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9-12
Public charter
Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 339
 

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3138 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL 33133

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November 25, 2014
Love Love Love! Great academics, great connections between all of school staff and attendees, and plenty of parent involvement. Love it here! Charter schools for the win!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
Love it! Great staff, great teachers, great area. Lots of activities for students to do, and the academic teachers are really outstanding this year.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
We seriously love it here! Not only is there a diverse group of accepting and loving students, but the teachers are no different- and they're beyond qualified for their job! The academics are fantastic and the art programs are phenomenal! Definitely worth much more than Greatschols.org's rating. The school went through a few hiccups but you wouldn't be able to tell, especially with the new management. Lovely!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
My son is currently in the school and he loves it. It is like a family, no bullying, he is enjoying being there while learning, and there are support from all teachers and management

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
This school just recently went through a huge plastic surgery, gastric bypass, and face lift. Completely new management, good & certified (and better) teachers, an all-new caring and responsive principle, make up a better administrative team. Renewing all textbooks, fixing up structural/building related issues, and adding new technology, this school is on the rise for the better.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Awesome arts program, a student on their graphic design class even won an INTERNATIONAL AWARD for MIAMI FASHION WEEK!!! Congrats! Amazing school! Long live the arts!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
Students at A&M are awesome form their participation in the Artists Mentoring program and displaying their works at the Ritz Carlton in the Grove. What a great opportunity for performing arts students in South Florida to have a public high school that provides dance, music, photography, creative writing, theater/drama and visual arts programs for talented students. Take a tour and see for yourself. A&M rocks!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2013
I am currently a college student but I went to A&M my freshman and Sophomore year, which is when the school started going majorly downhill. Very inconsistent staff, high teacher turnover rate, theres a new principal almost every other month, since I have left there has probably been 8+ principals in the school and the lack of resources is unbelievable. They charge ridiculous fees and do not give us anything in return for the fees, they basically rob you of you're money. I enjoyed my home school 10x more than I did A&M and the disappointment from my freshman and Sophomore year in that unacceptable school still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It is unbelievable that a school this dysfunctional is still standing

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2013
Not good. Not good at all. What many parents, like myself, seldom realize at first is that this school is actually controlled by non-administrators who operate behind the scenes. A&M is a charter school. So the school is required by law to do certain things or face consequences. I credit whatever limited success the school has had in the past to the things they are required to do by the state. There have been some good teachers at A&M. But I feel it has been IN SPITE OF the school's founder/owner; not because of him. The negative trail of evidence goes back several years with this school. A big turn off is that the school's controllers consistently trash and bad mouth past administrations and even teachers. I suspect they do so because they have all been whistleblowers. Many of us are just weary that the school is constantly in damage control mode. Scandal after scandal!! There are other great arts charter school and magnet school choices. I am hoping my daughter can get into Miami Arts Charter next year. I advise others to beware of the troubles that plague A&M.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
We allowed our daughter to remain at this school because her home school seemed to be just as bad. Looking back at our decision it was probably a mistake. The administration was constantly changing. We went through 3 school principals while we were there and the last one was fired this past year. This will be principal 4 in about 2 years. The administration was not very helpful and getting documents and help for college was difficult. Do not be misled by other posts on this site. If you want to see what is happening at this school look at the data on sites like this one. They went from an A school to a B. The school's end of course scores (EOC Scores) are 43 for Algebra 1 while the Florida average is 64. The score for Biology is 39 while the Florida average is 67 and the this school's score for Geometry is 40 and the Florida average is 64. This is way below the average and it is a clear message of what is really happening. The school is still taking applications so late in the year when all other performing arts magnets and charters are closed and on waiting lists. Look at the real data and read all the real information that is available for this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
From the moment i walked into this high school I knew that it was the right place for me. It's no ordinary high school. It's tiny and the students are different but that's what makes it great. Everyone is like family; we all know each other and we all get along great. Every student comes here with a special artistic talent and it's especially amazing when you get to see them all the different talents unite. I honestly couldn't have chosen a better high school. I've definitely had a great high school experience. It's been the best three years I've spent in a school and I'm really looking forward to my last year in this spectacular school of the arts.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2013
I love this school. I've been here my full 4 years and I couldn't be any happier. This school is like no other and can't compare which is what makes the school unique. When I auditioned to this school i did so through the Graphic Design program but it didn't interest me that much the first few weeks of school because its not my thing. I wanted to leave but then my friend asked me I had any other talents, and I said I don't know! So she told me to try an audition into the vocal program at the Academy and I did. Let me tell you if it wasn't for this school i wouldn't be heading towards Berklee sometime in the fall. They trained me very well and helped me choose my career aspirations and goals. I became obsessed with music in my freshmen year. The staff in the school is amazing despite what anybody says you can't really judge the school unless you've really experienced. The teachers all help us learn and make sure we get the best out of everything. The Academy has helped me grow as a person and as a performer. I had shows every year and grew out of my shyness shell. I really love this school and hopefully one day when im a well known singer i can come back and donate to this school.

