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Education

Public K-12

The School District of Palm Beach County is the 5th-largest school system in Florida and the 11th-largest in the country, with 185 schools serving 176,724 (total K-12) students who speak 150 languages/dialects. It is ranked among the best school districts in both the state and the nation, and was rated “A” by the Florida Department of Education for eight consecutive years – the only urban district in the state with this distinction.

Charter K-12

There are 41 charter schools sponsored and administered through the School District of Palm Beach County. They are public schools, and the county school district’s Charter Department provides academic, financial, operational, and technical assistance to them. Charter schools’ guiding principles include meeting high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state’s public school system, while promoting enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability.

Colleges & Universities

The exceptional quality of training and education at the colleges and universities in Palm Beach County and South Florida results in high-quality, employment-focused workforce training; progressive professional education; and opportunities for enrichment designed to meet the changing needs of a diverse community. There are 16 institutions of higher learning offering everything from technical certifications to doctorate degrees, as well as dozens of vocational and technical institutions.

Students with Special Needs

Current research shows the population of students with special needs is growing significantly. Autism Spectrum studies alone indicated that an estimated one in 68 children, and one in 42 boys are on the Autism spectrum in the United States.

Palm Beach County offers a number of education opportunities for children with special needs from birth to age 22. The School District of Palm Beach County has an innovative Exceptional Student Education program through their public schools, and there are a number of charter and private schools which offer an array of specialized education programs.

As part of the Business Development Board’s initiative to provide a comprehensive overview of K-20 education in Palm Beach County, this section has been dedicated to identifying programs available for children with special needs.

Resources
211 Special Needs HelpLine
www.211palmbeach.org/special-needs

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