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PK-8
Public
Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 700
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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660 Southwest 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33130

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(305) 326-0791
(305) 326-0749
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April 23, 2014
I am an AdaMerritt alumni, I had gone there for 10 years, do NOT let your child suffer the way I did. The administration is bias, the teachers are bullies, and the staff is horrible. The administration disregards anything for the students and only care about how the school looks to others. There is not one this that is so special about this school. It is the opposite of a 'nurturing place for heart and minds'. There are only few teachers that care, most have left. DO NOT be fooled by the Portuguese or Spanish language classes, they do not do anything in these classes and expect the students to already be fluent, as you get older the school gets worst. I would not ever reccomend this school, my only regret is not leaving earlier.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2014
School has gone downhill in past few years. Office staff are nasty, rude & too busy on their cellphone to help people who walk in. Most great teachers have left thanks to the horrible working environment & a principal who doesn't care. Admin staff is just as bad as office staff. Their response to bullying is to blame the victim & call them liars. All they care about is aappearances!! They don't acknowledge honor roll students even after 8 years of being model students! Horrible place, extremely dirty, no toilet paper in bathrooms, no more butterfly gardens, no more award ceremonies because they rather spend money on extra security staff although they do nothing productive. Principal & Asst principal are both too busy to meet w/parents when there's an issue. This is not a place that "nurtures every child's mind". Its laughable but truly disheartening! Also, school is against technology! What a joke! They bought smart boards but some teachers are so anti-technology they don't use them. Those teachers don't even post homework on class websites! Get with it Ada Merritt! Your school has fallen behind to better schools like Iprep who know how important tech is for education!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
This school is amazing! My son is in the Portuguese program. After his 2nd month of Kindergarten, he was reading and writing portuguese just as good as his english. In addition, he is already writing in cursive. The values and attention they give to the students successfull in every aspect. I am proud to be a part of the Ada Merritt Family!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying. Principal and high staff only concern is school ratings and image...

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
I'm pulling my child out of this school. My child was hesitant to tell me but I soon found out why she was so hesitant. THERE HAD BEEN DRUG ISSUES THIS YEAR. Since MOST were doing it outside of the school they didn't even penalize them. No detentions, no nothing due to the fact that they had been doing it outside of the school. My child told me that at least one of the students did it in the school, but my child didn't want to 'snitch' because he was afraid that the bullies would target him. I tried to persuade him to tell me, but he didn't. What type of school is this where the students are afraid to tell the staff the problem because their scared of the other children? Like I mentioned before, this school has bullying issues. Now I HIGHLY suggest to take your children out of this school. I tried to speak to the principal but yet again she is 'unavailable'. I have had it with this school and I am transferring my kid to another school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
Ada Merritt not living up to the expectations I had, very dirty staff indifference, poor communication, dodging broken glass on the sidewalks surrounding to school it must be really bad at other places if this is considered good.....

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Ada Merritt is a wonderful school for my child since she has an american father and a Brazilian mother. I am very pleased with the curriculum and the dedication of the teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
I am in the seventh grade and i personally love the school probably because it has been the only school i have been to. I am in the purtugese program and i am hispanic and i speak pourtugese very fluently and understand it as well so i woul recomne dthis t any student wanting to come to adamerritt.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2013
All in all school is very good. Is there a school where parent do not have complains at all? Private are sometimes not worth the money because you do not get what you are paying, public have their issues and we go from there....this school has good teacher, again we can always complain, after care is not great but at least they offer after care until 7 and is not bad, you can not pretend much for an after care in a public school, let's be honest. Lastly, academically is what it is, the scores show this not the parents comments.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
This school is impossible to get into. I don't understand why they even request applications when 9/10'th of the students will not get in. They are at max capacity. Children with siblings, spanish nationals and a zillion other preferences have priority whereas my american born only son WHO LIVES ACROSS THE STREET has been denied access to a better education. Ive spoken to the adminitration, to the school board, to everyone under the sun, and apparently my son's education only matters to me. My only option now is to blast them online to see if their prejudice "lottery" that really isn't a lottery because other factors play into their "preferences", gets publicized. My son is now forced to go to the neighborhood school that the highest grade obtained in the last 4 years has been a "C". But of course, the adminitration's students, won the "random selection", everyone comes out winning except people like me in these "lotteries"...

