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PK-6
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Delray Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 626

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901 Northwest 3rd Street
Delray Beach, FL 33444

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(561) 454-7800
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August 14, 2014
I attended this svhool from 2001-2006 and still to this day my experiences and memories at spady are still with me today. I have kept the same friends that I met at this school and went to 2 other elementary schools before. Hands down the best.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2014
I dont care what any body say but this is the best school in the world dont listen to no body come to this school please best school in america learn things really fast

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2014
I've been a parent at S.D. Spady for 3 years now and we have been generally very happy. I have two daughters there, one in K and one in Pre-K3. They are always happy to go to school, they are happy to see their teachers and they seem to be learning at a very fast pace. Where I think it gets complicated is on the parent involvement side. Since this is a choice program, you get a mixed bag of families. Some are very involved, some never even read their children's homework folder. If we could improve parent involvement I think Spady would be a 10/10, no questions. The more involved I am, the better education I feel my daughters get. The teachers give me personalized comments on my daughters' progress, every time I've been in the classroom (and this year only I've already logged over 20 hours of volunteering and I work full time) I've been really pleased with the work my children are doing, with the Montessori material and with the sense of closed community Spady gives us. I think in this world you get what you put in, too many people complain without investing the appropriate amount of time. Not saying the school is perfect, it is not, but we the parents are not perfect either.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
S.D. Spady was a great school for my oldest daughter who is now in eighth grade. She loved it there. However when she left after 5th grade, everything seemed to go downhill. My younger daughter hated it there. Her teacher wasn't teaching her anything because she was too busy moaning about her personal life, the ex-principal was making it seem like a jail, (at recess the students couldn't go past the playground, you weren't allowed to play basketball, kickball, baseball, or any sport at P.E. and more) and the ex-principal also didn't listen to any parent's opinions. For example when they transferred my daughter out of her class, she was very upset and when I went to the principal she said there's nothing she can do about it and your child should grow up. You don't say that about a young girl. S.D. Spady is spiraling out of control; and not to mention that it isn't in a very safe neighborhood either, my eldest daughter claimed to witness a house go down in flames next door.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
Just finished our first year at Spady, and it was better than I had hoped for. My son loved his teacher (Ms. Franko), and he feels like Spady is his home. I was impressed with the school culture, the academics, and the family involvement. Looking forward to another great year.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
I can tell you as a parent & the PTA president of Spady our school is not always perfect but what school is? But ,what I do know for sure is our Spady community of teachers, staff and parents are that of a loving, caring & accepting community that I am honored to be a part of. We are all human beings & sometimes do not get things right but just like any parent or person we are striving to do our best each day. Here in SoFL where there are so many cultures & it is very diverse, it is nice to find a small community of people who truly care about each other & their school. We are blessed to have been at Spady since K and as we move on next year I can say being at Spady was where we were meant to be. Kimmy Cooper, Proud Parent of Spady

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Sigh. Thank you for looking into this school. It is a sign that you are a conscientious parent trying to figure out what the best scenario is for your child's education. I commend you on your efforts. BUT the best way to learn about a school is to VISIT it and get opinions from people you KNOW AND TRUST. Online reviews either come from people who are ecstatic about their choice or people who are bitter. You will most likely not get a balanced, fair review. Is Spady the epitome of Montessori? No. It is a public school that has to meet Statewide standards that are constantly in flux. Are all teachers at ANY school perfect? NO. Is there a school that exists that doesn't have children with social development issues, problems at home, learning disabilities? NO. No school...NO SCHOOL... is perfect, and no school is perfect for EVERY child. Best of luck to you in your search. For me, for now, I love Spady and so do my children.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
When problems happen at Spady, we don't simply punish. Instead we see discipline as a skill to be learned and so we use conflict as a teachable moment with a problem-solving reflection. We discuss the situation with the students involved & focus on them understanding mistakes that were made & learning to make better choices in the future. We ask them to think about their part in a problem, to consider the other person's feelings, and to plan for different options for themselves if the problem occurs again. As Charles Swindoll said, "We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." I believe teachers & administration do a great job of teaching students resilience, focusing our kids on self-regulation & communication skills, encouraging positive interactions, and treating both children & adults with respect. I wish Great Schools would structure reviews so that feedback on BOTH a school's strengths & weaknesses would be provided.

