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From the Principal


From the Principal:

It gives me great pleasure to begin my 16th year as Principal of Palm Beach Maritime Academy, and on behalf of our Governing Board and myself, wish to extend a warm welcome to all of our teachers, parent, students, and community members.

Last year we are proud to say that we were granted full accreditation by AdvancED, formerly known as SACS. It was the High School’s first year of eligibility, and the K-8 was accredited as well! This means you can rest assured that your child is receiving a quality education that he or she can take to any institution of higher education in the country!

Since our opening in January, 2000, we believe we have proven our dedication to experiential learning and maritime/marine science experiences while at the same time exceeding the core standards set by the Florida Department of Education.  We are the longest-running successful charter school in Palm Beach County; our success has been recognized by two Florida Governors, Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Charlie Crist. Many of our current and former teachers have won awards and distinctions throughout their tenure here including Palm Beach County’s “Beginning Teacher of the Year”, NOAA’s “Teacher at Sea Program”, Marinelife’s “Blue Friend of the Year”, the Florida Art Educators Association’s “Principal of the Year”, and a group of our teachers were selected last year to present our program at the Florida Charter Schools’ State Conference in Orlando. Our students, too, are award winners; last year they placed first in the annual Plywood Regatta and Remote Operate Vehicles contests, went shark-tagging with the University of Miami, produced an award-winning film on the ocean, taped news videos which appear on our YouTube channel, and achieved many other successes. This year’s field trip plans include MacArthur State Park, Loxatchee River Center, Loggerhead, Marinelife Center, Grassy Waters, and the Everglades. Our middle and high school students are also scheduled for overnight trips to Marinelab in Key Largo.

We have completed our expansion and now offer Grades K-12. We are looking forward to our first high school graduation in June, 2017, and the PBMAHS school rings are gorgeous!!!! We plan to continue our long tradition of excellence with the help of our current and new families, our stellar Faculty, and the communities of Lantana and Palm Beach.

We look forward to working with each one of you.  


Marie Turchiaro
Palm Beach Maritime Academy and High School