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2013
Attention parents of children in the Portuguese program be aware of Shark Tutors. They charge somewhat between 20 or 25 dollars an hour BUT they have 4 or more kids at the same time. On top of that they usually tutor in the cafeteria or library when other children from after care are using the computers so imagine on top of being tutored 4 children at the same time, the noise and distractions are unbearable. Most of the tutors are just mom that help with the homework none of them have any type of certificate and of course are unwilling to really teach the children to learn the language. They limit themselves to do homework. Come on parents dont feed the shark tutors and ask for your kid to be tutored by himself or herself.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
My daughter is in 8th Grade....Once thing that concerns me is that all the teachers should not be allowed to use the cellular and texting while giving classes....students constantly complain that the teachers do not dedicated themselves 100% because they were more concern in texting...however the student are scare to complain :(....Also they Portuguese students complain that many teachers don't like them...I am very disappointed with the middle school program. Also the coordinator for the MYP never response e-mails.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
Great school overall! Teachers really care about their students. Staff is very nice. Never had a problem.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
The school if amazing my son loves it and he has an 4.0 GPA. All the teachers are great and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
FOCUS - BILINGUAL - ALL ACADEMICS The teachers here are wonderful,the students are well behaved and no real problems to deal with.The teachers and staff are the role models.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
Ada Merritt is an excellent school. I had my 2 daughters (one from kinder to 7th grade) and the experience was superb. I had to move back to Argentina and my kids were advanced up to 2yrs from the local curricula and the american school in Argentina as well. From an academic point of view, Ada Merritt is an excellent school. It is true that kids have a lot of extra work at home but it is worth the effort. I would recommend the school to any parent willing to give the best education to his children. I wish my kids were back at Ada Merritt.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
I was an ada merritt graduate an. you do not know how happy i was to leave this school it may have been great in the past but from what i experienced it was terrible

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2011
Still an excellent school. I agree with some constructive criticisms, ie the fact that the school has become less parent-friendly, especially the library, which does not adequately meet the needs of the Kinder and first grade students. I also agree that the administration does not warmly embrace the IB curriculum, esp its interdisciplinary focus, The failure to display student artwork throughout the school is a lost opportunty and creates a stuffiniess that is downright Un-IB as is the lack of musical performances. Additionally, many hardworking teachers seem to be underappreciated for their extraordinary efforts. However, ALL-IN-ALL, it is an excellent school and one where I am proud to send my chldren.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
Check it they spend a whole lot of money remodeling the entire school for a visit yet they tell students there inst enough money for new books or learning supplies which is what is needed not buffed floors or new grass i have head many complaints with the security staff , they do not do any thing but stand around and talk to each other when two people get in a fight nothing is done either also agree that the principle is not around most of the time and she is not very good at her job i miss the old Ada Merritt when they had the other principle and the better teachers some of the teachers are good now but they can be better the staff is also not very welcoming parents literally run this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
a lot of propaganda, inexistent administration, no communication, principal is another kid, parents and kids run the school, go anywhere else

