Palm Beach Day Academy

  • Founded in 1921, Palm Beach Day Academy is an independent day school enrolling students age two through grade nine.
  • The foundation of the program is the education of our students in an academically challenging and compassion rich environment that guides each child toward personal excellence of mind, body and character.
  • Our graduates are empowered to fulfill their individual potentials in their immediate school futures and beyond.
  • As they move on, they will take with them the richness of our school family.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-9
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1921

Student Body

Total Students374 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Palm Beach Day Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes2015-2016 Tuition $16,250 - $29,00
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,500
Admissions DirectorMeghan Albanese
Admissions AssociateDorothea Cvelbar


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBasketball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballField Hockey,
Flag FootballGolf,

School Notes

  • Palm Beach Day Academy is Florida’s first independent school. We serve children age 2 through ninth grade on two campuses in Palm Beach County. 
  • 98% of students attend their first-choice secondary school and the largest percentage continue to the nation’s ‘Most Competitive’ colleges, including the Ivy League. (Source: Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges) 
  • Our teachers are among the best in the nation: 80% hold Master’s degrees and more than a third have studied at Harvard’s Project Zero. Teachers emphasize critical thinking and provide freedom for students to apply concepts in personally meaningful ways. There is a 6:1 school-wide student to teacher ratio and two full-time, fully qualified teachers in each classroom age 2 through 3rd grade. 
  • Palm Beach Day Academy can accommodate students with a variety of abilities. A well-defined, challenging and flexible curriculum allows many students to work above grade level.
  • An intentional public speaking and writing program begins at age 2. A Museum Partnership Program and China Partnership Program are just two of many unique programs students experience at Palm Beach Day Academy. We are a family school where students develop critical thinking, confidence and integrity. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • West Palm Beach
    Grades: NS-12 | 708 students
    8.5 miles
    8350 Okeechobee Blvd
    West Palm Beach, FL 33411
    8.5 NS-12
  • Boca Raton
    Grades: NS-12 | 282 students
    22.4 miles
    336 NW Spanish River Blvd
    Boca Raton, FL 33431
    22.4 NS-12
  • Delray Beach
    Grades: PK-12 | 1700 students
    19.7 miles
    6200 Linton Blvd.
    Delray Beach, FL 33484
    19.7 PK-12
  • North Palm Beach
    Grades: NS-12 | 1081 students
    9.2 miles
    11000 Ellison Wilson Road
    North Palm Beach, FL 33408
    9.2 NS-12
  • Boca Raton
    Grades: PK-12 | 230 students
    25.9 miles
    10333 Diego Drive South
    Boca Raton, FL 33428
    25.9 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Best Private School education in Palm Beach County!
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Rich in tradition, PBDA strives for excellence and gives children the skills to excel academically, in sports, and in the arts. The one on one attention, openness, and constant interaction between facility and parents is an additional bonus. A true academic community, we can't imagine our children at any other school in southeast FLA.
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PBDA is considered by many, as the best independent school in Florida, as its origins stem from founding Northeastern families, who wintered on the island many generations ago and whose high educational standards set the foundation for its current reputation as rigorous, yet balanced with sports and arts, as well as diverse demographics with a respect for tradition. Matriculation to the best New England Boarding Schools is common, as PBDA is one of the most well respected schools in this region of the country.
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PBDA has one focus, The Children(students)! From Pre-K thru 9th grade, they provide the highest quality learning experience/environment in the Palm Beaches. From student/teacher ratio to National award winning Academic programs to Family focus and tradition, PBDA delivers the total package.
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