Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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H O U S I N G & N E I G H B O R H O O D S voluntarily chooses a different school. The district employs over 6,500 teachers and 2,300 administrative staff to serve nearly 41,000 students. The student to teacher ratio is 18:1. St. Lucie provides 17 elementary schools, 12 K-8 schools, four middle schools, six high schools, one 6-12 School, and five charter schools. There are four magnet schools avail- able: Fairlawn Elementary (K-5) in Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (K-8) in Fort Pierce; F.K. Sweet Elementary (K-5) in Fort Pierce, and Lincoln Park Elemen- tary (6-12) in Fort Pierce, a high achieving academic school that attracts students from across the county and is rated among the top 100 schools in the state of Florida. The county also offers: • K-12 Virtual School through the Mosaic Digital Academy, offering both part time and full time virtual instruc- tion through an online interface. This program covers St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. • Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a non-traditional school using a perfor- mance based learning track that allows students to earn high school credits and complete a Standard High School Diploma at their own pace, for students 16 – 22 years of age. • Dale Cassens Education Complex, serving students who need special attention and therapeutic guidance. PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY The county offers 24 private schools, serving about 4,750 students. The average private school tuition in the county is $9,288 for high schools. Nearly 80 percent of the private schools have a religious affiliation. Among the top rated private schools are Golden Rule Academy, (PK-12) located in Fort Pierce, and the Southeastern Military Academy, which is an all-boys military school for grades 6 – 12 located in Port St. Lucie. MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT Martin County is routinely among the highest rated school districts in Florida. It offers 12 Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island, Martin County residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Here you will escape the concrete jungle. As soon as you travel over the county line, you'll soon recog- nize the Martin County difference, and note the fact there are no buildings over four stories here! Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, former Governor of Florida. The County Seat is located in Stuart, the "Sailfsh Capital of the World." Martin County is centrally located on the Treasure Coast. Within one hundred miles, you can access the attractions in Orlando and Miami. The county is known for its natural beauty. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Lake Okeechobee to the west. The community has a deep connection to water and the natural resources sustained by it. Martin County residents and visitors play on some of the fnest beaches in the United States, and have access to a diverse array of waterways connecting to both the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico from Martin County is possible through the Trans-Florida Canal, the only channel traveling east-west in the state. There is a reason why the area was named one of the "Happiest Seaside Towns in America", #3 "Best Small Town to visit", and why it landed the #9 spot on the "50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America" list. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of our next-door neighbors. Enjoy everything from rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries, world-class fshing, one-of-a-kind museums and eco-friendly adven- tures. Martin County is home to approximately 148,000 residents. Martin County's schools are consistently highly-rated in the State of Florida. Public school offerings include 12 elementary, fve middle, and three high schools, in addition to two charter schools and private schools. Residents and visitors can enjoy more than 70 parks, including Indian River- Side Park, Halpatiokee Regional Park and Sailfsh Splash WaterPark. The popular Bathtub Reef Beach is located on south Hutchinson Island and is a family favorite. MARTIN COUNTY Chamber of Commerce: 772-287-1088 | 122 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6

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