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592 Northeast 60th Street
Miami, FL 33137

(305) 757-1966
(305) 757-1632
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4 stars
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September 11, 2014
I MUST write the following after reading some of the unfavorable reviews. I respect there are all kinds of experiences and all kinds of families. That being said, to the young families not well-versed in the "mommy wars," always remember that there are some families who will be miserable anywhere they go. There are families that want to "outsource" raising their children and take no responsibility of the outcome. There are families jealous of other families' financial fortune. Please read the reviews with a grain of salt. I am NOT of means and it takes much effort and sacrifice to have our two children attend this school. The values and importance of character which have been instilled here are priceless. So the buildings are old. There is a nurse. There is a "values" teacher. The office for the heads of elementary, middle and primary school are each smack in the middle of their respective students -- accessible -- not unreachable. The children have PE every day or yoga. The art program is awesome. There is an artist in residence program. There is a play each year every child is a part of. The sports teams have a no-cut policy. An awesome institution!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
Our daughter just got into The New World School of the Arts. While we all think our children are special, we know that a big part of this is due to the amazing faculty & staff at Cushman. All of them had a hand in making our daughter the confident, "thinking outside the box" young lady she is today.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2014
My child is graduating this year and we are very sad to be leaving. After being at another school in miami, we luckily found Cushman. The teachers and administration have done so much for our family over the years, and we are grateful. Every school out child applied to for high school accepted him. This is an amazing place to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
What an amazing school! After doing a lot of research we chose Cushman over the other local schools because it had a wonderfully enriching curriculum and program. Our three children have had a great experience, and now that it oldest is in high school, we see the big picture. Cushman did a wonderful b preparing our son for high school and they instilled in him a sense of confidence and pride. We look forward to the rest of our years at Cushman.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
The Cushman School is an outstanding school. I have two children who attended from age 3 to 8th grade, and each was given exactly what they needed. They were treated as individuals and offered a rigorous curriculum balanced with attentive and caring teachers. Both children were accepted to their choice of high school and have flourished in honors and AP courses. The teachers at Cushman are professional and highly skilled in their field, as well as understanding that all children are not the same and do not learn in the same way. I will always be grateful to have found a school like Cushman.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
Parent's worse nightmare. The school structure and current application of its phylosophy jeopardizes children self esteeme, happiness and desire to learn. Kids are unsupervised in class or playground. They teach "do the right thing even if nobody is whatching"....well, NOBODY is watching!. We experienced preK bullying and age-inapproprate language and interaction. Despite multiple complains, verbally and physically violent kids were left unsupervised. The school leadership missed the opportunity to address concerns and apply some critical thinking, but rather attempted to intimidate the parents who were raising such concerns , revealing more distressed for potential damage to the school reputation and enrollment than attention to emotional and physical safety of its children. Poor ethics, academics, and pitiful afternoon enrichment classes in a school with such a glorious website and history. This school is good only for difficult children, and whose parents can pay to accomodate the trouble of dealing with such children. But if you have a smart, nice and well behaved kid, do not go there. The Board of the school should look into their newly appointed leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
I don't like this school at all, be ready to spend money in here, they are all for money if you are not ready to empty your wallet then there will be no help for your kids, the teachers don't take Constructive criticism, they don t help students that are lagging behind on any given topic, but if you have the money, if you put extra money then they will find a way to help. They are for the money and not for the child welfare, sad that in this century teachers are not willing to accept new concepts, nor incorporate new technologies into the daily teaching environment, unless you pay for it yourself and kindly donate that to them. Think twice if you want to join that school unless you have tons of money and do not care about preparedness. If you don t believe me ask before you join a comparison between them and the A public schools and then you will understand what I am talking about.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I was led to believe that this school was great based on past administration. The school is all about money now and there is no consistency in teachers. They all seem to leave. The kids run this school and behavior is inappropriate. There is overt bullying by kids which no one addresses. There is no longer a feeling of genuine love and community. My two kids attended for four years and each year since this transition, the school gets worse. I am sad to say that this is a waste of money unless you just want to support nepotism. I voted in the new head and like most of us we see that it was a mistake. I hung in for a long time and have sadly decided to remove both of my children. The is a sad air of secrecy at this school now, everyone smiles and nods their heads, yet you know that no one is ever telling you the truth.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
Cushman honestly is a school that has it all. Every school is not perfect. There was an instance where my child needed guidance a few years ago, and she got it. Not only did she get it, but she is now in the Junior Honor Society and is very artistic. I love Cushman and would absolutely recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
Cushman has been a wonderful school for my two children who are both so different, which is a testament to the individualized education they offer. The comments I've always heard upon coming to Miami that 'Cushman students are confident and kind' are true. The school definitely focuses on character development along with academics, which it seems not all schools do very successfully these days. If you want a great school in a warm and very creative environment with alot of tradition, Cushman provides that. If you want fancy new buildings then you may not appreciate the charm and history of the campus that is currently under going many renovations. But what counts are the people and the curriculum there, and it's been worth every penny as I see the young adults my children are turning into.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
Most of the kids who compose the class are teachers' kids or difficult kids whose parents give lots of money to the school all year long to compensate. PTA only organize unhealthy snacks after school(salted pretzels,hot dogs ,popsicles....).Education program and sports under expectations. I don t recommend this school, except if you live close and that you have no other options !

