Achieve Portal
Delray Beach, FL 33444

After the closure of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School (SJES) in July 2023, discussions ensued between SJES’s Board of Trustees and Gulf Stream School’s (GSS) Board of Trustees, aimed at identifying a way to perpetuate the mission of SJES’s Early Childhood Academy. GSS closed on the purchase of the ECA assuming full operational responsibilities and maintaining the ECA’s tuition rates, enrollment procedures, calendar, drop-off and pick-up times, after-school program, and employment terms. For the duration of the 2023-24 school year, the ECA will operate as usual.


Gulf Stream School’s Pre-primary philosophy is rooted in teaching the whole-child. We define whole-child education as a method for stimulating a child’s academic, social, physical, and emotional growth. Our play-based, child-centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, independent, and linguistic development of the child. Purposeful play encourages curiosity, discovery, and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image. Our play-based program provides the children longer periods of uninterrupted play that focus on process rather than product.


We strive to create an engaging and enriching environment to promote growth and development. Each morning, as our little ones arrive, they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of jobs. This helps our students develop a sense of responsibility and teamwork. Students will have choice time, where they can explore various activities such as block building, dramatic play, art lessons, book exploration, as well as music and movement. This fosters and reinforces creativity and imagination.

Throughout the day, we ensure there is a balance of academic structure. We have dedicated time for circle lessons, small group activities, and one-to-one instruction. During these sessions, we will focus on strategies and activities to help your child master beginning letter formation and number fluency. Our goal is to provide our students with a strong foundation for their future academic success. Of course, we understand the importance of nourishment and outdoor play. Therefore, there will be designated time for snack and lunch, ensuring your child’s energy levels are maintained. Additionally, we are excited to inform you about the installation of a new playground happening in the summer of 2024. Your children will have plenty of outdoor time to explore, play, and have fun. We are committed to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment where your child can thrive. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead!

Gulf Stream School and the ECA, 2024-25

Throughout the 2023-24 school year and over the summer of 2024, Gulf Stream School and the ECA will transition away from a daycare center toward the model of an academic preschool, in keeping with the program and philosophy of the early childhood programs on the Gulf Stream School, 3600 Gulf Stream Road, campus. The ECA will be known as Gulf Stream School Delray Beach Campus, and will offer enrollment to one-year olds, two-year olds, and three-year olds, for 2024-25. Both Gulf Stream School and Gulf Stream School Delray Beach Campus will operate on the same calendar adhering to all school vacation periods. Regular school hours beginning on September 3, 2024 will be:

Program Schedule

Drop Off
7:45AM - 8:30 AM
Curricular Program
8:30AM - 2:45PM
Optional Mid-day Pick Up
11:30 AM
Pick Up
2:45PM - 3:00PM
After School Program (ASP, additional cost)
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Pick Up from ASP

2024-25 Tuition

Tuition is full-day only and is based on the full school year, approximately 35 weeks.

1 year old
2 years old
3 years old

After-School Program Schedule & Fees

After School Programs for PreK - Grade 5
Daily Program Run Time
Class Offerings (sign-Ups in September, November, and February)

The rate is $20.00/day from 3:00 - 4:00 (or any portion of that hour) and an additional $10 if the child is picked up after 4:00 but before 4:30. Families who wish to pay for the entire year up front may pay a one-time discounted rate of $3,100 for the year and use ASP as needed when school is in session. Enrollment and payments for ASP will be done through Brightwheel. If you have questions about ASP. please contact ASP Director, Ellen Tuman. Families that arrive to pick up their child(ren) after 4:30 will be charged $10.00 / minute payable in cash to the teachers staying late.

Ready to take the next step for your child’s education?


Christina Wheat
Ellen Mero
Mallory Jaffe
Michael Mahady
Mary Aperavich

Faculty & Staff

Melissa Braboy
Lead Teacher, 2 year-olds
Sally Sultana
Assistant Teacher, 2 year-olds
Jessica Dehaven
Lead Teacher, 1 year-olds
Brandon Chiucchi
Assistant Teacher, 1 year-olds 
Sakeena Jawad
Lead Teacher, Infants