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PK-8
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Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 827
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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6800 Southwest 60th Street
Miami, FL 33143

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(305) 667-8847
(305) 665-3217
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August 05, 2013
We love this wonderful school , the staff, teachers and the Principal are amazing! Is the best school in the universe !

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
South Miami K-8 Center I'm giving this school a low rating mostly because of the way the administration handles situations. Although I have heard other parents complain, I can only speak for myself and my experience as a parent. My main complaint is the school's administration seemingly unwillingness to listen or validate a parent's concerns. My husband and I just went through quite an unpleasant experience just because we wanted answers as to why our son got hit by another kid during lunch. We made phone calls and sent emails as well as a letter asking for answers, and we were treated with no respect. We were constantly interrupted, and treated with an air of superiority and arrogance. Wow. Our son gets hit on his head hard enough to leave a big bump for a day and when we wanted to know more about the situation and the steps the school would take, we were made to feel like we were a nuisance to them. I find this disheartening and I am totally disappointed in this school's administration. My thoughts on this: if this school's administration doesn't listen and validate parents who are adults, I can only imagine how they treat the kids. A great school is not all about Fcat scores.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
this is my 5th year in this school awesome i started in 3rd and now im in 7th.my little sis has been going here too since kindergarden and now is in 4th really good school.we dont live close but since its such a good school my parents are willing to drive us that far for a good education.I would reccomend this school to anyone in grades k-8.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2012
I am sick and tire of parents from other schools who bring their children here. This school has to stop taking in so many kids who do not live in the surrounding area. My taxes are high enough in this community for me to be paying for someone else s kid. PLEASE I AM BEGGING STOP THIS . ENOUGH! Keep the classes small or SM k-8 will lose its status as a great school. Beyond that is a great school for education above average scores in Florida and it is compared alongside Fairchild and Sunset Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
This is my first year at south miami, and i have to say that it has been a wonderful experience. First of all, as a working parent, i have always felt guilty not been able to volunteer more regularly. In our previous school, there was a cliche of parents who would control the few volunteering activities, leaving the rest of us feeling like outsiders. Here at smk-8, the faculty, administration and everyone else welcomes you and appreciates whatever you can do to help; there's always something to do. The administration, in particular the principal, has been phenomenal; doing a lot with the few resources given by the district. The only problem i see is lack of parent involvement outside of the magnet programs. The magnets have great support, but the school's pta doesnt have as much help from parents. On any given pta meeting, you can count 10-15 parents at most. That's sad, considering that this is both an elementary and middle school. That lack of involvement is the parents' fault, not the administration. There are many opportunities to get involved, but it is up to the parents to show interest.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
This school has been a blessing to me and my daughters. I have had nothing but excellent cooperation from all the teachers and the principal. My older daughter gave me some headaches her first year there but the principal worked with me and heard me out. So rarely do you see such dedication and excellent teachers such as Mrs. Millan, Mrs. Montoya, Mrs. Signori, Mrs. Moreiras, Mrs. Court and all of the others that have been involved in my children's education... This is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to caring and involved teachers, of course there are always exceptions to the rule but like I said for the most part I couldn't have asked for a better school or staff!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2010
Even though this year I'm very satisfied so far with my son's 1st grade teacher, I've been really disappointed since last year, when he was Kindergartner at this school. The system could work a lot better in many aspects, but as a parent and member of the PTA I don't agree with many of the procedures the Principal Mrs. Court try to set. Parental participation is not encouraged. Parents' suggestions or complaints are not taking into consideration at all. Several times I tried to talk to her and she turns around and walks away, she is such a busy person, not that we all are. For example: first graders go to lunch at 10:30am and then, AFTER LUNCH, they go to PE class. Call me crazy, but I think that is a little RIDICULOUS... maybe they change it once a kid barfs in the middle of the class...

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
this is a verry good school for parent that are looking for some excellent teachers for the most part. but the principal/ leadship is thw wrost. we all know here mane the only thing that lady cares about is here 4inch heels and here 90,000 dollar car there could not be a wrost principal that here.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
We can not believe that in two months our daughter will have to leave SMk-8 center!!!! This school had been wonderful for our daughter, since she entered at grade 4. Now that she's ending 8th grade, we feel really sad. She had the privilege to be supported by wonderful and very dedicated teachers, and a very efficient administration staff. Now that she bloomed in a confident and successful art student, we are sure that she is ready to go on this successful path. Thanks to the special dedication of Mrs Polin and Mrs Beard the head teachers for the magnet CAT program, our daughter was accepted into DASH after 100% acceptance in all the Magnet high schools she applied to. So thousands thanks to all the teachers and staff. You can be proud of the work and education you bring to all the students of SMK-8!! THANK YOU>>>

