Hobe Sound is a community that values education and is fortunate to be a part of the Martin County School District, which has much to offer students to help them grow and develop their skills in academics, career technology, the arts, athletics, community service and more.
The Martin County School District’s competitive academic achievements, industry-driven Career Academy curriculum, and outstanding cultural arts and athletic programs are among Florida’s best. The District is consistently ranked among the state’s top performing school districts, and is officially recognized as an Academically High-Performing District in Florida. The District is also fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Our town’s youngest students can start off on the right foot at the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, a private, nonprofit school that helps students from one to five years old develop social and emotional skills as well as kindergarten readiness skills like reading, math, and art. The HSELC has a rich history, and just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
From there, students will work up through the elementary, middle and high schools. There are private and public options at each level so that parents and students can ensure the right fit. Public schools include Hobe Sound and Seawind Elementary Schools, Murray Middle School and South Fork High School. Private schools include Hobe Sound Christian Academy, The Pine School, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary and Good Shepard Episcopal School.
Many of the schools offer signature programs that provide unique opportunities and experiences to students. Hobe Sound Elementary was the first school in the U.S. to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, giving students the chance to work with environmental programs. It has also been recognized as a “Green School” by Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center for its holistic and innovative approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement with a school-wide commitment and focus on sustainability. South Fork High School’s International Baccalaureate Program provides advanced placement programs that further prepare students for higher education, potentially including Ivy League schools. South Fork also gets students “career-ready” through a wide variety of career academies, ranging from auto service technology to finance to veterinary assistance and a multitude of others. Murray Middle School offers a technology career academy that prepares students for a high school level program as well.
Martin County schools are supported by strong communities that are engaged in education. Volunteers and numerous nonprofit agencies lend financial and human resources to enhance the District’s programs. The Education Foundation of Martin County is one such organization that provides tremendous support to the District, its teachers, and students. The Education Foundation of Martin County is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization that enriches and enhances educational opportunities for students and teachers in the school district and has been supporting excellence in education for over 20 years. Its mission at work includes classroom enrichment grants, the Fund-A-Project program, and Adopt-a-Class program. The organization has a web site that makes it easy for teachers to post their classroom needs and for members of the community to help at www.GetOnTheBusMartin.org.
Last but not least, there are various colleges and universities nearby for the students to choose from. These include Barry University, Indian River State College, Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University and Hobe Sound Bible College.