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2013
I am a parent and have decided to remove my son who just finished his fist year at this high school. I researched the school and found that they had numerous principals in a short time, saw the videos of the meetings that were showing on youtube, read the articles from the newspapers, and read the information that was available with Miami Dade County Public Schools web site. The information was very bad but my son is a musician and there are limited music programs. We went and looked at the school and met the principal. After speaking with him we felt we should give the school a chance. I am now told that this principal will not return and other staff members are leaving also. I am surprised because the school was very happy with the results of the US News ranking after the new principal came in. Now I see that this is not accurate because from what the other post says it is based on information from 2010 and 2011. I should have been more careful in selecting the school after reading and seeing everything that I researched.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Parents should know that the US News ranking is based on data from the 2010-2011 school year when there was an experienced principal who had recruited a great teacher staff. They are all gone now!! In 2011 parents started asking questions about the lack of both resources and transparency at the school which resulted in an investigation by MDCPS of the people running it thru the "nonprofit" that holds the charter. Take a look at the audit report that cited many concerns. Read the articles in the Miami herald. And understand that all of the academic teachers in the 2010-2011 year that was used for the USNews ranking left the school within a year bc of the many concerns raised. Thus the ranking is about the school that was, This charter school is not operated for the kids. Don't trust any of the hype. If you care about your kids don't send them here!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Congratulations to that the Academy of Arts & Minds Charter High School (A&M) for being ranked #18 Top High School in Florida, ranked #2 Top Miami Dade Charter Schools and ranked #6 Top Miami Dade High School by US News & World Report . What a tremendous achievement for A&M .to be among the best high schools in Florida. Job well done !!!

- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2013
I am currently a sophomore at this school and have been attending A&M since last year. If you're a student currently interested in auditioning/applying for A&M or a parent reading this right now, you should be prepared for the administration. Last year, while I was a freshman, we nearly flew through almost three principles and now that we finally have one set, the office is still a total and complete mess. HOWEVER though this school is very unorganized, they treat each and every student like a person. It really is just like a big family here, helping eachother out through ups and downs. Bullying most definetly does NOT exist here at all. If you are the parent of a child or is currently a kid unhappy and feeling mistreated at your current school, A&M is an option. Your child will not only acheive academically but also socially and emotionally. ALSO the art programs are absolutely fantastic in this school, there is such a passion here and we all unite together with similar minds at The Academy of Arts & Minds! -Sabrina

