Ransom Everglades School
||Coconut Grove, Florida, USA
||Mossy Green and Columbia Blue
||7:45 AM to 3:15 PM
7:45 AM to 2:43 PM on Wednesdays
|Average Class Size
||Gulliver Preparatory School
Ransom Everglades is an independent, co-educational day school serving grades six to twelve in Coconut Grove, Florida. It formed with the merger in 1974 of the Everglades School for Girls and the Ransom School for Boys. It's described as a college preparatory school and has a higher than average college matriculation rate for graduates.
Admissions is competitive and tuition costs approximately $22,500 per year. Financial aid is available. Graduating classes tend to number between 115 and 150 students; most continue onto out of state colleges and universities. Despite its size, the school has a comprehensive athletic program including twenty two sports.
Paul C. Ransom, an educator and New York lawyer, opened Pine Knot Camp in 1896 as a school for boys. In 1902 he combined that with a campus in the Adirondacks of New York to create the Adirondack-Florida School, the first two-campus boarding school. Students would attend classes in the Florida campus in the winter and New York campus in fall and spring. The school suspended operations during World War II. After the war the school reopened in 1947 without the Adirondack campus, continuing in Coconut Grove as the Ransom School for Boys. Its counterpart, the Everglades School for Girls, began in 1955 founded by Marie B. Swenson. The schools merged and took its current name in 1974.
One of the early buildings still stands on the campus, the pagoda was built in 1902 and served as the original assembly hall for the school. In more recent years it has served as the headmaster's office. It's often featured in historic pictures of South Miami, and in 1973 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The school occupies two campuses. The upper school
serves grades nine through twelve and is located on the shore of Biscayne Bay
, the site of the original Pine Knot Camp. This makes it the oldest South Florida school in its original location. The middle school
serves grades six through eight and is about one and a half miles from the upper school. It is not located on the water but is in a residential neighborhood and a mile away from the restaurants and shops of Coconut Grove.
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