UPDATED: November 2012
Photos courtesy of Loggers' Run Community Middle School
Forensic science and cooking are on the “choice” menu at Loggers’ Run Community Middle School west of Boca Raton.
Those two academies serve students interested in careers in medical science – and food science, both hands-on programs designed to give real-world experiences.
In forensics, students learn the connection to life science and how to identify health concerns. By eighth grade, they solve “crimes.”
In culinary arts, kids don’t just learn how to cook. They’re also learning how to run a restaurant.
Loggers’ Run, at 11584 W. Palmetto Pk. Rd.. is the smallest public middle school in the area with 1,100 students. For sixth grade next year, the school expects to have 30 seats in the culinary arts program and 60 in the medical/forensic science academy.
As with the county’s other middle school “choice” programs, you have to submit an application to the school district by Dec. 14 to get into the academies. Selections are made by lottery.
The school is known as a nice place to be, with little turnover among the faculty and staff.
“We have very little behavior problems. This is a very easy school to teach and work at,” said academy director Richard Kabinoff.
Outside the academies, Loggers’ Run offers a gifted program, as well as advanced, honors and special education classes.
Students have the opportunity to earn high school credits. Most go on to West Boca High School, which also has a culinary program, or Spanish River High, which offers a forensic biotechnology concentration.
Elective classes include computers, culinary, band, chorus and Spanish. After-school activities include a robotics club, drama club, yearbook, chess club, academic games and more – plus, three earth-friendly clubs.
Loggers’ Run has the full line-up of middle school sports – basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. (but not swimming).
School day: 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Kids can be dropped off at 8:30 and go to the cafeteria, gym or media center. After-school programs run until 5:25 p.m. with last bus leaving at 5:30 p.m.
Uniforms: No, but there is a dress code.
Rated: “A” for the past 10 years. One of four middle schools in Palm Beach County (along with Bak , Omni and Roosevelt) to meet “Adequate Yearly Progress,” a federal standard.
To learn more
Visit the school’s academies homepage.
Visit the school website.
Call the school at 561-883-8000.
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