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PK-12
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Davie, FL
Students enrolled: 1,850
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3375 Southwest 75th Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

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(954) 262-4506
(954) 262-8977
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December 03, 2014
My kids have been at uschool since kindergarten. We are loving the new lower school director. He is warm, welcoming and has a solid grasp on academic excellence. Our fifth grader comes home and talks about how nice he is to all the kids and that he eats lunch with them everyday. Our middle school daughter is in seventh grade and we are very happy with her teachers and experience in general. She is challenged academically and has surrounded herself with a great group of kids. All in all, thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
I have two children at University School, one in middle school (currently in 6th grade - started in K) and one in the lower school (currently in 3rd grade started in PK). I have been extremely pleased with the caliber of the academic curriculum combined with the opportunities offered in both arts and athletics. They are constantly updating and renovating the facilities to improve students experience on campus. They focus on educating children to become caring, creative individuals who will find the best in themselves.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
Our 7th grade daughter is a "lifer" at University School, having been in attendance since Pre-K. We could not be more happy with the academic excellence that exists at the school as well as the amazing added benefits of being affiliated with top-notch Nova Southeastern University. Nowhere else can you find the college campus feel that applies to education at this college preparatory PK-12 institution. Unique, added benefits include access to NSU's wonderful facilities, staff and faculty relationships. The phenomenal University School Arts and Athletics programs are the "icing on the cake." Excellence above and beyond in a college preparatory setting - that is University School of Nova Southeastern University.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Administration is this school, needs to change. They are so set in their ways. The turn over with teachers is high. I could not handle the clicks with teachers. You cannot strive in a positive direction when the Adm has no respect .

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2014
The Upper School? WHAT A MESS! Run the other direction with your child.My husband and I have seen first hand, both as parents and as teachers within this school, the reality behind the facade.The admin. arrives late and leaves early.The evaluation process is biased and inconsistent.The teacher turn over is 20-25 teachers per year.Even the students say their teachers are hazed in their first year.We have a child in basic and one in honors.A previous review was spot on.The admin. ties the teachers hands.There is no set curriculum for any course.New teachers are scrutinized and asked to create curriculum while veteran teachers show films and rarely challenge students to think.We have seen amazing teachers be forced out and total slugs praised for their contributions.One of our colleagues, who is creative, caring and rigorous, shared his evaluation.Anecdotal review was spot on glowing but his scores were mostly 2 out of a 0-4 scale.Needless to say he found a better place to work-a private school in Plantation. We will most likely lose our jobs for this posting because no one on top likes to hear the truth. We need to get our kids and ourselves out of this toxic environment.

- submitted by a teacher
December 21, 2013
Unless your child has gone here since K, you are very wealthy, and attend the same Jewish temple as the other families this is an awful place. Honestly, make the sacrifice to move to an area with great public schools or have your child go to charter. Good public/charters out preform this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
My boy was at Uschool from preK to second grade. He was labeled as a "behavior problem" for displaying normal boy behaviors. We changed his school after second grade and he is excelling at his new school. If your son doesn't sit still at his desk or if he plays with his pencil, then this might not be a good fit for him. Girls tend to fit better here, since they teach in a method geared more toward the girls (emphasis on verbal and writing skills). Uschool claimed to teach the "individual", but it seems like if your child doesn't fit into their mold, then he is a problem for them. The school will make it a problem for you. They also like to recommend therapy or tutoring for almost all the kids (for an additional cost, of course). For such an expensive school, you would think they would provide the resource that each kids need. Just be careful. What they advertise is not what you get. The preK teachers are amazing, but it goes downhill from there.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
They denied my daughter for PRE-K because she is shy. They said she has low social skills and her language skills weren't age appropriate. (they based these results after 30 mins of sitting with her in a new environment with people she doesn't know. She's shy and it takes her time to warm up. We always teach our children not to talk to strangers but they are expected to be chatter boxes during evaluation?) Although i know their evaluation was inaccurate i took her to a speech therapist to make sure shes at level and she tested average for her age.U-School says they accept children from average to gifted! I provided them with the results and they still didn't accept her. They didn't even give me a reason. They told me to try again when shes in the first grade because that's when their intervention program starts....I was thinking intervention program for what? How can you speak to a parent like this especially when your child is performing age appropriate. And please remember this is for PRE-K! In my opinion it looks like they need to go to the intervention program!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
Well, we have had our child in University School since Pre-K. I have to unfortunately confirm that the school seems to foster the clique-ish attitude many are describing. There are quite a few families who know each other through various temples, as well as several of the administrators. The same clique seems to be kept together from class to class, after school activity to activity. The kids from the "top clique" seem to always be picked for the various awards and recognition, whether they are deserving or not, and whether some other kid is equally or even more deserving. We feel that the teachers have their hands tied and cannot truly teach the child. While the level of teaching is quite high, it is very standard across the board. Bright students are not really challenged, even if they have clearly shown they are ready for a more intensive curriculum. Furthermore, because of the clique situation described above, some students that should be in different classes because they need more help are instead kept with their friends, bringing the overall level of the class down. All because of politics. While it is a wonderful school on paper, in practice it seems to be lacking.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
My child has consistently performed in the highest academic classes since Kindergarten and is currently finishing their 3rd year. My child is extremely gifted and talented. I cannot say enough great things about this school. In fact, even through it is a struggle yearly to pay the tuition with our small income and high household expenses; we continue to do so because it is that important to us. I cannot fathom the thought of being financially responsible and putting my gifted child into the public school system. Love this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
My child has attended University School from K to 4th grade ... each year since 2nd grade - beggging me to switch schools. I agree with the last comment made - about the cliques which include students, parents, and upper school staff. She has been an A - B student each year - in the "high classes". She is just unhappy not to be included with other students due to the parents tend to have their kids socialize with their own friends' kids. The teachers appear to be under pressure to get so much done - and often neglect the student who needs a little more help - or just something explained to them. The Director prejudges parents and students - absolutely giving special treatment to families who can donate above and beyond the expensive school tuition. Our family has had only a few happy, memorable experiences. Sorry U School !

