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Miami Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 1,051
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4100 Prairie Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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(305) 531-7666
(305) 674-8425
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August 27, 2014
My son just graduated and went to middle school and I still have a 3rd grader who is 2 years in at this school. The school is awesome, its like a private school but for free! Great education, beautiful historic building, good sized classrooms, and the school is about to get capital upgrades including new windows, new AC, and a brand new PE field, basketball courts and playground! The parents are warmly welcomed to be a part of things and there is a great sense of community. Truly an "A" school!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
Very disappointed with the administration at this school. It is so difficult to voice your concerns and actually get things resolved for the benefit of the student. Yet they are always open to discuss and accept monetary donations. The office assistant is very rude. Currently my kid is in a classroom with 28 students where the limit should be 18 for a third grade class with one teacher. Every year it's a mess with moving kids around the first two weeks of school. The classes should be distributed accordingly before classes start to eliminate all this chaos. The teachers at this school have been very kind to my child in which I am very thankful to them.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
I am overwhelmed by all the bad comments. I don't know what they mean, my daughter went to school here for 3 years and every time I had a problem the principle was a great help, and I'm not on the PTA or anything. Truly amazing she was in the gifted program and she loved all her teachers and her teachers lived her back. Love this school and all the great things it taught my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
VERY HAPPY WITH THE TEACHERS!!!!! MY DAUGHTER ALWAYS TELLING THE GOOD WHO WAS YOUR TEACHER MS DIAZ, AS WELL AS THEIR ASSISTANTS FIRST GRADE WE WERE VERY HAPPY!!!!.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
The school is old and nasty. It's falling apart. It really needs some work done to it. The staff is sub standard and the principal is never ever available

