My granddaughter is finishing second grade in the German program. She is getting a superior education at Sunset and is thriving--excellent teachers and involved parents. She loves school and can't wait for Monday mornings!
Sunset is the most overrated public elementary school in Miami-Dade. First off, even if you live within walking distance, you still have to go through the lottery to get in. Unless you have another child there or have some connections (say work for an embassy with an office in Miami) there is no guarantee of a slot at for your kid at this school. Second, the front office staff is terrible! When I registered my son there, they kept referring to him as a "her". There are no doubt some good teachers at Sunset but the reputation is built on exclusivity and nepotism. Send you kid to Pinecrest Elementary - it's a much better school.
Zero Stars. If you don't have ANYTHING nice to say then don't say ANYTHING at all. I have nothing nice to say, nothing, nada, zip, zero. Don't put your children in this school. Signed a disgusted, dissatisfied, unhappy, angry parent who's children have unfortunately been at this school.
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.
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.