- submitted by a teacher
February 21, 2013
I am an active parent at Spady as well. Both of my children attend the school. Spending time at school really gave me an opportunity to see the real picture. First of all, I have to mention that THIS IS NOT A TRUE MONTESSORI SCHOLL!!!! May be it was in the past but not anymore. Upper elementary grades have only some components of Montessori education. Lower elementary teams focus on drilling kids reading so they can pass the expected levels. Creativity does not exist in the classroom. Kids are not allowed to use crayons anymore even in preK because being creative means loosing instructional time. Very Sad. Yes, there is bullying and stealing seems to be a normal thing. (even from the teachers purses). I will even call it an epidemic. It seems that every classroom has someone with sticky fingers. I agree with the previous posts that there is lack of caring from administration and from some of the teachers as well. Most of the teachers do not have Montessori certification and not all of the teachers are Montessori trained. So, if you are looking for a Montessori education for your child, THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL FOR YOU!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
I had heard so many great things about S.D. Spady before entering my fist grade son. But as the year progresses I notice that there seem to be a lack of caring? The amount of children without manners seems to be a big problem, and it is not addressed at all. I also noticed that the aftercare program is horrendous! The kids are bullied with no seeming consequence. The aftercare teachers are too busy texting on their phones to even notice what the kids are doing. Then when they do notice strict punishment and referrals are given out like candy.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
Academically, this school is fine. Our 5th grader is gifted and has been able to accelerate his learning in the Montessori environment. There is a real problem, however, with the lack of control and there seems to be a lot of lip service given to not tolerating bullying. Kids with known problems are consistently allowed to get away with things simply because they have a 504 plan. My 4th grade daughter was teased mercilessly to the point where she hated going to school. She will NOT be going to Spady next year and neither will our soon to be 6th grader. We've been told by someone that used to substitute in the school that it has seriously gone downhill in the past 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
This is my first year at the school and it is excellent. My kids were enrolled at another neighborhood school that had a great rating, but within two weeks of joining the school it was clear they were lacking. Academics is only one part of school, and Spady gets that! No child learns every subject at the same pace. They don't all fit into a nice box. Why should you teach them as if they do? Spady gets that. My kids love the school and my 3rd child will be entering the pre-K program in the fall. We're thrilled and recommend the school without reservation. Imagine? Your child has the same teacher for several years...and you won't waste the first few months of school while the teacher gets to know your child and you and your child get to know the teacher. The alone is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
The Montessori environment is great. The kids learn and love going to school. The teachers are patient and take time to get to know wach and every child. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The teachers are caring and kind, their skills and knowledge unsurpassed and we love the Montessori envirnment

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Best Elementary School Great Staff and a beautiful facility

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Montessori education, which focuses on the individual child, is superior to the standard methods that more resemble military basic training.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 07, 2009
What a great experience this school has been for my son!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
S.D Spady is one of only 2 Montessori public schools in PB county, actually the 1st started in 1989 & it's celebrating it's 20th year! And our school is nationally recognized as a top Montessori Public school! Spady is a Green School and has been running a POLIT recycling program for 3 years now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I love Spady! It's my son's first year there. He is in Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
We love the community at Spady between teachers, staff and family!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
the PTA folks are fun...our administration cares for the kids, the kids are thriving...we are eco-friendly, academically focused and culturally diverse...we have families from many different nations who synergize each day to help make our school better....

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
They have a great sac! The teachers want to be there and do a great job letting the kids progress at their own pace.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Because of the Montessori spirit, the loving and nuturing atmosphere and the focus on well-being and green living

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Great Montessori program with awesome, caring teachers and staff. Warm, friendly, inviting atmosphere for parents & caregivers to paticipate in their childrens elementary school years. Thank You Spady for being a Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
The montessori program is wonderful. Great teachers, helpful staff & the friendly atmosphere on campus. Plus my children love going to school. They really like their teachers & classmates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
S.D. Spady is a fabulous school with wonderful teachers and administrators that bring out the best in alll of our children and challenge them educationally!! I love Spady!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
individualized care for it's students, and a caring private school feel. plus 3 year olds are accepted!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2009
My son comes home daily saying school was great. And then the difference: he actually tells me what was great about it. Hope to get my daughter in too

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
for the past 7 years i am blessed to proudly say that my children attended/attend one of the best school in the state, they have great teachers except for some little minor problems here and there but no situation is perfect but for the most part its been wonderful, great nurse wonderful principal and vice principal and best of all GREAT philosophy

