Welcome to Royal Palm Middle School, home of the Raiders! My name is Heidi Keefer and it is my honor to move into my fourth year as the principal. This is an amazing school with highly dedicated teachers and staff and a wonderful community. It is encouraging to work with such caring families who support our efforts and goals to provide students with a quality middle school experience.
Royal Palm is a sixth through eighth grade middle school servicing a very diverse population of approximately 740 students. We receive these students at an age when they are making critical and complex life choices and forming the attitudes, values and dispositions that will direct their behavior as adults. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing an education that will foster lifelong learning, create productive and ethical citizens, and instill the ability to be problem solvers who are prepared to succeed in our ever-changing world. Our goal is not only to provide our students with rich academic programs, but also ensure their personal social and emotional needs are met as well.
Royal Palm offers a variety of programs, supports, and opportunities to assist students to be successful. We have block classes for Language Arts and Math to allow more time for teachers to provide ongoing interventions and extension activities. Our Advanced Studies classes provides students needing additional challenge and rigor an opportunity to excel. Students needing additional academic help and support can participate in our before and after school tutoring classes or join the University After School Academy. Students have the opportunity to be in a variety of electives to include band, orchestra, chorus, drama, technology, web design, studio art, art, music and PE during their three years at our school. Students can also get involved in our clubs and/or sports.
Parent involvement is both welcomed and encouraged at our school. There is much research to show that students are more successful academically and have fewer behavior problems when there is ongoing involvement with their child's school. Get involved by attending meetings, school activities and events, joining the PTO or site council or by attending the quarterly "Coffee Connect" events with the leadership team. However you choose to be involved it will benefit your child! I would also encourage all of you to support your children’s education by reading at home, helping with homework, supporting the school on discipline decisions and getting your children to school on time daily. It takes all of us, working together, to provide a quality education for our students. I look forward to partnering with you to help our students learn and grow in a positive learning environment. It's going to be a great year!