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
Cushman is one of the most expensive schools in Miami and look at what you get... the grounds are pitiful at best, there is no cafeteria, no gym, no pool, nothing. Just dilapidated classrooms. There was a time when Cushman had a terrific teacher to student ratio but now its totally overcrowded and they are not selective with the type of families they allow to attend. Its now all about money and if you pay you can play. The quality of the school has suffered and it shows. Many better schools to chose from in Miami.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
We have been at Cushman for two years and have had a wonderful experience. The teachers, counselors, administrative and after-school teams are caring and go out of their way to treat the children as if they were part of their own families. It is a culture of caring,creativity and respect. Our son was previously at one of the top Miami Dade County Public Schools [in the gifted program] and although the academics were strong the environment and motivational methods used were absolutely unacceptable. We had the unfortunate experience of this school that completely zapped our son's innate curiosity and love for learning. Cushman has been able to re-foster these traits in him; they have challenged him academically and creatively (with no need for a gifted program). Learning techniques and curriculums used are evidenced based educational best-practices that meet each student at an individual level. They also teach children to see the value of diversity, of learning and of treating everyone with kindness and respect. Thank you Cushman Team, you have delivered on your promise of making our family feel at home!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
The Cushman School is the perfect school for our family. I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. I was fortunate to hear about Cushman through word of mouth. My children have been at The Cushman School for 5 years. Words do not do justice to what an incredible school Cushman is! In one way, Cushman is very traditonal-they teach values that are often lacking in our instant gratification society. They teach the children-respect, courtesy, and accountability. With regards to academics, The school is progressive. They teach in a Sorcratic method. With emphasis on questioning and "true" comprehension as opposed to thoughtless memorizing.My daughter is in the "mainstream" at Cushman. My son is within the autisim spectram. He attends The Laura Cushman Academy.It is unique in that he is integrated with all the other 3rd graders for anythin non academic.He is in no way ostracized or made fun of. Definitely a concern for me as a mom! Both of my children have flourished over the past 5 years- in maturation,responsibility, character,and knowledge. The philosophy of The Cushman School is to teach children HOW to think not WHAT to think. To me that sums up Cushman!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
My children have attended Cushman for 7 years so far. I can't imagine them getting such a good start in their intellectual and interpersonal pursuits anywhere else. The school's philosophy, not just given lip service, carries through to the way my kids interact with the world around them. Cushman is a great place for diverse personalities, backgrounds and educational levels.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
We have two children attending Cushman for the 2nd year and we feel blessed that they do. Cushman is more than a school, it is a community with a complete dedication from the faculty to create well-rounded children. It is a very progressive school that looks beyond the standard practices and emphasizes research-based teaching methods (i.e. Open Court, Singapore Math, Mandarin in K...). As a result, children are well-adjusted, confident, open and eager to learn and as a parent, this is the type of environment that will help my children to strive in the long-term.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
After a year at this school, we went elsewhere. The positives are that the school has a great community and the children are very respectful. Parents are really involved and overall very friendly. There are lots of after school activities for children and the school focuses a lot of public speaking and formal performances. Unfortunately, academics are seriously lacking and the administration stifles the faculty. Given the high price tag I expected much more. I think a lot of parents look at this school as one of the few options in the area given that most of the privates are much further south. People have even categorized this school as the "catch-all" for the children who couldn't get into the other popular private schools in Miami. If you prefer a private education for your child and academics are a high priority, I think it is worth the drive to other privates in south Miami. Otherwise you are paying for a glorified public school education.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
The middle school at Cushman is a fun and interesting learning enviroment. However, they do baby their student's too much, making the transition from Middle School to high school a challenge. I was a student at cushman for three years, and thouroughly enjoyed the middle school, but i now (any many others who studied there with me) have found the transition into the ninth grade extremley difficult. The Elementary is simply a bad school. Teacher's get frusturated too quickly with their students, and really DO choose favorites. Also, whenever the school is being visited, the teacher's in the Elementary really do change. All the parents who say Cushman is a great school have children far from their High School career's, not seeing therefor not seeing the affects of the over-babying. Parents need to let their kids grow more than Cushman allows.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 05, 2010
Low student/teacher ratios. Individual attention to the children and emphasis is placed on the children enjoying learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I have two children at Cushman, one in 1st grade and the other in 3d. Prior to entering, we were at a top public elementary school in Miami-Dade County. I am extremely glad that we made the change. Unlike the public schools in Miami and many of the private schools, Cushman bases its curriculum on what educational research demonstrates works best for kids in the long-term. The curriculum is innovative and gets the kids excited about learning and figuring things out. The school also has a great after-school program for parents who work full-time. This is definitely the place to send your kids if you care about what they will turn out to be as adults and if you want them to ultimately become creative, adaptable, and innovative thinkers . Cushman is far more similar to the top private schools in the Northeast than any other school you'll find in Miami.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
My children have attended Cushman for seven years. I have been very happy with the teachers and the overall education there. My kids enjoy going to school and have access to many other activities after school, from non-cut sports to languages and music instruction. There are many support professionals on campus to help kids with OT, PT, and other issues, so it is not necessary to drive all over town after school for appointments. The curriculum is competitive but the kids don't feel the pressure of lots of homework in the lower grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I have been a Cushman parent for four years and currently have 2 children enrolled in the school. As my children progress through the grades, the program just gets better and better. My elementary student is being challenged and is testing almost two grade levels above her current grade. I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2010
A remarkable school in so many ways. Not only do they stress academics, but they emphasize character development--things such as manners and tolerance of others. One child was brought in on scholarship after he was disfigured in a housefire. His progress has been remarkable--the reason--he told a teacher he had never been in a place where kids did not make fun of him. He was so excited that they treated him like everyone else. That type of behavior at Cushman is not accidental.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Thanks to Cushman, we are lucky to have found a program that reinforces the values and philosophy we practice at home. My child is a happy, intelligent, compassionate and well-rounded student who is being taught how to think not what to think. The school's focus on developing the whole child by emphasizing self esteem and social skills development are a better guide for future success rather than academic achievement. Cushman is helping us to ensure that our child becomes a passionate, interesting, responsible and happy adult. Not a boring and complacent adult. I'm looking forward to enrolling my second child next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
The Middle School at Cushman is Superb! The Athletic Program needs alot of attention. I have had my child 2 years at Cushman and he loves the Middle School. When my child was in Elementary though he despised the teachers and their system

