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PK-8
Public
Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 1,875
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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21101 Northeast 26th Avenue
Miami, FL 33180

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(305) 933-5200
(305) 933-5201
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October 08, 2014
My daughter went to AW for 4 years. K through 4th The staff in the front office is super nice and helpful, not once was anybody rude to me. The principal is also very approachable. Hunted him down once in the lobby with a concern, he listened to me and fixed the issue in less than 30 minutes. Don't get me started on ms.Mitchell., the guidance counselor, she will work tirelessly to solve any problem. Talked to one of my friends for 2 hours on a Friday night !! My problem is that I never knew there was one , until I transferred to a school in Jupiter. From all elementary schools in Florida AW ranks in the 73rd percentile the school in Jupiter is in the 97th percentile. Check out schooldigger ! Couldn't figure out why that was. Now I can. My daughter came home a week ago and stated that for the first time she is actually being taught something. Perhaps she meant effectively. No more tears and endless time spent explaining homework. Everything is now "so easy ". The class notes are in color and neat.However going to Aw she would have so much free time during school, the kids would bring coloring books and other things to keep busy while teachers talked in the hall ways.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
The school has a great staff. Even if it is a big school every kid is well known by the teachers. Excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Building looks like a penitenciary. Too much security gives the opposite impression but security (you can not enter the school unless you pass many filters) Assistants do not help much most of the times, They give contradictory advise. Only some teachers are affordable (I must say my 9 year old child was very lucky because her teacher was excellent), others just ignore your child (my 5 five year old was lost in a 40 children class with two young and not very experienced teachers) If you can take your child other do it. I did not like this school much. On a 10 basis si give a 4 to this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
It is an excellent school. I would recommend it. The principal is very open to suggestions and discussions.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Not very impressed with the teachers, specially 1st grade/gifted. Overcrouded class - impossible to have a environment with quality to teach the kids. Lunch time is crazy - Kids have no control.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Teachers have been good to great but too many kids in the classroom. Weird lunch times. Front office staff seems stressed and unfriendly. It is difficult to get help from the front office. The principal and vice principals are difficult to contact when questions needs to be addressed. Overall, it is a new school and there is good use of technology but we are disappointed in how the school is run from an administrative level.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My child has been at this school for 3 years and is in her fourth year now. The school is wonderful! The staff is great, the teachers are very motivated in helping the kids. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because of how crowded the school is. But even with that being said, the staff does an amazing job keeping up with the students. My daughter has been very happy here and I would definitely recommend Aventura Waterways to other parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We rate 3 stars for the school overcrowding; certain rude staff in the registrar's office (esp the heavy set Latina who sits at the front desk) and the fact that they don't have a school nurse (unconscionable - Dade Public schools); 5 stars for her kindergarten teacher! Our child is doing well and loves her teacher!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
Incredibly rude staff and ridiculously overcrowded classrooms. Its no wonder more and more parents are turning to home schooling.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
because this school is new. it used the last technology to teach student. the teachers are very helpful and work hardly to promote the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I recommended this school. I like teachers, workers and directors. They are accessible, cooperative and respectful to children and parents. They know how to motivate children and have a code of conduct than create the right ambience for learning. Proper facilities.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
There is no feedback whatsoever. Ive never received a test, so I have no clue how his test taking abilities are. Parent involvement in the absolute minimum.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2011
My daughter just started this school and it has been great so far! Her Teacher is awesome, so friendly and very involved with each student and my daughter received an amazing welcome when she first came into the classroom. I am very happy with her new school and her academic progress is getting better. The students make a difference by moving ahead and working together as a team because of the quality and dedication of each teacher and exceptional staff and dynamic principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
We moved to Aventura a couple of months ago and my daughter is currently attending the first grade at Waterways. She comes from a small fantastic school in Miami, in which parents are extremely involved, academics are good, and the teachers and principals were always available. I am happy with her teacher at Waterways who has so far being been great. I had however, the worst experience of my life the other day, when I got delayed at a medical appointment and was half hour late to pick up my daughter. For about 45 minutes after my arrival, the school personnel was unable to find my daughter. Just like that, they could not tell me where she was. They were looking everywhere and NO ONE KNEW WHERE SHE WAS. I eventually found her (with the older kids- during their dismissal). Later I tried to speak with the principal, who was unavailable, so I tried to schedule an appointment. I received a call from his assistant who began the scheduling processed by narrating the events and basically blaming me because I had been late. I don't think this woman is a mother or even begins to realize what they put me through. A school losing a child for even a minute is not acceptable.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
My daughter started kindergarten here and so far has had a good experience, thanks to her teacher. The class size is quite large (normal I think for miami-dade county). Her teacher is on top of her academic progress, However, the teacher has had to use a microphone to keep the kids in the class under control. My daughter reports that over half the kids have trouble settling down to learn. I think her teacher has made her experience positive. Otherwise the school is large, impersonal, bare, and quite crowded.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
I find this public school school to be exceptional so far. The teachers are top notch. Kids grow up fast and become confident in no time. The school is fairly new so of course there will always be issues that a school struggles with in the beginning. I can not comment on the 8th grade review because I am not aware of it. My kids are in the lower levels and for now i feel they are receiving a great education. The offer great programs as well!! Its hard to find a school like that. The overcrowded issue will soon be resolved, but for now, it doesn't make a difference because of the extra teachers, and the control they have over them. Security is extremely important to me, and i always see someone when i walk in.. but if they want to be even more on top of it, fine with me, because that's what really matters to avoid unwanted trespassers, fights breaking out, or kids getting lost. Every school has its flaws here and there.. so i give this school 5 stars for the great achievement it has started off with. I'm sure it will soar to perfection with years to come.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
I am very happy with what the school has to offer. They have some very strong teachers and the program is great! The school is well equipped with the needed supplies and the parents are ALWAYs willing to provide what's missing. The kids are friendly and happy! They are even coping well with the fact of being overcrowded by providing 2 teachers for the overcrowded calsses. Mother of a 1st grader.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
This school is an excellent public school that is in the area. The teachers are very receptive and always willing to make time to discuss your child's academic progress. The 5th grade core subjects teachers are a young and progressive group of teachers that are good at what they do. I believe they are LEADERS in Florida education.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
the school is the best of all it hasa the best teachers and student i love that school is the best........

