Programs

Summer Programs

Ransom Everglades has reimagined its summer programming for summer 2021, creating a trio of summer opportunities that are designed for flexibility – all are expected to take place regardless of the status of the pandemic with adjustments as appropriate to ensure the safety of participants and instructors. This slate of summer offerings replaces the school’s traditional summer camp.

Pine Knot Scholars Program at Ransom Everglades

Pine Knot Scholars is a four-week, full-day summer learning academy for rising fifth through eighth graders that will hark back to the outdoor-focused Pine Knot Camp that preceded Ransom Everglades’ founding. The academy merges interdisciplinary and experiential learning, taking full advantage of the school’s location on the bay. It includes:
  1. traditional instruction from master teachers in two courses of each student’s choosing (see Morning Majors, below)
  2. participation in our interdisciplinary, environmental studies class: Third Class: A Seminar in Environmental Studies
  3. an additional elective
All aspects of the Pine Knot Scholars program are for enrichment and will not result in academic credit at Ransom Everglades or any other school.

Schedule: June 28 - July 23; Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grade Level: rising fifth through eighth graders
Tuition: $4500 with discounts available for early sign-up and for siblings. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Financial Aid is available.
Early Drop-Off: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
After Care: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

See detailed course information below:

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  • Morning Majors: Traditional academic subjects taught by master teachers

    Students may select to enroll in two courses in any of the following: Math, Spanish, English Language Arts, and English for Non-native Speakers. These classes will be small in size, taught by master teachers, and be assisted by our teaching interns. Teaching interns will be high-performing college students, vetted through a rigorous application process who have interest in education as a profession. The classes will provide reinforcement of foundational concepts, and an introduction to material that will be presented in the upcoming academic year. Students will improve the subject area mastery, develop important study skills, and be introduced to the educational technology used during the school year at RE. At the conclusion of the program students will receive a report card where teachers will provide detailed feedback on each students’ progression.

    All aspects of the Pine Knot Scholars program are for enrichment and will not result in academic credit at Ransom Everglades or any other school.

  • Third Class: A Seminar in Environmental Studies

    In the spirit of Paul Ransom, the “Third Class” course will guide students in becoming problem-solvers within their own communities. Students will learn how change happens in communities, will be guided through the process of studying local problems, and assisted in developing solutions and action plans. With a skills-based curriculum, students will utilize math, science, reading comprehension, research, and communication skills each week to conduct inquiries and create solutions to their issues. In addition, an experiential and project-based curriculum will allow students to experience and immerse themselves in the issues through first-hand measurements, data collection, and observations. One day they may find themselves measuring the water quality of the Miami River, counting the fish population of Biscayne Bay, or measuring current sea levels and comparing them to historical data! The projects will be scaffolded to be age-appropriate and successfully challenge students based on their prior knowledge. Students will present their findings at the end of each week in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, oral presentations, video production, and artistic presentations.

  • Afternoon Elective: Exploring Passions, Curiosities and New Discoveries

    Each student will select an elective to participate in at the end of each day. Electives will be based upon the passions and interests of our teachers and interns, and may include the offering of experiences like yoga, basketball, drama, video production, ukulele, and robotics.

Academic and Sports Camps at Ransom Everglades

Summer at RE offers numerous Academic and Sports Camps in order to provide children ages 9 and up opportunities to engage in sports and other activities through a variety of one-week camps. These interactive, skill-building camps are hosted by our master teachers and varsity coaches in a variety of activities. Each camp is structured in half-day increments with the ability to combine activities for a full-day experience, with lunch then included. 

See detailed camp information below:

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  • Art & Design

    Session I: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m. 

    This year’s RE Art & Design camp will embark on a creative investigation of pattern and design. The class is open to anyone interested in making art. No previous experience is necessary. Every project will be carefully explained and demonstrated. Students will learn how to create beautiful organic and geometric designs using a variety of mediums. Students will also take a field trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami on the last Friday of the course.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $450 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, cost of field trip and art materials 
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Baseball

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Ransom Everglades Baseball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth baseball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Basketball

    Session I: June 7-11, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session III: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
    Session IV: August 2-6, 1-4 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Basketball Camps provide challenging and exciting basketball instruction to develop the skills of youth basketball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Dance

    Session I: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Dance Camp students learn how to dance and explore their creativity and individualism by using movement as a form of personal expression for language and emotion. Students will embrace the fundamentals of dance by focusing on the basic technique and terminology, strength training and flexibility conditioning, as well as the development and performance strategies of choreography utilizing the forms of jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance aesthetics and skills.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $375 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.
  • Lacrosse

