The Weiss School

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The Weiss School
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
United States
Type Independent co-educational
Motto Inspiring Bright Minds
Established 1989
Grades JK–8
Enrollment 245

The Weiss School is a private school for gifted children in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, founded in 1989 by Elizabeth and Martin Weiss. It is the only school in Southeast Florida exclusively dedicated to educating gifted students. In 2010 the school officially became a 501c3 organization.

With about 245 students, it goes from grades Pre-K 3 to 8th grade. Each grade contains about 20 to 30 students. The average faculty to student ratio is 1:10.

Since its establishment, it has undergone many expansions. It is unique among elementary and middle schools because of its focus on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. In 2013, the school upgraded its Science program for grades K-8 to teach the Full Option Science System, a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley with grants from the National Science Foundation.

In grades 3-5, band is compulsory. The Music department includes a show choir, band and theater. The Weiss School has an excellent fine art program led by David Tripp. The Drama department puts on full-scale musicals, talent shows, and other productions.

The school also features a special academic Taekwondo program, which starts in kindergarten.

Recent Noteworthy Distinctions

On its seven-acre campus, the school maintains a large garden of fruits and vegetables tended after school by student-volunteers. The idea of a student-tended garden grown on the campus and then donated to the needy was developed by two middle school students. The harvest is donated to local food banks.[1]

In 2010, A Weiss student was one of 30 finalists named from 1,476 entries of middle-school science fair participants for the inaugural Broadcom MASTERS - short for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars - national science fair competition. Science fair ......[2]

In 2013 and 2014, one of its students was a finalist at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.[3]

In 2013, a former student gained admission to the University of Oxford (United Kingdom).

In 2014, a Weiss student was among 300 semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS.

In 2014, the Weiss School team finished in first place in Palm Beach County in the MathCounts competition. Its top student earned a place on the Florida team, which finished in ninth place in the national MathCounts competition.[4]

In 2014, a Weiss School student represented Palm Beach County at the state Science Fair.[5]

In December 2014, a Weiss School student won the U.S. Kids Holiday Classic Golf Championship that was played on the Fazio course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, which featured 300 junior golfers from around the world.[6]

In 2015, the African Library Project named the Weiss School a 2014 Global Literacy Champion for its hard work and effort in providing for a library at the Letsunyane Primary School in Lesotho.[7]

In 2015, two Weiss School students represented Palm Beach County at the State Science Fair. One won fourth place in Zoology, while the other won honorable mention in Botany.

In 2015, the Miami Dolphins selected a 13-year-old Weiss student to present their first-round NFL draft pick with his jersey after the Weiss student sent the team an electronic resume explaining why the sports organization should hire him.[8] (See the news story about the Weiss School student who sent his electronic resume to the Miami Dolphins. Video)


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Coordinates: 26°49′50″N 80°06′00″W / 26.830658°N 80.09996°W / 26.830658; -80.09996