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Grandview Becomes Primary Education Partner of Don Law Golf Academy

May 16, 2017
By Grandview Communications

Flexible class schedule allows top local golfers to learn and train on their own terms

Boca Raton, (May 16, 2017) – Grandview Preparatory School is expanding its passion-based and personalized approach to education once again by establishing a partnership with Boca Raton’s Don Law Golf Academy. Grandview’s flexible schedule allowing for early release, plus its engaging campus community and emphasis on personalized education allows the school to accommodate a well-rounded academic experience while providing student-athletes the training time needed at Don Law’s full time golf program.

In fall 2017, Grandview will offer Don Law athletes a custom academic schedule between the hours of 8:00am-12:30pm. Students will have the option to supplement with an online course if needed.

"Grandview is very supportive of our student-athletes. Our personalized approach to education is a great fit with Don Law Golf Academy’s program and their commitment to opening doors for student-athletes at the collegiate level," said Grandview Preparatory School’s Head of School, Jacqueline Westerfield. "We are thrilled to partner with DLGA in the fall as Grandview enters its 20th year of operation serving the community as a college preparatory school."

“We are looking forward to partnering with Grandview and providing our full time golfers the opportunity to balance their training schedule with such a reputable private school education,” added Diana Law, Owner/Partner at Don Law Golf Academy. “We want to ensure our students are successful on and off the golf course.”

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About Don Law Golf Academy

The Don Law Golf Academy offers comprehensive golf development and training programs for everyone. Our programs include specialized classes for kids age 3-5 (our “Future Stars”), after school classes and camps, advanced and elite customized training, mental game coaching, physical conditioning, college placement mentoring, private lessons, and a variety of private and group options for adults. Our passion and our specialty is junior golf development, and our full time junior academy attracts juniors from all over the world to train at the highest level and achieve peak performance in golf, academics, and life.  Our programs allow golf athletes to build strong technical skills, great physical endurance and winning mental abilities.

Grandview Preparatory School Becomes Exclusive Education Partner of Rick Macci Tennis Academy

April 28, 2017
By Grandview Communications
Rick Macci Tennis Academy

Flexible class schedule allows top local tennis athletes to learn and train on their own terms

Boca Raton, (April 28, 2017) – Grandview Preparatory School is expanding its passion-based and personalized approach to education by cementing an exclusive partnership with Boca Raton’s Rick Macci Tennis Academy (RMTA). RMTA will be promoting Grandview as their exclusive brick and mortar educational offering. We will continue to offer our excellent academics and flexible scheduling opportunities to all mission specific students.

Grandview’s flexible schedule, engaging campus community and emphasis on personalized education allows the school to accommodate a well-rounded academic experience while providing student-athletes the time needed to develop into top tier athletes at one of the premier tennis academies in the world.

Beginning in fall 2017, students will work directly with Grandview advisors to tailor their core-curriculum schedule around their training schedule. Tennis academy founder Rick Macci has the distinction of having trained and worked with five players that have reached #1 in the tennis world on the Men’s and Women’s Tours. These include: Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati. Macci’s hands-on approach and overall unique ability to analyze and correct technical, strategic, and mental deficiencies has resulted in over 124 USTA National Championships since 1985, and all four Junior Grand Slams.

"Grandview’s passion-based and personalized approach to education is a perfect complement to Macci Tennis Academy’s high performance training and personal attention to students," said Grandview Preparatory School’s Head of School, Jacqueline Westerfield. "We are thrilled that Rick Macci Tennis Academy is partnering with Grandview and are looking forward to welcoming such passionate and committed students to our community in the fall."

“We are very happy to partner with Grandview to develop top, well-rounded tennis players here in South Florida,” added Bryon Gill, Director of Rick Macci Tennis Academy. “Our student-athletes will receive a quality private school education while training full time at the academy.”

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About Grandview Preparatory School

Grandview Preparatory School, entering its 20th year, is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values. In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.

About Rick Macci Tennis Academy

The Rick Macci Tennis Academy is considered one of the premier tennis learning environments in the world. Founder, Rick Macci, personally teaches private lessons daily to students of all levels and ages. RMTA will personally explain the developmental game plan for your child and evaluate where they are genetically, technically, strategically, and mentally, through private lessons. RMTA will set the “blueprint and foundation” and personally deliver it better than anyone, no matter what the student’s age or level. RMTA never enrolls more than 50 students at a time.

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Innovation Program Thrives in First Year

October 09, 2015
By Grandview Communications
Students in the Innovation Program spend 20% of their time completing a passion project, which links student interests to deeper, experiential learning.
Students in the Innovation Program spend 20% of their time completing a passion project, which links student interests to deeper, experiential learning.

An algae biofuel run engine, a state of the art music studio, two beach volleyball courts, and an equal rights club for gender marginalized individuals…what do they all have in common? They are the “Passion Projects” for the new Innovation Program at Grandview Preparatory School.

