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Smart Starts Day School

Private | PK-8

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Posted June 17, 2014

DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN ANY SMART STARTS DAY SCHOOLS!!! Let me be clear - this is not about the teachers. It's totally about poor management. There's no communication with the parents. Totally overpriced for a mediocre curriculum. Teacher morale is on the floor. Lunch is catered by a crappy company which prepares canned food meals. Be aware of the hidden fees!!! There's an annual registrations fee, summer fee, fall fee, months that apparently have a 5th week you must pay an extra week. Late fee is $50.00. Credit card processing fee is 15-30% of the total amount. They don't invest in kids education and toys. That's were the fundraising is for -- UNBELIEVABLE. Also, there's been about 8-10 break-ins in the past two months. This organization is all about money. DON'T BE FOOLED!
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Posted May 21, 2014

Smart starts 7900 failed to provide a safe environment for my child. They have had 6 break ins in the parking lot of the school, which is in very close proximity to the children in a very short period do time. Smart starts refuses to hire additional visible security. I have attempted to contact corporate and speak to the school director on multiple occasions and have found much resistance. Corporate never even had the decency to return my calls. I have removed my child from the school due to the lack of safety , unfortunately losing almost 1 month of tuition plus fall registration. Smart start refuses to refund my money , citing that the contract prohibits it. I am disgusted by their lack of professionalism, empathy , and compassion. I pray that you steer clear of this day school. It is not a safe environment for the parents dropping off their kids and their children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2014

What an amazing school! I have my 2 year old daughter at 7900 and she had been transferred from a different preschool. My daughter cries NOT to leave when I pick her up!!! Not only are the teachers so genuine but they also go above and beyond for the children. I get a phone call for anything that goes on with my daughter which is so relieving to know that they are so on top of things. I highly recommend Smart Starts Day School and definitely take a look at 7900 you will fall in love with not only the facility but also with the staff starting with the administration.... They are the heart of that school!
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Posted April 23, 2014

My child is in their kinder/first program and I am super happy. The class size is small, the teachers are great, and the amount of learning and progress is tremendous! The kids are like a family. It has truly been a blessing for me and my family.
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Posted April 23, 2014

My child is in their kinder/first program and I am super happy. The class size is small, the teachers are great, and the amount of learning and progress is tremendous! The kids are like a family. It has truly been a blessing for me and my family.
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Posted April 23, 2014

My kids love it here! They look forward to going each day and are learning so much that it truly amazes us and any one they meet. They really do a great job of preparing the kids and we have met and made a lot friends. The school are popping up everywhere and I refer the school to everyone I know all the time!
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Posted April 23, 2014

My child attended for summer and ended up staying for VPK. We are really content and glad that we chose to stay. The teachers are really caring and go out of their way to help the children.
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Posted February 28, 2014

Horrible management. Very disappointed with the school. My kid had 3 incidents which were never reported. Nosebleeds/ overlooking lunch boxes/ disorganized with payments. Director is clueless about what's going on in the school.. 6 parents have withdrawn the kids do to administration issues. The school is not what it seems. 7900 location is the worse location for being a "new" school.
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Posted February 6, 2014

7450 My child has been attending Smart Starts Day School for two school years now. She has completed Pre-k and is currently in Kindergarten. The learning atmosphere goes beyond teaching. The teachers take the time and connect with each child. The school is filled with different activities from celebrating and educating the children of all the holidays to taking field trips the children enjoy. The school is always clean. The playground is very safe perfect for my daughter and the other children. Over all my experience with this school has met all my expectations and most importantly my child enjoys going to school everyday and is happy.
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Posted February 4, 2014

7900. Smart Starts. My daughter has improved drastically while in this school. She knows both English and Spanish! She has also passed the VPK assessment with Exceeding Expectations! the staff and Director at this location are all amazing.
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Posted February 4, 2014

This school is WONDERFUL!!!! I'm beyond impressed with the quality of education both my children have received in the little amount of time they have been there! The nurturing environment puts me at ease everyday when I drop of my babies knowing that they are in good hands and well taken care of! The cameras were such an important part of my registration but I find myself not having to look at them at all. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an AMAZING school for their child. Thank you Smart Starts Day School for all that you have done and I know will continue to do. From a very grateful mother!
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Posted February 4, 2014