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
My children attend this school and they do a really good job at blaming parents if the children aren't successful. They seem to be more concerned about their image than about the student's. They make parent's feel like they aren't doing their job's and they rarely give good reports.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
Every child should have an opportunity to attend a school similar to South Miami. The diversity is representative of the real world both culturally and economically. My sons are completly excited about school. Ms. Signori, Ms. Montoya, Ms. Gonzalez, Mr. Djurik and Ms. Coscuella and Ms. Gonzalez (5th grade) are very dedicated and attentive to their students. Traveling to South Miami is definetly worth the drive. As for volunteering, I have never encountered any problems. Parents are welcomed and encouraged almost weekly via emails to support the school programs. The assistant principal is professional and knowledgeable. However, my only complaint is that there should be more administrators for such a large school. One rarely sees the principal because she is probably overwhelmed managing both an elementary and middle school. Hopefully, the budget crisis will ease providing more funds for additional administrators. South Miami is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
I feel very blessed to have my daughter attend South Miami K-8 Center.She is in Mrs. Kuentzel's 3rd grade gifted class and I feel as if she won the lottery! Mrs. Kuentzel is extremely caring, listens to the students and parents and truly makes learning fun.She even does educational activities with her class on weekends! My daughter loves her and loves this school.My daughter is also in the theatre magnet program with Mrs. Montoya who does an amazing job in teaching the drama students.She is very creative and energetic.The academics are excellent and so are the arts. Mrs. Pinkcombe (art), Mrs. Harrel (music) and Mr. Whitley (P.E.) are outstanding,as well.The administration is visible throughout the school and I always feel welcome to volunteer and informed thanks to the PTA.I have only great things to say about South Miami, its teachers, administration, parents and students. It gets an A+ from me.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
This school has a big problem in that parental involvement is discouraged rather than encouraged. The obstacles that are placed upon parents, all in the name of 'school policy,' are ridiculous. The parking situation is impossible, and the parents are truly made to feel as if they are a disturbance. We as parents must be involved in our children's lives and education, but the administration seems not to care about that at all. The shocking part about it is that this is a Title I school! A parent cannot even attend an honor roll assembly without being made to feel as if they were the grade school students that must sit down and shut up. It is sad that such good teachers are not supported by a good administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2009
I personally feel that in lieu of all these 'budget cuts' which is no secret, the administration has done their best to keep parents informed and students motivated. I remember when the dismissal was a disaster! Now it's very safe and orderly. I believe anywhere you send your child there are good and great teachers. I truley believe parents have a responsibility to get to know the staff and teachers and bring the great out of them. Even for adults it's hard not to be discouraged. ($$) I recommend this school because of the commitment the staff has to the safety of these kids

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
There are some really good teachers, especially in the younger grades. However, the administration does a poor job at making it a school where you want to volunteer or help out. The principal is not a good leader, and she does not listen to parental concerns. If you have a problem with something, don't think that she will be part of the solution. I don't recommend this school--because of its administration.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2009
This school used to be dirty.Now it has improved a little by adding a new building, but its still not the best school ever.

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June 11, 2009
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April 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Great after school care, wonderful teachers they really care about childrens educations Great School

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
I am a proud parent of my child who is in 1st grade. The teachers are magnificent. The counselors/staff are absolutely are on target. The principal/asst. principals are always available, friendly and expect wonderful results. The school is always clean and well guarded by the securities. The learning environment for the regular classes, the learning disabled classes, amd the gifted have a wonderful and creative approach to learning. There is a wonderful afterschool program with friendly staff. The PTA has brought the school much spirit and has united the gap between teachers and parents. It is a pleasure to be in such a magnificent school. Sincerely, Bettina Hueso

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
I have a kindergartner and 4th grader and both love their teachers and the classes they have. the administration is wonderful and the leadership and professionals there need to be commended. I travel a very long distance to bring my children and it is way worth it!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
My child finnished fith grade in South Miami this year. She is going to South Miami Middle for the music program , but she was sad and happy at the same time because the school is really good.The teachers, administrators , and the office staff are wonderful. The music and gifted programs are great. Mrs. Kuentzel , Mrs. Rosales, Mrs Cosculluela, all the music teachers, the PE coach , and the art teachers made an excellent job with my kid.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2008
I am really excited to have found a school that meets the needs of all my children. We have 3 children attending SME and my oldest has been attending for 5 years and every year has been great.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2007
I am very pleased with both of my childrens education and experiences at SME. My 1st grader is anxiously awaiting her chance to audition for the magnet program and my son already in the magnet program is really enjoying the program! As a parent of a special needs child SME has been increadible! Both the teachers and the administration have been extremly supportive and have gone up and beyond the call of duty. I have always found everyone to be very helpful, responsive and friendly. No school is perfect, but I can honestly say that I am truly happy with SME!

