Students enrolled 827
School leader MR. BART D CHRISTIE
Transportation options Yes
District Dade County School District
After school Yes

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10343 Southwest 124th Street
Miami, FL 33176

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(305) 233-7430
(305) 256-3104
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4 stars
Based on 69 ratings

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September 22, 2014
I also find it really amusing that they delete all the negative comments off the website. I also posted a review about 3 weeks ago and come to find it's no longer there. That really comes to show what kind of school you are dealing with...

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2014
I love love love how the negative comments towards the school are removed hahaha they don't want anyone to know how bad it is

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2014
I am very happy your experience with Mrs. Boyd was he great, that's the way it should be. However, my experience with her was not and I would not wish it upon anyone. Children should be inspired and encouraged, not criticized and humiliated. You speak based on your experience and opinion, much the same as I did. However, my review was removed. I did not use any profanity at all. I was simply honest in my reviews to warn other parents, as no child should endure what my child did. There is freedom of speech in this country and I exercised my right . My opinion and experience should be acknowledged and treated with validity. Afterall, does my child not matter?? Apparently so! I guess a review is supported as long as it makes the school and teachers look good, regardless of what the truth may be. I stand behind my opinion!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Contrary to the former post, Mrs. Boyd is an excellent teacher. She constantly challenges her students, while also providing support and understanding. We as parents need to realize that a good teacher does not necessarily provide us or our children with what we WANT, but rather what they NEED in order to be successful. Leewood is an excellent school with amazing teachers and administrators!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Leewood K-8 Center is in exceptional school which consists of the most dedicated teachers and administration that I have ever seen. They are constantly monitoring students progress and school. This is a great school that has the greatest PTSA I have ever seen. I also know that Ms. Boyd is a FANTASTIC teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2014
It certainly seems that some of the comments here are not about Leewood K-8 Center. My daughter has been at Leewood for the past two years. The teachers are exceptional and the office staff is always willing to help. The principal and assistant principal really make this school feel like a private school. They go above and beyond for each and every student on a daily basis. I see them greeting students each morning and it just starts the day. The PTA is also amazing. They are constantly doing things for the school that go above and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
I am a new to this school and my daughter is in vpk. I have had a great experience with her teacher but the office staff should really shape up their attitude because the set a bad tone. Many may not agree with me but I am speaking for myself. I understand the first days are hectic. We are all busy and have a lot of work. I guess it costs money to lift your head and greet someone when they walk in or smile. I actually heard one of the staff talk in a nasty tone to a little boy who's parent had not submitted their latest vaccines. She told him" sit down you are not even suppose to be here" in the nastiest whisper. As if he was contaminated with some kind of widespread disease. That's not to mention the 3 incidents I had with the main secretary. It's as is she had it out for me because I missed one paper for enrollment. Did not lift her head to tell me it would be a long wait. She made it difficult to get a free shirt voucher, and to top it off she did not enter my child in the lunch system for free lunch and tried to cover it up as if I made a mistake. When I spoke to the principal he pretty much tried to sugar coat their mistakes and was not genuinely sorry. Her teacher is great!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I do agree with a lot of statements that are said here about certain staff and most of all of the AP, that apparently goes to work in a bad mood and a very bad attitude. If you are not on her favorite parent/student list then she wont talk to you in a very nice way. She should not be working with children, she should have picked a different career. A lot of issues need to be addressed and taken care of from the Principal. Hopefully things will change for the best for all students that attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
I am a parent at this school and, since my older child entered five years ago, there has always been a family atmosphere and a "private school" feel. I do not understand nor agree with statements about certain staff there. I have seen genuine concern for the students at the school. I am pleased with the teachers, administration, and the level of education. Thank you Leewood for ALL you do! Many times the positive (& there are many positives) go unnoticed~ so I thank you for your efforts!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My daughter attends this school and our experience has not been a positive one. She is constantly bullied in class and has even been hit and choked by other students. The teacher did not notify us of the altercations and has done nothing to protect her from other altercations. Whenever our daughter approaches the teacher for help she simply sends her to the office and does not handle the situation. Academically, she is never challenged and the teacher refuses to provide extra work since it is not "in her curriculum" to do so. This school has been a big let down.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
Its a good school but some teachers are very rude to the students and the parents for no reason and have favorites but most are very good and fair teachers. The after school care program is terrible the counselors are VERY rude and only are nice to their favorite, the assistant principal has a bad attitude and one again the aftercare has snotty counselors but I love everything else. The ptsa goes above and beyond and creating fun raisers and fun things for students to do, I love how they send breakfast up to the students classroom so that all of them can eat, and the staff member (besides aftercare) are very nice and helpful!