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2012
Great program, love the energy of the space and the commitment to artist development and creative freedoms. I ran into a comment yesterday that seemed more like a sabotage than an a actual review of likes and dislikes. Yes the school has had some changes in the past months that might have seem a bit unorthodox. But as a result, the new staff recruited as part of the faculty with excellent resumes and impeccable reputations have demonstrated by putting the extra work and overtime hours, that believing in something this valuable and important is more than just a job. Its part of being a good leader and educator. As an art school graduate and artist, I don't have enough characters in this box to explain the importance of having a creative environment and space in which to grow, develop, experiment and fit our different ways of being. On that note i extend my thanks to the hard working group of teachers, directors, composers, musicians, actors, dancers, painters and future artist that's the Academy of arts and mind for continue to believe, fight, change, evolve and support the importance of artist education and craft foundation development. Good luck! keep counting heads.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2012
!!!It is the best school of art that exists in Florida!!! ***** !!!Exelentes teachers!!! !!!High Ratings Administration!!! !!!This is a great school rated A+!!! !!!Bravoooooooooooooo A & M!!! Long life to Academy of ARTS & MINDS.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I am a parent satisfied with the Academy of Arts & Minds and the governance of the school. My 11 grader has been at the school since 9th grade. I ve not gotten involved in the mudslinging by a very small group of former parents who can t seem to let go but it has gotten so degrading that I need to say something. A&M is a great school that provides a special environment for students looking for an education steeped in the arts. The negative comments from the few angry parents that tried but failed to take over the school s governance last year should not deter students interested in a solid arts based education from considering this school. The other 950 parents -who like the school s administration- blocked those looking only at their personal agenda and not the best interests of the students. Fortunately they took their kids out and are no longer part of the school. The fact is that the administration has delivered an A+ school in the past 2 years, and B grades the two years before, is designated a High Performing Charter School by the Department of Education and provides a great learning environment for its students. That! speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
Sad case. Very poor administration, lack of books, lack of consistency in the classroom. The kids deserve better. The arts programs do not adequately address the different levels of the kids and the ones that are more advanced do not get the training they need. The ones that are "dabbling" have a good time but drag the rest down. I'm all for introduction to the arts but in a school that bills itself as an academy for both arts and minds one would expect more. Instead both are poorly addressed.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
Great Atmosphere for High School Students. It's hard to find a High School in South Florida that holds only up to 500 students with free tuition. Very intimate and small niche place, they treat students more like a person at A&M and not like a number. Students are 1 of 500, not 1 of 2,000 or even 3,000 students.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2012
This school is a joke!!! The fact that they have had 3 principals in 1 year and a high turnover in teachers and students from last years should scare you off. The academics are very poor and the administration has no consideration for the kids when they continue to fire good teachers throughout the school year. Do not let the A rating fool you, it is based on last years report when there was good teachers and dedicated students. This year the majority of the students from last year have left the school due to its unstable status. They continue to let any child in regardless of their interest in the Arts, just so they can have a higher head count for their monthly paycheck for each child. The school count is down to about 350 students, that should tell you it is not at capacity because of its decline due to the management's dysfunction in running the school properly. If you care about the future of your child - DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
I was part of the second graduating class at A&M and although many people talk badly about the school, I can say with 100% accuracy that the schools infant years were magical, engaging and generally ridiculous. The student body was unique, the teachers were free to do basically whatever they wanted and that freedom led to a lot of interesting, fulfilling educational opportunities. This school saved my life, I would have been a different person if it wasnt for A&M. Even if at the time all of us "hated" it and talked smack, it was the most fun school you could have gone to... A&M in its early years was like woodstock, itll never happen again, and those that were lucky enough to experience it will remember it forever.

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2011
Well, i just recently Left this school, and i can not honestly say it was great, i hated it to be honest, the students, where not that bad, but had many issues, but anyways, the teachers never showed me much respect, especially one no names given, but i would not recommend this school for anyone, im into arts, but this school isnt the place for arts, new world school of the arts is a better place

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2011
alot of kids whant to leave the school just because theres no sports, or missing friends. those are not good reason because those aspects of highschool are not what get you into a good college. No matter what the school if you show academic excellence your future is bright. being in such a small school im pretty much guarenteed a spot in the top 1% of the school you know what that is? its amazing, i work hard and i know im going to go somewhere in life. The teachers are understanding, the counselor is caring, the students are kind were like a big family :)

