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Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School

Private | PK-5 | 233 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $150,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted March 25, 2014

My son has attended MSPCS for four years, we could not be happier! It is the perfect balance of education and religion. Even though we are Catholic and not Presbyterian we have had no issues with the religious teachings. With small class sizes and plenty of staff in the classroom my son has excelled way beyond grade level. They also have been diligent in giving him work that is in keeping with his level not the levels of the others in his class. We have also been pleased with the use of technology and the emphasis on math and science. I highly recommend this school! It is also pleasantly less expensive than other similar options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

We are very happy at MSPCS. My two children currently attend the school and have the right balance of education, discipline and nurturing. I would highly recommend this school for anyone wanting a good education with a small, caring and nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

This school is excellent. It is perfect for our son and he has been here since preschool. Now he is in 3rd grade. The teachers are the best I have ever seen, the school is organized and the materials and classrooms are outstanding. The classes are tiny and the students are nice to each other. It's a wonderful place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

I am a parent of three children who attend this school, spanning the last four years. I have nothing but kind and warm regards for all of the staff and teachers at both the prescool and elementary school. Not only do I feel my children are excelling, but I also really appreciate the sense of community, nurturing environment, and special education classes that intergrated. After reading previous posts, I also feel compelled to mention the school has a new Headmaster as of this year, who is extremely invested in the students and parents, and has brought great structure to the school. So, all good things, we are very happy here, and would definately recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

both of my sons have been attending MSPCS since 4 years . I was so happy to find this school , it has a very nurturing environment, a very good level, the teachers are all very professional and the staff is so friendly , caring and helping the parents as well as the kids. The new director M. Wirth is very professional and is taking the school to a higher level. I highly recommend this school, as it s so difficult to find such a treasured environment in Miami , when all you want is the best place for your kid to grow up and learn , and be ready to handle their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

MSPCS offers a learning environment for a wide range of students. The class sizes provide the ability for an educator to be able to meet the needs of all students. In my 13 years of teaching, MSPCS has provided me the best environment to be creative and not limit my teaching approach to a "one size fits all" method. I feel privileged to be part of this faculty and staff that is truly committed to our students, and readily available to all parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 4, 2013

I had heard only great things about this school before putting my son in preschool and was very disappointed. It was his first experience with school and it was not a good one. Besides a few exceptions, the staff was very unfriendly, seemed bothered when I asked questions, and worst of all, they did not seem to take good care of my son. I removed him from the school at the end of the school year and switched to another one nearby, that was one of the best decisions I ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

This school has totally changed. It is in total transition and the wrong people are in charge making decisions they have no business making. The director left in 2012, the pastor left in 2013 and now the assistant director is gone with only 20 days left of school. Who is next, probably the good teachers??? No communication,no one knows what'd going on except an increase in tuition......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

My daughter attended this school for four years. It was an wonderful safe and happy environment. it is everything a community elementary school should be. They have music, art, and performances plus daily recess. The academics are average and meant for the average learner. But, students that need accelerated materials are often allowed to work on their own with higher level curriculum. What sells this school is the nurturing staff and excellent parent teacher communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

My children attend MSPC and I love it. The staff is professional, kind, and caring. The teachers actively engage the children and make learning fun. The administration always looks out for the children and what is best for them. This school is a hidden gem in Miami Shores. I highly recommend MSPC School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

A great disappointment!! Not at all open to any critique. A school where the certain staff hold the reigns, and will not allow for anyone to challenge their way. Unfortunately there are many reasons, from liability questions to operating questions, that should be a warning to any parent. There are better and ample options out there....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2010

I have two daughters that went to Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School. My oldest child graduated 5th. grade 2 years ago, and my youngest just graduated this year 2010 from this school. The three of us had a wonderful experience at the school. The administration and teachers always listened to myself and my child. The teachers even gave extra help if the kids needed it. The school gave my daughters a great start to their education. I would reccomend this school highly, and anyone who tells you different is wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

MSCPS is a great place to send your children, whether they are eighteen months old up to fifth grade. The class sizes are small and they are up to date with their curriculum and lots of technology. I'm more than happy - actually more sad to see my children leave after fifth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2008

My daughter has been going there for 7 years now and she loves it. She always talks about how nice her teacher is to her and her class. What i love the most is they provide an after shcool care that involes baking, recess, movies, and games. The teachers take there work very seriously my daughter is telling me things everyday. Its wonderful i know she is learning so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

Stay away ! this school is poorly run by a director who has the most hands-off approach i have ever seen.. My daughter has been at this school for 2 years and i will not be sending her back.. The staff is completely unprofessional and the administration is a joke..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

This is far from a DAY CARE! I pulled my daughter out of 5 different 'schools' including Montessori before finding MSPC. My daughter has been attending 5 years now. I am completely happy! Her Kindergarden teacher last year (Mrs. Obenour) was AMAZING! She gave her whole heart to my child. Mrs Obenour even gave her free time after school at no cost to help my child with reading! You will find a teacher like her NO WHERE! I feel like MSPC is a FAMILY so much more than a school! I love to go in the morning and see happy friendly faces!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

I have had four children attend this school. They have had such wonderful experiences while attending this school. The teachers are excellent they are extremely dedicated and you can tell they enjoy there job. The Director is always available to talk to parents, listen to their concerns and respond appropriatley. This school has such a wonderful enviroment you know you are leaving your children in a loving, caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

We are thrilled with the education that our 3 year old is receiving at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church preschool. Her teachers, Miss Kathy and Miss Annette, are exceptional, incredibly creative and have instilled a joy of learning in our daughter. She is excited to go to school and enjoys sharing her day and what she has learned with us when she comes home. The art projects are not only creative, but often mirror one of the books they have read, including many of the Eric Carle books. Our six year old son also had Miss Kathy when he was three, and is a 'graduate' of the preschool. He received a wonderful foundation at the preschool. Our experience has been very positive and we would highly recommend that other parents looking for a quality academic program look at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

My children have been at this school for over 7 years. It is a great school. I have always felt welcome by all the staff. There has always been an open door policy with all of my children's teachers and especially the director/principle. My one daughter even calls her teacher every night, to say goodnight, and the teacher welcomes it. Go look and tour this amazing school-it is far from a daycare. I couldn't be happier, and will cry when my children graduate from 5th. grade, and have to go somewhere else. It is a privledge and honor to send my children to Miami Shores Presbyterian Chuch School. All aspects of this school are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

As an educator I agree with the the comment that this school is a daycare not a school. I was extremely disappointed and although I tried to express my concern it was not taken seriously at all. I would recommend to other parents to read these reviews and then go into the school with a list of questions for the Principal of the school as well as the teachers. Do not be afraid to ask questions. A good school, and a good principal will welcome them and have professional answers that they can prove with a simple tour of the school. Do not accept generalizations as answers you should be discussing the specific needs of your child and if you are made to feel like you are picky or annoying then that's an excellent sign of what to expect when a problem comes up. This school, two thumbs down!
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 24%
White 25% 44%
Black 12% 29%
Asian 4% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Otis E. Wirth
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Presbyterian
Associations
  • NAEYC; FCIS; FKC
Fax number
  • (305) 759-2549

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Parent Drop-off and Pick-up
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
  • Miami Country Day School
  • Barry University
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School’s mission is to offer an affordable Christian education that provides superior academic and spiritual education to children in a safe, nurturing, creative and Christian environment.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
15
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
86

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Rose of Lima
Miami Country Day School
Cushman Academy
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602 NE 96 Street
Miami Shores, FL 33138
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Phone: (305) 759-2548

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