Matlock Preparatory Academy is a West Palm Beach private school for gifted students in grades 9 through 12. Matlock offers a unique curriculum emphasizing individual attention, stress reduction, and a comprehensive college prep focus. With specific attention to English and Math and even dual enrollment options, students get a head start in the transition to college coursework.
In the Matlock English program, students will study both contemporary and classic literature, in addition to the usual grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. Teachers offer plenty of encouragement to keep students interested in reading, as this important skill seems to be in decline among today’s teens. Students with a bent towards writing are encouraged and may even participate in special writing seminars. Eager readers are offered additional literature courses and options for independent study.
Math is a difficult skill set for many students, so Matlock’s math program includes plenty of individual attention and allows students to learn at their own pace. Courses from basic Algebra through Pre Calculus/Trigonometry cater to students with an interest in math.
Social studies programs focus on US History, World History, Civics, and World Geography. Seniors are required to study Economics as well. This well-rounded college prep focused curriculum also helps ensure well-rounded students!
Matlock’s basic science classes are required for every student, including Earth/Space Science, Ecology, and Biology, as well as Marine or Environmental Science. More advanced students or those seeking a science related college education may opt for Chemistry or Physics courses.
Also a graduation requirement are foreign language classes and electives in the arts and physical education. Offered electives include SAT Prep, Computers, Water Sports, Stress Reduction, and Study Skills.
Impressively, 98% of Matlock graduates are offered Bright Future Scholarships. In addition, 11th and 12th graders with a “B” average or better may participate in dual enrollment, earning credits from a local college in addition to their high school diploma.