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Miami, FL
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5120 Southwest 72nd Court
Miami, FL 33143

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(305) 661-8527
(305) 666-2327
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September 29, 2014
The School has a wonderful Dual Education Program for Spanish, (it also has French and German), I can only comment on Spanish. The School offers two subjects for gifted children (Math and Science). However, the criteria used to determine gifted is applied in most instances using the bilingual score. Most teachers are not properly trained for teaching gifted children. The regular curriculum is a repetitive style of teaching very much average when compared to other schools. The school environment is autocratic and unpleasant not appropriate for children raised with autonomy and independence . If you are interested in the language and your child is in the median score of the performance levels you are ok, if your child has learning differences or is gifted (130 or more), this is definitely not a good school for you.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
This school is not for everybody, at least not for the Magnet Program. Your children must be either high achievers or gifted to keep going here. My son is not gifted, but he is very competitive. The amount of homework is reasonable, and parents need to supervise it obviously. Teachers e-mail you their homework in advance for the week coming. My son is in the Spanish Program, and we got the Spanish and English homework 95% of the time right on time. Parent involvement is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
One of my children is in and I don t like that school. They stress out the kids with the fcat and charge them with a lot of homework. Kids are not kids anymore in that school. Some teachers are really good but some should not being teaching in magnet. The staff at the main office is really not nice. You will never feel welcome. My other child is in an other school that score as well as sunset but so much better...

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
We do not like the program. My child is very bright but she no longer enjoys learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Great School. High academic standards. Great teachers. Parents are very involved. The bad thing is it is hard to get into since it is a lottery and that can frustrate a lot of people. My son has been in Sunset Elementary for two years and we are all very happy. They do give a lot of homework though.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
My child was in the Spanish program and struggled immensely with the workload and the structure. There is nowhere to get the Spanish homework assignment other than in class, and if your child does not write it down then you will scramble to call other parents or your child will get a bad grade. There are hours of homework starting in the second and third grades which can be a real stress on the whole family when they have such a long school day (out at 4:05 except wed 3:05) and everyone would like to relax when they get home. Both parents and children have to shift into work mode again at home or at least get tutors in many cases. The program was not good for my child's self-esteem and the school is inflexible about making any exceptions for anyone. It does have wonderful homeroom teachers and math and science teachers but they need to work on the Spanish program and the teach the children in class- not expect them to learn everything at home. It would be helpful if they started to conjugate verbs before the 4th grade as they are expected to read pages and pages of stories and understand them without any context on how the language works.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
My kids did the test for the magnet program;No considerations,staff and administration are extremely rude and extremely pretentious;Especially Mrs Pujol Burns,the leader teacher, I was asking her questions about the program, she got nervous and she hang up on me on the phone.!!!! I already put a complain about her attitude to my embassy ; It is unacceptable .We decided not to go in this school,you should do the same.....

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
The academics are overrated and in the Spanish language program the children do not receive instruction in grammar i.e., proper use of pronouns, tenses, verb conjugation etc. So, your child may have a couple hours of Spanish a day but may not be able to have a conversation. Main focus of the program is vocabulary. The math "magnet" program is the same as regular math in other public schools. There is a bullying culture at the school. It is shocking and disgusting that with all the bullying awareness on tv, internet and social media that bullying is tolerated. Many of the parents are in denial and will tell you great things about the school. As a past parent, I am telling you that it is not a good environment. The school tolerates bullying and the academics are a bunch of hype.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
Our child is in the first grade Spanish magnet program and gets 1 to 3 hours of homework nightly. The standards here are high, and students and parents are expected to meet them on a daily basis. Teachers, not so much. Far as I can tell, homework isn t checked by the teacher it s checked by other students for completeness, not accuracy. Class work doesn t appear to be reviewed either, since I m always finding uncorrected mistakes. Most learning will take place at home. The school s 10 rating on this website is an illusion and a matter of pure demography. It has the benefit of being in a wealthy neighborhood with households that have a stay-at-home parent that can dedicate 500 hours a year to school work, or money for tutors that can help. If the teachers and administrators deserve any credit for the school s success, it should be for expertly marshalling the resources of their parents to do the job they should be doing themselves. If you ve got plenty of time, money, or other resources, your child will do well here. Otherwise, you and your child will struggle.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
We live nearby and visited the school several times to help us decide if we wanted our children to attend. Although I never saw inside a classroom, my husband and I were thoroughly unimpressed by several administrative staff members (of both the regular and language programs). Unorganized, arrogant, uninformed, rude. Nothing about the school made me want to have my children attend.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
I am moving to the Miami area and called the school to learn more about it to decide if we wanted to move to the area to go to the school. They were totally unhelpful and rather rude. They gave us no reasons to want to attend the school even when pointedly asked.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2012