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
North Beach Elementary School Rocks because we believe learning is the key to success. Our K Teacher cares about the whole being of the student. She provides her students with a academic environment that makes them eager to learn Thank You, Ms.Silva ! We love school , stuff, principal, afterschool program, and PTA.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
I've had my child at this school for a while and have to agree that there is something seriously wrong with the principal here. A week or so ago, she was standing outside one of the classrooms yelling at the top of her lungs about a classroom door and waiving her hands around like a lunatic. She apparently was yelling because parents were outside a classroom where the children were young but were learning to independently enter their classroom. She was upset because the parents were there and the yelling was directed at them. But, the teacher was late opening the door to the classroom, so they were all standing outside waiting for her. Even worse, it was in the middle of the hallway where every parent walking by, including myself, saw the classless scene she made. And, this isn't the 1st time I see this type of behavior from her. Words to the principal: Don't yell at the hands that feed you. These same parents you are yelling at are the ones who GENEROUSLY fund your school. You should APPRECIATE these parents rather than treat them like dirt.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This is the problem with gifted is that it's become a label. My child is gifted and in fourth grade gifted class. My child can do far more than the others in his class. Instead of a gifted program it's a regular class. There is no difference in the two types of programs. This is all because of doctors who are taking a check and not given accurate test results for gifted program. It's sad because those who are truly gifted are suffering. I have not asked for a meeting with the principal, but may need to do so to address the lack of gifted program. Yes,I would expect a one on one from a principal if I asked. It's called a meeting and busy people schedule them. If a principal won't give one then I would call the superintendent of schools to complain. Might even file a complaint with the DOE.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
a well run school with an engaged principal and staff, high levels of parent participation! Fantastic teaching staff!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Wow - bitter people hating on this wonderful school. While there are a high number of gifted kids - did you ever stop to think that may be a reflection of the community the school is in? If parents choose to have their child tested privately and the testing shows the child is gifted - how is that the school's problem? Sounds like some kids didn't make the cut. As for the PTA, perhaps they seem to get preferential treatment because they are valued as partners in the school - unlike parents who seem to only show their faces when there is something to complain about. Not even a one on one conversation with the principal (that's how to spell it by the way)? Amazing. When you consider there are over a thousand students - do you think she has time for a one on one with every parent? Ever try the assistant principals? I've found them both to be competent and quick to address my concerns. If you can afford to live in the area, you can afford to send your kid to the most expensive private schools. The fact that so many choose to send their kids here instead is a testament to how good this school is.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I went to find out about the VPK program and both women were so rude, they didn't even looked at the me for about 15 mins. After that they asked me "what do you need" in a bad manner. Thanks god they didn't have space because i do not want my kid in such a bad environment. I think love, care is more important that good notes. Everything can be learn but a good time at school will always be in your heart. I am not the only mother that happened. Hope you can change for the good of kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I love North Beach Elelmentary. It has an amazing Principal (Dr. Alice Quarles). The staff is kind ,caring , and the teachers are amazing. We have the best PTA. The parent involovment is what makes this school what it is. We work together with the administration to help them with all that they need that is not provided by the budget because of government budget cuts in education. We also help children in need, our PTA organizes a go green clothes collection all year. We have a student recyling team . We are an IB school. All my kids have gone to this school and I am happy I still have 4 more years there as a parent and PTA member.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
NBE is the absolute best!!! My son is going into 5th grade and I could not have dreamed of a better educational experience for him. We are the best of the best! Our teachers have been superb and our principal is strong and focused on making sure we meet all of our IB and personal goals as a community. We have an extremely active parents who work beautifully with our administration to create an optimal environment for our children to grow both academically and personally. We have tremendous parent volunteer support and our volunteer organizations such as PTA and Friends ensure that our children and teachers have all the resources they need for success. The NBE community is a community based on academic excellence and the core principles of kindness, ethics, and generosity. We are a proud NBE family and are grateful to have such a wonderful school helping us raise our son. Our superintendent of schools, Alberto Caravalho, who is fabulous and is a champion for our children, has consistently recognized our school, our principal and our PTA president for excellence. Here, at NBE, hard work and being a good person is indeed recognized and promoted!!! Thank you, NBE!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
My 5th grader has been in the school for 4 yrs and my 2nd grader just completed his 1st yr. Both are gifted, and came to NBE from a nearby Montessori. The teachers have been kind, loving professionals who are always respectful to their students. The art & music teachers are terrific: come to an end of semester show & see for yourself! The PTA is very active, providing 150+ new computers in the last year, and SmartBoards in every class! This IB World School is incubating a bilingual Spanish program. Afterschool options include a very economical program plus broad array of "enrichments" athletics, arts & other classes. Friends of NBE volunteer parent group provides additional funding for extra staff in classrooms, computer, writing & science labs. Students have access to IXL math, BrainPop, Accelerated Reader & other software to enhance learning. PTA helps "Kids in Need" with free uniforms, books, school supplies & more. 5th graders create permanent "legacy" art installations on campus. Academics encouraged thru Student of the Month, Reading Incentives, etc. Fun community-building events throughout the year: spaghetti dinner, walkathons, fun fair & more. Best on the beach!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
Class of 2003, Graduated from FSU now working at a Real Estate Company. Class of 03 students have gone on to study at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, MIT, Brown, etc. Awesome school

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2012
Studying at North Beach Elementary has been a very memorable experience for me. I loved my sweet teachers and classmates, the cafeteria food, Spanish class, and all our other activities. I believe that this school has helped me to develop in every milestone a child must achieve. I have also received various awards from this school when I was a kid. Now that I am in college, almost ready to finish my degree, I am looking forward to revisiting this school. <3

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2012
Just amazing no matter what! My family loved this school and I had my 3 children here and they are now in middle school at NMS and I love it! THANKS NBE!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
My son is in Kindergarten and has a very kind and sweet teacher. Unfortunately, the focus in the school is very heavy on academics. Even in kindergarten they receive a ton of homework and have tests every week. I don't think they do much art. The principal wants the kids to be given homework on the weekend. They are in kindergarten, for pete's sake. Kids at this age learn best by being hands on, not doing worksheet after worksheet. But the administration here is very top down and teachers don't have much room to do their own curriculum. My guess is that since this is an A school there is a lot of pressure to maintain that. My son is already complaining that he doesn't want to go to school. I wish I could homeschool.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
I have requested 5 times to meet with the prinipal and still have yet to receive a response or at the very least even an acknowledgement....

