Palmetto Bay Academy

Palmetto Bay Academy provides a top-quality educational experience for secondary students who desire a small, nurturing environment. Our program has a 20+ year proven record of success with students who are struggling in traditional public or private schools for a variety of reasons.
We offer rigorous academics as well as group and individual electives in a socially and emotionally supportive setting.
All levels of instruction are available, from remedial to Advanced Placement.
Our goal is to help students develop the values, motivation, and self-reliance that will successfully prepare them for the future.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 34 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,500
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 5-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
ADD, ADHD, ASD, Processing, Gifted, Autism/Aspergers
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
34 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade
Palmetto Bay Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
7 students
Number of AP Courses
15 courses
Advanced Courses
AP - CSP - New Next Year!, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science A, AP English Comp, AP English Language and Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
khaki pants or skirt, polo with school logo

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Application fee of $75 (includes diagnostic testing for placement purposes). Additional registration fees of $500 for new students and an annual book & course fee of $750.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Maggie Eubanks
Admissions Associate
John Eubanks


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Anime & Japanese Culture Club, Books to Movies Club, Chess and Games Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing Club, Design Club, Destination Imagination, Robotics Club, Service Clubs, Sewing & Crafting Club, Speech & Debate, Student Government Association, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Showcase/Performing Arts Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Fitness Club

School Notes

  • Experienced and passionate school staff
  • Small core class size (maximum 7 students)
  • Challenging academic content
  • Seemless integration of blended learning
  • Curriculum customized to student's level to pinpoint factors for success
  • Study skills and organizational strategies
  • Long and short-term goal setting
  • Higher-level thinking, not memorization
  • Flexible-paced instruction with eye to setting and meeting goals
  • Accelerate learning or recapture credits
  • Nurturing, home-like environment
  • Field trips and enrichment activities
  • Community service component
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Skip Marley - World-Renowned Musical Artist
    • Will Lawrence - University of Miami Law School Graduate
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Palmetto Bay Academy cost?
Palmetto Bay Academy's tuition is approximately $23,500 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Palmetto Bay Academy?
The acceptance rate of Palmetto Bay Academy is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 84%.
Who are famous alumni from Palmetto Bay Academy?
Palmetto Bay Academy famous alumni include: Skip Marley and Will Lawrence.
When is the application deadline for Palmetto Bay Academy?
The application deadline for Palmetto Bay Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
Parents: Great, we love PBA! The school management is always helpful and very committed! Students' career plans are taken into account and supported by individual planning of lessons. Through good contacts, "magnet school dreams" can come true. Our daughter Linn learned a lot and made really good experiences. Her further development into a teenager was very positive. After one year in school, we have to go back to Germany and will miss PBA! Linn: School has always helped me in all questions and problems. My teachers were friendly and supported us to learn independently. Their lessons were interesting, challenging, and seldom boring. And the secretary Ms Cruz is an angel!
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My granddaughter loves this school! She says is the first school where she can really learn and not feel anxious! she loves the teachers, the principal and the students! She`s enthusiastic about learning! She`s taking Philosophy now and she loves it! My granddaughter`s Personality has changed for the best, she`s a lot more relaxed, happy and interested in learning and doing well in school! I highly recommend Palmetto Bay Academy!
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Palmetto Bay Academy has lowered the anxiety in our home by leaps and bounds. The blended classroom structure means less class work coming home in the evenings. I can speak to the teachers and administrators with ease- no need for appointments set days ahead. Emails are responded to almost immediately. Traditional schools are not for every child or family. Some of us need more flexibility and assistance than the average. PBA delivers on a customized education for their students and un-paralleled support for its families!
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My son has blossomed since coming to PBA . He use to attend a large private prep school with over 1200 students.. He went from being unhappy and having failing grades to a 3.9GPA . He loves his environment now - the smaller classrooms - and that made all the difference in the world for him.
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I can absolutely say that Palmetto Bay Academy saved my son. He is gifted, but had ADHD (inattentive type) and dyslexia which had not been diagnosed until he was 16 and failing his gifted high school program. We were all ready to give up. Thankfully when he was diagnosed, we were introduced to this school, and we have our son back again! He now has a 4.6 GPA, all honors classes, and has completely turned around socially and emotionally. He now has the chance to succeed in life as he should, thanks to Maggie and John Eubanks and staff. We are incredibly grateful. They will truly go to the mat for each child according to that child's needs.
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My son started at PBA this August and I have nothing but praises for this amazing school. The teachers are so dedicated and helpful. It is obvious they want to see the students succeed. He was way behind in his academics and in just a few months, the teachers have done an amazing job in getting him on track. He is enjoying the various activities such as the field trip to the Science Museum, playing basketball and interacting with his fellow students, and he likes all his teachers and Mr. & Mrs. Eubanks. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful school providing such a nurturing environment for our children.
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The best school that we have had for our children's, we have been blessed for finding this school. We strongly recommend it and we congratulate Ms. Gross and the staff.
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Without trying to be overly dramatic, I would have to say that Palmetto Bay Academy saved my son's life and got him back on the road to academic and personal success. My very bright son went from missing over 70 days of 11th grade due to illness with failing grades, no interest in college and behavioral issues to being the valedictorian of the Palmetto Bay Academy class of 2014 and getting into all 10 colleges he applied to. The guidance and positive acceptance of this child by PBA teachers and staff put my son back in the academic world and inspired him to turn everything around in his life. We can never be grateful enough for what Palmetto Bay Academy did for our son.
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Our son had lost direction and motivation for school. He had tested as gifted his entire and did well until middle school. We tried several high schools for him but he always seemed to get "lost" with teachers that didn't inspire him to learn or grow. We thought that there was nowhere left to try until an academic counselor suggested PBA. Our son is finishing high school there in the next two months and has been admitted to eight different colleges and is on the waitlist for three others. The school offered a personalized approach to our son's needs and got him to see the "goal line" and finish high school with a very respectable GPA. Thanks PBA!! PS Maggie Eubanks is great!!
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The excellence of the faculty members at any school is a major factor in the quality of education you receive and this is one of the main advantages of attending PBA very supportive and qualified faculty. Failing is not an option.
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Mrs. Gross is the best !! She made all the difference in the world for our son. We feel blessed to have had her as a teacher, director and supportive human being. Great faculty too!
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PBA has a unique learning environment where our son was finally able to do well in school. There is no place like it! He has been at several private/boarding schools that have all claimed to be dedicated to helping him succeed, but this is the first school that showed us they meant it! Mrs. Gross and all of the teachers are truly dedicated to helping students find a pathway to achieving their full potential! They CARE! We are so grateful to have found this school.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 34 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,500
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Miami, FL is $17,229 for elementary schools and $19,595 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Miami, FL is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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