11735: My son has been going Smart Starts for just under a year made lifelong bonds with other kids and teachers. At his previous day school he was always sick and not very happy- He had to be hospitalized on 2 occasions. At Smart Starts he has not suffered from any illness that warranted the need for any doctor's attention, which for me is a great feat. I am very pleased with his learning; he surprises me everyday with all the words and expressions he knows when we have our reading time. My son is always happy when I pick him up from school and this attests to the dedication of the staff. I believe that they are doing a great job at nurturing the students as well as fostering good relationships with the parents. The Director is amazing and communicates everything to me in a timely manner. They are able to accommodate for my schedule and I am very thankful for that. I can go on and on about this school. I am yet to find a significant negative about the school. I approve.
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Posted February 3, 2014

11735: Smart Starts has become like my child's second home, my daughter loves her teachers and has made a lot of friends. The school is always clean and the parents can always keep track of school activities. I would like for them to make some changes to their discipline policy, however, I still believe this is a great bilingual school that provides great education and cares for each child.
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Posted February 3, 2014

We are in love with how much our child has grown in the past 9 months. She has completely outgrown her shyness and has exploded into a shining star because of Smart Starts. Were at the Tampa location and couldn't be more happier with our choice of education for our daughter. We our love Ms. Jessica !
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Posted February 3, 2014

First and Foremost i like to thank all the teaches that has participated on the care of my daughters . She has Developed tremendously Since i Placed her there it is such a clean environment i really love it and i highly recommended my daughter is really happy and i know that they the love her too ...
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Posted January 30, 2014

8445: I've had my kids here since 2006 with my youngest graduating PreK this year; couldn't be happier - even though the office has had some turnover which at times has been a challenge; the teachers have stepped up to the plate and maintained a great service, care and most importantly attention and teaching, raising our little ones to be great people. Both my kids have received an excellent education as well as the nurturing they've craved from the teachers here. So hard to find such great chemistry between teachers and children. Thank you.
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Posted November 26, 2013

120 location: Horrible preschool and management! Parents, please do some research, read reviews and look for others preschools, plenty of good preschools out there, where your child will be safe and actually learning something. I was forced to remove my 3 year old son because the school did not follow the Discipline/Termination Policy after my son was bitten 7 times by another child (all with written reports by the teacher), and the same child had bitten for a total of more than 20 times in a 10 kids class and the school did nothing about it, they did not care about my son or his safety, I even spoke to the Director of all Smart Starts because the school director didn't really care about the problem and they refused to transfer the child or remove him from the school, totally going against their discipline policy, very bad management. I decided to take my son out of the school and I was never giving any refund for the remaining of the month or registration fees, but I'm glad I did it, now my son is in a school where he's safe and actually learning because in smart start they don't teach it's just a horrible daycare.
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Posted October 16, 2013

This school has no discipline policy. If your child gets bitten nothing is done to stop it from happening so other children think its ok and more start to do it! They don't do time out or thinking chair. My child became super aggressive and undisciplined when starting at this school.. The supervisor was just replaced and the new one is completely clueless and has no personality or warmth. I do not recommend this school to any parent.
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Posted June 16, 2013

DO NOT PLACE YOUR CHILD IN THE CARE OF THIS SCHOOL, BEWARE. My child became sick poisoned by a plant in there playground. I had to rush him to urgent care in the Miami children hospital because he's eyes were so swollen that he could open his eyes. the doctor said that they should have called the rescue in the bad conditions he was in.
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Posted November 27, 2012

Upsetting. The curriculum seems to be on par, but our issues stem from a more personal nature. Management has a very difficult time not getting involved in the personal affairs of parents who are divorced and cause a lot of unneded conflict. Also, my child was allowed to enroll with a VPK online confirmation, and for whatever reason, it was not accepted over a month after the fact. The school has billed us retroactively for this issue- which should have been handled when they enrolled my child. Further, no billing notices are sent, and my account and its' balance is discussed with whomever picks up my child, after several requests for it to cease. My last point (and there are many more, but I'm keeping them to the larger offenses) Communication with BOTH sets of parents has been requested verbally and in writing on numerous occasions. We, after several months, are STILL having this issue. Upon speaking to other school administrators, I was told that this chain has a reputation for a lot of the same behavior exhibited here with us.
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8445 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143
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