Leadership

A Message from John Klemme, Head of School and Academic Dean


On behalf of the entire Oxbridge community, welcome to our website.

Since its founding in 2011, Oxbridge Academy has emerged as one of the premier independent schools in South Florida. Dedicated to the principle that young people can acquire the capacity for complex thought and critical understanding, this school provides a unique educational experience that prepares students for adult lives of contribution and service. At the heart of that mission is a commitment to experiential learning in which students learn from master teachers who engage them in the rewards of study in all the major disciplines and strengthen their skills as thinkers and doers. Whether it is through our signature programs such as the Cambridge University Scholars Program, or the vibrant aviation program that can lead to certification as pilots, or our extensive independent study initiative that promotes originality of thought and research, Oxbridge is truly a place of opportunity for each of our students.

Equally important to the school’s mission is our cultivation of a culture of kindness that pervades our community. Oxbridge is a place where students genuinely like going to school, where they are respected for the unique individuals they are, and where participation in extracurricular activities in visual and performing arts groups, on athletic teams, and through service organizations further defines their social experience. With one-hundred percent of our students enrolling in four-year colleges, our graduates report that they are more than ready for higher education and value their Oxbridge experience as a critical part of their preparation.

Welcome to Oxbridge Academy where we offer opportunity for a lifetime!


With more than 40 years of education experience, including 14 years as the Principal of Scarsdale High School in New York, John Klemme moved to Florida to help open Oxbridge Academy in 2011. Mr. Klemme first served as an English Teacher and English Department Chair where he developed the Oxbridge Academy Cambridge University Scholars Program. Mr. Klemme then served as Academic Dean before being appointed Head of School in 2016.

In addition to his experience at Oxbridge and Scarsdale, Mr. Klemme also served in the Detroit and Birmingham Public School Systems in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Wayne State University, as well as an Education Specialist Degree and multiple teaching certifications.



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Dr. Anne Reilly, Assistant Academic Dean

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Amy Jurkis, English Department Chair

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Sarah Knouse, Fine Arts Department Chair

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Ernie Mills, Performing Arts Department Chair

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Meredith Anderson, Math Department Chair

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Marissa Palazzotto, Modern Language Department Chair

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Renato Laucas de Campos, Science Department Chair

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