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
This school is the best is the best one in the miami dade country and have the best benifits for my childs good :)

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
This school is an excellent their is no other school like it.The principal is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
great school, great teachers, but the safety of the students is its only downside. the 8th grade wing is usually crowded when the bell rings, and racial profanity is heard almost every day. and the 8th graders don't get along very well with each other. fights are common, but short,and the main office probablly gets 20 referals a day from the 8th grade, most of which come from the remedial classes. in general, i believe that a CSI program is needed to keep 8th grade in check.

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2010
My family is new to the area and I was highly impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the office staff. The teachers have taken extra time to introduce themselves to me and to ensure my children are comfortable in their classes. The other students are friendly and immediately accepted my children. I did not give the school 5 stars since we are still new to the school. Registration for 2 children took slightly over an hour. Class assignment seemed to take up most of the time. One mother was EXTREMELY upset that her registration took a long time as she did not have the required documents and had to make several trips back to the office. I spoke with 3 Hispanic ladies in the office and ALL were fluent in English.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
the princepal will not permit parties field day or field trips .the school staff cant speak english and the tearcher that won teacher of the year is out of her mind. the school is unsafe and thier are fights almost every week. i am a student. i will problably get into trouble but thats how bad the school is no free speach. the princepal needs to be fired.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2010
A serious need for structure. The teachers might be good but, the staff members are so unorganized and incompetent. I have never been to a school where it took 4 1/2 hrs to register a child. Where the principal and vice principal, where no where to be found. I mean are they crowded and taking more kids than they can handle, then they should call in for some reform to get the issues resolved. Wouldn't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
Overall, this is an excellent, clean, modern school. As in any large organization, there are superstars (teachers) and also some underachievers. This school is unique in that it offers a 'Dual Language Program' beginning in Kindergarten. My child, who just completed Kindergarten, began the year speaking only English, but now can converse FLUENTLY in Spanish. Phenomenal! There are some crowding and transportation issues, but when you consider the facility, staff and opportunities offered by this PUBLIC school, it's easy to let those issues slide. Safe, secure, clean and socially diverse - some of the best attributes of this WONDERFUL school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Our family loves this school. My son is in the second grade and has learned so much. The teachers are great. The school is clean and safe. I recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Excellent school. Great discipline. Great teachers. Clean and very updated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2010
I do not agree with the last comment. This school is new and they are rated A in a very short time they have been in opened. My son goes to this school and he likes it more than his previous private school. Kids do have PE 3 times a week.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2010
My child has been studying here for couple of months, and honestly it is not what I expected to find. Academic level is low, teachers level is also low and there is a mess in transportation, kids do not have PE, the library process is a mess. I do not really recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
It's a huge school. My children's teachers have been great. The reason I gave it 3-star, is because they seem obsesses with the FCATs (but that could be a Florida thing). Half of the office staff doesn't speak english,and the other half that do ignore you when you come into the office.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
They were just beginning and got an A as school, thanks to an extraordinary effort of an amazing team with a hard working leadership. We love this school!

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September 23, 2009
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July 23, 2009
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July 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2009
This is an excellent school, my son love his teacher and it is the name of the game...

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
Excellent principal, awesome teachers, great staff. Really excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
I believe Aventura Waterways is definitely earning a name for itself in its first year of inception! The principal is doing an outstanding job considering there was student overpopulation in the first part of the new academic year caused by Miami-Dade. A lot of excellent teachers came from other schools to join Aventura Waterways and are certainly giving their all to the students. Our First-Grader is performing v.well currently and is availing of excellent resources and a wonderful teacher...

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2009
My son is attending the 4th grade in this new school and I am very happy with his development and happiness with this school! Keep it up!!! Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
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Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
21101 Northeast 26th Avenue, Miami, FL  33180
(305) 933-5200
Last modified Aventura Waterways K-8 Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top