The overall top scoring elementary schools were:
1st place - Air Base K-8 Center in Homestead
2nd place - La Scuola in South Dade
3rd place - Phyllis Ruth Miller Montessori Elementary in North Miami
Established in 1938 and comprising 85 acres in Coral Gables, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year with award-winning environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge, Explorer and Discovery Programs. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more information, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.