Award Year: 2014

Morikami Park Elementary School

6201 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL, 33484-6999

(561) 894-7300

Mrs. Stacey A Quinones, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

School District of Palm Beach County

School Website

Mission

Working together with open and inquiring minds to develop responsible and respectful citizens who are lifelong learners dedicated to success within a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
4th grade students conducting an inquiry into friction.

4th grade students conducting an inquiry into friction.

Morikami Park Elementary is a dedicated magnet school that offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Morikami Park understands the principle of educating to embody both academics as well as social development. A driving force behind the Primary Years Programme is an international curriculum that guides students in developing the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be citizens of the world. Students develop interpersonal and communication skills as well as thinking and research skills. These skills enable students to be open-minded and inquiring individuals. The central idea of Morikami Park’s program is the commitment to international-mindedness. Harvard Graduate School of Education lecturer Karen Mapp reported that just as certain instructional strategies can help a school reach its learning goals, family and community engagement can be a strategy for getting students reading at grade level, closing achievement gaps, and motivated to achieve long-term educational success. Staff and faculty at Morikami Park could not agree more, regarding family and community involvement as a crucial strategy for achieving exceptional learning outcomes. Morikami has done this successfully in a variety of ways. Family and community involvement are key components in school events such as literacy night, family math night, science night, and the Business Partnership program. Teachers and staff work tirelessly to ensure students success. The sense of pride students and parents have in Morikami Park is palpable. Students are proud of their school and they reach above and beyond to meet the high expectations set forth.