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2011
Teachers are great and the kids learn a ton. The principal is very nice, but the rest of administrative staff could use a better attitude - especially in the after-care office. They can be downright rude. After school options/teachers are excellent, though: karate, yoga, Spanish, guitar, soccer, etc. My kid is very happy there, and we are very pleased with his progress.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
Ada Merritt has slipped to become a lackluster excuse for an IB program. The teachers have a large ego and bitter attitude. The sense of entitlement from the staff make them impossible to work with. I am already looking for options else where due to unfair treatment and belittling in the class room. (7 Years experience with the school and two kids there) Oh, I do most of the teaching at home with about 4 hours a night of work, while wondering why the don't do anything in class.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
Ada Merritt no longer lives up to its reputation. Some of their best teachers are gone, they do not recognize or treat bullying, security is questionable and parents no longer feel welcome. Administration is very unhelpful and has the rudest, most antagonist and prejudiced office staff. Frequent Lice outbreaks and no paper towel or liquid soap in the bathrooms are out of their control. It has turned into an average school with no consideration for the students and no response to parents concerns. It is still a good school for parents looking to do the teaching, students do not learn in class anyways.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2011
II love this school and its diverse and international community. I feel like we won the lottery getting our son in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
Reception staff are very rude, Principal does not care about the kids, all in all by far one of the worst schools I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
Why do you love Ada Merritt K-8 Center? Excellent academically and great language program.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I was expecting more too. When students are out, teachers don t allow make up and grade them unfairly. They take students to a public park across the street for PE. There is no way to communicate with the Principal or even see her. After care leaves a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
The teachers and the great language programs! My son has blossomed here over the years!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Trilingual, IB, great kids, involved parents, sense of purpose!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Its an awesome school with a rigorous curriculum and adept teachers. The parent involvement is also amazing!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Ada Merritt K-8 School is an A+ School with a Dual Language Program (English/Spanish or English/Portuguese), and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle School Years Programs. A unique school with amazing teachers, a terrific staff and an outstanding and very actively involved PTA!! I highly recommend Ada Merritt K-8 School!!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Ada Merritt is one of the best K-8 public schools in Florida. It is a dual language, I.B. school w/ excellent academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
For an IB school who wants to have an IB image the principal is the "standard. " I was expecting much more.Some of the teachers are amazing, aka Portoguese program; but the core curriculmn teachers are nothing to write home about.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
To me it's the best school bacause it has excellent teachers, dedicated to the kids. The kids run the extra mile with all the extra homework they get every day. The kids learn two languages, English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. Ada Merritt is also an A schoo.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
All I have to say is looks can be very decieving..... admininistration not that good......organizational skills horrible and safety issues are unacceptable.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Because it has the best teacher, students, administration and parent support!

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2010
Wonderful and intense IB program that surpasses all else! Students are truly challenged daily by extraordinary Public School teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Great teachers implementing outstanding IB and bilingual programs. Fantastic parent involvement and support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Top notch educators, curriculum and students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Strong commitment from teachers, parents, and students! AMK8 has a powerful learning program!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Because of the excellent staff, their commitment to IB curriculum and the students well being.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I love Ada Merritt because has an excellent curriculum and there is a large parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
We love Ada Merritt K-8 Center because of the exellent BO & PYP Programs, Great & dedicated teachers, multicultural ambient and the 2nd language program. I have a 1st & 3rd graders and they also love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Highly Academic the PYP program is a real plus

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Great teachers! Parents are involved in every aspect of the students learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Amazing kids!! Very bright, smart children. The teachers must be doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
This is a great school. I feel fortunate that my kids attend. The language component is amazing and the kids pick it up so fast. It is great for families who only speak English at home, but want their kids to have another language.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
The parents, the teachers and the administration all work together to provide THE BEST learning environment and unique opportunities for out students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Very important historical school that has had quite a turnaround.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2010
Great environment for students. It allows for the students to expand their horizons. It is a safe and positive learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 16, 2010
Students don't want to leave at the end of the day. Now THAT's a school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The perfect environment to learn and to teach!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Ada Merritt is a school for kids(it's student driven). Teachers, Parents and students working together for the betterment of the community.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
A great K-8 center, with outstanding bilingual programs in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Only complaint: lots of homework

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt is a great school. I am very proud my son is attending this exceptional school. My son loves it. The staff is very dedicated to the kids. My son reads a book every day, very proud of his learning experience, he is sure he wants to be a lawyer. I see, he will be. Great 3 grade teachers Ms Simone and Ms Davis. I love Ada Merritt, great staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
exceptional students, great staff! We love to learn!

