Inside Oxbridge Academy, Barron Trump's new $34k-a-year school founded by Bill Koch

Barron Trump is set to join Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, and will be accompanied to school by a small squad of Secret Service agents


                            Inside Oxbridge Academy, Barron Trump's new $34k-a-year school founded by Bill Koch
Barron Trump, right, is set to join Oxbridge Academy, just 15 mins from Mar-a-Lago (oapb.org/Getty Images)

Barron Trump has enrolled in a $34,800-per-year private school just 15 minutes from his father's Mar-a-Lago resort, news outlets reported on Monday, August 23. Late last week, the Oxbridge Academy in Palm Beach, Florida revealed that the former president's 15-year-old son would be attending the private school for the next 2021-2022 school year.

MEAWW reported in July last about Donald Trump's teenaged son. Barron Trump towered over his mother, Melania Trump, as the duo was seen making their way out of Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, June 7. While Trump and his former model wife boarded the plane from the White House for the last time in January this year, people were quick to notice that their only son was nowhere to be seen in the videos directly telecasted from the official residence of the American president. 

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Barron, who was only 10 years old when his father took office, was kept in the privacy of Trump and his wife Melania. Even now that the Trumps have returned to their Mar-a-Lago resort home as private citizens, they have worked hard to keep their teenaged son out of the spotlight. However, according to The Washington Post, Barron will start his sophomore year at the Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach on August 23. He earlier attended St Andrew's Episcopal School, a private academy in Potomac, Maryland during his father's tenure at the Oval Office.

Oxbridge Academy is a newcomer to the world of prep schools, The List reports. According to its website, the school opened in 2011 and educates students in grades 7 through 12. The modest 500-student school, which is situated on a 54-acre campus, aims to educate "young adults into learners, thinkers, and problem solvers" who are "prepared to meet the world boldly with initiative and kindness."

Melania Trump (L) looks at her son Barron Trump after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

The school has a diverse student body, with one-third of the students identifying as people of color. In sports including basketball, swimming, track, and golf, the ThunderWolves have won a number of regional and state titles. A third of the students at the school identify as people of color. In sports such as basketball, swimming, track, and golf, the ThunderWolves have won a number of regional and state titles.

Oxbridge Academy, which was founded by William I Koch in 2011, boasts of a decade worth of educational excellence. Bill Koch, 81, is a member of the influential Koch family and a millionaire billionaire businessman, sailor, and collector. According to a report by Politico, Koch's school seems to have connections with Donald Trump. While Charles and the late David Koch were harsh critics of Trump during his presidency, Bill Koch stayed by him, hosting a large fundraiser event for his reelection campaign in 2020. The other brothers, on the other hand, remain adamant conservatives who are working together to defeat a planned expansion of voter rights that would ban so-called "dark money" political donations from billionaires like themselves, The New Yorker reported.

As much as 77 percent of Oxbridge Academy's faculty hold advanced degrees and 40 percent of its approximately 500 students receive financial aid. The curriculum has over 170 courses and has more than 40 student-led and student-created clubs from animation to politics. The school is also staffed by three full-time health experts. 



 

 

Barron will be needed to study a regular course load of English, math, science, and social studies at Oxbridge, with a language requirement of Spanish, French, Chinese, or American Sign Language, The List reported. Barron has a variety of programs to choose from after school, ranging from the intellectual (National Honor Society, Model United Nations) to the just enjoyable (Ukulele and Guitar Club, Rock Paper Scissors League).

According to The Washington Post, Barron Trump will be accompanied to school by a small squad of Secret Service agents. This is the first time Oxbridge has had to deal with a problem like this. We are working directly with the Secret Service to ensure that logistics and security work smoothly and discreetly with little impact on students, faculty, staff, or day-to-day operations." A spokesperson also told the news outlet that only a few parents have commented on the famous new student, though "most of [the feedback was] positive," the school's head said in a statement.

The tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $34,800, plus a $2,000 yearly fee. Barron and other new students must pay a one-time enrollment fee of $1,250. Another cost: the Apple laptop that all students must have, which might be a basic model or a higher-end model for students in advanced technology or graphic design classes.

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