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October 30, 2007
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October 26, 2007
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October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
My son is in the 7th grade at South Miami k-8 center. Both he and I have been very happy with this school since 3rd grade, when he moved here from another elementary in the Pinecrest area. In South Miami, he was in the art magnet with Mrs. Russell until 5th grade, and now in the CAT program with Mrs. Polin.....both fabulous teachers!! I didn't rate '5' on the principal leadership only because she is new this year and I have not had that much experience with her, but so far I'd give her and the assistant principles a 4.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
May 04, 2007
The teachers go and above their duty. My daughter's teachers have been truly concerned about her ; they are accessible and readily answer my questions. In addition, she has made great strides. I also see a core of parents which are involved across the board and I like that! The office staff is friendly and warm.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Every school has its share of problems. I have been around other schools and can tell those parents who whine about petty things such as traffic that things could be so much worse. The staff at this school is wonderful! Lighten up, people! Traffic is all around us and any cafeteria full of kids at any given moment will be messy. Get your priorities straight! The kids at this school are learning, and that's what counts!

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2007
My daughter entered this school in 2004 (3rd grade)the school we were very satisfied the first year. In 2006 they started the construction of the new school in the same grounds and not only parents but children had to pay the cost, they join classes( 45 kids 2 teachers) due to the lack of space, they stopped having PE the drama class had to work in the library, it became a mess. reading activities were dimished due to the library functioning as a classroom, the TV announcements were suspended and never put back yet. extracurricular activities, parent involvement decayed a lot. Now the new school is almost finished and hope all will return to normal for the year 07-08.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
As a parent, I'm pretty much satisfied w/ how the education. But now they added more grade, I'm not quite sure, this school have magnet and gifted program but only up to 5th grade so what will happened to those students on both program?

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
Come on the morning traffic is horrible there and all they worry is if the child is walking in 1 minute late, please. My child has been sent to the office because he reaches the door when the bell rings in the morning. Let's get real.The principal needs to see the traffic situation in the morning, and not allow this to continue.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
As a parent at SME I feel that there is a huge problem for parents who get involved with the education of their child. Once we start asking questions we become the problem for the school as long as we don't question anything we are ok, also the after school care is not very helpful for our kid in there homework. No one is checking to see if its done properly. What a shame because this school could be alot better.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
As a teacher myself at a higher education institution, I deeply appreciate SMES teachers--as well as the Administration--in their efforts to do their very best for the students. Parents should always keep in mind--and also instruct their sons and daughters about the fact--that there are other children in class that have the right to an encouraging, structured atmosphere that enhances the learning experience of everybody. Good behaviour in class shows respect and consideration for others, and this is the foundation for developing strong, functional communities. I sincerely salute SMES's efforts to keep up its 'A' status. In a competitive world such as ours, a good education is a tool without which people will not be able to succeed. As an A public school, SMES embodies the great democratic value of equal access to high-quality education for all.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
This school has been a real disappointment to me. teacher quality very bad, cafeteria smells very bad. Bathrooms floors need a good cleaning.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
School safety is a problem at the time of release specially on Wednesdays. The principal seems to be involved and is very pleasant.

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September 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
sme is a disappointment to me and my child. My teacher is rude. Teacher doesn't know what to do with a very active child.This is not a family atmosphere. And the new cafeteria monitor he screams so much. He has to pluge hes ears with paper.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
Terrible Administration. Alot of bullying in the school. I would not send my dog there.

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May 17, 2005
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March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
Each child is encouraged to do their personal best. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child.

- submitted by a administrator
April 02, 2004
I have 3 daughters that have attended SME. The administration, faculty, and support individuals are caring, wonderful and dedicated. The school's environment is very friendly and has a family-like atmosphere. SME is one of the best schools in Miami-Dade. I was a product of private school education in Miami some time ago. I only wish that I could have attended a school like SME when I was a kid. The education at SME is far superior to any private education. The Magnet Program is the best!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
South Miami Elementary is an outstanding school. The teachers, administration and staff are wonderful. The administration is very helpful to all parents and works with all students concerning educational needs. South Miami Elementary is like family. My daughter has been at this school for 4 years and I am very pleased with what goes on at this school. This school offers a great Magnet Program, Gifted Program and lots of other programs. South Miami Elementary has an outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal that works very closely with all parents that want to be involved with their child's education. The security and safety of this school is excellent. All the teachers go way beyond their duty to make sure each student is getting his/her best education. This school has been an A+ school for many years. I feel very good about sending my daughter to this school every day. The Best!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
SME has been a great disappointment for me and my 3 children. There are safety issues and little control in the hallways and cafeteria, during school and during the after school program. When faced with a problem, the teachers and the administration shuffle parents aimlessly. Ultimately, the goal is to cover their assets and protect their A+ status. Early on students will inevitably experience a raft of bullying, profanity, sex talk, theft, etc. These problems are constantly down-played and sugar-coated by teachers and staff. If you are not the minority, the administration will give you very little sense of security. If you are an involved and informed parent, you will feel like the minority. You will become their problem. There is little discipline for those acting out and little security for those who suffer at their hands. One thing, the magnet programs are fabulous, but at what cost?

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
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South Miami K-8 Center
6800 Southwest 60th Street, Miami, FL  33143
(305) 667-8847
Last modified South Miami K-8 Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Miami K-8 Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top