Gulf Stream Makes List of Best Schools

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By David DiPino The Pineapple Staff Writer One of only two schools in Florida to be included, the Gulf Stream School was named one of the Top 50 Best Private Elementary Schools in the United States by editors of an independent organization ranking preparatory schools. The private school is ranked no. 32 on the www.TheBestSchools.org 2016 rankings list. The Gulf Stream School, located at 3600 Gulf Stream Road in the town of Gulf Stream on State Road A1A between Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, educates 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students from Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, Boca Raton, Manalapan, Wellington and South Palm Beach attend the school. According to the independent organization, TheBestSchools.org, their rankings and recommendations were made objectively and with no financial incentives. In a letter to members of the Gulf Stream School family, Joseph Zaluski, head of school, confirmed that “we did not solicit or contribute any resources to receive this ranking.” The ranking criteria included the following: schools must exceed nearby public schools in course selections and success; have a reputation for producing students who are well prepared to the take the next steps in their education; treat families with fairness and compassion; actively seek to treat parents as partners in the educational process; and openly regularly celebrate the students and their accomplishments. TheBestSchools.org informed Zaluski that it conducted extensive research to determine whether the schools on the list met the above criteria, including finding and evaluating parent and student reviews, and looking at geographic diversity. Rather than focusing on a few high-density population centers with a large concentration of private schools, the organization thought it was important that all regions of the country were represented. “I genuinely believe that we deserve this honor and attribute it to the commitment of the faculty, the assistance from families, the dedication of the Parents’ Auxilliary, the financial and institutional strategic planning of the Board of Trustees, and, of course the delightful and hard-working students,” said Zaluski, who is in his 11th year as head of school. Gulf Stream School, which celebrated its 75th anniversary a couple years ago, is made up of five beautifully landscaped acres and buildings designed by famed architect Addison Mizner. “It’s a huge honor for the school,” Zaluski said about the ranking. “I remain grateful for the support and will continue the Gulf Stream School tradition of excellence, with decisions always made with the best interests of Gulf Stream School students in mind.” For more information, visit www.thebestschools.org/rankings/bestamerican-private-elementary-schools/ and www.gulfstreamschool.org