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
thru out the years ive had two kids go to this school,they have done excellant job,helping me deal with my childrens needs.very pleased with this school,i tell everyone about this school,,but turly believe they need to give awards out it helps kids to want to learn,,all kids like awards,,

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
My kid has been for one year there. She is going to 1ths Grade. She loves the school and her teacher. The teachers are so good. The only thing that I am concern its about the comunication in between the diferent departments in the administration. There arent comunication in between parents , teachers and PTA. They are not in the same pat or line. Its like everybody are working in something diferent but nobody knows about the other people and what are they doing. I guess the Administration should try to do something about it. These kinds of issues are allways because the personality of their liders. So maybe they need to think about this.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 15, 2009
My daughter just turned 5 and has been there for one and a half year. She is in pre-K and can read at a 2nd or 3rd grade level. I don't do much extra at home except provide material for her to work on when she wants to. I credit Spady for any success she has enjoyed. More importantly, Spady has instilled a love of learning in her that I never possessed as far back as I can remember.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
While my child is doing well in her class I find that she is far behind her cousins her age that attend school outside of Florida. The no dicipline approach, and the second chance theory should be rethought.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
I absolutely love this school. I notice my children are intellectually much further ahead then other children their age.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
I found that Spady was not appropriate for my child. Children have different learning styles- and the free flowing anything goes atmosphere does not offer the structure and discipline that some children need. I found the academics to be not challenging enough and my child was bored. The most disturbing is that I found the administration to be unfriendly, distant and deceptive. The office staff at the 1/2 year point- still did not even know my name or the name of my child- I found this off putting and not warm or friendly. We left Spady mid- year for a private school, as I can not have my child lose a year of education and on a bigger issue feel that the administration did not have the best interest of my child at heart- rather their own agenda. Everyone has different standards for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
I have 5 kids there. I can afford to send them anywhere but CHOSE to send them to Spady elementary.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
Seems like the school is having a difficult time coordinating the Montessori approach with the FCAT approach. I'm not as enthusiastic as I was when my older child attended 8 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
This is my daughter's second year. She loves her school and so do I. I am still ecstatic that she got in. She's doing great!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
My daughter just started with SD Spady this year and I'm so happy she is in this school. It is a Montessori school which is great for kids to gain independence. They just started a new handwriting program which is fabulous. I just can't say enough good things about Spady.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I have four children and one who is truning 15 this year went there since he was four, i hav eone there now in 5th grade and hopefully my two youngest will be accepted there. Mr. Clark is an awesome music instructor whom goes the extra mile with your children to ensure that they meet any and all potential they may have, he is pofessional in that he does official auditioning so that onl the best of the best is a part of his chorus. Since my daughter has been ther she has sang in, 'Carnegie hall', 'Kravis Center' etc. The academics at this school are montessori based and there is something to be said for a program where your children can work at their own pace and get ahead as they feel ready. Jordan who is now in 9th is in all advanced classes. Thanks SD Spady.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
not enough art! or sports good teachers academics not stricked enough

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 17, 2006
Spady is a child centered learning environment staffed with caring highly qualified teachers. I can't say enough about our famiy's experiences over the past five years. I think that the after school program is just great! My child gets educational fun activities every day in the champs program. The fine arts teachers are really teaching subject matter that interests and enriches my children's lives. We volunteer and are very involved with our kid's academic development at Spady. It is truly a gem and we are lucky!

- submitted by a teacher
October 17, 2005
Heard great things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
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April 17, 2005
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January 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Both of our boys attend Spady, and hopefully our daughter will start in early learning next year. We are so pleased with the school and our kids' progress. My kids are excited about what and how they are learning. Every day my kids voluntarily tell me what they talked and studied about in class. The Montessori approach really teaches them about working indepently, while still being an important member of their classroom community. The practice of treating the classroom as a community helps teach them about choices, costs and consequences for themselves and their community. I don't have one negative thing to say about this school. Mrs. Bihl is a great teacher.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2003
My daughter spent 2 years at S.D Spady and these gave her a foundation to build upon. We love the school and particularly Ms. M. Smith

- submitted by a parent
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S. D. Spady Elementary School
901 Northwest 3rd Street, Delray Beach, FL  33444
(561) 454-7800
Last modified S. D. Spady Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
S. D. Spady Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top