From the Head of School

2024

  • Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    From the Desk of the Head of School: Celebrating alumni who live out RE's mission and core values

    Spring celebrations at RE offer special opportunities to honor alumni who live out the mission of Ransom Everglades School and reflect the values of our founders. By presenting our most prestigious alumni awards during our traditional student ceremonies, we allow our students an up-close look at the powerful impact of lives built on service. It was a privilege this spring to honor two influential servant leaders from Ransom Everglades: Joshua Williams ’18 received the Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Community at commencement on May 24, and Rudy Prio Touzet ’76 received the Head of School’s Award for Distinguished Service to the School at the upper school awards ceremony on April 30.
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  • Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    From the Desk of the Head of School: RE students lead the way to a sustainable future

    Rachel Rodriguez
    There are many things we are doing as a school to contribute to environmental sustainability, from increasing our reliance on solar panels and electric tools/implements to investing in composting and recycling. We know that our actions as an institution matter. We also know that our students’ actions matter even more – they are the ones who have the power to change the world. That is why the annual Ransom Everglades Climate Symposium, a truly extraordinary student research event in its eighth year, is so imperative and encouraging. This year’s symposium took place on April 30 to conclude Earth Month.
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  • Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    From the Desk of the Head of School: Helping our young alumni launch their careers

    Rachel Rodriguez
    Our most senior alumni know that the benefits of a Ransom Everglades education extend well past graduation. Since the earliest days at the Everglades School for Girls and the Ransom School, graduates have been welcomed into a strong and proud alumni community that now numbers nearly 7,000. For the last year, one of our goals has been to broaden that community and more effectively leverage opportunities for talented alumni – especially our youngest alumni – as they make their way in the world.
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  • Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    From the Desk of the Head of School: Helping the Class of 2024 prepare for life after RE

    Rachel Rodriguez
    When RE’s board of trustees unveiled our core values (The RE Way) last year, it served as a reminder that Ransom Everglades is more than a school. The values – support and community, diversity and inclusion, honor and excellence, service and outreach, and joy and wellbeing – have little to do with achieving an A on a test or in a course. Although our students exemplify excellence, we aren’t a factory churning out excellent students. We are an important institution in our city that strives to send out academically prepared, capable and empathetic citizens ready for life’s challenges. That aspiration was the driving force behind the recent creation of the Life After RE Seminar Series for members of the Class of 2024.
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  • Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    From the Desk of the Head of School: A tradition of Honor and Excellence

    As winter break came to a close last week, I found myself thinking about a New Year’s resolution for our great school. What should RE resolve to do in 2024? My mind kept returning to our core values, all of which serve as guideposts and are critical to our students’ growth and the school’s identity. Yet as we prepare students to enter a world that is increasingly divisive and fractured, and which can offer quick rewards at a great ethical cost, the core value that seems particularly worthy of renewed commitment is Honor and Excellence.
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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.