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2014
As a former student I only have fond memories of Leewood! Administration and teachers were always very helpful and nice. Any negative comments are because the parent or student did not get their way, anyone can say anything anonymously!

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
This school is terrible you has to have money or be your status hight to listen to you ! If you be a low income the principal no listen ms Rivas that is the assistant principal she has bad attitude with the parent and children too that school is disappoint

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Leewood K-8 Center is the most amazing school for ALL children. The teachers go above and beyond to assist all children with all types of academic needs. The administrators recognize all students by name and also really get to know their parents. The PTSA work tiredlessly to make the children's school year wonderful by providing activities such as school dances (which the AP DJ's and dances with the kids), the Harvest, school picnic, middle school BBQ's and so much more! Both of my children recieved an excellent education and are attending Florida Universities with 3.5 GPA. I owe it all to Leewood K-8 Center!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My school is fantastic and it is one of the best schools I have been to. I would reccomend this for sure. The teachers all know your name and care about each and every student. All the kids are very welcoming and kind.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2013
This is a fantastic school! My daughter loves it and the teaching methods are superb.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
Very disappointing to have my kids here. Moved from out of state, bought a house in neighborhood so my kids could go here, only to find out I could have bought a much nicer house and had my kids transfer here. Too many kids bussed in from bad areas. Climate of staff and administration are horrible . They show favorites and if you don't give, give give or grease the principal or AP your child is never recognized for any accomplishments. I'm so glad to get my kids out, now maybe they will have a chance to enjoy school. Office staff is a bunch of rude ladies that gossip all day, and treat parents and students with such disrespect , it's sickening,! Beware, they suck you in and spit you out. No respect for parents, students or the good teachers. Bad teachers get excused , you really have to know someone or kiss up to have any success at this school. Admin needed to leave long ago. Middle school offers nothing!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I am a former student who is currently a junior at the University of Florida. I was accepted to many prestigious institutions and I point all of my successes back to Leewood. I was academically challenged and my classmates around me would agree. I have a hand full of friends from elementary school, some attend Ivy leagues, others attend top schools throughout the country and we all promote Leewood as one of the best schools in the state. All of us are successful because of the overall experience we had from field days, to extension, to awards. Of course it can be improved but if I ever have kids I would want them to attend a school just like Leewood Elementary

