Delray Beach

Delray Beach Elementary Schools

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Delray Beach Elementary School Map. Click for larger view.

Navigating the Delray Beach elementary school choices can be overwhelming. Starting as early as pre-k and ranging from Delray Beach’s public elementary schools and charter schools to Delray Beach choice schools (lottery) and private schools, there are many options to choose from.

As a Delray Beach resident who’s home school is not the best, I spent hours and HOURS researching alternative Delray Beach elementary schools for my daughters. After visiting every one (as well as others in surrounding cities), I found the information on school rating websites to be outdated and misleading. I hope my notes below will help you make the right choice as well.

DEADLINE
January 25, 2019. Application deadline for all Choice programs

Delray Beach Public Elementary Schools

Banyan Creek Elementary School

4243 Sabal Lakes Rd
(561) 894-7100
Grades: PK4 through 5th Grade
Rating:
“A” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
VPK, Technology, Gifted
Admissons:
 Live within attendance zone (see map) OR apply for the technology choice program OR apply for the gifted program.
VPK:
Apply for VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) directly with the school (only 18 seats available) VPK application 
Middle School:
 As a designated technology school, students will receive a lottery advantage for the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School choice program.
Notes: Known for their excellent gifted program. Moved up from “B” to “A” rating in 2017 and added new technology program.
Website: www.edline.net/pages/banyan_creek_elementary_school

Orchard View Elementary School

4050 Old Germantown Rd
(561) 894-7400
Grades: Pre-K through 5th Grade
Rating:
“C” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
VPK (6-hr), Gifted 
Admissions:
Live within attendance zone (see map) OR apply for the gifted program.
Middle School:
 Orchard View feeds into Carver Middle School.
Notes: School is improving. Moved up from a “D” to “C” rating and added gifted program as of 2017.
Website: www.edline.net/pages/Orchard_View_Elementary_School

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New acrylic mural painting by Sharon Koskoff at Pine Grove Elementary School.

Pine Grove Elementary School

400 SW 10th St
(561) 266-1100
Grades: Pre-K through 5th Grade
Rating: “
C” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
VPK (10-hr), Gifted
Admissions:
Live within attendance zone (see map)
Middle School:
 Pine Grove feeds into Carver Middle School.
Website: www.edline.net/pages/pine_grove_elementary_school

Plumosa School of the Arts

2501 Seacrest Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 330-3900
Grades: K through 5th Grade
PBC Rating: “
C” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
Art, Dual Language, ESOL 
Admissions:
Live within attendance zone (see map) OR apply for the Art OR Dual Language choice program.
Middle School:
 Plumosa feeds into Carver Middle School.
Notes: Green School. Updated / recently remodeled.
Website: www.edline.net/pages/plumosa_elementary_school

Attendance Zone:

Students who live within attendance zone are automatically granted a seat, however you must submit an application and prove residency.

Choice Program: If a school offers a choice program, you can apply online. A lottery will be conducted as there are more applicants than available seats. The deadline for applications (2019-20 school year) is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.  The results will be emailed by April 1st

Gifted Program:

To apply for the gifted program, you will need to either live in the schools attendance zone or be zoned for a neighboring school that does not offer gifted classes. Gifted testing can be done at your home school if your child is already in elementary school or privately with a psychologist before kindergarten (parents pay for private.)

Delray Beach Full Choice / Lottery Schools

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Credit: Palm Beach Post

Morikami Park Elementary School

6201 Morikami Park Rd
(561) 894-7300
Grades: K through 5th Grade
PBC Rating:
“A” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Admissions:
 Apply for the International Baccalaureate choice program (must be first choice, over 1000 applicants and ~150 will get in.) 
Middle School:
 Morikami feeds into the IB program at Carver Middle School.
Notes: Rated 2nd best school in the county (after Bak), Blue Ribbon School
Website: www.edline.net/pages/morikami_park_elementary

S.D. Spady Elementary School

901 NW 3rd St
(561) 454-7800
Grades: PK3 through 5th Grade
PBC Rating:
“B” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
 Montessori, ESOL
Admissions:
 Apply for the Montessori choice program 
Middle School:
 There is no feeder middle school.
Website: www.edline.net/pages/S_D__Spady_Elementary_School

Lottery preference for the choice program is given to: children of parents working at the school, military parent or legal guardians in active duty, siblings of current students and SACs (neighborhoods designated as attendance zones, usually 1-2 mile radius around school)  Read more about the choice program here

Village Academy School

400 SW 12th Ave
(561) 243-6100
Grades: K through 12th Grade
PBC Rating:
“C” grade, 2017 Palm Beach County
Programs:
 Advancement Via Individual Determination
Admissions:
 Register through PBCS www.palmbeachschools.org/students/studentreginfo/
Website: www.edline.net/pages/Village_Academy

Delray Beach Private Elementary Schools

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American Heritage School of Boca/Delray

American Heritage School

6200 Linton Blvd
(561) 495-7272
Grades: PK3 through 12th Grade
Tuition:
 www.ahschool.com/boca-delray-campus/admissions/tuition
Programs: Independent non-sectarian and co-educational college preparatory day school
Notes: #1 Private School in Palm Beach County for Highest Number of National Merit Scholar. Only 900 students. Must pass academics readiness test to be accepted.
Website: www.ahschool.com/boca-delray-campus

Trinity Lutheran School

400 N Swinton Ave
Phone: (561) 276-8458
Grades: PK3 through 8th Grade
Programs:
 Lutheran Church School 
Tuition:
 Click here for 2017 rates
Notes: Small class sizes and excellent value private school.
Website: www.trinitydelray.org/school

St Joseph’s Episcopal School

3300 Seacrest Blvd (Delray / Boynton line)
Phone: (561) 732-2045
Grades: PreK through 8th Grade
Programs:
 Episcopal Church School
Notes: Excellent affordable early education program for 1-3 year olds www.sjsonline.org/early-childhood-academy/
Website: http://www.sjsonline.org/

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School

810 George Bush Blvd
(561) 278-3868
Grades: VPK through 5th Grade
Programs:
 Catholic Church School 
Tuition:
 Click here for 2017 tuition
Notes: Specializes in science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (S.T.R.E.A.M.)
Website: www.stvfschool.org

Unity School

(561) 276-4414
Grades: Preschool (age 2) – 8th grade
Programs: 
Montessori, Non-denominational
Middle School:
 Click here for 2017 tuition
Notes: Only 320 students and 75 faculty members.
Website: www.unityschool.com

If none of these school choices do it for you, there is one more option, Open Enrollment. In 2017, the School District of Palm Beach County began offering students the opportunity to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone, at schools with available seats, through the Controlled Open Enrollment process You can apply here

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