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
I think Cushman is special because they accept each child as an individual. They don't conform children; they develop their strengths and assist with their weaknesses.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Cushman has taught me alot over my 10 years there. Cushman allows teachers to teach there own children which is horrible. The building is 1920's style which is bad for the children because its dirty, not safe, very thin walls, and no high tech gadgets installed. The middle school and 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade classrooms have nice, clean, new classrooms which the other students dont have. Overall, Cushman has a great philosphy, but i wouldnt reccomend this school for everyone.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
When other schools could not help my son's rare Auditory Processing with Expressive Receptive Disorder, this school stepped up to the challenge and I can truly say that my boy's self esteem and his ability to do his own homework are at their best. They are not just a school but 'The school' - I've sent my child to other private schools and this amazing school delivers everything they promise.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2009
Many of these reviews say that Cushman's Athletic Program is terrible. However, those reviews were written a few years ago. Now, the Cushman Athletic Program is thriving. The Girls Soccer Team won 20 out of 24 games and the Girls Basketball Team won a tournament at Miami Country Day.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 09, 2009
First of all, many of the comments are very outdated. Like the buildings, we have beautiful buildings with state of the art technology. The laptops are state of the art and in use in 5th-8th grades. Our athletic program is outstanding with over 89% of our students playing varsity or JV sports. Our basketball teams did great winning both the boys and girls Miami Country Day School Invitaional trophies. Three of our players were recognized at a state basketball camp this summer. Our 8th graders have been accepted at the finest schools in the US, including some very high class boarding schools. Our former students of college age are in the top colleges including the Ivy League and the US Military Academy. The area, which 3 or 4 years ago was in transition is now virtually crime free with some of the best restaurants in town (Michy, Soyka).

