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It should come as no surprise that a one-of-a-kind community like Hobe Sound also has some standout schools. The area is known for its breathtaking natural amenities, and local education embraces that. In fact, Hobe Sound Elementary School was the first school in the country to become a fully certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, which means the students and staff at this K-5 school are active in environmental programs and case studies. It also has been recognized as a “green school” by Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center for its approach to environmental awareness that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement.

Other local schools are equally noteworthy. Hobe Sound is part of the Martin County School District, which offers programs that aim to help students grow and develop their skills in academics, career technology, the arts, athletics, community service and more. Martin County consistently ranks among the state’s top-performing districts, and has been officially recognized as an Academically High-Performing District in Florida.

The area’s youngest learners have the option to start out at the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, which is a private, nonprofit school that helps students from ages 1 to 5 with their social and emotional development. The early learning center provides a foundation of kindergarten readiness skills in reading, math, art, music and more. Founded in 1962, it currently enrolls 140 children in full-day programs.

In addition to the above-mentioned Hobe Sound Elementary, there’s also SeaWind, which is dedicated to sustaining an atmosphere of care, respect, responsibility, and a love of learning. SeaWind Elementary offers a wide range of programs and clubs to supplement its respected academic programs.

After completing elementary school, children are off to Murray Middle School. The school is described as “a community accountable to all stakeholders for the personal growth and academic success of all students through collaboration, respect, and a safe environment for all.”

From there, students move on to South Fork High School. It offers a prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, which is an advanced placement program for students who plan to pursue higher education – potentially at Ivy League schools. South Fork also prepares students for the workforce and professional world via an array of career academies, including auto service technology, architecture, finance, TV production and veterinary assistance.

Hobe Sound students also have an opportunity to attend Clark Advanced Learning Center; Martin County’s public charter high school located on the campus of Indian River State College. With a focus on technology, students have the opportunity to earn college credits. Each student receives a laptop and completes an internship to help prepare them for future careers. Clark Advanced Learning Center is fully accredited and received the highest ratings possible by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

A major supporter of Martin County schools is The Education Foundation of Martin County, whose mission is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for students and teachers in the district through fundraising, collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources. The foundation is a nonprofit community investment organization led by business leaders, volunteers and school officials. As an independent group, the foundation’s mission includes classroom enrichment grants, mentoring programs, professional development for teachers, special initiatives, scholarships, and programs to recognize outstanding teaching. For more information, visit www.educationfoundationmc.org.
The organization acts as a liaison between educators and the community. There’s even a website for teachers to post their classroom needs or innovative project ideas so that community members may pitch in to cover some of the costs. Check out www.GetOnTheBusMartin.org.

Also, there are several private-school options that ensure residents have their choice of educational experience. These institutions include Hobe Sound Christian Academy, The Pine School, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary, Good Shepherd Episcopal School. There is even a local Tiger Woods Learning Lab, which focuses on hands-on STEM education.

Educational facilities in the area include the following:

• Hobe Sound Family Learning Center, which is part of the Martin County School District and offers GED and English-as-a-Second-Language classes for all ages.

• Hobe Sound Christian Academy: A private school accredited by FACCS and AdvancED. This school provides education from grade school all the way to college, where students can earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in several different areas of study.

• The Pine School: An independent school that practices 21st-century education and offers programs for ages 3 through high school.

• St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School

• Good Shepherd Episcopal School

• Barry University

• Florida Atlantic University

• Hobe Sound Bible College

• Indian River State College

• Northwood University

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