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2011
I am a senior at the Academy of Arts and Minds. I am thankful every day that I decided to attend this school. Even through all the positive evolution I've seen over my four years, A&M remains a hidden gem. I have had unbelievably stellar teachers, teachers who I can truly label intellectuals. The atmosphere is an inclusive one, without the traditional "clique" system which pervades adolescence. The tradition has been in place since my freshman year there. At 14 I was shocked that the seniors were actually being...human with me. Friendships know none of the traditional boundaries found elsewhere. Teachers and administration are important for any institution, but there's no way to describe the spirit of A&M. An inclusive, positive, intellectual atmosphere like ours would make for better performance at even the worst school. My teachers have been brilliant, and my friends have been unbelievably diverse, talented, bright, and down to earth. I believe the environment I have been afforded has allowed me to be more than ready for whatever University I elect to attend.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2010
My son attended this school last year. He did have some good teachers, but with great inconsistencies and voids in the approach. He no longer attends there, and my opinion may not be as valuable as others on this thread. I was concerned that much was missing when compared to my son's friends' experiences in similar courses at other schools. The school's administration was not always responsive. And there has been a big teacher turnover rate in some of the arts programs that have taken their toll on quality. I would not say the school is catastrophic, but there are other great alternatives that I feel benefit kids better.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
I graduated from A&M in 2010 and I can honestly say I loved my school! What most impressed me about A&M was the dedication of the teachers and the similarities between a school and a family. The teachers at A&M, particularly my senior year, were willing to stay after school countless times to prepare us for our AP exam. More so, if you had a problem at home, school, or personally, you could always count on being able to converse with one of your teachers and receive heartfelt counseling from them. The closeness between teachers and students, in my opinion, is unique to the A&M environment. A&M truly was like a family to me. There literally are no fights in this school. There are disagreements, as there is in any family, but never fights. All I can say is TRY IT! If you're anything like me, you'll love it!

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2010
As a A&M grad, my opinion of this school might be somewhat biased. However, one cannot deny the caliber of the school's educatiobal prowess. The enviroment (Coconut Grove) lends itself to the students' interests and allows anyone to feel as if this school is truly unique, especially with the galleries and colorful enviroment surrounding the school. The staff takes care of the students' artistic talents and the value their art has in society and their self-discovery, at the same time, encourages them to be an educated individual with the demanding school work. Is it hard work for the student to juggle both the extra curricular and the academic? Yes, but we as students understand that that is what is asked of us in the school and in a competitive world. We understand that it takes a great deal of creativity to shine in this school,

- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2010
I graduated this year (class of 2010! 'ole!') and couldn't be more proud to have graduated from the Academy of Arts and Minds. I entered the school my Junior year, in 2008, the year revamping, big changes and risky transitions were being made and can honestly the institution as well as the faculty and student body itself have grown and continue to grow rapidly. I had always wanted to attend an art school for high school but my parents were skeptical of anything that wasn't the traditional high school education. Arts and Minds's size and location is what initially appealed to me. In my senior class there were only 56 students so the individual attention from teachers and kin-like relationships I formed will stay with me my entire life. Transfering from my ex-private school to Arts and Minds is not a decision I took lightly, but one I will never regret.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2010
Under the director's astute administrative experience, A&M has seen phenonmenal growth - both academically and in community service projects where both staff and students reach out and give back to the community. The director -now enetering his 3rd year at the Academy - Coconut Grove's ONLY public high school- has increased the enrollment from 350 (2009-2010) to currently 470 enrolled for 2010-2011. The word is spreading about the high level of quality A&M has in both the academics as well as the fine arts. Over 720 applications were received as of June. Auditions in the speicality strands shows that Greater Miami has an extremely large group of young talented, budding 9th - 12th graders. The school's strong administrative/teaching staff are diligently preparing tomorrow's leaders to serve in a global society.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
This is a truly unique school. It includes a comprehensive 'arts' curriculum, an easy going and collaborative camaraderie among students (all grades and art strands), and a nuturing but respectful relationship between students and faculty. Unlike many other art schools, Its mission statement embraces the cross-disciplinary development of each of the school's performance and art strands, including collaborative performances and exhibitions. There is even a faculty member whose job it is to promote 'cross-feritlization' and interaction of the various art strands. Some students participate in more than one strand. The shool welcomes and nutures the 'individualist' in each of its students, while maintaining the decorum and mutual respect one would expect in a secondary educational institution. The school is devoted to assuring that 'academics' always come first and that no student can get by on an arts curriculum alone. The campus is also one-of-kind, consisting of a multi-level and terraced structure.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
This school is the best kept secret in Miami. Go visit it for yourself. They hide nothing-just a bunch of talented kids, committed faculty, amazing Dean and wonderful principal. My friend just tried to get her son in and they are overenrolled right now. Her son left crying and the Dean said he would try to fit him at the semester. Tell me where you get service like that in Miami. I thank God every night my kid goes to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
This school's meticulous selection for the brightest and best students really will blow you away. The school is filled with talented students. The fact that the school allows you to explore ALL the arts, instead of just one, really helps you realize how creative and multitalented one can be. You can enter this school freshman year, and by senior year be a photographer, or a dancer, or all three, etc. This school is amazing. Honestly, if you're having doubts as to why you should or shouldn't send your kid here, you need to realize that you're underestimating the school.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
a 10 plus on a scale of 1 to 10. I wish these kind of schools were around when I was in high school. A dynamic staff led by an experienced principal and a wonderful Dean of Students. My child was 'Zuckerized' and is a new kid-one who cares about his grades and is talking future college plans as a 10th grader. You are nuts if you're kid gets in and chooses New World or DASH or Coral Reef over this place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
A & M offers the best of both worlds - creativity encouraged and nurtured, along with strong academics.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
No doubt, probably one of the best schools you could ever enroll your child into. I'm a freshman, and I told myself that I'd only enroll in this school for a single year, and then I'd switch. I underestimated this school. Its only been about a month and a few weeks of school, and I plan on staying here my entire high school experience. The school is such a big family. The students aren't stuck up or rude, and everyone gets along perfectly fine. At this school there aren't any 'cliques,' & at this school its not shocking to see a senior or junior, talking to a freshman. Everyone gets along great. And may I say, the food there is amazing! They give you the option of vegetarian & non-vegetarian food everyday. Overall, this school is just phenomenal.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
Wow-----------what a school. You are all in for a treat. The new administration is amazing. This school will attract the most talented and brightest kids in Dade County. Coral Reef and New World-watch out!!! You now have competition

