The School District of Palm Beach County, serving pre-K through Grade 12, is committed to excellence in education and preparation of all students with the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive employment.  The School District of Palm Beach County serves more than 1.2 million people and is the fifth-largest school district in Florida, and the 12th-largest in the nation. Approximately 5,000 new students enter Palm Beach County Schools each year.
Schools in Florida are graded based on student achievement, and those in Palm Beach County are among the highest-rated in the state. There are nearly 7,500 students in Gifted Programs. The Choice Program in Palm Beach County schools offer educational choices. While similar courses may be offered in traditional schools, Choice Programs attract students by offering unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest. Palm Beach County is also home to many nationally respected private schools

Palm Beach County Colleges and Universities

The exceptional quality of training and education at Palm Beach County colleges and universities is to provide high-quality, employment-focused workforce training; progressive professional education; and opportunities for enrichment designed to meet the changing needs of our diverse community.

Barry University- Barry University is a private Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition, offering over 140 bachelor's degrees in business, human resource management, legal studies, social welfare, and public administration. Master's, Specialists, and Doctorates are available in social work and human resource development and administration.

Florida Atlantic University – An urban regional university organized into 10 colleges on seven campuses around Palm Beach County, offering 170+ degree programs including undergraduate degrees and certificates in 80 fields, master's degree programs in 67 fields, and Ph.D. programs in 19 fields.

Kaplan University – Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, a system of more than 65 campus-based schools nationwide. With 11 areas of study, five for-credit certificate programs, and three continuing education certificate programs, Kaplan University offers online master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees, as well as certificate programs. 

Keiser University - Keiser University is a regionally accredited, private university with 13 campuses located throughout the state offering 65 graduate, bachelor, and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs both on campus and online. The West Palm Beach campus offers degrees in business administration, accounting, computer networking and security management, computer graphics, massage therapy, criminal justice, medical assisting, legal studies, nursing, and radiologic technology.

Lincoln College of Technology and Florida Culinary Institute - Lincoln College of Technology offers 18-24 month Associate Degree programs, a variety of continuing education certifications for business professionals, and new nine- and 12-month diploma programs for those on the career fast track. At its West Palm Beach Campus, it offers programs in the Culinary Arts, as well as Automotive Tech, Business Management, Dental, HVAC, Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, and Hair Design. Lincoln Technical programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of the local employer market. By meeting with local businesses, programs are kept up to date with the rapidly changing demands of employers. Lincoln College of Technology ranks as one of the nation's finest career training institutions.

Lynn University – A private, fully-accredited institution offering master's, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in seven colleges and schools. Twenty master’s degrees and 29 undergraduate majors including business administration, education, hospitality, art and design, as well as nine flight-based undergraduate certificate programs.

Northwood University - Northwood University is a specialized business school offering specific business-related bachelor’s degrees. With small class sizes, faculty interested in each student’s success, and industry-specific curriculums, Northwood graduates become community leaders. Degree programs are offered in Accounting; Advertising & Marketing; Aftermarket Management; Automotive Marketing & Management; Finance; Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management; Entrepreneurship; Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management; International Business; Management; and Marketing.

Nova Southeastern University - Nova Southeastern University, a private, not-for-profit institution, offers a wide array of  degrees through its 16 colleges and schools, including 89 bachelor’s degrees, 69 graduate degrees, and 16 doctoral programs, complementing on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning programs, and fostering intellectual inquiry, leadership, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, life-long learning environment.

Palm Beach Atlantic University – A four-year Christian liberal arts university with 52 undergraduate majors. Graduate and professional degree programs in addictions and mental health counseling, business administration, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, school guidance counseling, leadership and pharmacy.

Palm Beach State College - More than 100 Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and Certificate Programs, as well as four Bachelor of Science degree programs are on offer at PBSC. Academic programs include health education, medical technology, physical therapy, nursing, dental, radiological technology, and criminal justice.

South University – The West Palm Beach campus offers programs in the areas of professional nursing, business, healthcare, and legal studies designed to prepare students for career and personal development by offering relevant coursework and practical experiences. The College of Business offers eight degree programs; the College of Health Professions offers two degrees, one associate’s and one bachelor’s; the College of Arts & Sciences offers one associate’s, three bachelor’s and one master’s degree; and the College of Nursing offers two bachelor’s and one master’s degree programs.

Vocational/Occupational Education

Palm Beach County’s existing schools provide vocational and occupational training as well. Twenty-six (26) community schools and the Adult Education Center provide Adult and Community Education programs to over 300,000 county residents each year. Last year, over 3,500 residents earned their GED in these programs and that number increases every year. Training is available within five miles of every Palm Beach County citizen and can be obtained on either a full- or part-time basis depending on student needs.  


County Vocational/Occupational Schools

Academy for Practical Nursing and Health

West Palm Beach

Academy of Healing Arts, Massage and Facials

Lake Worth

Boca Beauty Academy

Boca Raton

Boca Raton Institute

Boca Raton

Cooper Career Institute

West Palm Beach

Ed. Services for Health Occupations

West Palm Beach

Institute of Nail Sculpturing

Palm Beach Gardens

Institute of Career Education

West Palm Beach

National Academy of Prof. Arts

Boynton Beach

National Institute for Paralegal Arts and Sciences

Boca Raton

New England Tech and Florida Culinary Institute

West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Beauty and Barber School

West Palm Beach

Ross Technical Institute

West Palm Beach

Sarah Parker Modeling School

West Palm Beach

SNI School of Massage and Allied Therapy

Lake Worth

South Florida School of Floral Design

Lake Worth

Stewart's International School for Jewelers


Total Nails Academy

West Palm Beach


(Source: Palm Beach Post


Workforce Alliance: By developing a trained workforce in tune with the demands of the marketplace, Palm Beach County will be better able to grow existing businesses while attracting new and expanding companies, economically benefiting everyone who lives and works here.........more



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