    Session I: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: August 2-6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Lacrosse Camps provide challenging and exciting  instruction to develop the skills of youth lacrosse players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Robotics

    Session I: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    This weeklong intensive hands-on workshop is designed for students who are interested in designing, building and programming robots for the 2021-2022 VEX Robotics Competition. Beginning students will receive a thorough introduction to the exciting world of competitive robotics and will leave with a design notebook filled with design and strategy ideas to give them a great starting point for the Fall. Experienced students will be able to experiment with more complex mechanical systems and use of sensors for autonomous behavior and smart driver controls.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $450 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, the use of VEX robotic parts and software. The parts, and robots are the property of RE and ownership is not included in the cost of tuition. 
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Soccer

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: July 26-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session IV: August 9-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Soccer Camps provide challenging and exciting soccer instruction to develop the skills of youth soccer players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Softball

    Session I: June 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Softball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth Softball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

  • Speech & Debate

    Session I: June 21-25, 1-4 p.m.
    Session II: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.

    Strength in Words Speech and Debate Workshop for Youth is designed to introduce the fundamentals of public speaking, persuasion techniques, and basic argumentation. Students will overcome fear of speaking, discuss current events issues and devise solutions to be debated in a balanced format. Focus of the program will be to encourage thoughtful listening and persuasive speaking in a positive environment to give volume to young voices!

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $375 per session, which includes a camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Volleyball

    Session I: June 14-18, 1-4 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Volleyball Camps provide challenging and exciting sport specific instruction to develop the skills of youth volleyball players in our community. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum, while also competing in a variety of live game action including scrimmaging and tournament play.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes camp t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for a morning camp session during the same week.

  • Watersports

    Session I: June 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session II: June 21-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session III: August 2-6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Session IV: August 9-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ransom Everglades Water Sports Camps provide challenging and exciting waterfront based instruction. Open to girls and boys, we focus on teaching the fundamentals and finer techniques of kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and sailing in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers will learn the importance of work ethic, competitiveness, teamwork, and having fun through our skills based curriculum.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Cost: $200 per session, which includes a t-shirt, prizes and memorabilia
    Lunch will not be provided unless campers are signed up for an afternoon camp session during the same week.

Explorations Academy at Ransom Everglades

The Explorations Academy allows rising eighth through 12th graders to explore a variety of course offerings at various times for enrichment, advancement or remediation. Students are able to choose from for-credit courses in algebra, geometry and other subjects, and enrichment classes on exciting topics that include data science, chemistry and the Young Researchers Program.

See detailed course information below:

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  • Algebra 1 Essentials

    Schedule: June 28 through July 23, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1
    Grade Level: rising eighth and ninth graders only
    Tuition: $1,000
    Credit: This course is not for credit.

    Algebra 1 Essentials includes a review of the fundamentals of algebra, covering topics that utilize the mechanics of algebra in order to develop and hone problem-solving skills. Real-life applications are stressed whenever possible. These problem-solving skills play a vital role not only in future math courses, but also in all subject areas. The topics include solving equations and inequalities, word-problem applications, polynomials, factoring, functions and graphs, linear systems, quadratics, radicals, and rational expressions. Students practice solving different types of mathematics problems and hone the skills needed for success in future math courses.

  • Algebra 2

    Schedule: June 21 through July 30, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and department approval
    Grade Level: rising ninth graders or above
    Tuition: $3,500
    Credit: For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1 math credit (the equivalent of a full-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

    Algebra 2 provides a continuation of algebra for students who have completed Algebra 1. The topics covered in Algebra 2 include properties of real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, absolute value, systems of linear equations, linear functions and their graphs, linear programming, polynomials, rational expressions, number systems (irrational and complex), solving quadratic equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, variation, solving polynomial equations, analytic geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, matrices and determinants. The goals of the course include applying the skills learned in Algebra 1, improving students’ written communication skills in mathematics and using the graphing calculator as a learning tool and problem solver.

    This course is for advancement. Because of the speed and rigor at which this course is taught, it is only open to our strongest students; departmental approval is required for enrollment.