Very upset over the lack of support from the Spanish Magnet program. The homeroom teachers are great, but I have a Spanish magnet teacher who is totally arrogant and will not give my son the help he needs. She continues to be in denial and have told me she is VERY GREAT at her job... when in fact, behind the scenes, parents are scrambling to understand the homework and nearly everyone has hired tutors. This is not acceptable teaching. I understand Standards are high at Sunset, but I cannot believe the arrogance of the spanish program.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
this school is awesome my child went there and she graduated last year and now she is carver middle school very well prepared getting strait A's thanks to this school and my other daughter is in 3rd grade and she is having a blast and also getting good grades in school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
I love the fact that my child is able to attend this school because of the magnet program, however, there is a lot of school politics and there is no control on behalf of the principal or staff. There is a lot of nepotism and the kids either sink or swim. I understand the school standards for Sunset are high, and I understand the kids are to be able to handle the workload; however, I believe that as teachers, they should prioritize and provide more help and assistance to the students who need it. Not the other way around.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2012
This is a good school but it is not great. The way the school handles the Spanish magnet program could use some work. My daughter is a non-native Spanish Speaker. In first grade, she was put in a class with non-native Spanish speakers (they were lumped together) and given the worst teacher possible. The class had 25 students with no aide and the teacher had no control over the class, making it very difficult for the students to learn. On top of it all, she had a heavy accent, the kids could not understand her English and thus it made it difficult for them to learn Spanish from her. Meanwhile, the native speakers had classes with a teacher and an aide and smaller class sizes. How unfair is that? If you are the administrators at this school, knowing that the native and non-native speakers would be mixed together in second grade, wouldn't you do it the other way around so that the non-natives can catch up and assimilate better in later years? The fact that it wasn't done that way spoke volumes about the principal and her assistants. Additionally, the fact that my daughter is even able to handle the program (and is thriving) is because I got outside help for her.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
My son graduated last year and is extremely proud of his school. Sunset teachers are very involved with their students and the end result is an excellent education. The language program is the best in the county and produces a true world citizen.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
Beware if you have your child in the IE (home school) program! Unless your child is in the Magnet program (foreign languages), your child will ignored. Administration is very unhelpful to IE students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The curricilum and the Teachers are wonderful. Great organisation. Me and my son are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
An excellent academic environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Its bilingual program is great! parents help a lot around the school.A lot of resourses for students ans after school activities!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
I love the language program and the parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
This school has a language program that produces trully bilingual/biliterate children. I love the amazing, dedicated teachers that work at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The language program is 1st class!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My kids started mid-year and the teachers have supported them throuh the process so they haven't missed a beat in thier education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I love the boundless opportunities this school affords my child in seeing the global community up close and personal. In our ever evolving world the need to meaningfully communicate cannot be experienced on the insular level of living within your home country, but must be expressed across multicultural and international lines. Sunset Elementary knows the value of this type of special connect at its earilest stage. I feel fortunate that my child will have a chance to develop a greater love of learning and a deeper understanding of the value of his voice in the future because of Sunset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
All of Sunses teachers are dedicated above and beyond what is required of them. Their international program has to be the best in the country. We feel so fortunate that our son attends this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Sunset Elementary School is the best because of the high academic standards, the good teachers and the international programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It is so culturally diverse and offers so many learning opportunities for students. It truly prepares them to interact with the world.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I love that Sunset Elementary is so diverse! So many different people from a myriad of different places coming together to make children's learning fun and engaging!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
Sunset Elementary is an excellent school with wonderful educators that are committed to make our children's experience one of a kind. The language program is amazing and the Pangea program is the highlight of my child's day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Excellent academic curriculum and outstanding international program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The Spanish Magnet Program at Sunset Elementary is excellent and the teachers 'really' care about student's performance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The teachers are extremely dedicated, and the administration is active in communicating information to parents. The best recommendation, though, is that my daughter loves going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Students get a world class education! It's a great place for students, teachers & parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I love Sunset Elementary school because they provide a great education with a nurturing system. Its ana amzing school filled with caring staff and I hope that we win!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Terrific Curriculum, amazing program, incredible staff and committed teachers ... if your are looking for an excellent world class education for your kids, Sunset Elementary is a no brainer ...