- submitted by a teacher
April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt provides a well-rounded education in a nurturing environment.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt offers a rigorous academic program in a supportative learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt K-8 Center has an outstanding and at the same time a rigorous academic program for both elementary and middle school students.

- submitted by a teacher
April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt fosters an environment that encourages parents to get involved and be a part of your childs education and success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Ada Merritt is a wonderful school. Administration, teachers, students, everyone is just amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Ada Merritt K-8 Center offers the International Baccalaureate Program s Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme as well as a Dual Language Spanish or Portuguese Program for all students. The school has an active PTA that works closely with the school to support all the programs. The students develop leadership skills, cultural awareness, and global perspective through the inquiry-based curriculum. Awesome school!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
All faculty members (teachers, custodians, secretaries, administrators, etc.) are all very dedicated to the students and parents and go above and beyond on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The staff is wonderful, the schools population is great! The parents are friendly aand very involved. The kids learn Spanish and Portuguese, as well as through the International Baccularate Program curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Because we really care about children and their eduation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Parents involvement is on going.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Great bi-lingual program, caring teachers, big array of extra-curricular activities

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Amazing students & parents...also, the best staff to work with...;o)

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2009
The teachers are wonderful & caring and the parents are just as great! Everyone is truly invested in making sure that our children get a great education, in a safe and loving enviroment. The PTA is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
It is a school unlike any other! We are the only commuter school in the district that is a schoolwide IB Magnet. We also have an International Studies Program, in which students take a portion of their coursework in a foreign language (Spanish or Portuguese). Also we have a beautiful butterfly garden, wonderful children and very involved parents. The school staff is delightful. This school is a diamond in the rough and although many thought that it would not thrive it is now a shining star in our district. The school has maintained an 'A' since the very beginning. Hooray to Ada Merritt K-8!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
I love the quality of the teaching , it's been 5 years that my doughter is in this school , she always had excellent teacher , we are french and learning portuguese and english for her it's so easy at ada merritt .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
From mornings until the afternoons the kids are always so happy, even the parents are always saying their good mornings and hi how are you . I think we feel like an extended family about each other. Plus the quality of teaching is exceptional. The staff is always very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
It is an excellent school, my child has learned to develope her creative skills with the projects they have worked on, she also has developed the habit of reading and comprehending better and its all by the ifluence of her teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Ada Merritt is an excellent school! I have no complaints. Great IB Program.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My child love it. She learnd so much every day, Ada Merrick have exellents Teachers and programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Talking about an Oasis in the middle of the Desert! That's what Ada Merritt K-8 Center is. A safe, clean place that makes a difference thanks to Faculty and Staff on a daily basis. It is incredible and very productive what my son learns and gets to tell me about every evening. My son is already in 6 grade and has been in Ada Merritt since 3rd Grade. I have a school one block away from our home (we could even walk!); but I rather drive and take my son to the best, most efficient, care giving place I've found so far. I am very- very proud to let others know that my son attends Ada Merritt k-8 Center... if they could only expand it all the way through College...

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Great education, very involved and caring parents. It's a very family oriented school were the kids feel safe, have fun and learn a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Ada Merritt K-8 Center has made a difference in my daughter's life. Is a school with teachers that care for the students. Is an excellent in its academics and has an excellent bilingual program. It is an honor to have my daughter in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My daughter has been at ADA Merritt for only a month but so far are very happy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The most important thing about this school for me is the spanish program, its great. The second one is that you have elementary and middle school together, which is good for the kid because they are growing with there same classmates, its like a big family.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Ada Merritt has IB, Bilingual programs. My son knew more Spanish than I do at 5 years old! They are culturally diverse, eco-friendly, excellent teachers and administration, good communication with parents, and amazing parent involvement in PTA and school projects.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love Ada Merritt school because it is bi-lingual, good teachers and great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Best bilingual program and with a lot of challenges for kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Ada Merritt is wonderful school with great parental support. In addition, the teachers workvery hard to create independendent, world-minded students with a great appreciation for different cultures.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers are A+. Very organized school. Eduacation is THE BEST!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Ada Merritt rocks because everyone plays a vital role. You have parents, teachers, administration, PTA, security and you even have your janitorial staff. We have parents who care and are involved. Teachers that go beyond the call of duty. An administrative staff that plans and acts on their plans. I can t say enough about the PTA they are awsome. And what would all this be without a safe and clean environment? Well, I could brag all day about Ada Merritt but in a nut shell that s why it rocks...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love the dedication and attention they show to all their student and parents. I love the way they teach my children and how they care for them