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2012
my child attends leewood and the ptsa is very active but quite frankly it is a tight group of parents that are stay at home moms and never have meetings in the evenings so there fore the group is limited, and very clicky. those parents kids are the ones that get preferential treatment. secondly i am not sure if the teachers are burned out because the district or school administration demands much from them that limits them to the basic of TEACHING. If your child struggles then like most comments those kids are punished and sort of ignored and parents are the ones that have to find alternatives. In order for a parent-teacher conference it is ONLY done at one hour of the day so if you work you will have to leave work early or late with very little compromise. Love the coach he is probably the most caring and enthusiastic individual there. I love the area love the small school feeling and I know it has a good reputation however I would like to see better teacher-parent interaction.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I was a student at Leewood a few years ago, and for my siblings and I, it was the worst experience. All of us were bullied, and despite our parents attempts to resolve these issues, the school treated my parents as if they were crazy to be upset in a school with such high marks. I can count on one hand the teachers that truly cared. I struggled academically while there; I was constantly punished for this, and made to feel inadequate in front of the class. My parents were also never notified of my struggles until report cards were issued. I never had conduct problems, and I was raised to be respectful, yet I never felt respected. I left Leewood with a low self-esteem, thinking I would never do well inschool. My parents moved my siblings and I into a private school for two years, and my life turned around completely. I graduated from a public high-school in the top 4% of my class, I was president of a club, captain of a sports team, and involved in student government. I received a full-ride to an Ivy-league school in upstate NY, as well. I know many who have found success there, but such was not the case for me, it almost destroyed my dreams.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2012
I have to agree with a previous review posted August, 2012...School focuses to much on academics. My son loved school when he started, and hates it now, and we're only 6 weeks into the year. I don't want my son hating school considering he just started. I find they're academically too demanding, they will hold the child back from recess if they haven't completed they're classwork, and I feel for the younger population of kids play is still a very important factor in development. I'm considering a transfer out.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Too much focus on academics. Fear based. Punishment and reward system using medals and food (sweets) daily. No outside time MOST days because they kids can't finish their work. Not loving or nurturing. For all the things mentioned above not a good fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
Do not send your children here if they have any special needs... We moved from a county with an excellent public school system where my son was mainstreamed except for reading...we came here and he sat in an ESE classroom playing brain pop on the computer all day. When brought to the VP attention I was told that the teacher would be retiring next year it "I promise it will be better next year". Really? What about his third grade year? They claim to care about kids but I have seen only if your child is gifted. Scores are the only thing that matters to them. The arrogance in the office it pure rudeness and unexceptional. Had to put my child in private school to get an education. Very sad since this was supposed to be an A+ school.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
This school is truly the definition of a miracle! I bet it says it on the dictionary! Well as you may know that this school is the best in Miami Dade County! All of my (3) kids have attendid this school for many years now. My oldest son is a senior in Harvard, my daughter is a freshman in Keiser universerty, and my youngest son is currently attending Brown Mackie College! That's what Leewood did! Leewood is the reason that all kids are going to have a bright future 100% just like my kids! I cant believe that GreatSchools rated it a 4 star! It should be a 5 star school all the way! Teachers are great! If they see that one student is struggling they do their best to try to make them undderstand! And for all you, new kids, Leewood is the best way to make new friends, and the best of all bullying is never accepted in this school~! And now I notice that it's a K-8! This school is truly a gift from god! Love it!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
This is the best school in Dade County. I have 3 children currently in the school and absolutely love it. The Principal and Staff know every child by name and is very pleasant to talk to. They care about your children. The middle school is still too new and has room for improvement but time will change this. The teachers are great and they take personal interest in your children. I had a teacher that actually took her lunch time to tutor my child in a devastated family situation. I absolutely love this school and with the leadership of the principal this school is now an A school for 9 years. I strongly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
All three of my children have or are currently attend Leewood K-8 Center. All are performing well above the average and I attribute it to a combination of good parenting and a good partnership with the teachers and the administration. It's a two way street and parents have to step up to the plate. With increasing budget and salary cuts, the quality of teaching has not waned. The more I put into the school, the more I get out of it. I consider my children some of the luckiest public school kids in Miami-Dade County for having a Leewood experience. My oldest is a freshman at Harvard, my middle is an honors student at Southwood Middle and my youngest just achieved Superior Honor Roll in the first grading period of the year. Like I said...it's a parent/school partnership.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I think the school need to improve the office staff, my experience with them hasn t been very pleasant. Every time I go into the office I wait till someone approaches me which normally takes a while. I can t bounced around between staff cause no seems to be able to help me with simples things like paper work. It s the same thing when you call the office no one can take responsibility for the mistakes that are made, and when I tried speaking with the AP, she would even let me speak and was quick to defend her co- workers. Teacher are great, but office staff needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
I being a middle school student at leewood k-8 center think that that it is a great school but to me there are some things the staff could improve on.I also have younger siblings in 2&3grade and I think that the amount of homework that they give is crazy they are up thill 8:30 doing things that I learned in 5 grade. Sometimes I notice that the teachers seem to only be as you say "teaching from the book" and not letting the kids explore learning or do it in an interesting way. Also if you have a middle school student they might not be found of the so called fun that they have a the school. I admit I do enjoy the Harvest Picnick and other activities but the basis of the electives are not a high point. There is not really much to chose from So in the end I think leewood is a good school but can focus more on getting good fcat scores than really helping out the students

