Students enrolled 739
School leader Mrs. Danielle Smith
Transportation options Yes
District Broward County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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101 NE 11th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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5 stars
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April 29, 2014
The best school ever my daughters had an amazing teacher K/1 Ms.Spencer and now they still have excellent teachers!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
I have to say something because I had an epiphany the other day. I'm a 26 year old college student and I attended Virginia Shuman Young Elementary and Sunrise. Mr. Sauer (now Doctor) was one of my fifth grade teachers. As a kid, I never gave much thought to the level of teaching at the schools I attended, I was a kid and my parents made them for me. I'd started out at a Catholic private school and I was stifled. I didn't know it but I was. My parents were paying to send me to a school with limited resources and outdated ideologies. I was a little depressed because the world seemed so two sided to me. My mom submitted my application and I was accepted through the lottery. My god, it was like a 360. My natural abilities were amplified and my less than capable ones were honed to strengthen. Attending this school changed my life. It's taken me over a decade to realize it. My teachers cared, thought outside the box, encouraged me, and exposed me to this large multifaceted world. VSY and Sunrise. I've attended UM since and I can say I never had more fun-OR appreciated these schools and my teachers. Send your kids to this school. It will be the best thing you ever do for them.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2012
My son started VSY this year. I am in the field of Early Childhood Education and I know a lot about learning environments that are appropriate for children. The environment at VSY is not only appropriate, but outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I began my experience at VSY as a teacher. Now I am a parent with my first child in the prek program. I have taught at two previous Broward County schools and all I can say is our elementary classrooms would be better served by incorporating some of Maria Montessori's methods. The developmental nature of this type of teaching allows all children to see success. I know the new principal Ms. Smith will carry on the excellent quality of student and teacher progress that Dr. Strauss did. My daughter's teacher Ms. Knecht surpasses all expectations! I surely hope the county recognizes the importance of Montessori training for those teachers new to the school. Proud to be part of the VSY family!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
This school is an utter disappointment. From the attitude EACH and EVERY time I deal with the elderly woman at the front office (if she doesn't like her job there are plenty of others that would be grateful for it I'm sure), to the guidance councelor who teaches kids in the school one thing but openly admitted he does not give his own teenager the same advice he teaches to my kid or the rest of the VSY kids! What is that all about? The VSY experience is beyond over rated. They sell the A rating but at the end of the day I sadly get a strong feeling from my experience its really NOT about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
I am currently teaching at V.S.Y. and have been for 11years. Prior to V.S.Y., I taught at a very exclusive private school and can honestly say, "It is the best of both worlds. You have the diversity of a public school education and the pursuit of excellence as a private school." The Montessori curriculum is a beautiful way for children to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2012
A remarkably well managed school. Principal Strauss is an exceptional leader and the overall educational standards have been recognized by the blue ribbon award for national excellence. The results achieved are even more incredible considering it is a magnet school and some of the students come from difficult backgrounds. The PTA is very active and parents help fill in some of the funding shortfall. The summer program however is something of a joke however but that is not the raison d'etre of the school. If you are lucky enough to get in through the ballot system your child is guaranteed an excellent primary education.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Best school I have ever had experience with! I wished I attended this school as a child. We moved from Coral Springs where there are excellent Grade A schools and I was happily surprised with VSY. Not only did the school, program and faculty exceed my expectations but I am hoping that the school will eventually go up to High School. Best school by far in Broward! I went to a private school for half of my life and I must say the Montessori program here is highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2011
I am beyond disappointed with VSY. It took a long time to get in only to have my child repeatedly bullied, hit, punched, kicked, threatened etc (so much for their zero tolerance anti bullying policy) and in a class that I can only call chaotic at best. The ratio of 1:17, even w/ volunteers, has the kids wandering around & interrupting others kids learning. Issues w/ problem & disruptive students go unresolved (unaddressed?) as these kids are continuously allowed to disrupt the entire class & other students learning day after day. I do not see effective discipline or a respectful orderly class. The teacher always appears frazzled & unfocused, doing too many things at one time. I suspect this is due to so many kids in the class AND the Montessori method (which I now question). Big deal on the A rating & award if you aren't making sure my child reaches their potential every day and is safe from other kids poor behavior. I'm unimpressed with VSY & staff. Unfortunately this is touted as the best of local public schools offered.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
I love this school it's the best I think everyone should go to VSY! It's the #1 school in broward county and we have just one the blue ribbon award for being one of the best schools in the nation!!!!! I love this school I wish they had a middle school so I could still see my wonderful teachers and friends! We are like one big happy family!!!! So go to VSY! It's the BEST!!!!!! -Sarah Hoffman age 11