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
A great oportunity to expand the minds and talents of our children.Great staff.On top of things.Always an answer.Respect for parents.Great .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This is the most amazing school in the county. The new Dean of Students is fantastic. He is the most knowledgeable ands caring man I have met in many years. My child is a freshman and comes home every day talking about school. Don't confuse this school with the other charter school on Biscayne. That principal is rude and crazy. I give this school an 11 on a 10 point scale.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2009
My son enrolled in Arts & Minds & I was apprehensive after reading the mixed reviews. I am surprised & delighted at the quality of the education, the organization & the atmosphere. The new creative writting track has enrolled 'minds' in addition to the arts that they had. He is challenged academically & has lots of homework but he is learning & happy. This is a small school & not your typical high school experience but it is a great place to grow & fit in for those kids that are artistic or not 'typical'.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
I'm currently a senior at Academy of Arts and Minds and in my three years at this school, I am most excited to start off fresh this upcoming year. Still a newbie, A&M has gone through many changes in its short life-span but every year it gets stronger, its academics better, and of course, more artistic in every strand. The new administration that came in this year has been so helpful! They are the nicest people and for once students feel like they are worth something more than money; they feel like someone cares about their future. The teachers in A&M are stupendous; I have no complaints about any of my teachers. They are always willing to help. The AP pass rate in A&M, particularly in the Social Studies and English departments has been very good. Overall, I recommend this school to every student in Miami! You will love it here!

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2009
These past four years at the Academy of Arts and Minds, I have had the opportunity of experiencing three different arts, and not only striving to master them, but obtaining an appreciation for them. I've realized that art goes beyond the aesthetic pleasure, and reaches into dedication and sacrifice. Every unique strand has helped me flourish distinct traits or skills that I would most definitely utilize in my future life. In the 4 years that I attended A&M, I was able to actively participate in 3 of the art departments, and master each one. In these four years alone I had countless performances, produced a 116 full color page book, was featured on the cover of the Miami Herald, and was a student representative in the Student Government Association. I highly recommend this school for any lover of the arts and culture.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2009
I am a senior that has just graduated from A&M, and i attended the school for all four years. I really do appreciate the diversity, and culture this school has brought to my life. The environment at A&M is very nurturing, and accepting to all kinds of people and allowed me to grow as a person. Not to mention, as an art student, i felt challenged and inspired. Although on the other hand, if you are looking for a typical high school experience, then this is not the school for you because it is anything BUT typical. Students do have to take an initiative to challenge themselves because of the laid back atmosphere. So if you are a high-maintenance student this school would be the wrong choice. A&M is meant for independent, creative minds who wish to pursue a career in the arts, free from the oppressiveness of traditional values.

