BCPS in the News

Nearly 270,000 BCPS Students Head Back to Class for the 2015/16 School Year!

Monday, August 24, 2015
Today, Monday, August 24, 2015, nearly 270,000 students across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) headed back to class, marking the start of the District’s 100th Anniversary.   In addition, as part of the District’s C.H.A.N.G.E. (Children Have A Need to Grow Everyday) movement, approximately 82,000 parents, guardians and caring adults accompanied children to school, sending a message to students about the importance of education.  

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and School Board members spent the first day of the new school year visiting schools, greeting students, parents, teachers and staff.  The Superintendent began his day at the Southwest Area Transportation Bus Terminal in Pembroke Pines, where he boarded a bus with Everglades High School students.  He also visited Palm Cove Elementary School, McArthur High School, Hunt Elementary School, Dillard Elementary School, Robert C. Markham Elementary School, Oakland Park Elementary School and Seminole Middle School, before wrapping up his day with a news conference at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. 

“It’s inspiring to visit with our students, teachers, administrators and staff on the first day of school during our Centennial year, and to see their excitement and anticipation,” said Superintendent Runcie.  “We’re excited to have our students back in class and to continue the tradition of educational excellence in Broward County Public Schools.”

To learn how you can participate in the District's #FirstDayBroward campaign, visit: browardschools.com/firstdaybroward. 

Pictured above: Superintendent Runcie enjoys lunch with students at Oakland Park Elementary School.  


Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 237 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 105 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.