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Teachers are the best, lunch food quality acceptable, everything in this schools is brilliant except for the parking and drop off location, and very rude drivers who drive and park their huge SUV's , even inside the faculty parking lot blocking staff parking spaces almost hit students when driving, i remember last year there was a security and this never happened, we need the security back for the safety of our children s in the morning and in the afternoon.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
If it weren't for Dr. Quarles and her front office staff, this school would be 5 star. The students, parents, teachers and the Vice Principal (Mrs. Villar) are what makes this school great. However, Dr. Quarles is the most insincere, self interested and politically minded educator I have ever come across. She doesn't seem to like either the students or their parents (even though the parental involvement through Friends of North Beach supplies her with incredible support). She needs to have her wings clipped, as her arrogance and selfishness create an obstacle for all that is great at NBE. This school would be better without Dr. Quarles and with Mrs. Villar in charge.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
Hard to understand why the principal is receiving four stars for leadership... This school had a fantastic communicator and inspiring principal. Upon his retirement DR Quarrels, who insists to be called that, DR, has been a disaster in every area that I can think of. She can not even look at students, or parents, in the eyes... Out of touch with reality, the student body and teachers needs. Only interested in test results to promote her and the school ratings. Parent involvement, and some teachers are the upside of this mediocre school. School lunch is full of unhealthy choices. Office staff is unhelpful and sometimes even rude. Mrs Villar, the vice principal, is trying her best to keep the "peace" and this school together. Before rating a principal please look at all the parents comments.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
I have a son who started NBE this past year and was in Ms. Shaw's class. After two years of crying every morning before pre-k, I was scared a new school, new classmates, and a new teacher would be intimidating. However, it was quite the opposite. From the first day of school, my son was anxious to head to kindergarten. He loved "center time" and was reading by Christmas. But most importantly, he loved his teacher. Her classroom is warm and inviting. She greets each child every day with a smile and a hug. She plays their favorite music as they unpack and prepare for the day, and she ends each day with Circle of Kindness an opportunity for all of the children to hear something kind and positive about themselves. Ms. Shaw knows how to set the stage for a lifelong love of learning. Thank you NBE for such a beautiful teacher from the inside out, for a strong and committed PTA, for Friends of NBE, and for the dedicated administration who has made transferring to this school such a pleasure. My only request is that the cafeteria has better monitoring next year, especially for the little ones at lunch.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
It is hard to rate a school because everyones experience is different. I personally have had a horrible experience with the teachers and the principal. There is no warmth and the kids are not allowed any self expression what so ever. Kids are treated with no respect and in return children do not respect the staff....common sense, right? Not for Mrs Quarrels (principal). Teachers my kids have had are yellers. My kids are straight A students and my son who had a terrible 5th grade year lost all interest in school. This year he attended MAC and excelled in every area. It is time to open our minds and educate ourselves about how to treat children, specially at North Beach. Hate to give bad news, but I do it when it is needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
This is one of the best, if not the best, public elementary school in Miami Beach. The teachers are great, the principal is a strong leader and the parental involvement helps make this school well-above the ordinary.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
NBE used to be a grate school. Currently, I have a third grader attending the school and my oldest child graduated three years ago. Important changes were made in the past two years with the gifted program and students no longer switch teachers in the middle of the day. The quality of education now is very questionable when I compare to what it used to be before the changes. I understand administration has the best intentions when implementing new operations but unfortunatelly they don't have the talent to realize that results for students and teachers are not positive. It is a shame. Great P.E., Music, Arts and PTA after school program. Have to congratulate second grade gifted teachers for the best spanish program. Wish they could run the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
We are new to NBE and its a nightmare. Principal does not respond to numerous attempts to contact and meet with her. My kid tested gifted but was not placed in a gifted class, because "class size is too large", teachers seem unhappy and overwhelmed. Halls and classrooms are filthy. Bullying amongst boys is a big problem that is addressed in a heavy handed hysterical manner. Only one day a week do they have a very brief recess period which is often evoked. The principal does nothing to make the experience fun and inspired but rather relies on handing out certificates at every opportunity, and empty warm and fuzzy words. We cant wait to be out of there. Must say though parents are great and their involvement exceptional if not somewhat elitist.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
This school was great!!! i moved to the area just for my kids to attend NBE. this year its a mess!!! my daughters KG teacher is always texting or on her cell. this teacher follows her colleagues lesson plans and has no idea what is ever going on. i spoke to the ADMIN and they dismissed by concerns. This school is only concern with donations!!! IF YOU DONATE LOTS OF $$$$, THAN your child gets special attention. The school claims to be an A school but we are really a B school