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I have had the best experiences with all of my sons teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Sunset is a school filled with amazing opportunities for its students. It's a 'World Class' education for its 'World Class' students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Because the high standard education level focus on the leaders for tomorrow with international background.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Sunset Elementary offers our Children a well rounded education with teachers who really care and make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Sunset Elementary is a wonderful school with curriculum and activities that fosters global awareness and diversity. It has a Language Magnet Program for Spanish, French, and German.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 04, 2009
I love the magnet programs, specially the German magnet program. The school is global oriented and very efficient. Having had my kids at Sunset allows me to say that Sunset is a magnificent school, and that all parents should strive to have their kids in such a magnet program as offered at Sunset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Beautiful, more than 100yrs old, Gorgeous neighborhood, super-achieving students and dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
It has been a challenging year with budget issues but the parents have made such an incredible job pushing to save the language program and have succeeded. My two sons been exposed to an incredible intellectual growth and the diversity of the student body.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
The school is facing some challenging times, as funding has been cut -- and might continue to be cut. There are many committed parents -- mostly supporters of the Magnet program. Sadly, IE (home school) parents face difficulty in having their concerns addressed by the administration. There is a definite 2 tier system in place here -- all efforts and interest are focused on the Magnet programs. Sunset could be a tremendous school if the the administration recognized and addressed the inequities.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
This school is top in the nation! It has received the prestigious Goldman Sachs Award for Excellence in International Education in 2007, the only school in the nation among all public and private elementary and middle schools. An impressive honor. A gem that is open to all Miami Dade students through a lottery system, and that must be preserved and used as a model, especially in these times of budget cuts discussions. An example to follow!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
Execellent school, with lots of one on one time, the teachers don't aloow children to slack, they will contact you immediatly if they have a concern. I love the communication that they have with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
Excellent school, excellent teachers. I have 3 kids there, one of them just graduated to another school. Very demanding homework requirements, especially for the language programs. But, I recommend the program highly!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
My son was in Pre-K in 2006-07. Sunset is a great school and he was very happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
Outstanding academics quality; plenty of extracurricular activities (multicultural day, ambassador program, piano and strings ensembles, sports); the best offer for an International Studies program (probably in the US); great sense of community among children, parents and teachers. We've researched all private and public schools in the area (moving our son from a private school to Sunset), and we are really happy with having chosen Sunset.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
This sadly will be our last year at Sunset, as we are moving to Mexico. I will truly miss Sunset Elementary. This had been a private school education for a public school price. Sunset is an exceptional school.The education for both of my children has been fantastic. They have had the opportunity to interact with children and families from all over the world. They hear different languages spoken in the hallways. In addition to an excellent curriculum the dedicated staff is amazing. Teachers will call you at home if your child is not meeting expectations. The teachers/staff know each student and family and truly care about them. We have truly been blessed to have had the opportunity to have our children attend Sunset. I will say if your child will be attending Sunset be prepared for lots of homework and late evenings, as it is a rigorous program.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
Sunset is an superb school, its magnet programs are excellent, and the quality and dedication of its faculty, very impressive. Students are exposed to many real world experiences, and are offered a range of different opportunities where they can participate and excel in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
Sadly, I have to report that this year the Administration at Sunset made an autonomous and unilaterally decision to make drastic changes to the organization of the school : mixing all students within each grade (International Studies program and home school)and having teachers teaching single subjects (as traditionally has been expected only at middle school level). Now all grade levels students have to move from room to room to get to their respective classes often up to five times per day. Beside the fact that this is clearly non productive academically, it appears also evident, after two months of trial, that the daily disruptions and lack of time for instruction and socialization is increasing the stress for both students and teachers. Many parents are making new arrangements for their children for January, and some 10 teachers have asked for a transfer.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
A wonderful sense of community amongst the children who attend. My son loved attending this school until his final year. He excelled while there both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
This is an incredible school offering international education, Spanish instruction and amazing afterschool activities. I am thrilled with the teachers, administrators and students.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Sad to say this but, unless your child is in the Magnet program, they are completely ignored. My son has attended for 4 years (in 3rd grade now) and at one time I am sure the school was a wonderful success. A typical day has 30 minutes of Spanish where, for the past 4 years, they have taught nothing. Occasionally, they will cover everyday words but grammar? Verbs? Nouns? Never. In third grade they teach division before multiplication (?) and don't focus on reading comprehension, just reading. Everything is focused on FCAT instead of subjects. How did we (parents) ever get so far? Better schooling I bet.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I am satisfied with the quality of the education my children receive at Sunset. I had to bring the issue up to the school board though that they did not have recess. I am glad to see that restored this year. I do have an issue, though, with the way children are selected into the Magnet Program. Neither of my children made it in, and we were in a preferred area. I see other parents that have a more 'outgoing' or 'conflicting' attitude at PTA meetings or with school authorities somehow get their kids bumped up on the waiting lists and somehow managed to get in, even when they were further down on the list than my children. They still receive a good 'IE' education, lots of homework which I personally oversee, but I think its worth it. I am overall satisfied with the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
