Overall, a good school, but I have some concerns. My kid is doing great here, but I know several who are slipping through the cracks. These are smart kids too. It's a bit of a shock. This was downgraded from an A to a C school this year. I hear a lot about a late change in standards being to blame which raises all kinds of red flags that they have been teaching to the tests in a big way. No gifted program, but there are mixed grades for more advanced kids. Not a great system in my opinion. Some kids are academically ready but not so much socially. There are a huge number of enrichment activities, there is fun to be had. BEWARE of the cheer-leading program. It is not about the girls, it's about winning. The cheer coaches could use some oversight from the athletic director and an evaluation of their motives. Lots of hurt little girls. To the schools credit, none of the other programs are like that. Otherwise very inclusive and friendly. Just a couple of bad apples (coaches). Talk to the other parents. The principal means well, but it grew a little to much, a little too fast and has become much less personal which is sad.
This is the best free school in Homestead. We normally homeschool, and so it was an experiment to put two of our kids at Somerset this past year. I was not happy about some things - performances like the Christmas show sell out and then if you don't have a ticket, you can't see your kid perform; they try to sell you your child's framed art for $30; way too much emphasis on fundraising in general, with pep rallies to bribe the kids with trips and limo rides; and a LOT of typos and grammatical errors in homework and even instructional handouts :/ However - the teacher/student ratios are excellent; teachers REALLY love the kids and are very accessible to talk to, and go very above and beyond; the kids get a full 30 minutes to eat lunch; and they play outside every day. This school really tries to challenge gifted kids and REALLY goes above and beyond to help those who are behind, so that they catch up. There is too much FCAT emphasis, but there's no way around that at any public school in Florida, unfortunately. At least at Somerset the kids still have art and music. There's also a GREAT array of after school clubs and activities, especially for a small charter school :)
I've been a parent at this school for 4 years now and have 2 children attending. I love the quality of education my children are getting. The academics stressed but not at the expense of the other subjuect areas. PE, Art, Music and Spanish are still a large part of the daily routine. I feel that is important in a well rounded education. I've never seen a group of teachers that are more dedicated and happy. It really is a positive learning environment.
This school offers the most state of the art, non traditional, high tech learning environment in our area. THIS SCHOOL IS, BY FAR, THE BEST IN THE AREA! Because it is a charter school, the administration has the authority to spend money where they see the need instead of bureaucrats dictating where funds should be spent. As a result, each child has their own laptop while at school, no heavy school books to carry around, and every single staff member from the principal to the cleaning personell know the children by name. Excellent teachers, an amazing principal, and support staff unlike any other school in the area. Also,FINALLY, parent involvement is welcomed
This is a great school!!!!!!!!! I Highly recommend it. Lots of technology. Caring and compassionate staff. Everyone is willing to assist in anything they can.
I have had a wonderful experience with Somerset City Arts. My children love their teachers, the small setting of the school, and the technology they get to use in class. I feel that their teachers are caring and compasionate, and the staff has always been respectful to me. I am also pleased with the amount of parent involvement that is asked for by the teachers. As far as the use of technolgoy in the classroom, I think the teachers do an amazing job using their resources to make learning exciting, fun and give it a "real word" experience. The teachers not only focus on academics but they promote good character behavior for their students. As a parent, I am not only thrilled with my children's academic success (their SAT/ FCAT grades), but congratulations to Mrs. Suarez and the entire staff for being an "A" school! Keep up the good work.
My children attended Somerset City Arts last year (kinder and 2/3rd grade) and we were very unhappy with the education they received. Before becoming a stay-home mom I taught 2nd grade and I was very saddened at the lack of instruction for the kids at this school. They did not participate in reading groups. Their reading instruction consisted of laptop time on educational websites. Over an entire year they were only asked to complete one project (a science fair). No book reports, geography assignments, etc. Students are arranged in multi-age classrooms frequently which is detrimental to their social maturation. There were more "play" days and "fun" days than any school I have ever seen. My children told me they watched non-educational movies multiple times per week. I do believe the teaching staff, as a whole, is dedicated. I also believe the principal truly wants the school to succeed although may be misguided in the areas on which she chooses to focus time/funds. I consider the office staff to be very rude and the lunch supervisor extremely mean. I would not recommend this school on the basis of educational quality.
My boys attended this school last year and I must tell you what a significant difference I have seen in there goal to strive and excel academically. the Pricipal and staff has very high standards for the children. There rewarded with Certificates and Trophies which helps motivate them to do well. This is a phenomenal school that offers Fine Arts, and after school activities which included sports as well. My boys LOVED this school and for the parents who live in Homestead and are looking for 'That Excellent School' look no further because Somerset Arts Conservatory is the one. Mrs. Saurez and Staff great job in making this a joyful and prideful place to call 'My Children's Second Home'.
This school is unique. I am sooo lucky to have found it. The academics standard is far above that of the traditional public school. The teachers make all the difference in the world. They are great. The administration is also wonderful. They are there to assist everyone. They make parents feel welcomed and informed. The children are made to feel comfortable and taken care of. The family atmosphere is awesome and one of a kind. I am proud to have my son there and I definitely recommend it to anyone.
My daughter immediately felt comfortable in this school. She loves her teachers. The staff is small, but very caring and always listens to parents' concern. They truly act as a team, working together and know most parents and all children. They seem to have high academic standards. Although a small school, they have several after school activities and promise to add more next year, mainly in the FIne Arts area, since their theme is the fine arts of dance, art and music. I would love to see a specailized music teacher hired, instead of the homeroom teachers filling that gap. My very smart daughter is being challenged every day and is quite happy and proud of her school. I definitely recommend this new school to friends! a parent
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