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2011
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! My child attended Pre-K through 5th grade. Class of 2011! We couldnt have made a better decision to send our child to VSY. Thank you VSY for the preperation of my child to venture on to bigger things! We are ready all because of the caring and courteous VSY faculty. You... VSY'ers have made our life so much easier. We will always be VSY Pioneers for life.... As it is always said..... VSY Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
Prior to this school being a Blue Ribbon school, my daughter Olivia attended this school. This is a wonderful school. The teachers take pride in their work and the children are so beautiful. Learning is such a great experience and this is not a private school. My daughter is now an honors college student at Florida State and she says that VSY will be the reason for her success. Parents, this school is A+!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
Our daughter is in 2nd grade (2011-11 school year) and has been at this Montessori public magnate school since pre-k 3. She is currently in the gifted program and we could not be happier with her past and current teachers. Her Brownie troop also meets at the school. The student body is very diverse and all are respected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2010
VSY educates children based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, using hands-on materials and intrinsic motivation to teach children the love of learning.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 11, 2010
Blue Ribbon Award Winning School this year! Best School in performance in Broward County across all schools! Staff enthusiastic and caring! Lets children work at their own pace to succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
It's Montessori and it's public!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
Fantastic school strong determination for students to suceed ;the teachers are excellent,vsy is the best elementary school in usa , forget about privates schools they just want your money . If you can get your child in you wont the lottery. Mr strauss the principal is doing the best job in education matter. I'm a proud parent to have mine son in vsy miguel angel bermudez

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Lot's of family involvement! Teachers and administration are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
The school does not offer much in social studies. English is average. Math is above average. The teachers are good. I find it hard to assess my child's actual performance because there are no grades. Also the student teacher ratio is 20 to 1 unless you are in a special class.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
A fantastic school, beats any elementary school. Great teachers and a wonderful way of learning. All children should have the chance to learn as this school teaches.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
VSY has a very strong determination for students to succeed. That's the good news and, in some ways, the bad news. My kindergartner has impressed me over and over, and enjoys the Montessori manipulatives. The downfall is this- pressure and anxiety overflow because of FCAT and testing- (NCLB?) This may or may not be burdening staff, but it IS effecting the kids. I have seen and heard administrators and parents discuss student anxiety and pressure- as young as 1st grade. P.E., Art, and Music cut to a minimum. Teacher/school pressure for good test scores is increasing and there is currently a need for balance.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2007
My children have attended VSY for 8 years and it has been an excellent experience, educationally and otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
VSY is an incredible school.The teachers are amazing and the parents are extremely involved. The families all have one thing in common-the education of their children takes priority. If you can get in, this school, in my opinion, is better than Pinecrest or University School.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
Academically, the school is as good as you'll get in a public school. The keys here are that the parents are very active and the teachers and staff are excellent. Unfortunately, all public schools are subject to the FCAT program, which takes away greatly from curriculum in better schools such as these, and financially punishes teachers from schools where money is greatly needed This also ensures that a true Montessori environment cannot be realized, or even approached. Too bad. No child left behind also means no child allowed to completely flourish.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
VSY is a fabulous magnet program offering a Montessori education for elementary school aged children. I am fortunate my daughter is able to attend and would pay for this education if it was a private school. The academic programs are of high quality and the children has a tremendous amount of school spirit and respect for their school. Like any public school there could always be more activities provided,especially the extra curricular ones but VSY does the best it can on a public school budget. The level of parent involvement is amazing and that is because parents are just so thrilled to have been able to get their kids in the school and they want it to be successful. If you can get your child in, you are one of the lucky ones.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Great school. Ranked as one of the best in the state and it really is. They do so many wonderful things for the student and for the family. It is the best school I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Our son was at VSY from 1-5. Montessori system with class size of 25 or so. Excellent academics and good FCAT scores. This is an 'A' school and is in a good neighborhood close to downtown. It is a magnet program and has a lottery system for admission. Sports are very limited with a small rec field but there is a good arts and music program. Parent involvement is very high and there are loads of PTA activities

