Palmetto Bay Academy

Basic Information

Address: 16637 S Dixie Hwy Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
County: Miami Dade
School District: Private
Phone Number: 786-293-5353
Fax Number: 786-293-1533

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Additional Information

President: Lois Dimos, M.Ed. Stanford University
School Type: Private Alternative Day School, Special Needs, Homeschool, Distance Learning
Founded: 2000
Ages/Grades: Grades 6-12
School Setting:

Small classes, one-to-one instruction, extra curricular activities, supportive environment, no homework

School Size: 42
Classroom Size: 7 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1

$25,000 + books and fees

Financial Aid:

McKay Scholarship, Tax Credit Scholarship, Gardiner Scholarship, need-based scholarship


English, Math, History, Science, Foreign Language, Music, Fine Arts, Physical Education, Special Education


Courses levels from remedial to Advanced Placement. Recapture credits or accelerate learning. Students progress at their own pace. Standard or College Preparatory Diploma options.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100% graduation rate, 90% directly enter college
Support Services:

Integration with therapists and other professionals. Advisory teacher, on campus therapy and tutoring options.

Summer School: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Full technology integration, online delivery of some classes, each student has a laptop.

School Championships:


School Clubs:

Student Council, Art Club, Music Club, Physical Fitness, Drama, Speech, Chess, Basketball, Home Economics, and many more

Notable Graduates:

Skip Marley Minto, Reggae Musician
Anelise Shojaee, Shoma Homes, Director of Business Affairs
Michael Havenick, Michen Properties LLC, Manager
William Lawrence, Attorney for Stearns Weaver Miller

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Adequate parking for students who drive

Uniform Guidelines:

Navy, hunter green or white polo with school logo. Khaki shorts, skirts, or pants.

Admissions Requirements:

Placement exam, personal interview, previous school records, IEP, Psycho-educational evaluation.

Mission Statement:

Our goal is to help students develop the personal values, academic motivation and self-reliance that will prepare them for a successful future.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We move students from potential to success! We believe that every child is a unique individual and their education should be tailored to their specific needs and desired outcomes.

School History:

Palmetto Bay Academy was founded in 2000 by Lois Dimos, M.Ed. Mrs. Dimos founded the school because she saw that traditional schools were not meeting the needs of many students. She developed an alternative model that allows each child to learn at their own pace and in their own way. PBA has a proven record of success with students who were not meeting their full potential in public or private schools.

Notes/School Information:

We can end the daily school struggle for students who are....

  • under-performing in some or all areas
  • fighting about homework
  • being left behind or bored by the slow pace
  • refusing to attend or frequently tardy
  • suffering from school or test anxiety
  • the victim of bullying
  • having social difficulties
  • struggling to memorize too much
  • participating in activities that require a flexible schedule

Our unique approach includes...

  • 7 students per class
  • One-to-one instruction
  • Little or no homework
  • Extended or untimed testing
  • Critical thinking, not memorization
  • Individual pacing
  • Field trips, clubs and enrichment activities
  • Sports through cooperating schools and club teams
  • Home school or distance learning option
  • Community service