There is a sense of family that is undeniable. You feel your children are in a safe and happy environment. Teachers and staff care for each student individually. They help him/her succeed academically as well as emotionally. The students well being is their number one priority. If you want to pick up a happy child at dismissal send him/her to this school. Good luck :))
The good things are that everyone knows everyone, teachers and staff are easily accessible, it is a very safe school, no bullying, and the presence of a museum. Drawbacks: no coherent vision for teaching math and science 3rd grade onwards, teaching is very haphazard, no interest in particpating in miami dade school science fair. Kids sometimes get their recess taken off, which means no physical activity for those events. Classes can be freezing with teachers unresponsive if a child feels cold, and not being allowed to wear sweaters that are not emblazoned wth school logo. Cold lunch.
This is an amazing school, the teachers and administration are great. My child loves his school and teachers. There is no problem of overcrowding, my child gets the attention he deserves and needs. This school has the feeling of a small school that is very close.
Three years ago the school may have been good, but right now its over crowded and very disorganized. They do not have a proper lunch hall and the playground is small. Additionally, they may be located in a museum but the kids at the charter school get limited access to explore the museum. Overall, its not a school I would recommend. Note, your local public school at least has to adhere to state guidelines on student teacher ratios, charters schools do not.
Excellent teachers, but the classrooms are too crowded! If your child needs extra attention do not put him in this charter school because he will not get the attention he deserves. Overall it is a good school, but each year it gets worse because they accept more students than they have room for. I've noticed that some of the staff often gossip about other faculty members which is very unprofessional.
School remains overcrowded, and because its a charter school it does not adhere to the kinder through 3rd grade, 18 children standards that public schools in miami dade county are supposed to. They do not have a cafeteria, the playground is small, and the children at the school have limited access to the museum. Its a shame because the school could have the potential to improve but they are growing beyond their capacity and that of their administration's capacity.
It is such a warm,nurturing environment. The children are all so happy and they love to go to school everyday. The teachers embrace each child as their own and make learning fun. I think it is a jewel in the public school system here in Miami.
My son has been going here for the past two years and it is a fabulous school; since it is housed in the museum there are many opportunities to incorporate hands-on activities into daily lessons. The principal and teachers truly care about each child and challenge them each day.
I have some problems with my son and the staff help me so much to handle it. We will more happy if they develop a giffted child program and a phicological aid.
My son is in Ms Adriana Perez's class. She is a great teacher, very creative and willing to listen to parents and work with students. I am very happy that my son is in her class. The school is good, but has some issues which it needs to resolve if it really wants to emerge as a fanstastic school of Miami. It has too many students in one class. My son's desk has 5 students. They should not admit so many students, or should add more sections.
My son is in Ms. Nadia class and we could not be happier! She is an excellent teacher and cares so much for her students. The entire staff at the school is professional. They strive for every childs well being. We are very happy and will work hard for the school to expand as it should by contract to the 5th grade!
I wish the school followed the Reggio Emilia methods like their pre=school. Unfortunately it follows the public school system which does not honor creativity the way I hoped it would. In comparison to all other options in the area this is a great school, but I feel we might have to leave state in order find a true educational adventure.
My daughter loves being a student here. Ms Mabel is a fantastic teacher and the school has a great atmosphere. Classes are small and the children are trully valued. My only criticism is that the administrators are not great communicators. Often volunteer oportunities are not followed up upon and promised emails have a way of not arriving. You have to be extremely proactive. That's tough for a working, single mom. If they added a member of staff that was more organized about administrative tasks this school would be nirvana. All in all, my daughter is happy and loved and learning by leaps and bounds. This school has been a very positive experience and I will have real difficulty finding something after 2nd grade.
i have my son in firts grade. well rounded education with activities for each subject. I also agree with the others parents it will be hard to find another school .
I have my daugther in this school for the last two years,and now it`s time to move her.but it`s so hard to find a new school after this great place.Juliet mom
Well rounded education with 'hands on' activities for each subject. My child attended this school for two years. I was very happy throughout. **Need more parent support/participation!!**
I am a proud parent of a 5 year old who attends MiChiMu Charter School. The attention and detailed work of the teachers, the one-on-one style of educating, the intimate, well-roundedness of the educators is every parent's dream. That dream comes true when your child attends this unique charter school. The school has an extraordinary advantage because it is housed inside the Miami Children's Museum. The cultural, hands-on experience they receive is insurmountable. Although the school is primary (only up to 2nd gr.), the years they attend this school will prepare them well for a bright future.
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