Banner Lake Programs 

Banner Lake Early Learning Center

Established in 1990 as Dunbar Early Learning Center, our organization has evolved into Banner Lake Early Learning Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing educational opportunities, growth, and healing for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community starting August 2022.

We proudly serve children from Banner Lake, Pettway, and Indiantown, as well as other areas of Hobe Sound and Martin County. At Banner Lake Early Learning Center, we are committed to fostering a nurturing, stimulating, and inclusive environment for all children through our innovative approach to learning.

By utilizing evidence-based practices such as Conscious Discipline and Trauma-Informed methods, we strive to support children in healing from trauma, building resilience, and unlocking their full potential for success in life. Collaborating with the Banner Lake Club, community leaders, dedicated families, generous individual donors, and funders, we are actively addressing the root causes of these issues to drive systemic change.

Through our transformative programs and dedicated partnerships, Banner Lake Early Learning Center is making a meaningful impact on the lives of our community's youngest members, setting them on a path toward a brighter future.

Banner Lake Academy

The Banner Lake Academy serves local children from kindergarten through third grade at no cost and is designed to nurture children in a safe environment with a small student-to-teacher ratio, providing them with an optimal learning environment upon which to build a strong educational foundation.

For all instructional personnel in accordance with Section1002.421(1)(h), Florida Statutes. You must show proof of any one of the following requirements for each teacher:

O  Bachelor's Degree or higher in any subject (copy of diploma or completed transcript)
O  Three or more years of K-12th grade teaching experience (written proof of contacting
the previous employer)
O  Special skills, knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction in K-12th
grade subjects (provide documentation such as certifications, professional
development, curriculum training, etc.). Pre-K experience and certifications would not
meet this requirement.

Tuition and Fees:

The tuition fees at Banner Lake Academy encompass a range of benefits, including individualized instruction, intentionally small class sizes, a highly knowledgeable faculty comprised of subject matter experts, distinctive prospects for global exploration, and a promising trajectory towards significant personal achievements. Banner Lake Academy represents a long-term investment in achieving lifelong success. 

Cost Included In Tuition:

Banner Lake Academy offers an extensive array of resources, encompassing a diverse collection of books, materials, and engaging activities. Moreover, our commitment to providing a well-rounded education extends beyond the classroom. Students can partake in enriching field trips, both on and off campus, participate in creating cherished memories through our yearbook, proudly display their school spirit with uniform shirts, and have access to essential school supplies. To further ensure our students thrive, we also provide a complete food and nutrition service. The best part? The cost of tuition covers all of these expenses. We are fortunate to be able to offer these opportunities thanks to the generous support of state scholarship programs and private donors.

BLAST (Banner Lake After School Time)

BLAST provides youth, ages 5 through 18, with free, after school and summer programming including homework assistance, access to technology, arts and crafts, music, physical fitness and health and wellness activities and services.

BLAST Teen Program

Within BLAST is our Teen Program which helps to foster teen/tween leadership skills. The program provides opportunities for teen members to spearhead events to raise funds for annual end of year trips, college tours and other activities that expand their world view. Keeping youth involved in program activities encourages a sense of ownership in the Banner Lake community. Now open in our newly renovated Teen Center.