Award Year: 2020

Morikami Park Elementary School

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

(561) 894-7300

Ms. Stacey Quinones, Principal at time of Nomination

Palm Beach

School Website

Mission

Our mission focuses on the development of the whole child as a life-long learner and inquirer, both inside and outside of the classroom. 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: 8%
  • White: 58%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Application
First grade students conducting an inquiry how insects protect themselves

First grade students conducting an inquiry how insects protect themselves

Morikami Park is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school located in Delray Beach, Florida. We are a choice school that implements the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). Families from Palm Beach County can apply to our school and our students are chosen through a lottery system. Our curricular framework focuses on the development of the whole child in a learning environment that encourages independence, academic challenges, inquiry, creativity, and responsible citizenship. We embrace a culture of inclusivity so our students feel safe to be themselves and to except others.

Students at Morikami Park receive daily rigorous instruction that is framed around structured and guided inquiry. Students are encouraged to question, research, and explore their wonderings in all subject areas in order to develop conceptual understanding across disciplines. Our students understand that each subject area is not isolated but rather connected and what is learned during reading can be transferred to writing, math, science and social studies. This transdisciplinary approach has been an integral part of our academic success.

Our school has a variety of strategies in place to support the diverse needs of our students. Teachers personalize instruction so that students receive the necessary enrichment or intervention, much of this occurs through small group instruction. We embrace a culture of collaboration. Several times a day our students work in cooperative groups, peer conference, present their knowledge, and even defend their thinking.

At Morikami Park we believe that both students and teachers are life-long learners.