The Fund for RE

The Fund for Ransom Everglades

Ransom Everglades provides a transformational educational experience for every student because of our community’s incredible dedication to intellectual growth and generosity of spirit. 
Together, we can provide the resources the school needs to be flexible in meeting needs as they arise and ensure that all students have meaningful opportunities to grow and succeed in whatever paths they choose. Together, we are RE!
Make a gift and take advantage of expanded CARES Act tax deductions. Learn more here.


I am amazed and so incredibly moved by the longevity and true depth of the connections and true friendships that I have made through RE with both classmates and teachers.
– Vanessa Chartouni-de la Serna ’90

Outside of my parents, RE has had the greatest influence on the course of my life.
– Scott Fuhrman '00
The love of learning was instilled in our girls in their early education and continues on at Ransom Everglades. The faculty and staff are a huge part of why we love RE.  
– Nicole Murray P'22 '23

I love RE because of the students! They are curious, optimistic, and open-minded. This makes teaching here a pleasure.
– Kate Bloomfield
History and Social Sciences
RE encourages me to bring my passion for theatre into the classroom. I get to fall in love with the craft through the eyes of my students and performers. 
– Cecilia Gonzalez
Performing Arts

Because 24 years later, it still feels like home.
– David Arnold ’86 P’21 ’24 ’27


Your time is also a gift.

To volunteer, contact Melissa Bonafonte, Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades, at 305 460 8215 or via email.


Leveraging technology
1:1 laptop program ensures consistent experiences and equity of access for all students.

Providing access and opportunity
Financial aid makes an RE education possible for many students and enhances the educational experience for the entire student body.
Continuing faculty professional development
Thoughtful professional development supports the delivery of a dynamic, evolving and inclusive curriculum.  

Centering the student experience
Adaptations to sports, arts and other co-curricular activities provide relevant experiences while ensuring the safety of all participants.
Supporting students’ health and well being
Students take part in school-wide programming, such as a global citizenship curriculum called High Resolves and a student-led peer education program called the Health Information Project. 


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Melanie Hoffmann

    Mrs. Melanie Hoffmann 

    Director of Advancement
  • Photo of Melissa Bonafonte

    Mrs. Melissa Bonafonte 

    Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades
  • Photo of Erika Valdes

    Mrs. Erika Valdes 

    Annual Giving Coordinator
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.