Back to School

Welcome! Our Back-to-School Page is designed to help new and returning RE families prepare for the 2021-22 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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  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Ransom Everglades School is an inclusive community that welcomes and benefits from diverse experiences and perspectives. Our students and faculty embrace multiculturalism and appreciate the unique potential of each individual. During their time at RE, everyone benefits from the contributions of each member, while honing skills and sensitivities that prepare them to excel and lead in a global community. Read more about diversity, equity and inclusion at RE.
  • Student and parent access to 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.
    Parents of incoming students received digital credential information on April 28 for their parent accounts via email. Parents of each new student received an email on June 1 containing their child’s school credentials for accessing the school email.

    Parents, please familiarize yourself with myCOMPASS before the start of school in August. If you have any questions, please email
    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.
  • School Forms (due August 1)

    School forms are available on myCOMPASS. (New parents received instructions on April 28 about accessing myCOMPASS.) At your earliest convenience, please complete the forms for your students, updating contact, emergency and medical information, and giving or declining permissions for certain school activities. Find instructions here.The school forms must be submitted by August 1 in order for students to begin the school year smoothly and start classes on Monday, August 23. Students will not be permitted to access technology, attend classes or participate in any co- or extra-curricular activities 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, or if you are a new parent and did not receive an email with instructions on how to access myCOMPASS on April 28, please email our Technology Services Department at
    In addition, the Community Health Commitment is due on August 21. Every student and one parent per family must log into myCOMPASS by Saturday, August 21, to indicate their acceptance of the Community Health Commitment. Click on the yellow banner at the top of the screen with the "checklist" link.

  • 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.

    Buses will not run on Monday, August 23. Bus service will commence on Tuesday morning, August 24.

    Please see the Bus Service resource page in myCOMPASS for routes and pick-up / drop-off locations and times. Cost and other details are found in the bus service sign-up form also available on the resource page. Email Daniel Perez or call 305 460 8895 with any questions regarding bus service.
  • Technology

    Returning Ransom Everglades students will keep their school-issued laptops over the summer if they completed the necessary laptop upgrades to allow remote software updates before May 10. We encourage all students to inspect their school laptops and have any repairs performed before the start of school by turning in their devices to the Technology Services Department.
    New Ransom Everglades students pre-registered for either Explorations Academy or Pine Knot Scholars (see Summer at RE above) will receive their school laptops at a technology orientation session held before the start of the summer programs.

    All new students must attend the final technology orientation sessions and laptop distribution held on Saturday, August 21. Returning Ransom Everglades students not yet comfortable with the use of technology also may attend these technology orientation sessions.

    Middle School Technology Orientation and Laptop Distribution
    Saturday, August 21, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Each new family received a detailed, personalized email on August 12 regarding this event. Please refer to that email for information about timing, etc. Masks are required.
    Location: Stamps Family Science Building, middle school campus

    Upper School Technology Orientation and Laptop Distribution
    Saturday, August 21, 12 - 4 p.m.
    Each new family received a detailed, personalized email on August 12 regarding this event. Please refer to that email for information about timing, etc. Masks are required.
    Location: 203, upper school campus

    Parents of each new student received on June 1 an email containing their child’s school credentials for accessing the school email.

  • Summer Reading

  • Textbooks

    Required textbooks for the 2021-22 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 in August.
    Order your child's textbooks today through July 30 (midnight central time zone) to get free shipping on orders over $99. Orders placed through MBS Direct 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 the student's “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 Book and Online Stores Arthur Hoffmann or Upper School Bookstore Associate Sara Scarfone via email.
  • Middle School Supplies

    Middle school general supplies list Contact Middle School Dean of Studies Doreen Johnson with any questions.

  • Detailed School Calendar of Events

    The school calendar is very busy, and events are being added all the time. Key dates for parents in the fall include Middle School Back-to-School Night on September 9, Upper School Back-to-School Night on September 14.

    For more details on events or for dates of events not listed on this page, p
    lease consult the school calendar in myCOMPASS or the events calendar on the school website if you do not have a myCOMPASS account.

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  • Middle School Uniform

    In an effort to offer a range of choices to students and families, two vendors, Dennis Uniform and Lands’ End, are available for ordering middle school uniforms. You may purchase uniforms either in person or online from Dennis Uniform, or online through Lands’ End.
  • Upper School Dress Code

    The dress code has been crafted to maintain standards of dress and appearance appropriate to serious academic pursuits while allowing for 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. Tight-fitting and revealing clothing worn by some students that presents them in an inappropriate manner and/or that reveals a lack of respect for the academic environment will not be permitted. Only clothing consistent with the guidelines below may be worn. An important part of the school dress code is the visible wearing of the ID badge (described below). 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. Material that is transparent or see-through is not permitted.

    • 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 is 5- or 7-inch chinos shorts found at a wide variety of retailers and uniform stores.
    • Pants: Only Khaki-style or 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. T-shirt, scoop-neck, low-cut, form-fitting, or backless dresses may not be worn.
    • 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, “rompers,” beach flip-flops and open-toed sandals.

    PE attire
    , which can be purchased in the RE Store, must be worn during physical education classes. During the swimming rotation, a one-piece bathing suite or swim trunks are acceptable attire.

    Grooming: All students are expected to be neat and clean in personal appearance. Jewelry should compliment and not distract from the dress code. Unless the jewelry is significant to the culture or religion of the student, jewelry is expected to be simple in nature.

    Athletic Game Days/Competition Days/Performance Days: On days of home games, performances, and/or other competitions, student-athletes / performers / competitors are encouraged to help promote school spirit for their teams by wearing the team / ensemble-approved attire during the academic day. Sweats and warm-ups are not permitted during classes.

  • Fall Sports Tryouts and Start Dates

    For more information, contact the RE Athletics and Physical Education Office. Note that all required online school forms and FHSAA athletic participation forms must be submitted by August 1 for students to participate in tryouts or practices.

  • Performing Arts Fall Performances

    US Fall Play Auditions
    MS Fall Play Auditions
    MS Strings Recital
    MS Band Fall Recital
    MS Fall Play
    US Strings Recital
    US Fall Musical
    US Band Concert
    MS Band Winter Concert
    MS Orchestra Winter Concert
    September 1 and 2 at 4 p.m.
    September 8 and 9 at 4 p.m.
    October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 10 at 7:30 p.m.

    lease consult the school calendar in myCOMPASS for additional dates of auditions and performances.

  • Class of 2022 Senior Retreat

    Find detailed information here.
    Permission forms may be found here.
  • Orientation Activities

    August 23, 2021
    7:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. - 7th and 8th grades
    Location: Middle School

    8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. - 9th grade and new 10th & 11th graders
    Location: Upper School
    10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. - returning 10th, 11th, 12th graders
    Location: Upper School
    11:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. - 6th grade
    Location: Middle School
    Note we will not offer bus service on the first day of school. Bus service will commence on Tuesday morning, August 24.
  • August 23 All-School Convocation

    The first day of school will conclude with a virtual all-school convocation at 7 p.m. Students are required to watch and we invite parents to join them. Head of School Penny Townsend and other school leaders will welcome and address the entire Ransom Everglades School community.
  • Parent Volunteers Needed

    New families can learn about how to get involved here. 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.

    Visit the REPA web pages and resource page at
    RE Parents Association Volunteering with RE Parents Association myCOMPASS Resource Board
  • Student Clubs and Activities

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

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.