Top-notch Education

Wellington is a wonderful place to raise a family, especially considering the amazing public and private schools in the area. From wonderful elementary and middle schools for the younger kids to high schools and local colleges that challenge the older ones, there is no end to the top-notch educational choices available. The School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) is the 11th largest in the country and the fifth largest school district in the state with approximately 172,000 students enrolled (Pre-K through 12th grade). SDPBC has been recognized in recent years as an "A"–rated district. According to the Florida Department of Education. The Wellington Education Committee is a 10-member committee comprised of Wellington residents appointed by Village Council. Generally, each member's role is to monitor activities in Wellington schools by attending School Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings and reporting back to the education Committee. Additionally, for the past several years, the Village Council has approved in the budget the Reading Challenge Grant, a $25,000 grant to aid elementary schools in the hiring of reading coaches and to purchase reading materials. During this same timeframe, the middle and high schools in Wellington have been provided with the Student Enrichment Grant, a $5 per student grant (based on the 11-day enrolment count) to purchase curriculum materials. The education Committee is charged with monitoring the expenditures of the grant funds. The committee also gathers input on issues that may affect children attending Wellington schools and reviews programs as requested by the Village Council. For more information on the Wellington Education Committee, please contact Kathy Foster at 791-4097. Wellington also offers adults the opportunity to learn through community classes available at schools throughout the county. Adult education is available locally at Wellington Community High School. Call 795-4910 for more information.