Dear Families and Community Members:
As Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), it is with great pride that I welcome you to the 2017/18 school year. We are excited for the first day of classes on Monday, August 21, 2017.
Our District’s commitment to excellence in education continues to make BCPS a national leader. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked 19 of the District’s high schools among the best in the nation, and The Washington Post recognized 25 BCPS schools in its report on America’s Most Challenging High Schools. In addition, our District recently received two impressive designations. BCPS earned prestigious Districtwide re-accreditation from AdvancEd, signifying to the community that our District is meeting the highest standards in education. Our District was also named a Great District for Great Teachers by the National Council on Teacher Quality – a true testament to our amazing teachers and our dedication to providing students with high-quality instruction.
Our innovative District schools offer incredible learning opportunities and focus on ensuring all students are college and career ready. BCPS offers a wide variety of programs to meet students’ interests and help them develop a lifelong love of learning. We are engaging students in ways that motivate them to learn and excel, with rigorous academic courses; award-winning magnet and innovative programs; dual language programs to promote biliteracy and academic achievement; and chess for second grade students to develop their critical thinking skills. We are reimagining education with an emphasis on offering a variety of academic enrichment programs and elective courses at every level.
We know that technology is a critical part of 21st century learning. Our schools now have more computers and technology resources to support our students’ education. Through the District’s SMART bond technology initiative, more than 83,300 new computer devices are now installed in our schools, bringing the District’s student to computer ratio to an average of 2:1, an even lower ratio than the original goal of 3.5:1. The installation of the new computers was completed ahead of schedule and under budget – and the new computers are ready for students in 2017/18.
As we look forward to the 2017/18 school year and beyond, I encourage you to learn more about our District – and all that our schools offer – by visiting our website, browardschools.com. On behalf of our teachers, administrators and staff, we hope students enjoyed the summer break and are ready for another successful school year! Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education.
Robert W. Runcie