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2010
A wonderful school with a wonderful environment. I agree with all the reviews stating that this school is a private school in a public school. I took my kids out of a private catholic school that had a 'supposed' great reputation. I was pleasantly suprised with Leewood since it has teachers that care and really TEACH, a principle that is extremely involved (my middle school child says he knows EVERYTHING that is going on) and academics that are stronger than the private school we came from. The reviewer that said you don't need to buy a house in Palmetto or Pinecrest is right... You have to experience it to believe it!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
So far my experience at Leewood could not have been better. Having grown up myself in this area, I had heard that Leewood was fantastic, but it exceeded even my expectations. I attended Pinecrest Elementary, which is considered the 'best' in this area and to me Leewood is better for several reasons. It is smaller, less crowded, has a wonderful principal/AP and is a LOT less pretentious. I have preschool mom friends who paid $$$ for homes in Pinecrest just to attend that school who are kicking themselves now. A house in the Leewood district costs roughly half, for the same if not better education. If you are moving to this area please don't be convinced by your realtor that Pinecrest/Palmetto are the only places to be. After being here 30+ years, trust me, that is not the case.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2010
Parents get involved. Not all the teachers are great as the reviews mention. The principal knows this and nothing is done to replace these teachers. I am extremely worried for what I saw in my kid class today. Very VERY tense atmosphere, I left the room and felt the urgent need to find another school for my kid. Parents observe your kids teachers and get your own opinions. Compaints about certain teachers are well know and nothing is done to resolve.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2008
My 5th grader just started at the school (yes, mid year). She came from a small private school in the area, where she'd been attending since pre-k. She had never attended public school, but wanted to try it. So far the experience has been great! She loves it. It is quite different from private, however, the classroom sizes aren't too different from what she had in private school. Academically, the curriculum is, in my opinion, more challenging than what she was used to in private. All our parent friends told us this is a public school with a 'private school feel' and I must concur. The administration staff has been wonderful to us and very concerned about us, since we're new to the school. The families are also very down to earth, quite different from private school. I am also excited that this school will now go through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2008
This is an excellent school, very good scores. Small private school feeling, parents are welcomed. The majority of teachers are incredible and strive to help each student. One of my daughter's teachers took her own lunch time to tutor my daughter when she was having trouble. This was done on her own initiative. All teachers communitcate through the agenda, all parent have access to the parent portal where you can check grades, assignments. I've heard that there is a select few of teachers that are not so good. However this is about 2-3 and everyone knows who they are. My daughters both attended Leewood, my youngest still there. They have had a great experience, are motivated, love school, and love being at school. The AP is great, very involved. The P is a little more aloof but my kids love him. He seems to connect with the kids and knows them.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
This is a great school. A gem. Great academics , teachers, staff, and administration. Have had the pleasure of having my (4) kids attend . Don't understand the negative feedback.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
I was a student here at leewood not to long ago. And I loved it, the parents are not attending school so it doesn't matter what you think about parent involvement. The way they run the school helped me adjust much quicker to middle school than all of the other kids in my grade. The education is great and so are the teachers. I learned so much there, the majority of my classmates go on to taking AP courses. It really is an incredible school. I loved it.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
Very happy here. The PTA is organized, the school staff is great and my kids enjoy the Dade County Sports. I like that they can play with their school mates. The teachers are constantly communicating with parents through students' agenda, calendars, connect -ed and e-mails. I am surprised that other parent reviews write different. The principal is well known and respected throughout the teacher community. I am pleased and happy to here that it will be a K-8 school. I have no problem with having my children attend this school till 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
Very limited extra curricular activities. Teachers are disrespectful toward parent volunteers. Administration is unresponsive to concerns.

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February 25, 2008
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February 08, 2008
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January 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
Poor communication between administration and parents. Definitely not a democracy.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
Excellent staff and administration the fcat scores are fantastic and are one of the highest if not the highest in the district.The staff is very polite and the PTA and administration work together on projects that promote student achievement. I cant think of a better school for my children

- submitted by a staff
September 19, 2006
Absolutely no effort to involve parents. Flyers are sent home as sporadically as possible or just 'mentioned' not explained in the calendar. No other reminder is made. Making too many mass phone calls for reminders: usually about money! Administration has strengthened academic programs but other schools have strong academics AND parent involvement. Administration forgets they are there because OUR children are there...no effort to involve unless it's to give money.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2006
Beautiful school. I love it! All of my 5 children have gone there and have had a great time they all were in the wonderful extension program and I can't believe how wonderful the overall status is and i will enjoy it for a few more years while my youngest is in 3rd grade

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
The school is looking great...We have a long way to go, but environment means a lot in our childrens' lives....let's all participate in the appearance of the school..It will make a difference in how we all apppreciate where our kids are spending their days...

