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Primary Learning Center

Public | PK-2 | 320 students


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Posted August 18, 2014

I gave 4 because of a nasty teacher. My son is a straight A student. Well he had 2 teachers, one was excellent and the other teacher made him feel like an outcast everyday. He could not speak, turn around, or move from his desk because she would start picking on him. Long story short, she even gave him a referral. I came to find out when the school year was over by another parent, that her daughter would behave really bad, but her daughters teacher could not do anything because her mom was a teacher. How ironic that everything that she needed to do with her daughter she took it out on my son. Other than that the school is really good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 22, 2014

This school is excellent. Th only problem is that Superintendent Carvalho is technically the principal but his job is so enormous that he can't really be hands on, which means that the Vice Principal is really the principal, and she's WONDERFUL, but unfortunately does not have the authority she needs since she still reports to the principal. I guess it's inherent in having the school in the Superintendent's building.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2014

The superintendent of the year in the entire United States, Alberto Carvalho, is the principal! Ms. Diaz, the assistant principal, is responsible for the day-to-day operations and does an excellent job. Carvalho has done a wonderful job selecting the most skilled teachers in the county. The class size is capped out at 18 students and each class has 9 computers. The school requires the parents to be involved. The school embraces diversity, not only racially, but also in socioeconomic status. I have never seen anything like it. I felt like I hit the lottery when my son was accepted.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2014

This is a fantastic school!!!! Believe me, I know what I'm saying, for personal rasons we moved our oldest child 4 times in 8 years from to school, all of them A+ schools, but nothing like PLC. Loving and caring enviroment with high education standars my dream come true...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2013

Only giving it 4 stars because it's so early in the school year and we are new to the school. Parents reading should know about the academics. There is an emphasis on global education at this school. My 4 year old is learning about Asia and already telling me about customs there. The teacher sends a detailed email about classroom activity. She encourages us to play games, offers guidance on educational activities outside of homework. Only downside for me is the security. It's so tight I'm not able to see my child's classroom very often. It's going to take a while before we develop relationships with school staff because security is so tight. The PTA is raising money for technology tools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2013

Our girls have been attending the PLC for 2 years now. They feel loved, cared for, and important. We still get the private school feel in a public setting because the school is fairly small. The administration and teachers know each and every single kids names which is quite impressive! My girls are reading above reading level and they love their teachers. We love the new and improved Formal Mondays - watching boys with little ties and dress shirts and our girls in formal attire...PRICELESS! Way to go PLC! Raising the bar once again!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2013

This is my son's first year at the Primary Learning Center and I love it!!! My husband and I were very impressed with how loving and welcoming everyone was. We are truly lucky to have won the lottery. I wouldn't choose any other school for our son! The administration, teachers, and staff have been very helpful from day 1.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2013

There is a lot of hype about this school, but I am unimpressed thus far. This is my daughter's first year here (Pre-K) and the school seems unorganized and sterile. I don't sense warmth from faculty nor administration; a very important component during the primary years of learning. You are not permitted to walk your child to class or eat breakfast with them. This is just her first year, so I will see if there is more beyond the bells and whistles.
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Posted May 1, 2013

I have been told by fellow teachers that Primary Learning Center is the best of the best at the level of Pre-k, k, 1st. and 2nd. grade

Posted September 16, 2012

I love the school so much. I ilke my friends and my teachers. (This is my kindergarten son's own opinion).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2011

My kids go to this school, and what a wonderful choice we had made! It's a very small secure school, and it seems every teacher knows every parent, even if their kid doesn't go to her classroom. All teachers are top notch - we had 6 direct teachers so far, plus all the other support & administrative staff and teachers. They are truly the best, I dare to say! School management really cares about our input, PTA is very active and involved, hardware is great, it is a bilingual/trilingual program, most importantly, kids are loved here! I talk to the teachers almost every day in the morning or at afternoon pickup. The school's principle, Mr. Alberto Carvalho is such a visionary leader, and this school is a brain child of his. I met him so many times in different occasions - kids graduation, first day at school, open house, kids classroom... I know as the superintendent of the county, he visits lots of lots of schools and students all the time. My impression is he absolutely cares about children and education with a passion, and his vision is years ahead of what most of us see now. I just feel very lucky to find such a gem in the public school system. Thank you everyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2011

They don't allow students to interact with each other. It is a very bad negative school to take your child. It lacks space, poor teachers and the office people are always upset or arguing with parents. Poor school...

Posted May 7, 2011

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL, my daughter has been going to this school since January 2010 and she is improving so much on all of her academics, its amazing she is counting to 100 in english and spanish, reading books, solving math problems and so much more. I just want to thank the Primary learning centers teachers and staff for helping my child to strive and want to learn. The size of the classes are perfect, security is outstanding. The principle puts the children and the families first and is always there to help with a smile. Thank you PLC for all that you have done for my child. Thank you for making learning fun.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 41%
Black 31%
White 26%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 22%58%61%
Master's degree 78%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1500 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
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Phone: (305) 523-8390


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