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Parent involvment is great, all the students get along. You never hear of children bullying other children. The parents and teachers communicate with each other, and I love how everyone is looking out for the benefit of the children. I love this school. Plus, you feel great when the staff and the administration know your face.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It is a phenomenal school which we are blessed to be a part of. It is a very small and personal school where everyone knows everyone. Parents and staff come together on a daily basis, regardless of cultural differences, for the benefit of the children. All members of the school have one, and only one goal in mind, the Education of Our Children. Our children are not only being taught content material, they are also being taught characteristics of responsible young adults who will one day have to make important decisions. I don t think any other school could ever compare and I am extremely proud to be a Parent at Ada Merritt K-8.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Ada Merritt has the greatest teachers who show concern for their students and help make them better students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Ada Merritt has defintely set the succession rate for their students and the educational bar much higher than the standard public high schools. My daughter has been to other public schools but Ada Merritt has, by far, been the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great place !!! safe school , parents very involved , level of the education is superior ,etc... Very good school !!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I am excited about the quality of education my children are receiving. My oldest daughter attended a private school and I know that the education at Ada Merritt matches if not surpasses that in the private school environment. I feel as though Ada is truly preparing my children for the competitive world ahead of them in many ways, especially by exposing them to the dual language program. We speak English at home, but at school the children are immersed in their second language ( Spanish ). I am so proud of their ability to speak, read and write a second language. All-in-all well rounded quality education from start to finish!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The school has the best dual language ever know to me and my kids...its a double A school and the teachers ecourage them to learn and play with them by making jokes and being education..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Fantastic, caring, dedicated teachers who are a credit to our community and to our nation!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Ada Merritt provides my children a safe, caring and academically advanced environment to learn. Thanks to Ada Merrit my children now speak a third language. The low number of children per teacher ratio makes individualized attention possible. The cultural diversity and activities in the school have given my children an understanding of their place in the world. They have learned to respect, accept and love what makes all people unique and important. Ada Merritt is The Best School because it provides children the ultimate learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The combination of administration, teachers, and pta staff is beyond exceptional. My son has been an Ada Merritt boy since pre-k as a part of the portuguese program - coming from a background of English only, this has been a challenge but the warm acceptance and help from teachers and parents has made our time here a wonderful learning experience. The cleanliness of the shool and security of our kids is exceptional. The exposure to 'life learning' and other cultures has enriched not only his life but ours as well. Wouldn't change Ada Merrit for anything - keep up the wonderful work!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Ada Merritt is a great school with great teachers and very involved parents who really want to make a difference in their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is an IB school. Kids learn how to care about others and how to make the world a better place. The teachers are well trained and are always meeting each students needs. The policies of the school are strict providing a secure environment for the students.I love Ada Merritt.. My daughter is in the Portuguese program...The way she acts, thinks and see the world is incredible.. I would not change Ada Merritt for any other school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is clean, organized and it has a wonderful academic level. It has also many wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Ada Merritt is the only school with a Portuguese program, and the students and teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Awesome school, great teachers and staff, very clean and neat environment for the kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a great school. I love the diversity of all the students and the teachers. I feel that my child is receiving a private school education for free. In my opinion Ada Merritt is in the same rank as the top private schools in our area. My son loves the school and is excited to attend on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love that Ada Merritt is so diverse. My kids are learning a lot about different cultures and how everyone is interconnected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Small school with great teachers, caring support staff, an amazing PTA, and the parents take care of all kids like they are their own. Who would have thought that in the shadows of downtown Miami in a neighborhood that is marginal at best, you'd find an environment like!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I love it! It's a great school with great people! It has an excellent academic level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Ada Merritt not only cares about regular academic education but brings to the kids a lot of social awarness. We also love the Bilingual program, more schools should follow

