The Fund for RE

The Fund for Ransom Everglades

Ransom Everglades provides transformational educational experiences 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 love RE because I love the environment and community that surrounds the school. The staff, educators and education are top notch. I cannot ask for anything better for my daughter.”
Nekeisha Clement P’25

“I am grateful for the phenomenal teachers that pushed me to be the best student I could be and took interest and fostered a real passion.”
Claudia Miyar Angles ’96
“I love RE because I spent 35 amazing years of my life teaching there. I still see so many of my students who call, come to visit, and regale me with their latest escapades.”
Faculty Emerita Buzzie Borona-Polson

“I love RE because it's where my talents and abilities were cultivated and appreciated.”
Eugene Williams, Jr. ’87
“This is the place where I have made friends, found new passions, and discovered new sides to myself. This is the place that has always pushed me. Here at Ransom Everglades, we have a community that is always there to lend a helping hand.”
Alicia Medina ’26


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.


Innovative Classes
The constantly evolving curriculum promotes interdisciplinary, creative work across all departments

Faculty Development
Faculty log thousands of hours each summer in professional development activities

Unique Programming
Opportunities abound for students to pursue co-curricular activities and engage with the community
Financial Aid
 $7.3 million awarded to 19% of students

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Programs, workshops and learning opportunities reflect the school's commitment to diversity

RE will host a total of seven sessions for student-athletes with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit whose goal is to change culture and behavior throughout youth sports.
RE's environmental sustainability program is growing! The program aims to cultivate environmental awareness and stewardship, promote sustainability, and advance environmental and climate justice.

and more!


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.