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January 12, 2009
I am a student who goes to A&M and I am a sophomore.This is by far the best school I have ever been to in my short 16 years on this planet. This school has some of the best teachers that have been brought in from all around the world including India! The amount of culture in this school is amazing. Recently all of the students got tested for drugs and there was not one student that tested positive for drugs! I recommend this school to any teenager in the United States because I think it's the best school in the United States!

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2009
I am currently a senior at A&M, and transferred over from South Miami Senior High School in 10th grade. I love my school! It's small, and artistic, and I do learn very much. Maybe that's because I spend more time getting things done, and concentrating on my arts than complaining about every little thing. It's true that the past administration was completely incompetent and that there are some unsolved problems left over, but the teachers are fantastic and the new administration is great. I can speak for the music and drama departments, as I am involved in both, and my experience has been incomparable. I couldn't have gotten such rich music/acting education anywhere else. Apply here if you are willing to work.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 21, 2008
When i applied for the Academy of Arts and Minds i had high expectations.But, as this school year has progressed i am becoming more and more dissapointed.Some teachers are hard working while in some other classes i have yet to learn anything. Also,they lack of honors classes and etra curricular activites.The administration is in constant chaos and bery unorgainized.AIso,there have been various parking issues with many of the students in the past weeks. l have been an honor student all my life,but in this school I feel like I'm wasting my time because I feel I'm being held back and I have more potential.Yes,some student my like it becasue it is very laid back, but I would like to fae other challenges to help get into a good college.Parents,I don't advise you to enroll your child in this school if you have high standards for your child.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 02, 2008
I agree wholeheartedly with the most recent reviews. The problem is that my kid likes it here. It's small so it's easier to contact teachers. However, the administration is awful. Teachers are either too advanced ot not good at all. From what I gather, even some of the teachers have similar feelings. I fear for my child's academic future in this school. Socially speaking, the school leaves a lot to be desired. They have absolutely no extra-curricular activities for these kids. What college is going to accept that? There's not a single club, sport, or anything else. This is too sad...

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2008
I am extremely concerned about this school. So far there is no computer teacher and the kids have sat idle for two weeks. I pray this is not indicative of the rest of the school year. I hope that students are lectured from textbooks and have a curriculum that follows the Dade County Public schools. If I do not find this out I am not doing my job as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
This school is the poster child of incompetence, when it comes to your child s education this school is a joke. Behind the farce of academic and artistic achievement lies an administration that couldn t find their way out of a paper bag let alone locate your child s transcripts. So if you have college ambitions are sure to request your transcripts during freshman year maybe they will hand them over by graduation if you re lucky. Sadly some of the first graduating senior class has still not received their records and as a result can t attend college. For the most part the teachers are great and do their best to help you achieve in spite of the schools general failure

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2008
My daughter attended Arts & Minds in 9th and 10th grades. The school is good for students who can work independently without much lecturing from teachers. They are not organized and with few exceptions they do not have a quality faculty. It definitely does not cater to talented students who are not A+ .... SO WHY HAVE ARTS. Artistic talent also needs to be given the importance it deserves especially if the student gets its motivation from the Arts. They Failed my Daughter.

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August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
A & M was developed with the idea of bringing a fine arts education into a balanced academic curriculum. In theory at least. The fact of the matter is that the school fails to live up to its name, supply neither the art nor the mind. Having spent the past two years rotting away in a school that breathes apathy and lethargy, i finally wised up and transferred. Did I like the school? Absolutely. I missed my first and second period classes over 64 times and managed to pass both with a B. Did the administration do anything about that? Why would they, went they've failed to address far more pressing issues concerning the school. The past year alone, the school has gone through more than 6 teachers, because they're either horrible or too good to be there. Do your kids a favor, get a real school.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2008
It doesn't go without real reasoning to say that this is definetly the worst school i have ever been in by far. I attended one whole year the fourth year of it's opening and I can say that I genuinely feel that I wasted a substantial amount of my time this last year being in this school. The atmosphere is 100% unengaging, to me atleast, and the administration is suprisingly unattentive to the problems and issues in the school, and not to mention phony beyond belief in the public and community eyes. I am not an immature student venting my frustration at my school, I am just making a sincere review and making sure I can tell whoever I can to not enrole here because you will be let down.

