Founded in 1989 as Private Tutoring Services, Palm Beach International Academy (PBIA) has been developing educational programs focusing on the individual learning styles, academic needs and unique lifestyles of students of all ages.
Students quickly began to flock to Joanne Weiner’s art studio in Boca Raton, where they were able to learn and study with her handpicked group of educators working and traveling the world together.
Many of our traditional tutorial students soon requested a full-time college preparatory program, so we forged partnerships with rigorous distance learning and online accredited programs, and in 2001, our first high school graduation occurred.
Tennis players, equestrians, hockey players, race car drivers, skaters, artists, dancers, musicians, and a vast variety of intelligent and creative students began seeking out PBIA’s team, and we moved to PBIA, Boca Raton in 2007.
In the early 1990’s the equestrian community embraced our concept of education, and we developed teaching systems that allowed students to spend their winters in Wellington and to travel to horse shows around the world, with no compromise to their studies.
Introducing University@PBIA in 2014 has given college and gap year students an opportunity to continue their traditional studies in thoroughly modern ways by receiving an excellent college education.
As 2020 presented everyone with unique challenges, PBIA was able to maintain its programs with a smooth transition for everyone to study remotely online, so that many new students joined PBIA from around the world, allowing our students to experience different tutors in different classes.
While Joanne Weiner may be credited with founding PBIA, our students, families and educators are the true inspiration and reasons for our success. As our history continues to unfold, everyone will benefit from the vision, evolution, flexibility and perseverance of PBIA.
Beginning in a trailer on the showgrounds at WEF in the early 2000’s, PBIA, Wellington, opened its brick and mortar location in 2013 and three expansions later, we are now a thriving educational hub, offering small group classrooms, one-on-one learning areas and social spaces for students K-12.
We soon began sponsoring horse shows around the country, opening ‘pop-up study centers’ at different locations throughout the year.
In 2017, we took steps toward our goal of creating the “21st Century Classroom” with innovative, project-based learning initiatives and designing great classes that were relevant and thought-provoking, paving the way to our “Summer 2020” Virtual Camp for younger students and ‘Edutainment’ classes for middle and high school students.
In 2019, PBIA became the “Official Education Provider for the Panthers IceDen” allowing students participating in ice hockey and figure skating to benefit from our educational model with school at the ice rink.