Launched in January as a pilot program, the 2015-2016 academic year marks the official start of the Innovation Program, which is an anomaly in South Florida and allows students to learn academics while applying knowledge and skills to bigger world. The objective of the program is to allow students to enroll in a blended-learning flex model, where they can complete high level collegiate curriculum, experience in-depth project based initiatives, and produce visible demonstrations of learning. The Innovation Program’s course of study is customized based on the skills and interests of the individual student, but is also aligned with the Grandview Preparatory School curriculum, state and national standards.

Samuel Berey, Director of Program Innovation at Grandview Preparatory School, leads the program, which is now available to students beginning in first grade. Depending on grade level, students can apply to participate in various tracks: Discovery Class (grades 1-2), Junior Innovation (grades 3-6), Middle School Innovation (grades 6-8) and the traditional Innovation Program (high school). Last year’s Passion Project involved the design and construction of an on-campus greenhouse, which is now filled with Florida-native plants and endangered butterflies, and used by the school’s environmental club and science classes as an outdoor classroom for study and research.

This year’s Passion Projects for the high school level include the following:

  • Group 1 will stress algal cells to produce oil to be used to power an engine in a sustainable manner. The group’s intent is to reduce the cost of fuel and to show that algal biofuels can be a reliable source for powering the world in future. Two of the students possess experience working with engines and one, who headed up the greenhouse project last year, spent the summer studying algae and the lipids they produce.
  • Group 2 will design and build a state-of-the-art music studio to support Grandview’s music program, introduce opportunities for higher-end audio and video recording, and potentially launch new music and TV-themed classes and clubs on campus. Their business plan includes technology, fundraising, room layout and marketing/communications.
  • Group 3’s project includes building two on-campus Beach Volleyball Courts, creating a Grandview Beach Volleyball team to compete against other Florida High Schools, and develop a strategy to rent out the complex to local teams, clubs and organizations. The five team-members, all of whom are student-athletes at the school, see their Passion Project as an opportunity to be the first school in Palm Beach County with a beach volleyball court on campus.
  • Group 4 is launching a school club focused on Equal Rights for Genders and Marginalized Groups (women’s rights, LGBT-plus, racial minorities and more). The group hopes their club, which will start with awareness within the GPS community and expand to include fundraisers, a blog/newsletter, color run, merchandising, and volunteer opportunities, will ultimately be a model for other schools to follow.

Each group will be required to develop a business plan, present their ideas to Grandview administration and Board, fundraise as needed, procure involvement from the student body, and ultimately complete their projects before the end of the academic year.

Beyond the Passion Project, the Innovation Institute features the following curriculum:

  • Students drop traditional core classes in favor of blended-learning university-level courses (BLU Courses) via Coursera and edX.
  • The blended-learning flex model, using a digital, hands-on Grandview curriculum, is an efficient pedagogical approach that allows GPS to meet the individual needs of each student.
  • Instruction using this model is delivered through a lead educator using digital curriculum that is web-based (online) in a face-to-face setting.


The Middle School Innovation group chose hydroponic grow systems in the classroom for their Passion Project; Junior Innovation group is focusing their Passion Project on cross-pollination to create hybrid plants; and the Discovery class is creating projects about outer-space and pre-historic animals.

$1 Million Donation Advances Founding Vision

August 12, 2015
By Grandview Communications
Thanks to a $1 million commitment from JP Capital Management’s principal, James Pastore, and his family, Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton will continue be able to advance its founding vision: to provide an innovative and customized education to its students.
 
With the generous commitment and resulting partnership with Pastore, Grandview will enhance academic and extracurricular programming, focusing on creating pinnacle experiences of excellence for its students and expanding its educational reach to offer elements of Grandview education internationally.
 
Grandview Preparatory School students will also reap the benefits of the use of two local state-of-the-art training facilities. The school’s commitment to passion-based and personalized programming that serves to inspire, motivate and support the passions of students is now expanding to off campus facilities that will enhance learning experiences and develop students’ skills, abilities, and talents.
 
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Grandview students will have the opportunity to use the training facilities at Dancetown Boca and XPE Sports. Dancetown Boca is a 15,000 square foot facility, equipped with 4 oversized dance rooms with hardwood and marley floors. The building also includes a lounge and a smoothie bar, as well as a fitness training facility. XPE Sports is state-of-the art training facility with two major league sized batting cages, newly patented training equipment and a generous indoor field space. Students can utilize the facilities for dance and yoga classes, musical theatre rehearsals, physical education classes, and training for middle school and varsity athletics.
 
"Grandview’s passion-based and personalized approach to education fits in with Mr. Pastore’s true passion: helping children reach their dreams," said Grandview’s Head of School Jacqueline Westerfield. "Through his commitment, Mr. Pastore will help to ensure that a student’s passion serves as a catalyst for learning."
 
“We are very happy to be able to assist Grandview to expand educational opportunities for their students while fulfilling the promises and legacy set forth by the founders many years ago,” added Pastore. “It truly is an honor for me personally to play a role in helping GPS continue to provide a quality educational program based on high expectations.”