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
Academy of Arts and Minds is a terrific school. However, they are still waiting for their first class to graduate. The ideology of the A&M is a small, communal, hands on, campus that focuses on the arts as well as academics. On the other hand, the constant shuffle of staff has somewhat hindered the curriculum. This is understandable due to the fact that the school is adjusting to the changes needed to be made. In time, this program will be very difficult to join. In fact, it has seen quite a few glimpses of glory already and has a voracious appetite for more: All-State anyone? Conclusion? A&M is on the rise.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
A & M looks good so far. My daughter loves her teachers and the environment. Need more communication from staff - their on-line system is working, but we have not been able to get on-line and no one seems to know why. So we can't check her progress at the moment. I do have one big problem - school does not provide busing or any transportation. Therefore, we have had to make time arrangements with our employers to drop her off and pick her up. This also creates issues with my daughters dance school in the evening, because she is not able to get to her evening classes on time. School doesn't put enough effort in assisting parents with transportation issues!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2007
Excellent school! Professional, helpful and careful people. As parents, we feel lucky to have our son attending this school, teachers keep us updated with our son's progress/development. 'Thanks, Arts and Minds!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 09, 2007
this is a great school and the security is very good also, you don't need that much security because it is a small school, as for the teachers they are helpful and they keep the parents updated. every year it gets better and better as we grow....the administration is just as good as the teachers and their door is always open, but we do need more parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
This was the best option for our son, we support Academy of Arts & Minds 100%

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
A&M is a wonderfully kept secret. It is a small, academic school where all of the faculty know each student individually and where the attention and care given each student is meant to bring out the best in each one. The students are quite unique, artsy, funky, and at the same time, they manifest a unity and respect for one another that makes a parent proud. I am incredibly happy that my daughter and I took the gamble to enroll her in this brand new, unique school and it is paying off beautifully!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
This is my daughter's second year at A&M and we are very happy with the quality of the programs. I like the fact that it is a small school and the classrooms have glass windows so everyone can see what is going on inside.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
Being a current student at A&M i higly recommend it. The teachers are really nice and dedicatedd to what they do. Sice its a small school teachers will take time to adress any problems you have and are willing to tutor. The art programs are awesome too. I am in the chorus program and we have had ourr performance which went amzingly and we got straight superiors in solo and ansemble. I recommed this school to anyone who wants to go to a school where you learn but that aloso expand your mind through the arts.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2006
This year, it's a whole different ballgame. The new teachers are better than ever and highly educated. The arts are blooming with a new chorus teacher, dance teacher, and theatre teacher [who is one of the most professional people i have ever met, might i add]. There is an even bigger and better art room. The extracurricular activities are great this year. There is so many many clubs to choose from, and they are all very active. I'm very proud of what A & M has accomplished.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2006
The bottom line here is that school talks a good game, but very few of their claim come true. There is no real security and no arts to speak of. Most students would never survive at a regular school, either socially or academically. It's a fly by the seat of you pants. My child was in the 'honors' program and she even called it a joke. After giving it a two year chance - she is no longer there and much happier and challeneged. There is very little art going on there and if you choose to take part in the extra-curricular activities, many time you must pay. There has only been one production and that director is no longer there; unfortunately. I could go on, but space doesn't allow.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
Academically speaking, A & M is wonderful. The teachers are there for your every need and truely become your friend. At A & M, you're not just another number. Everyone knows everyone's name..it is sort of like a big family. The arts have had a rough start, but next year there is a big chance they will be a lot better. Parents are encouraged from the start to participate in everything from a school show to field trips but the thing is many parents are oblivious to the fact that this is a new school and to make it a successful school we need everyone to put in their share of effort. The school has an outstanding atmosphere and it's location is the best nonetheless. I'm definitely glad I attend A & M because it is like no other school. Justgiveit a little time and you'll see how amazing it will

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2006
Its great! Small and the teachers really take care of the children.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
This school is 'hands on ' All students are on a first name here. My child is in the honors program and enjoys the learning.Teachers care, and are dedicated along with the great staff. We are very pleased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2005
I enrolled my child in the Academy for the 2005-2006 school year. I am very pleased with the school. The teachers are great and the small learning environment works out perfectly.

- submitted by a parent

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Academy Of Arts & Minds
3138 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL  33133
(305) 448-1100
Last modified Academy Of Arts & Minds is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy Of Arts & Minds Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top