linda_cartlidge.jpgRIVIERA BEACH — Suncoast High School will host its first College Fair & College Prep Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the gymnasium of the school, 1717 Avenue S., Riviera Beach. It is open to all schools in Palm Beach County.

Principal Linda Cartlidge said the event is in response to the needs of her 1,500 students and their families. With a 100 percent graduation rate, each student has expressed a desire to continue his or her education through college.  This year, Cartlidge asked her students and staff to develop goals based on the theme, “Built to Last,” and Prep Night will be the starting point for that vision, according to a release from the school district.

 The Suncoast Guidance Department and the administration approached the colleges and universities that Suncoast graduates have attended, as well as those that offer degrees with strengths that mirror the magnet programs at Suncoast students, such as mathematics, science and engineering, computer science, international baccalaureate and AP college prep.

 The announcement said so far more than 50 colleges in Florida and across the country have signed up for the event.

The statement said the event is valuable because it will encourage students and their families to identify their college choices and offer them an opportunity to speak with admissions directors and recruiters about being accepted without having to make a trip to the campuses.

By gaining insight from the college that a student wishes to attend, he or she will be able to make informed, goal-oriented decisions in the pursuit of higher education, the statement said.

Several companies that assist students in their college prep activities will be showcased during Prep Night, the statement said. They will be available as resources to students and parents and some will hold break-away sessions on topics of interest to the college bound.

For more information about college participation or sponsorship, call Kim Kohner at 561-758-4939 or Cathy Brandenburg,

561-844-7350, e-mail or or visit

In other Palm Beach schools news, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council has published the sixth edition of An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County.

The guide provides contacts, field trip information, grade levels and curriculum focus for more than 60 arts and cultural organizations working with public school students.

“Many Palm Beach County cultural organizations offer outstanding learning opportunities through their education programs. The Educational Guide gives teachers tools that they can use all year in helping their students get the most out of art educations programs around the county,” said Alyx Kellington, the district’s director of Arts & Cultural Education.


**Pictured above is school principal Linda Cartlidge

For copies of the guide, e-mail Kellington at or visit