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2009
My kids have never been happier! A great academic and moral education. The teachers really look out for the well being of each child

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
cushman is a great school that teaches many life long values, but they dont teach to the est.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
I have been working here for many years, and absolutely love everything about it. From the caring teachers to the rigorous academics, this is a school that goes out of its way to meet the needs of its students! I wouldn't dream of leaving!

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2008
Terrible philosophy on younger children. If the child is a bit hyper or has a personality than the child is immediatley stereotyped as a problem and needs to be evaluated. We pay alot of money and they dont want to do thoer jobs and teach and guide or nurture. Just make the child very uncomfortable along with the parents so they feel like getting out of there. Horrible area also. For all the tuition it looks like a dump!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
Cushman is a Gem! A rare find in Miami. We've been happy with all aspects of our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
I've been at Cushman from 3 years. The elementary school is located in the original building, which is very charming with its Spanish-style structure and open courtyard. Connected to the old structure is a modern extension, which was completed a couple years ago. The elementary school is decent from what I've experienced. The middle school however is worse. Last year, the middle school was housed in two old shabby buildings. The academic program was not very challenging, and system was disorganized. A new middle school building was built last year to replace the old one. It's great, with large classrooms and outdoor lunch area. The athletic program is disappointing, mainly because we're lacking good coaches. Cushman is small so students recieve individual attention. There are also many events and fieldtrips. Many kids have been here for over 10 years, but as a graduating 8th grader, I'm quite happy to be leaving.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2007
I would never send my students to the middle school here at cushman. There is poor structure and they try to fluff everything up so that they do not hurt anybody's feelings. The athletic program is a joke. In the past 4 years they have won a tottal of 8 boys basketball games. From what I see they have a great athlete but I am not sure of his name, he could be something great but he will not be if he stays in this athletic program. Also, the parents at cushman complain about everything that the school does that has anything to do with improving their stucture.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Beautiful environment, good focus on ethics and character. School seems to develop good kids, which is most important.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
School is a fair example of why parents are utilising the private school system in miami and not the public school system!

- submitted by a former student
January 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2005
Would NOT send my child there and I teach at Cushman. Admin cares little about faculty so many leave. Money spent on building and not class supplies. Laptop school claim is untrue.

- submitted by a teacher
October 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
I worked there and everything seems to be great. Good parent involvement and academics

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I am fortunate to have had two years of primary school here for my 5 through 7 year old son. When I realized how happy the staff was I knew the school would be great---virtually everyone here likes their job & they pass on the enthusiasm. Parental involvement adequate but could be more universal. Extracuricular activities excellent but are hindered by lack of gymnasium which is due to be built this year. A personal and very warm atmosphere with emphasis on ethics & the whole child. Strong instructors and directors. A significant campus upgrade is halfway completed with a charming, tree shaded older facility at the core.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 05, 2005
Is a very good, good school!

- submitted by a parent
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Cushman School
592 Northeast 60th Street, Miami, FL  33137
(305) 757-1966
Last modified Cushman School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Cushman School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top