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My grandaughter has been attending Ada Merritt since kindergarden and each year her knowledge has grown through the help of the good and caring teachers. You can see the that the common goal at the school is for all children to succeed and grow by learning in English and Spanish or Portuguese.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Ada Merritt is a wonderful school. It is the 1st school in the US where Portugues is part of the program. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My daughters have been going to Ada Merritt for 5 years now, and I can saw that I am extremely pleased. Not only do they have an incredible dual language program, which now has my daughters speaking 3 languages English/Spanish/Portuguese. They also have an integrated International Baccalaureate Program and International Studies program. There is a very active PTA and Parent base, and Ada Merrit has also many 'Green Initiatives' to decrease carbon footprint and encourage environmental consciousness within our children. The teachers and staff are also incredible, I recomend Ada Merrit to everyone I can. I love it, and my kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Ada Merritt is an amazing 'public' school. Our children are challenged everyday. They are also learning a 2nd language, which is great since we live in Florida. The parents are so involved in the school. Great PTA etc.... My children have been in the school for 5 yrs so far.... and I have nothing to complain about....Don't forget Wonderful teachers as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great and personalized care; teaching our kids to love their community and environment and live a balanced and happy life. Parents must be very involved in the everyday of the school, teachers truly care. The school is driven by teaching kids 'hands on''...Principal is very involved and always around. I love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The combination of Int'l Baccalaureate plus bilingual program provides a rich academic environment. Teachers, students and parents are passionate about making our school maximize its potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This year Ada Merritt K-8 is more committed than ever to conservation! We have formed our own Environmental Club and a Green Team which sponsors school wide initiatives emphasizing the importance of recycling. Students can earn official Ada Merritt Green Team t-shirts and each classroom has Green Team representatives who ensure that their classrooms are not wasting water or electricity. We continue to collect electronics which fund our paper recycling program with Shred-It and have joined the Drink Pouch Brigade by recycling drink pouches. Ada Merritt K-8 Center is a unique educational facility and a model for schools to come, a learning environment where we encourage children to do their best in every way. One of the more important lessons to be taught is to appreciate our environment and to learn how to change our lives to help save and preserve it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2009
The school focuses on the whole child. curriculum is rigorous in the core academic areas as well as intentional in its programming of the co-curriculum. School size is comparatively low and the environment is friendly and disciplined. You won't find a better learning environment in a MDCPS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
I am happy with the school. A bit overwhealmed with the homework over load, but very happy with the PTA and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Ada Merritt its the best school, I'm so happy..

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
I've learned to be independent at this school thanks to the PYP profiles. My teachers are excellent because they care about my education. They challenge us daily and make learning fun in creative ways. I've become a much better writer and I read at higher level than my cousins from other schools. I give credit to my teachers for this. I wish the school had better grass for us to play on, but I heard they are working on that!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 21, 2009
AMK-8 Center is a wonderful school thanks to it's highly rated IB program. Not only do children learn more than one language, they are challenged in beyond the normal expectations of most schools. The PTA has a high level of participation and bring a lot of enrichment to the school. They have started a recycling program at the school that has allowed the students to take action in their daily lives! The gifted program at our school has great teachers that allow the cater to each individual student's needs; This is a plus! They are challenged based on their strengths which is what gifted is suppose to do. I feel blessed to have made the lottery at this school since the prior school my oldest child attended was a loss of a year. AMK8 has truly made a difference for us all.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
I arrived at this school in 4rth grade (currently in 7th) and i think its great and i would reccomend to anyone. This school has taught me alot, it is bilingual which is great. They have spanish, portuguese(spelling wrong?) and along with English. The con about this school is that the extra curricular activities are poor and many are centered for little kids and not the upper levels. In conclusion, this school is great for anyone headed in a bright future. :)

