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GSOTA Every Day Info

School Day Hours

Kindergarten-2nd    8:30 am - 3:05 pm
Grades 3-5              8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Grades 6-8              8:30 am - 3:20 pm

School Calendar

The first day of school 2019-20 is Monday, August 12. Gardens SOTA follows the Palm Beach County School District Calendar with a few variations. The 2019-2020 School Calendar is posted here on the website and on Jupiter Ed.

Drop off and Pick up

Please enter the property using the second driveway and follow the car line for drop off and pick up. Cones will designate the appropriate route. For the safety of all our students, never attempt to pass another car or drive outside the designated car line. Additionally, our car line is a No-Phone Zone. 

Students may be dropped off beginning at 8:15 a.m. Students must be at school and in their classrooms by 8:30 a.m. sharp. If you need to drop off prior to 8:15, please enroll your student in Before School Care. 

Students are picked up between 3:00-3:45 p.m. based on grade level. For families with students in multiple grades, please use the pick-up time of your oldest student, so our car line can keep moving as students are released from classes.  Late pick-up fees will apply after 4:00. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Food Service

Students should eat breakfast before arriving at school unless enrolled in Before School Care (BSC). Cafeteria breakfast is available during BSC, or students may bring a breakfast.

Students may bring a lunch or order off the cafeteria menu for lunch each day. The menu is posted to our website and in Jupiter Ed each month. Students order lunch in home room during attendance each morning.

Students who wish to eat cafeteria lunch must have funds in their district food service account unless qualified for free lunch. Payments are made to Gardens SOTA by cash or check, and we then submit the payments to be credited to the student’s food service account.

We are a satellite provider of the District Food Service Program, providing free/reduced meal options for students who qualify. Visit and submit your child’s application for free/reduced meals after August 1.


As a technology school, Gardens SOTA requires each family to have an email address for school communication as well as access to the internet for web-posted information and student homework.  This requirement supports our mission to prepare our students for 21st century success as well as our efforts to become a ‘green’ school.

Please provide the school with your preferred email address for teacher and administrative communications. Check your email frequently, and let us know right away if your email address changes. 

It is important to check Jupiter Ed regularly as well as your child’s backpack daily for notices, reminders, graded classwork or other communications. You can contact your child’s teacher directly by email (all email addresses are on the Contact page of the website) or by leaving a message with the front desk. Email communication is the most efficient.

Before School Care and After School Care

We have on-site Before School Care from 7:00-8:15 am and After School Care from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. Complete information about schedules and rates are available on the website and in the front office.

Parent Volunteering

Gardens SOTA has a parent volunteer requirement (hours specified in the Handbook). We have so many opportunities throughout the school year for parents to volunteer—during the school day, in the lunch room, special events, field trips, even things you can do from home. Joining PTO is a great way to be involved, help improve our school, and get your volunteer hours!

All volunteers, parent or otherwise, must come into the school office and complete the Online District Volunteer Screening before volunteering at the school. We also use this system to track volunteer hours, so be sure to sign in and out to record your hours each time you serve at the school.

Classroom supply lists are distributed to families and all items are to be brought in prior to starting school. Additional supplies or donations may be requested by the teacher during the school year.  
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