- Community name: Plantation
- Community or city website
- Population: 84,955
- Graduation rate: 75.0%
- Youth poverty rate: 8.8%
OverviewPlantation, a three-time 100 Best winner, continues to make youth a priority through its education initiatives for academically advanced students, recreational outlets for the disabled and youth volunteer opportunities. Plantation is advancing education through the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Magnet program. This nationwide honors program creates a continuum of study in diverse subjects for high-achieving students. The Plantation Athletic League Dynamites program, which includes about 300 participants with mental or physical disabilities, offers youth an opportunity to participate in recreational or competitive sports. Volunteering is also an important part of student development in Plantation schools, as students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteering to graduate.
- Camp Everglades helps children develop an appreciation for the environment and the Florida Everglades.
The Plantation Athletic League Dynamites provides recreational and competitive sports for participants with mental or physical disabilities in Plantation.
- The Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration Magnet program at South Plantation High School was named “Partnership of the Year” by the School Board of Broward County. In this program, students specifically study the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed, and the magnet's mission encourages all students to be good stewards of the environment.
- The International Baccalaureate® Middle Years Magnet program offers honors study for advanced students in several study areas, including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, foreign language, physical education and the arts.
- The Westside Regional Medical Center teen volunteer program gives students the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining experience in the medical career field.
The positive influence of tennis camp counselors and staff has helped make me the person I am today. I’ve learned the skills needed to be a tennis camp administrator by participating in tennis clinics, taking private lessons and attending one of Broward County’s largest tennis summer camps.
The Solar Knight Racing Team is one school activity that inspired me. We built a solar-powered car to race against other solar cars from across the county. We shared our car and knowledge about alternative energy sources at Plantation’s Green Day, holiday parade and other city-sponsored events.