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May 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2009
I feel my daughter has been blessed to attend this school. She started at Ada Merritt in Pre-K and now is totally bilingual. I thank the teachers because she come from a background where the language is English only and has been able to learn another language pretty on her own and with the help of the Ada Merritt staff. There is a lot of homework, but at the end of the day, it helps the students. I just wish the school was in another location but continue on Ada Merritt.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2009
I am constantly being told it is the best in Miami. My problem is, if Ada Merritt is the best in the County it is a sad state for education. The initial concepts for the school were fantastic. The IB program was being implemented with zest and the administration cared very deeply for the children and the program's success. There were some insensitive and ineffective teachers but overall must teachers were average. The PTA completely controlled every aspect of the school and the initial principal was caring but not very organized. A new principal was hired who is well organized but has been ineffective in implementing the IB program and extremely dogmatic and dictatorial in her approach to managing a school. A gifted program which never should have been allowed has co-opted the school and it is a joke. Creativity is stifled.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2009
This school i great for future preperations, and I am a seventh grader learning at an eighth and ninth grade level and I likke its programs

- submitted by a student
no rating December 14, 2008
I love this school, its very strong in acdemics but in art music and especially pe is weak and you have to enforce on it.Like most parents it is true that there a lot of homeworkd and middle school has to let the children choose their electives.

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November 30, 2008
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July 27, 2008
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June 03, 2008
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March 16, 2008
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February 12, 2008
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February 12, 2008
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February 07, 2008
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January 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2007
I dont like how the 6th graders dont get to choose their electives. My daughter says that she doesnt want to take art and she wants free after school activities like Drama club Yearbook Commited and more.Also I dont like how at the Student awards not every kids gets something if they dont get then they shouldnt for bect comedy best student and ect. Please make a diffrence.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
Ada Merritt has the best dual language elementary program in Miami. It is an excellent choice for children who are above average, quick learners and have a dual language home. There is no support for kids who learn differently. The homework is excessive. Up to two hours per night. After care is adequate but could use better organization and more activities. Phys Ed is across the street in the park, usually two classes at a time. It is not an ideal situation. Music and art programs are minimal. A school of this caliber should be more inclusive and have better programs in place for kids with differences.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
Ada Merritt is an excellent school. I like the dedication of the teachers and the parental involvement. I don't like the excessive homework that leaves little time for extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
Ada Merritt is a rare gem in the muck of Miami-Dade Public Schools. I thank my lucky stars everyday to have my daughter there. The PYP curriculum and Dual Language program, has really brought the best out of her. We especially appreciate the emphasis on larger concepts like community, environment and compassion. Although, like many other top notch schools, the level of parent competitiveness is very prevalent. The PTA meetings and board meetings, look more like The War Room, of the Republican Convention, than than Merritt Hall.. I agree, with the other review regarding the strong emphasis on fund raising, but at the end of the day. We are willing to look past all of that, because the level of care, love and education our children receive at Ada Merritt , is unparalleled.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
The academic programs are excellent. My kindergartner is reading at a 1st grade level. His math skills are also strong. The second language program, in our case Spanish, is quite demanding. It really is total immersion in the language. The school has music, art and sports during the school day and as part of the after-school program. Parent involvement is excellent--very active PTA. My only complaint would be the amount and level of homework given. It requires a lot of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
Ada Merritt Elementary School lacks parking, especially during school activities. Fundraising is they only concern of the PTA and administration. School lacks extra curricular activities particularly in the area of sports. Academically, the school is a success, not sure if its the staff or the quality of children.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
Excellent curriculum and teachers! Although, some are first-year teachers, they have been excellent in my experience. Teachers are extremely hard-working and this school requires alot from them. Campus is new and clean. School houses a butterfly garden, computer lab, and will be converted to a K-8. PE is done indoors or across the street in a public park for the older kids. Lots of parental involvement which is not always good, since it seems like they are trying to run the school, particularly with respect to PTA. Media center is unavailable in the a.m. for kids to read or do homework. School is a commuter school, so kids from all over Dade, Broward and Monroe attend giving the school a real international flavor. High staff/teacher turnover. Extra-curricular activities are limited or have long waiting lists. Lots of homework and projects, but well worth it! Overall, my child is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Grt school, great academics, daughter loves the teachers

