The Sunrise School of Miami has impacted the life of my children and my family in a hugely positive way. This school offers an education that is whole, that aims to help the child develop not just academically, but emotionally and physically as well. The teachers are incredibly thoughtful in how they deliver the curriculum to the children, and the curriculum is developmentally based, so that the students are ready to embrace the subjects that are taught to them. Topics of study come alive in the classroom as the teachers use stories, movement, music, and art to allow the children to fully explore the material and to develop a love for learning. Students stay with the same classroom teacher throughout their time at the school, and this allows the teacher to get to know them so well that it is as if you have a third parent joining your team—the benefit of this approach cannot be overestimated. Homework, which does not begin until 3rd grade, is given only when it is needed to reinforce concepts learned in class. As the children grow into middle school, they are challenged more and more academically, in a way that is appropriate for their age, and the school works individually with each family to prepare the students for transitioning into high school. I cannot recommend this school enough, I am truly grateful for the teachers and the school community every single day.
Do not be fooled by this school's appearance. The teachers didn't teach well and there wasn't much to learn from the artistic side of the school. It might be okay for a small child, but the school had no idea how to handle older kids. They had no freedom and were handled like kindergarteners. Please do not put your child in this situation, they will not like it.
OMG! I wish there would have been more reviews about this horror school before we enrolled our kids, it would have saved us a lot of trouble. Coming from a real Waldorf school, it was shocking to realize the low level of commitment to the education the people in charge have. We pulled both of our children after the winter break, what a relief!!! DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a parent who has adopted the Waldorf style of education, Sunrise School of Miami is far from these philosophies or practices. Under the allure of this form of education, be cautious and skeptical regarding this school s core curriculum. It took some years to fully see that the teachers are NOT Waldorf Trained or Certified and to our surprise, NOT even accredited to teach in public schools. The head administration or the lack of clearly indicates the disarray of the entire school curriculum and direction with the children s wellbeing and education. We have left this school for another private school only to discover our child was two grade levels below a typical public and private school attendee, be very mindful of this and time lost with a child s education at the Sunrise School of Miami. Strongly Not Recommended!!!
This school misrepresents itself as a Waldorf inspired school. Their operating practices are secretive. Over the past 5 years they have had a huge turnover of students and faculty. They have hired and fired half of the teachers. One year the entire 2nd grade except 2 students left mid year. This year they closed the 4th and 5th grade class after two months of school. Their solution was dissolving the students into the 3rd and 6th grade classes without modifying those curriculums. Most of the students left without a teacher were forced to find other schools mid year. Sadly so many good families have been traumatized. Last year 4 of the 8 teachers said they would not return the following year. They can not hold onto teachers. Before you leave your deposit ask all your questions. Once you sign you're contract you will not get a refund. Do you're homework.
STAY AWAY!!!!! These folks have no credentials, no licenses, no training, they will lie to you and convince you they have everything. Please ask to see any documentation if you consider this Disneyland like Waldorf montage for your child. Schools like this ruin the reputation of this wonderful education. If you are considering this place, because your child does not do well in the school he or she is at, there are other options out there, don't do this to your family... When a bad review is written they ask parents to write good ones to balance out the rating, simply disgusting!!!!
This is my child's third year and we could not be happier. She loves her school, her friends, her teachers and most of all learning. A Waldorf Education is not for everyone, so I agree you should research and make sure its a good fit for your family. We have made lifelong friends with the other parents and we genuinely love them and their children. If its right for you, you will love it.
Be careful with this school! They make it sound so fantastic but there are some very strange things going on there. My son wasn't allow to talk about Sponge Bob, he wasn't able to sing songs not taught at the school and he had to hide the logos of his clothes!!! He was forced to run around the field a few time in the blazing sun over saying the word "heck" and had to stay in one room the whole day, (even for lunch) because they don't have a cafeteria. The academic level is very low. My son, who has a slightly above average reading level, seemed like a reading hero compared to the kids who had learned how to read there. My son's teacher lacked empathy, was cold, and was more concerned about enforcing non-sense rules than actually teaching and connecting emotionally with the students. That is exactly the opposite of what I intended to find in a "holistic school", like they are supposed to be.