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
The University School lacks professionalism. Faculty members with children at the school, stoop so low as to give unfair treatment to those who are not friends of their children. Administration discusses parents with other parents. Affluent students are favored over others despite their lack of effort and their inferior conduct (knowing they can get away with things other students cannot). Qualified teachers are fired for what appears to be nothing more than pesty parents urging. After becoming particularly disgusted over a middle school administrator's constant mood swings, we finally called it quits. The lower school is over-rated, and the upper school's college counselor seems a little lackluster in her role. The University School promises a lot more than it ever intends on providing. They'll tell you everything you want to hear until you enroll. Then, you'll never see these people or promises again....unless, of course, you want to donate a building.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
Fantastic, safe and intellectually stimulating for students who are ahead of their peers. But be prepared if you interview your kindergarten child......you are looking at over $100K of USchool tuition fees. This is a major investment and shouldn't drain the average parent. There are many fine public schools out there so don't go into debt here. This school happens to be a perfect fit for my son and he is a perfect fit for it. The headmaster is fantastic and I cannot say enough about him and his great leadership and his vision in expanding the school to it's fantastic campus that it is now. Many parents are very involved but that's what happens when you are so financially and emotionally invested in your childs education. Check out all the Universities the graduates get accepted to every year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
My children were never as happy in school as when they went to U school. The academic level is one of the best in the area. I am very thankful to U School for opening the doors to my family and allowing my children to study in a healthy environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
I have 2 children and began at University School with my first child nearly 17 years ago. A long time U-School family, I have watched the cost of attending the school go from $3600 to upwards of $19,000. Expensive by any means. Children are safer than at most public schools. The english, science, and arts department have outstanding teachers. The Middle School is excellent - and has an outstanding Admin/staff. The Upper School struggles with turnover. Sports are going through growing pains as the $40m plus expansion of buildings, fields, and programs continues to slowly advance. My first child is now at an Ivy and says that they have been well prepared. I wish that I could afford to stay at this school. We are looking for other schools for next year, simply because the cost is ridiculously high, especially in these tough economic times.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
What an amazing school. My two children have been attending for about 3 years and they love it. The parents are very involved and the school is committed to giving students a great education. I'm so happy I made the choice to send my kids to private school and more importantly University School!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
This is my second year at University School and I have found ti to be satisfactory. So far I have recieved a good education but making friends is extremely difficult. There are many cliques and it is impossible to get into them unless one is affluent. The friends I have are the people who came to University School from my old school. The school also stresses extracurricular activities more than academics.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 02, 2009
I absolutely love University School. We have such an amazing campus now. I love the fact that they now have an Art Institute and a great athletics program. But, even though we have a beautiful, new campus, the environment still feels like how it has always been... very comfortable and inviting. The teachers always make me feel special and work hard to make sure I am successful. Thank you!

