Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 39 Credit for these numbers is in large part due to the county's wide range of educa- tional opportunities at every level, from early childhood to K-12 schooling to a number of post-secondary colleges and universities, and even lifelong learning soci- eties and programs that cater to the retired population. QUALITY K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS The 2015 high school graduation rate for Palm Beach County was 79.4 percent, the highest rate among Florida's largest school districts and above the state average of 77.8 percent. It is the sixth consecutive year the district has seen an increase in the graduation rate. The student-teacher ratio is approximately 14:1, below the national average of 16:1. Florida is in the process of converting to a new statewide standardized assessment test in public and charter schools, and is expected to complete this transition in the 2016-2017 school year. (See box on Florida Standardized Testing.) Initial results show that Palm Beach County students outper- formed the state average in Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and geometry. Palm Beach County has teamed with the University of Florida Lastinger Center to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program that will serve as a national model. Palm Beach County has also played a key role in the creation of Algebra Nation, a video-based algebra tutorial program which has become a statewide sensation. PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY Palm Beach County is home to some of the most highly rated private and parochial schools in the United States, offering every- thing from early childhood care through nationally recognized college preparatory high schools. With 146 private schools in the county, it is possible to find any educational In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the United States to live, Palm Beach County has a highly educated workforce to support its robust economy. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, about 33 percent of Palm Beach County residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, surpassing the national average of 29 percent, while more than 87 percent of residents are high school graduates. EDUCATION in PALM BEACH

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