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN QUALITY OF 5TH GRADE teaching, sorry i transferred child. NO PROGRESS REPORTS, GRADE ASSIGNMENT UNCLEAR. homework assigned but not collected or graded, etc.. very random grading- what happened to the mid semester progress reports-no one knows. TEACHERS SEEM VERY ANNOYED TO BE THERE.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
North Beach cares about the student's education and support parents' concern and work towards this goal.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
Totally unhappy first day of school. The fact is classes overcrowded , without parent consent students from bilingual classes were placed into non bilingual or inclusion classes.It is a mess. Principals biggest priority is Gifted , PTA and VIP. The assistant principal and teachers are doing their best ,big thanks to them.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2010
There is something going on with this school. School class assignment for the new year is a mess. Kids that were in billingual program are getting transfered to regular classe without parents aproval and vise versa. principal creates this mess every year and it is time for he to resign and give seat for a principal that will know how to run the school. This year the school became B school and we as a partents can just say that it is principals fault. Choose some other school is my advise.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
My two sons have attend this school and I am extremely happy with everything, especially the teachers. My youngest son is always telling us how much he loves his kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Monem, and always excited to tell us what he has learned. Best school, best teachers, best PTA.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My son has been at North Beach for kindergarten and first grade. I am amazed at all that he has learned in such a short time. The school organizes many extracurricular activities that make learning fun. The principal is very engaged, approachable, and in constant improvement mode. The teachers we've had, are also great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The best teachers and friendly staff. Parents are very involved. Principal goes the extra mile to ensure students are well taken care of.

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March 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
North Beach has a caring environment with excellent education standards and a great PTA.

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August 15, 2009
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July 01, 2009
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January 12, 2009
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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 31, 2008
My daughter has attended North Beach for 5 years and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about it. She has loved all of her teachers who have all helped in different ways but last night she actually told me that Ms. Shaw (her favorite teacher of all time) was her role model. I feel so blessed that my daughter can attend the school that because of parent involvement feels like a private school. She will have wonderful memories of growing up at North Beach Elementary.

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March 30, 2008
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November 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 30, 2007
the principal leadership is very poor. I know she is new but still dont know her classess start 2 weeks ago Techer quality excellent Safety very poor Extracurricular activities None

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2007
Extremely happy with this school. The teachers are great and know how to motivate their students. The building is in outstanding condition considering that it was built in the 1920s or 30s. The students are very well behaved and parents are very much involved. The afterschool program staff is excellent. A+ school. School store should open early to benefit working parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
Extremely happy as a parent w/ the school save one item - the school overcrowding. Otherwise an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
Wow! What a School! Everything about North Beach Elementary is First Class. The grounds are maintained, the facility is in outstanding condition, the classrooms are up to date. All the children seem happy. Most inportantly, the teachers and staff are happy to be teaching the children. If anyone wants or needs to move and are concerned for their children's education, North Beach is the place to be. It is a private school within the public school environment. All schools should be run this well! North Beach says it

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
North Beach as most schools has its positive and negative points. What makes this school wonderful is the parent s involvement. From the fundraisers, events and volunteers, parents are pitching in at every corner. And I love that this school is culturally diverse. My only disappointment is that it has been very difficult to get into the foreign language program and the counseling staff is almost non existent. In addition there seems to be some preferential treatment in the placement of children in this course and classrooms. Other than these issues it is a public school with private school perks.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
The academic programs, including Gifted and Bilingual, are great assets to the school. The teachers are very involved and truly care about each child's development. Although the current Principal is extremely focused on standardized testing results, the children receive a well-rounded education. Parent and student support for standardized testing preparation is phenomenal. This year, the PTA ensured the coordination of instructional sessions for parents and students prior to FCAT testing. Post FCAT, the sessions continued for basic test taking, writing and spelling strategies. The environment is friendly and disciplined. Parent involvement is abundant and consistent, both on special events and fields trips as well as daily interaction and support. The music and art teachers create a great environment of appreciation and learning while encouraging participation with exhibitions and performances. Organized sports are limited and should be coordinated and encouraged. Overall, my family is proud to be part of this school community.