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2009
My son is in elementary school and he comes back home enthusiastic every day. Great teachers, great programs ... amazing new campus

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
I have been going to the University School for 12 years. I absolutely love the school! Academics are the best of the best, sports are very high ranked and the arts are one of the top priorities.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 06, 2009
I absoluetly love the school. this is my first year their and i feel like i have been there for my whole life. i have excellent friends and teachers.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2008
I'm pleased that the school is so academic, but they are completely disorganized and seemingly brutal to their teachers. To be specific, the beginning of the year brought terrible delays in receiving necessary books. Sharing of books was needed but most of the other students didn't want to share. A particular teacher insisted that the share in the class so everyone could practice on the material, but the kids were to shy or simply don't want to share. My guess is that they are very competitive. One new teacher was removed from the school for mysterious and sudden reasons that no one would talk about. While not shy about the expense, overall the school seems a bit too political and 'hard' on the psychy of the kids and the staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
My daughter attended throughout elementary from K. Teachers are attentive, kind and academically qualified with most with Master degrees. School not merciful on families running into financial hardship. No merit/academic achievement scholarship and almost non-existence financial assistance. Awarded $250 avg per family with $500 max historically given. Caters only to the upper echelon financial secured families creating an environment with no economic diversity. Not surprisingly, school known for pretentious and cliques students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2007
Good school! My son transferred from another (Catholic) school in the area. He has made good friends, impoved his grades with the smaller student to teacher ratio. Very nice staff and the football team is doing well!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
My son has been a student at University School for 4 years now. I'm glad this school doesn't cater so much to sports as it does to academics. This school offers him a safe environment. They will not tolerate children that will bully others and will deal with that fast. A great school with very involved parents and teachers that have minimum of a masters degree in their field of study.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
I am a student at this school and i just started this year with being in public school all of my life. I have to say it is extreamly difficult to make friends, but the academics are really good.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2006
Excellent elementary academic school. Each student is taught at their own level normally 1-2 years above norm. My daughter has been attending going on 5 years since Kindergarten. The teachers are educated with higher degrees and experienced. Character building is an emphasis in the lower school. I have been very pleased with the teachers. This year, the after school pick up time changed to latest 5:30pm not allowing any time for working parents without nannies. The school also could use more activities/show were parents could be more involved and socialize. Well put together education but expensive for many families. Parents can be clique and pretentious at times.

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May 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
I have three children one in the elementary,one in middle school and one in High School. I found the school to be a nurturing,challenging,protective,enthusiastic environment. They really mean zero drug tolerance. It does not matter who your parents are if you are caught with drugs or alcohol you are out of the school the very same day. The student know it. The discipline problem is just not there because if your child is a problem he won't be at the school for long hence less more time for teachers to focus on academics. I have been happy with the school.

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November 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 22, 2005
Academic programs are excellent the arts and sports are becoming better. When we first came here three years ago they needed alot of help. The school is on the right track now trying to improve their art and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
Great care, individualized student-centered, challenging yet safe environment, dedicated teachers.

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May 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
Nothing but complaints, unless you/your child is one of the favored few, most of whom are picked in kindergarten and are undeserving of their elevated status. My parents regret choosing University School, and I regret their sending me there.

- submitted by a former student
May 13, 2005
Though the quality of education may be slightly superior to that of a public school (and inferior to many other private schools, ie: Pine Crest, St Andrew's) most of the intelligent students are naturally bright and have not had their intelligence cultivated by or fostered in this environment. The higher-ups in the administration have little personal contact with parents and lead me to believe that they are clueless. Little funding for athletics (terrible facilities); exponentially more money for theater. Nothing but regrets.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
Variety of advanced classes are available for high acheiving students. There is a low turnover of teachers and the majority of them have advanced degrees. The school is generally more academically oriented than athletic or fine arts oriented. The administration is accessible to the students and to their parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
I love the school, the teachers are of the highest educational level, the children are extremely intelligent, parents are as well-all are professionals. Your child must be mature and function at a high level independantly in an open classroom setting. The homework is excessive, but this is a prep school! The level is 2-3 years above public school level. I am confident my child will graduate college as very successful person! Well Worth the tuition if you can afford it !!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I'm pleased with the school and my children are happy and that is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
this isnt a bad school. but the expectations that the students are taken for are high. the principaling in the upper school is more controlled, yet more relaxing than the middle school, which is expected. the teachers are of a high quality, but the students seem to interact more with the teachers in this school than anyother school the students respect the teachers because the teachers respect the kids. almost every teacher is also a guidence councelor. they help kids with problems in there personnal and social life. i rate this school a 4 1/2 out of 5.

- submitted by a community member
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University School’s Early Childhood Program (starting at age 4) provides students with a warm, inviting, and safe school environment where state-of-the-art teaching takes center stage. Starting as early as junior kindergarten, University School sets a foundation for success and a love for learning in a child-centered setting. Our innovative classroom design facilitates collaboration, cooperation, active learning, and personalized instruction, taught by educators who are passionate about teaching

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University School of Nova South
3375 Southwest 75th Avenue, Davie, FL  33314
(954) 262-4506
Last modified University School of Nova South is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
University School of Nova South Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top