FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Students and Community Partners,
Welcome Back! As principal of Everglades Preparatory Academy, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at EPA. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning.
Our mission is to ensure that students feel welcomed, safe and a part of the EPA family. Our skilled and devoted staff have planned and prepared for your child (ren)with the common goal of promoting high-level learning. EPA’s teachers utilized research-based best practices and analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and set goals for growth and improvement. We believe that all students should graduate from High School prepared for the demands of post-secondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship.
New Staff: Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline Golden- Taylor, our new Social Science teacher. Mrs. Taylor has positive expectations for student success, designed lessons for mastery, and brings strong work ethic high expectations for all.
Student Placement: A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school years. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.
School Website: EPA’s school website is designed to improve communication, engage parents, market EPA’s strengths, and build a solid, trusting reputation within our community.
Facilities Update: If you drove past the school, you may have noticed our Science class construction project. Cherish Ughage, EPA’s Science teacher, is prepared to teach rigorous science course that will inspire and prepare students to embrace the world of science and potentially pursue it in their college and career choices.
Last year’s district-wide safety and security review generated recommendations that included additional surveillance cameras be added to our school to better monitor ingress and regress. Installation of interior and exterior cameras and an entry gate that will be monitored by Law Enforcement and EPA’s Behavioral Intervention Associate, was also installed this summer. This upgrade enhanced our ability to record and monitor who is on our campus and provides a Safe Environment at all times for our students, staff, and visitors.
Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that Everglades Preparatory Academy remains a celebrated and successful school is appreciated. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.
Let’s Strive for Excellence Together.
Linda Johnson-Earsley, Principal
STUDENT TESTIMONIAL: To my EPA family Thank You for all of the time and energy you put into helping me throughout my high school and college career. During my graduation ceremony I reflected on my educational journey which began with you. Thank you so much for being part of my graduation celebration
Cebrina St. Pierre
Palm Beach State College Fall 2017 Graduate and Everglades Preparatory Academy Alumni (2015 Graduate)
- Everglades Preparatory Academy is a Dropout Prevention, Alternative High School serving 8th -12th grade students from Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee, Canal Point and surrounding communities.
- Since 2012, our school has successfully graduated over 262 students. Currently, our student enrollment is 106. The school team consists of (3) Administrators, (6) Instructional staff, (1) Behavioral Intervention Associate and (1) Bus Driver.
EPA’s 2019 graduation rate increased by 4% compared to 2017 graduation rate and by 25% compared to 2018 graduation rate.
- In 2019(18%)/ 2018(34%) –Graduates are employed
- In 2019(44%)/ 2018 (26%) -Graduates enrolled in College
- 2019 (9%)/ 2018 (2%) – Graduates enlist in the Armed Services
- 2019(2%)/ 2018(10%) – Graduates attend a Technical/ Vocational school
- On August 2018 (7) seven students participated in Glades Construction Academy at West Tech and two students were selected for a summer internship with the Department of Facilities Services – School District of Palm Beach County.
- On August 2018 (8)eight students were Dual Enrolled at Palm Beach State Cosmetology and Barbering program; student’s courses were creditable toward a career and technical certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
- Palm Beach County School District renewed EPA’s Charter for (10) years from 2017-2027.
- June 2017 Everglades Preparatory Academy received its Accreditation and the benefits that it provides to our learning communities, stakeholders, and society, to ensure that a high level of quality is maintained and that our school, faculty, and students remain ahead in the areas of education, technology, and innovative best practices from June 30, 2017-June 30, 2022.
- Since 2002 EPA has serviced over: 1470 (+) students.
- Since 2010 over 550 students have participated in Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals Summer Camp.
- EPA Charter was amended and approved by PBCSD on November 27, 2018 to enroll “overaged” 8th grade students. These students might have been held back one or more times, or may have been out of school for a long time. Last year, 24 “overaged” 8th grade students were promoted to the 9th grade, earned high school credits and several students passed state exams.
State School Rating: “MAINTAINING”