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April 10, 2006
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March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
February 03, 2006
Very good teachers and great learning enviroment security needs improvement!

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January 11, 2006
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September 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
North Beach Elementary is an excellent school. Both of my children were in the bilingual program and the gifted program and I could honestly say that I could not be happier. They have excelled in academia, they have established great relationships with their friends, the teachers are dedicated and the administration is very supportive. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who is looking to educate their child in the best environment that will be condusive to a comprehensive education that will educate the 'whole child'.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
Excellent teaching staff and administration, but more concentration should be placed on children who require additional skills.

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July 07, 2005
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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
Excellent,excellent,excellent. I pity the school that has to compare to this one. Wonderful, well prepared staff. Exceptional security.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
The school is very well kept, the classrooms are very lively and attractive, the children are well behave, with a lot of international students from all over the world, specially hispanics. The teachers and the staff are very dedicated and vocational, and they treat the students with loving care and respect. The only negative thing I found is that they do not offer extra afterschool activities. It's up to their parents to take their children to the activities offered by the public parks of the community. The library is kind of small. The discipline and the security of the student is well taken care of. There is free public transportation available, and city transportation (buses)stop right in front. The cafeteria is large and well furnished and the lunches are good. They teach computer tech and have a computer lab. School area (land ) is limited. Not enough for future expansion.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
NBE has been good up until the 5th grade. Lots of priority class time and fundraising for a $700 field trip in a school with at least 42% subsidized lunch students. Half the class did not go in the trip--is it necessary to delineate between the have and have nots in this egregious manner. DC--part of the curriculum?--by a wide stretch of the imagination. Yet a lot of parents who agree with the disparity still caved and went or sent their kids. The kids who stayed back had 3 lost days. Too bad these parents lost their integrity and too bad the administration allowed this to happen. There should be a cap on field trips--300--the fundraising could have gone to help find proper tutors or resource room teachers for kids slipping through the tracks.

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April 12, 2005
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April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2005
It has different programs: Gifted, Bi-lingual, or regular. There is a program funded by the parents that pays for teachers' assistants so the classes have two teachers; although this does not always work. There are numerous afterschool activities and this is a wonderful feeder school for many of the private schools in the area.

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March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
I have been very dispointed about this school. My kids have been going there for 3 years. The school is over crowded of kids that are not supposed to attempt this area. The principal is not at all friendly and has no time to listen to parents or kids. The kids have bearly 20 minutes recess between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00. This is for the lunch break. Needless to say that when you walk in the cafeteria it's like going to the wild jungle where the kids are out of control. There is no security at all. The gates of the school are always open and kids and adults can come and go ant any time!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
New to this school. Have heard awesome things. My daughter is swithcing from private school.

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January 21, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2004
Very clean and well maintain school. Good environment. PreK cost $300/month until 2pm. Lunch and after school are additional. Cafeteria too small so PreK have lunch at 10h20am. 1 teacher & 1 assistant per class of 24 kids. Street doors open all the time. No security guard except for administration parking. Kids playground closed after 2pm.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Overall a wonderful school. North Beach PTA & Friends of North Beach Elementary support the administration and teaching staff in enumerable ways. Administration and teaching staff are truly behind the children. Music program is fabulous. One area that needs some work is making sure the 6th grade curriculum is meeting all the Middle School curriculum requirements and fully meeting the needs of all the students in offering advanced level math, science or language classes while still at North Beach. The same holds true for the other MB Elem. Schools, too.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
This school is one of the finest and professional school my child has attended. We were very happy.

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North Beach Elementary School
4100 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  33140
(305) 531-7666
Last modified North Beach 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.
North Beach Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top