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
As far as public schools go - this one seems to be one of the better. I can only comment on Pre K - K. The kids seem to be introduced new lessons regularly and the teacher parent communication is what you put into it. The biggest downfall to me is there is no second language being taught as a part of the curriculum except through limited song. They even discontinued the after school language program. I feel this is important to start at a young age.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
My son has gone to VSY since he was 3 years old. VYS is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
The teachers are fabulous and provide lots of individual attention to the students. My child has made so much progress in such a short time. My only complaint is with the administrative staff, whom find to be unpleasant to deal with.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
The Best Montessori and the Best School in Broward. Parent involvement is amazing and the curriculum is the best. Great Principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
Great school with so much to offer - especially extras in the areas of art, music, etc. BUT_ you must start out in 'the program' as early as possible ( Kindergarten is ideal). It is a very specific type of 'training' that is hard to adapt to if you are coming from another environment. However, it is a wonderful, enriching program that cannot compare with any other school in the Broward system. Tremendous parent involvement- came from another school in Broward- like night and day! Only negative- long bus ride and with mix age group ( akso mix of other schools so my very young children had an hour and a half bus ride that was sometimes opure tourture at the hands of some horrible six graders!)

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Excellent teacher quality. They are a true montessori school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
great PTA, lots of successful school functions and fundraisers, kids are happy and well adjusted and have a love of learning, 23 day rotation of specials such as music, science, p.e.,art and media, and we love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
The principal who took over last year is definitely a great improvement over the one before. However, my own experience has been that it is easier and more effective to speak with the vice-principal. My daughter's teacher has been somewhat thoughtless and rude with my daughter, on several occasions. However, my daughter's grades have not been seriously affected by her teacher's insensitivity. Her teacher makes negative comments about my daughter's clothing and appearance, because she can say nothing about my daughter's work ethic and grades. I am glad that my daughter is moving into middle school, next year. Other than this one teacher, though, I must say that my daughter has benefited tremendously, by studying in this school. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who is truly involved in his/her child's education.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
This is a great school in almost every way. They meet the district standards and also have a great Montessori program. The principal and teachers all seem very committed to doing what is right for the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
This is a great school with great teachers, a dynamic principal and involved parents. It has a wonderful Montessori program and a diverse student population.

- submitted by a former student
February 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
Class size was a little bigger than I would have liked, however, teachers were all professional and the children are happy, motivated and excited about school.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
This is a great school with caring staff and an involved parent group. They all work together to make education fun and meaningful for the kids. The principal seems committed to working with everyone and doing what is right for the school.

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June 20, 2004
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June 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2004
My child's experience at VSY has been just inimmitable.This is a great school and a wonderful learning environment. The best thing is, my child is learning not only for enjoyment, but she has also learned to respect the use of education in her daily life; she always claims that she needs school for everyting, including breathing! Accolades to every member of this particular village in helping in the construction of my perfect little citizen!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2004
This is a really great school. I was very fortunate to have come across it by moving into the neighborhood. My daughter has come a long way and now her two siblings are also fortunate enough to get a great education for free! I have even moved way northwest & they is still able to attend through the magnet program.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Our family has been at VSY forGoing on 8 years. They have a wonderful PTA and always welcome help in the school as well as extracurricular activities. The quality of education has been excellent! This school best serves children who are self starters and who are motivated to jump ahead. For the child who is more unfocused the staff has a keen sense to target their strengths and bring other areas up to a higher level.

- submitted by a parent
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Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School
101 NE 11th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
(754) 322-9050
Last modified Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top