It's a great school with an excellent academic level.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
The quality of the academic programs is excellent. What really makes the school is the teachers. They are superb!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2005
My daughter is in the International Magnet School Program for children of French Nationals. It is a magnificent school. She gets the opportunity to meet other children like her who are bilingual and fluent in more than one language. There is also a German, Spanish, and Portugese Program. She is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Great school, great language program

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 04, 2005
At this school it completely depends on who the teacher is. The amount of homework is often overwhelming. However the level of commitment and pride of the faculty is generally very high.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
The language program is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
Under the current administration, namely the principal, Sunset has lost it's sense of community. No longer are parents made to feel welcome. There are no bake sales. The holiday shows were done away with this year. The drop off/pick up procedures are unsafe. In addition, anyone can walk into this school at any time without questions. It is a sad turn of events in only two years. The principal's hard-core attitude seems to say 'don't talk to me; I have an agenda'. Gone are the days when kids of all grades rushed into the arms of our previous principal. As a result, more than a few students & teachers have left. This is written by one of them.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
Sunset is the best elementary school in Miami dade county. curricuam is excelent. academics has high priority. great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
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January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2004
this ia a great magnet elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
I'm very excited with the changes taking place at Sunset next school year. The 'Home School' program will no longer be referred to by that name. It will be referred to as the International Education Program and the entire curriculum has been revamped to provide the students with a World Class education. Our students in the International Education Program will not be referred to as the Home School Kids or the Regular Ed Kids. Their new name will better reflect who they are. Sunset has amazing programs. The Int. Ed. Program will shine as the International Studies Magnet progam does. Both programs will share the new International Integrated Curriculum. Great things are happening here. :) Keep it up!

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 23, 2004
This school has an outstanding foreign language program to which parents all over Dade county are trying to register their children for. This school's focus is on academics, and the schedule demands more from the children, which I think is good, because in other public schools children only learn to be lazy. Unfortunately they don't offer school bus service to Miami Beach.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
If you're heading for one of the magnet programs at Sunset Elementary, then what you've heard about the school is probably true, because that's where Sunset's funding and quality teachers go, we discovered. If your child is entering the home school, however, beware that it is severely neglected in every respect. While our magnet school friends excelled and loved learning, our fellow home schoolers learned to 'just get by.' My child, after 4 ears in preschool (not Sunset), started out happy, well-adjusted, above-average performance, loved learning, loved attending school. Within 6 months in Sunset's home school, both interest and performance began to decline, and now, at end of first grade, he has regular tummy aches in morning, headaches during class, anxiety attacks at night, D's on report card -- and all my efforts to effect change, including the Principal, go ignored. Wish I'd known in advance.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
I was led to believe that Sunset Elementary was a 'great' school, so I thought I was getting 'the best.' My son (in pre-K from age 1) was eagerly anticipating an exciting and fun new experience. He's now at the end of 1st Grade and, boy, have we BOTH been sorely disappointed! From 38 five-year-olds in a tiny room; to a blan/boring environment lacking creativity; to tyranical teachers using fear/ridicule tactics, and administration with no interest in students' self-esteem; run-down campus; completely unavailable PTA; no communication, no teamwork among parents/teachers/staff; etc. My son quickly changed his opinion, and a long-thought-gifted child is now failing 1st grade due to his destroyed self-image. And my son's not alone. Apparently the description 'great' was meant for the magnet programs, not for the home school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
My son has been going to Sunset Elementary for Pre-K this past year. The teachers and assistants have provided a great learning and loving environment to my child. The parent participation is also excellent. I could not have had a better experience with the public school system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2003
My heart aches as I write this. Sunset has been a wonderful school for my kids until this year. We have a new principal who has put in place a procedure for drop off and pick up of our children which the majority of the parents and teachers are strongly opposed to. These procedures serve to alienate parents from their kids' classrooms and more importantly, jeopardizes the safety of our kids, the very thing which she claims it is designed to protect. I am thoroughly disappointed with this system and in the process of transferring my kids to other schools. It is simply unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
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Sunset Elementary School
5120 Southwest 72nd Court, Miami, FL  33143
(305) 661-8527
Last modified Sunset Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunset Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews. Top