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
This is a great school, that offers 3 excellent programs, International Baccalaureate, Dual Language Spanish and Portuguese and International Studies. Parents are incredibly involved, with a strong PTA that truly cares about ensuring that their children receive the best possible education. I'm glad to hear that AMES is now a K-8, a great alternative to middle schools and a very much needed new option for families interested in an first class international education. I highly recommend this school. Homework load can be a little heavy at times, not leaving too much time for other extra curricular activities. I also wish it would provide transportation, then it would be perfect!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
I think it is a fantastic school...my 2 kids (first grade and pre-k) both enjoy the dual-language program (portuguese) and the International Baccalaureate cirriculum is wonderful...both in terms of content and socialization. The facility is recently (3 years old) renovated and is led by an extremely capable administration staff. All of the teachers I've met have been dedicated educators and truly love their children. Extracurricular activities are limited to after-care (music, flamenco dance, karate) and are the greatest drawback at the school. Now that the school has been approved as a K-8 facility, the limitation of extracurricular activities will be felt more accutely when the kids get to middle school years. Parent involvement is very high - with the pros and cons that go along with it. Overall, a fantastic school...probably the best public school you will find in the Miami-Dade School District.

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December 22, 2005
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September 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
Great core curriculum and great homework activities including parents input.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
My daughter has been at this school since 1st grade. She is now in 3rd and is going very well. The school uses the IB curriculum and is at times intense. The homework is challenging and purposeful. My eight year old just her first research paper (five pages) along with an oral presentation (5-8 minutes)today. Ada Merritt has taught me that the young mind is truly like a sponge. Parent involvement is also very high.

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September 26, 2005
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August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
This is a very good school, the teachers are supportive and the staff are outstanding, however there is room for imprvoement. I would like to see newer equipment and larger faciilities for the student.s

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May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
What a beautiful new school. Although, if you don't have a parent that speaks spanish or portg. at home, good luck. Quite demanding with homework, but you do get adjusted. I had my child there for K and for a couple of weeks of 1st. I pulled her out because I felt her english/writting/reading was suffering, while introducing a new language. I also felt that a few of the teachers were just too new. Great parent involvement with PTA. Absolutely against students crossing the street for P.E.at the park. Lots of stray dogs and glass. Pick-up is a little chaotic. Great mix of kids in the classrooms/school. Again, if you speak the second language at home, that is an advantage, if not, good luck.

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March 04, 2005
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March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
The kindergarden is very demanding they have lots of homework but in the long run it is better for the child.

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October 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
The wonderful curriculum along with the excellent teachers provides a wonderful environment for my son to learn. Just in summer camp, he learned the whole alphabet Spanish. The energy of the principal is felt throughout all the programs they offer.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
I think Ada Merritt Elementary School is great! My son started Kindergarden last year at Ada Merritt. At first I thought the curriculum was too overwhelming for him, but after about a month I noticed he was understanding what he learned in school because he started doing the homework with very little help from me. I believe the academic structure that Ada Merritt is teaching is the correct path our children need to be on to help them understand the tools needed in preparing for the F-CAT. Kudos for Ms. Vigna, Spanish Teacher!

- submitted by a parent
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Ada Merritt K-8 Center
660 Southwest 3rd Street, Miami, FL  33130
(305) 326-0791
Last modified Ada Merritt K-8 Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ada Merritt K-8 Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 166 reviews. Top