Middle School students should go here to learn about the various club options and they should go here to request their preferred fall clubs and, if applicable, fall sports.

    list of clubs offered in 2018-19
  • Technology

    If you are in the market for a new computer/tablet for your child for the 2019-20 school year, see these guidelines. Once classes start in August and via myCOMPASS, we will share additional information about logins, resources and technology changes for the coming year.

  • Detailed Daily School Calendar

    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.

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.