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
Parental involvement has declined as a result of the new principal. Most teachers discourage parents especially in grades 3 and above. There are NO extracurricular activities, minimal clubs, and no sports activities. Extension program excellent in younger grades. Extension in upper grades is excellent depending upon the teacher that your child is assigned.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
Staff and administration are great. they are constantly working to promote student achievement.

- submitted by a administrator
October 12, 2005
I am very happy with the academic level at this school and the care and concern of the teachers. There needs to be more parent involvement activities for those parents, particularly fathers, who want to be active in their child's school. It seems there is nothing for parents to help with.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
With the excellent reputation Leewood Elementary holds, I am very disappointed in the administration and the entire 'school climate'. There is little school spirit and parental involvement is simply not encouraged. Though many teachers have high expectations from the students, academics has dropped this past year, particularly in math.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
Leewood is all about grades and academic ability. Gifted students and other high-achievers are rewarded in honor roll assemblies and with an interesting, hands-on, challenging curriculum. An Academic Excellence Program offering 'clubs' after-school is by invitation only. There is no recognition or reward for good citizenship, community service, or just trying your very best. The PTA holds countless fundraisers with no specific goals for spending the money.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
The quality of Leewood Elementary has declined drastically in the past two years with the new administration placing too much emphasis on appearance.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
The school's academic program has improved with the new administration. However, also as a result of the new administration parent involvement has decreased. There are maybe 3-4 extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
The new administration is wonderful. All of the children are getting a top quality education. Many new clubs are being formed. Parents need to support the PTA, as they always have, and continue to make Leewood a great school. The School Board only contributes so much so the PTA works hard to provide all the extras necessary to help all the children. Many opportunities for family involvement too.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The academic programs are good. There are teachers with over 15 years experience who are excellent and their love of teaching shows in their classrooms. There are also younger teachers with enthusiasm. Gifted program=Excellent. Music teacher is fabulous! P.E. coaches do their very best & have a good program but have very little time fo rlessons. No after-school sports. No recess after 1st grade. The administration discourages parents from direct involvement in classrooms, but is eager to have parents raise funds and conduct school improvements (e.g. painting, planting trees). The PTA has a Fall picnic and a Spring Fun Fair to foster community. Most of grade 3-5 classes are in open pods (no doors or walls). A high level of independence & responsibility is expected of students from 1st grade on. Media Specialist runs a great morning news show with 5th gr. & Media Center is Fab!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Since this new principal has arrived, we now have the lowest level of parental involvement ever. He only encourages parental involvement from those who benefit him in some way or will not challenge him.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
My four children attend or attended Leewood. I have found Leewood's teachers to be exceptional and take an interest in the students progress. They have exceptional programs for the children including the extension programs.

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July 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Extracurricular activities are very limited.An atmosphere of academic hierarchy is very prevalent,if a student is not in 'extension' he is not likley to fit in. Parental involvement is dominated by a few and not encouraged.

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July 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Leewood over all is a great school. The new leadership is effectively doing away with parent involvement. I am disappointed that he is not allowing the after school program to run the summer camp again. My kids loved it. It was affordable and I know my kids were in a safe environment and with people they knew and liked. His reasoning is that the school needs cleaning. He is doing away with the violin lessons also. I have also heard that he wants to do away with the PTA, because of no involvement from parents. We are still waiting to see the improvements he has been talking about.

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May 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2005
I have two childern that go to leewood one in first and one in kinder. The teachers are great and the academic's are good. I wish they had afterschool activies for the kids so they would not have to go some place else. I would pay extra for a craft class, art non compatition cheerleed for the young girls just something for the kids to do and still be part of the school.

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March 31, 2005
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March 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Excellent academic programs! Great school environment! Outstanding teachers! Never seen a more dedicated and nurturing group of teachers. New administration is dynamic duo! Professional, supportive, and student, teacher, and parent focused! Would love to see more teacher assistants in individual classrooms!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
The kindergarten program and teachers are wonderful. They include fun, motivating activities within their curriculum. The teachers are kind, loving and at the same time they model the rules they expect their students to follow.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
This is an awesome school. Parent involvement is higher than any other school and the teachers are great. My child is in 1st grade and my younger one will start kindergarten. I am very lucky that my children can come to this school, I would not want it any other way.

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August 10, 2003
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Leewood K-8 Center
10343 Southwest 124th Street, Miami, FL  33176
(305) 233-7430
Last modified Leewood K-8 Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Leewood K-8 Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top