REinventing Excellence


A blend of bold aspirations

REinventing Excellence is about equipping students with the skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in today’s ever-changing world. And to prepare them for their journeys, we are:
  • enriching the curriculum
  • building the best faculty
  • integrating technology creatively
  • upgrading buildings, facilities and spaces
  • developing RE as an institution

Our vision

No meaningful vision for Ransom Everglades could exist apart from our students and the faculty, coaches, counselors and staff who serve them.

The RE community has rallied around our vision because it is specific, aspirational and humane.

  • GROW. We will continue to evolve as individuals and as an institution.
  • LEARN. We will acquire and apply knowledge in areas ranging from academics, personal resiliency and sportsmanship to public service and environmental stewardship.
  • EXCEL. We will seek to achieve the highest standards as students, teachers, coaches, activists, philanthropists, volunteers and as an institution.
  • SERVE. We will forever send out graduates that put more into the world than they take out.

Learn, Serve, Explore, Excel: The Fund for RE

Campaign at a glance

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Should I give to The Fund for RE (our annual giving program), or REinventing Excellence: The Campaign for Ransom Everglades?

    All gifts to Ransom Everglades — whether to The Fund for RE, endowed funds or capital projects — contribute to REinventing Excellence: The Campaign for Ransom Everglades.

    We invite every family to start their philanthropy at RE with a gift to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. We hope, too, that each family will be inspired to stretch its giving during the REinventing Excellence campaign, whether through an increased gift to The Fund for RE or an additional gift to one of the campaign priorities.

    No matter where you give to this campaign, you are helping to ensure that we have the annual funds to react quickly to needs as they arise, the endowed funds to create a growing source of income for the future and the capital funds to improve facilities for current and future students.

  • Q. Why are gifts to our annual giving program, The Fund for RE, important?

    The Fund for RE is the very foundation of REinventing Excellence: The Campaign for Ransom Everglades. The Fund provides flexible dollars that allow the school to act quickly on needs that arise each year – whether a timely speaker or student project, unexpected hurricane expenses, financial aid to assist a student in need or the right salary to attract an exceptional teacher. For this reason, annual gifts to The Fund for RE are always the school’s first fundraising priority.

  • Q. How can we make a gift?

    If you are interested in making a gift to The Fund, please click here or call the Advancement Office at 305 460 8859.

    If you are interested in making an additional gift to one of the campaign priorities, please complete this inquiry form or contact Director of Major and Capital Gifts Julie Rosenfeld. We would love to share an inside look at the master plan for Ransom Everglades.

  • Q. If The Fund for RE represents the foundation of REinventing Excellence, what are the other elements of this campaign?

    The campaign has three funding priorities: current programs (The Fund for RE), endowments and capital building projects.

    Endowments: Gifts to support endowments ensure the school’s financial sustainability and afford RE with the resources to support financial aid; maintain our campuses by the bay; and recruit, retain and support the finest faculty.

    Capital projects: Gifts to capital projects allow RE to reimagine the upper school campus – from the La Brisa property and Cameron Hall to the new STEM Center, future dining hall and planned humanities building.

  • Q. What are the overall financial goals of the campaign?

    The overall goal is $75 million, split between the three funding priorities:

    Campaign Goals by Priority
    Support for Current Operations
    The Fund for RE
    $22 million
    $19.5 million
    Support for the Endowment
    Financial Aid, Faculty Support and Facilities
    $13 million
    $4.6 million
    Support for capital projects
    Cameron Hall, STEM Center, La Brisa, Dining Hall, Humanities Building
    $40 million
    $37.9 million
    $75 million
    $69.2 million, including $7.2 million in planned gifts

    *As of December 31, 2020. The campaign concludes June 30, 2023.

  • Q. So the campaign is designed to build buildings, programs, RE’s faculty, The Fund for RE … and the school’s endowment?

    Endowment gifts help Ransom Everglades continue its century-long tradition of honor and excellence by ensuring the school’s long-term financial sustainability. Endowments support many areas central to RE’s mission, including faculty support, professional development, financial aid, student life programming and facilities.

    RE’s endowment currently provides three percent of our annual operating budget – less than many of the country’s highest-ranked independent schools, and its endowment-per-student also lags significantly behind these schools. At $37.5 million, our endowment is smaller than one might expect for a school of our age, size and reputation.

    It is important to increase our endowment to strengthen the school’s financial foundation and ensure its long-term ability to remain at the cutting edge of educational innovation. The campaign will add $13 million to the endowment.

  • Q. Campaign timeline?

    The campaign officially launched in fall 2017 and will conclude on June 30, 2023.

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.