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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
North Beach cares about the student's education and support parents' concern and work towards this goal.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The best teachers and friendly staff. Parents are very involved. Principal goes the extra mile to ensure students are well taken care of.
North Beach has a caring environment with excellent education standards and a great PTA.
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.
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
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.
Extremely happy as a parent w/ the school save one item - the school overcrowding. Otherwise an excellent school.
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