• Students working together

    Educate. Affirm. Inspire. logo

    The mission of the School District of Palm Beach County is to educate, affirm, and inspire each student in an equity-embedded school system.

  • Letter from the Superintendent


    Superintendent Mike Burke headshotDear Palm Beach County Community:

    I am pleased to present the School District of Palm Beach County’s strategic plan: Educate, Affirm, Inspire. Our plan is oriented around a set of core beliefs and priority outcomes for our students and employees that will guide our work over the next five years. We have developed specific objectives to be addressed through focused and transformative strategic initiatives. Through this plan, we will reach measurable targets for student success and employee performance.

    Over the past 18 months, parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members have provided input about their perceptions and priorities for our school district. We have carefully reviewed this information and thoroughly analyzed data on our past performance to form the framework of Educate, Affirm, Inspire.

    Our community seeks academic excellence for all of our students while supporting each student to make continual progress toward their individual aspirations. Students must be the focus of our work and the center for all of our decisions. Now more than ever, we must also be attentive to the mental health and wellness of our students and employees. The past two years have been a time of change for our country, our school district, and our families resulting in stress and loss that cannot be overlooked if we are to embrace a future of innovation, growth, and renewal. Our employees are the drivers of our success, and we must do all we can to ensure they are valued and supported so that in turn, our students have the best possible educational journey.

    Our strategic plan to Educate, Affirm, Inspire provides a concrete roadmap for this work. Our implementation of this plan will ensure that we are the best choice for Palm Beach County families and for our employees. Our schools, staff, families, and communities all play a critical role in student success at every age. Join us in making our plan to Educate, Affirm, Inspire come alive in our schools and throughout our community.

    Thank you for your continued support and involvement with the School District of Palm Beach County.

    In partnership,

    Mike Burke signature

    Michael J. Burke

  • Core Beliefs


    We believe:

    • Every student can learn and is capable of growth and success.
    • Every student is deserving of programs and opportunities that match their needs and interests.
    • We all have a role in student success.
    • High expectations for both students and employees will promote high performance.
    • Investing in our employees is an investment in their ability to serve our students.
    • Diversity makes our community stronger and must be celebrated and fostered.
    • Palm Beach County Schools are the community’s best choice, and we must prove that each day with an unwavering commitment to prioritizing the needs of our students.
  • 2022-2027 Approved Strategic Plan Framework

  • Themes
  • Academic Excellence and Growth

  • Student-Focused Culture

  • Mental Health and Wellness

  • Committed and Impactful Employees

  • Indicators

    educate        affirm        inspire

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