  • Geometry

    Schedule: June 21 through July 30, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.. This course is offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 2 and department approval
    Grade Level: rising ninth graders or above
    Tuition: $3,500
    Credit: For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1 math credit (the equivalent of a full-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

    Geometry offers an introduction to a mathematical theory of space. This course concentrates on Euclidean geometry while maintaining and sharpening algebraic skills. The topics include: deductive systems, undefined terms, definitions, postulates, theorems, proofs, indirect proofs; subsets of space: points, lines, planes, segments, rays, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and polygonal regions; real numbers and measurement: betweenness, distance, angle measure, area, volume, convex sets and separation, incidence, perpendicularity and parallelism; equivalence relation: congruence, proportionality and similarity; the Pythagorean Theorem; circles, tangents, arcs, chords, regular polygons, circumference, sectors; prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres; and right triangle trigonometry. Rigorous proofs will be emphasized.

    This course is for advancement. Because of the speed and rigor at which this course is taught, it is only open to our strongest students; departmental approval is required for enrollment.

  • Analytical Precalculus

    Schedule: June 21 through July 30, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.. This course is offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisites: Algebra 2, Geometry and department approval
    Grade Level: rising 10th graders or above
    Tuition: $3,500
    Credit: For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1 math credit (the equivalent of a full-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

    Analytic Precalculus challenges students in problem-solving and analytical functions, stressing individual initiative and creativity in applying techniques. The course begins with a rigorous study of trigonometry, using both right-triangle and circular-function approaches. The progression of skills taught in Algebra 2 and Geometry is advanced with topics including polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences and series (geometric and arithmetic) and inverses of functions. Graphing techniques, such as translation and symmetry are studied.

    Other topics may be covered time permitting: mathematical induction, the Binomial Theorem, DeMoivre’s Theorem, polar and parametric equations, and matrix algebra. Students are expected to interpret complex problems and write well-supported solutions to those problems. The graphing calculator is used throughout the course as a tool for exploring, deepening precalculus concepts, and offering access to interesting and more difficult problems. 

    This course is for advancement. Because of the speed and rigor at which this course is taught, it is only open to our strongest students; departmental approval is required for enrollment.

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry

    Schedule: July 6 through July 30, Monday through Thursday, 9-11 a.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisite: none
    Grade Level: rising 10th graders only
    Tuition: $1,000
    Credit: This course is not for credit.

    This course is for rising sophomores registered for chemistry who want to get a leg up on the course material while improving their algebra and mathematical-reasoning skills. The course will provide a focus on critical skills needed for success in chemistry, including dimensional analysis, nomenclature, and stoichiometry, while at the same time introducing some of the fun aspects and applications of chemistry.

  • Advanced Chemistry

    Schedule: July 6 through July 30, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisites: A- or higher in biology, and an A or higher in algebra-based geometry or B or higher in either analytic precalculus, precalculus or proof-based geometry
    Grade Level: rising 10th graders only
    Tuition: $1,400
    Credit: This course is not for credit.

    This course is for highly motivated rising sophomores who meet the eligibility requirements, successful completion of Chemistry Accelerator and recommendation by the department, provides an opportunity to take Advanced Placement Chemistry as a sophomore.

    The course will start with a review of chemical concepts introduced in biology, including valence electrons and covalent bonding. It will then cover essential concepts needed for success in AP Chemistry, including chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, reaction types, solutions, states of matter, phase changes, and basic thermodynamics.

  • Data Science Academy

    Schedule: June 21 through July 30, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only.
    Prerequisite: none
    Grade Level: rising 10th graders or above
    Tuition: $2,600
    Credit: This course is not for credit.
    Technical Requirement: Jupyter Notebook with the Anaconda Distribution installed on computers. A secondary monitor, for viewing lecture while coding, is strongly recommended.

    RE Data Science Academy provides an introduction to data analytics and visualizations for students with and without prior coding experience. Students will learn how to import, manipulate, clean and analyze data to produce reports that can be used for data-driven decision making. During the course, we will be working hands-on data, learning how to do data scraping and data extraction, processing the data into clean, structured, and workable datasets for analysis or machine-learning applications. This course will be an excellent foundation for future endeavors into the data science world and could be a perfect first step before taking the Applied Data Science class. In the final capstone project, students will apply their skills to interpret real-world data sets and make appropriate analyses and recommendations from their findings.

  • Young Researchers Program (YREP)

    Session 1: June 21 to July 9
    Session 2:
    July 12 to July 30 
    Lab open hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., five days per week
    Attendance requirements: minimum 20 hrs. per week per student
    Prerequisite: none
    Grade Level: rising high school students (grades 9-12) and RE alumni
    Tuition: $1,800 per session
    Credit: This course is not for credit.
    Technology and Lab Needs: Student's computer with ORIGIN LAB installed. Access to the STEM Center, room 219, stock rooms on the second floor and engineering shop. 

    Ransom Everglades upper school students and alumni are invited to join a single or both three-week sessions to conduct innovative research at the Ransom Everglades Research Facility. Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), each young researcher will conduct independent studies guided by Ransom Everglades experienced researchers to determine heavy metal presence in Biscayne Bay sharks tissues, and other Florida native species. The effects of metal runoff and spills have reached our ecosystem and are affecting the reproductive lives of marine and land plants and animals. Confronted with that, we decided to take action. The first step was engineering a way to measure liquid samples to identify presence of metals. Two years ago, our yRE developed a revolutionary technique that allowed us to do just that. Their work was featured in international professional symposia. During the 2020 summer, our yRE scholars engineered a sample positioning system, and analyzed data extracted from blacknose-tip sharks as well as from Florida-produced citrus, finding mercury, zinc, cadmium and titanium contaminants among others. Their findings were presented at the 2021 Junior Science, Humanities and Engineering Symposium. Our goal for the 2021 summer is to make our method faster and quantifiable. Using organic and physicochemistry techniques, the yRE will create a reliable method to quantify heavy metal concentration and continue their discovery of heavy metal contaminants in our food chain. Using artificial intelligence algorithms to polish the signal of our samples, we will compare wilderness data to the known heavy metal emissions at the National Institute of Standards (NIST). It is expected that the results will be submitted to professional symposia and for publication.

    Participants can attend mornings and/or afternoons, with a minimum expectation to place 20 hours per week on a flexible schedule in the following activities:
    1. Data analysis - virtual or in person
    2. Physicochemistry lab - in person
    3. Engineering shop - in person

  • Rethinking Hamilton, the Musical: A study of the Constitution and the early republic

    Schedule: June 28 through August 6, Monday through Friday, 8:30-10 a.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only. There will be considerable amounts of asynchronous work assigned outside of class time, as well as time required for student/teacher conferences outside of class.
    Prerequisite: U.S. History
    Grade Level: rising 11th graders or above
    Tuition: $1,750
    Credit: For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1/2 HSS credit (the equivalent of a half-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

    Using the lens of the (in)famous Hamilton play, this class explores “the fabric of American empire” and focuses on three major themes:  1) the formation of the American nation and the U.S. Constitution in terms of political structure, culture, and society during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; 2) the many meanings of early American “democracy” and the political changes that occurred during these years; and 3) the many different experiences during this period, by those people who would numerically make up the majority of the United States.

    The course offers a thematic exploration of the Early Republic through the Hamilton musical but also through primary sources and scholarly interpretations. Students develop their reading and discussion skills through a seminar-style format (including synchronous class meetings, if in-person meetings are impossible). Due to the popularity of the musical, students will improve their media literacy and ability to evaluate the historical inaccuracies as well as the current-day importance placed on the “framers’ intent.” Given the political nature of the material, students will work to refine their debate and argument skills in a polite discourse.

  • Spoils of War: WWII and its Legacy

    Schedule: June 28 through August 6, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This course will be offered via remote learning only. There will be considerable amounts of asynchronous work assigned outside of class time, as well as time required for student/teacher conferences outside of class.
    Prerequisite: U.S. History
    Grade Level: rising 11th graders or above
    Tuition: $1,750
    Credit: For Ransom Everglades students, this course will earn 1/2 HSS credit (the equivalent of a half-year course). The final grade in the course will appear on the Ransom Everglades transcript and will be included in the calculation of GPA.

    World War II is the largest conflict and one of the most transformative events in human history. This course provides a study of the conflict’s truly global nature as it altered the trajectory of history. It includes a careful examination of the causes and effects of the war, changes to governments and political systems, the lived experience of both soldiers and civilians, violence, and genocide. Coursework will enable students to contextualize current events through a study of the war’s economic, political and cultural legacies.

    This course offers a thematic exploration of the conflict through primary sources, scholarly interpretations, and feature films. Students will develop their reading and discussion skills through a seminar-style format. As feature films will feature in class discussion, students will improve their media literacy and ability to evaluate the historical inaccuracies as well as the current-day importance placed on the legacy of World War 2.



Location:
Ransom Everglades Upper School
Ransom Campus
3575 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Questions? Contact Us

Summer Programs
305 460 8874
305 460 8879
summer@ransomeverglades.org

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    Mr. Pete DiPace 

    Assistant Head of the Middle School for Student Life, Executive Director of Summer Programs, History
    305-250-4503
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    Mr. James Jimmy Oxsalida 

    Mathematics & Computer Science Teacher
    305-250-4505
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.