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6856 Southwest 53rd Street
Miami, FL 33155

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(305) 666-5871
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July 27, 2014
Ever since Bonce got there he made the place a prison. It is no longer a school, I dropped out in 2008 because I hated every minute of it. Specially the administration, faculty and staff. They are all very disrespectful to the students. I have been able to graduate college and I am currently working on a masters, no thanks to this horrible school and its pedantic administrators. Only way I see to fix this school is to do a complete overhaul and hire new staff, administrators and educators. And for the love of god will the get a decent architect/ engineer/contractor in there to put some windows in the main building.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2014
I think South Miami High has offered a better education than my previous private school. Like any school, there are great teachers, good teachers, and those that you wish you did not have to deal with. Overall, I have to say that this is a good school to attend.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2013
I graduated a couple years back and really it's a great school. It made a MAJOR improvement from my freshman to junior year. I'm pretty sure it was able to go from a D school to a B school in one year. While there are some teachers who probably shouldnt be there (lack of competence, to be honest, and its a shame) there are several who are truly good at what they are doing. They care about the students and want to teach. They offer plenty of AP courses as well! I only wish their Arts program was better. Its also important to note that in my time there I never experienced or witnessed any really bad bullying. South Miami is a good school that I'm sure will keep on getting better!

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2013
Going to South Miami Senior High School is depressing. The unpleasant aesthetics of the school (one of the buildings literally has no windows and is completely concrete), the prison like administration (with constant uniform sweeps, tardy tank that sends you to SCSI where one gets sentenced to a day of absolute silence in a tiny room with a barking babysitter, and of course the wonderful security gaurds that are constantly questioning you if you are spotted in the halls), and of course the education which is undoubtedly unsatisfactory. The regular course teachers are only there to prepare their students for the FCAT, so one has to take full AP courses to receive a decent education; there are a very limited selection of APs at that. The math department can be said to have only one good teacher, there are very few academies (the IT academy is deplorable, only very highly motivated students can succeed, as there is no real effort to do any sort of work), and there are even fewer elective choices for educational enrichment. I would not recommend South Miami Senior High School to anyone, even those who want to participate in a magnet program.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2010
This is an excellent school and excellent teachers with a very good programs go cobras!!!!

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July 06, 2009
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June 18, 2009
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April 21, 2009
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March 11, 2009
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November 30, 2008
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no rating November 19, 2008
This is an excellent school with a good track record. Go Cobras!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2008
My son who now is 23 and graduated from SMSH is about to get his Bachelors Degree from Computer Science at FIU and I have a 15 year old girl that attends to SMSH and she is in 10th grade, the Principal Mr. Bonce has improved the quality of teaching and best of all School Uniformed implemented and is showing the difference in the students thank you Mr. Bonce for your perseverance in making this school a better place to study and allowed the student to make better grades. Also the students will be our future so is very important what they learn in High School.

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no rating August 26, 2008
I think that SMHS is a good School, i have been a personal experiencie with my daughter which is in Magnet Dance Program.The teachers are great! The only complaint i have is in reference to the personal Office, they always answer the phone in a bad manner and never help parents to resolve a problem. All the time they seem unhappy and with bad mud., it doesn't matter the time of the day. The morning is worst!!!

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August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
I was a student at South Miami and graduated in '06. I was in the gifted, magnet music programs, and took several AP classes. In those three categories, the teachers were excellent, knowledgeable people who took a sincere interest in their students' progress. However, I also took a handful of regular requirement classes with very uninspired teachers. The CAP counselor in particular was terribly uninformed about any issues I had with the college admissions process.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 01, 2007
I have a son in S.M.Sr.H.S and he is in the 12th final year and I wished that the conselor were more involve in helping the students for preparation of the SAT test to start qualifying for their college of their choice. I have tried to meet and talk about what could be my involvement to help my son. My son says they every time he goes to see his conselor he gets turned back to his class saying that she/he is busy.

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August 29, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 14, 2007
I was a student at south miami and i graduated in 2006. It was a great school. The teachers cared if you learned and helped you as much as they could. They are many extra curriculum activies. The admistration was helpful and never unfair( at least not to me or anyone I knew). It prepared me well for college..( Better than alot of the students I have met from other high schools). But since my class has left the school (class of 2006) things have changed. There are many new teachers and administrators. So Im not sure how the school is now. What I know is that is was an awesome high school and Im glad I attended it.

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August 10, 2007
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August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 03, 2006
My daughter graduated from South Miami in 2004 and we both loved the school, the teacher's and the counselors. My son is now a sophomore at South Miami and he has nothing but good things to say about it. The parents who are putting down the school are probably the ones who throw their kids out of the car in the morning and tell them, 'go and learn'. I have been involved in my children's education all of their school days and it makes a difference. Sure, there are days they just want to stay in bed but they don't. I have taught them that school is their job and they've got to go and do their job if they want the 'big pay-off'!! My oldest recently graduated from MDC with Highest Honors and will begin FIU in the Fall. Get involved,it's your job! They need you!

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July 12, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2006
I'm very pleased with the education my child is receiving at this school. Teachers are always available and willing to help. The school offers a variety of classes and levels.The music magnet program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Academic programs are very good, there is a fine core group of teachers who care. There are many extracurricular activities and programs. The sports teams are well respected and compete at a very high level.

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April 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
Its a very nice school. I study there and is one of the best schools that I been too.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
There are a handful of very good teachers who will affect your child ways of thinking and views on the world for the better. They're not the typical teachers who assign bookwork, but the atypical teachers who challenge the students and put to work their thinking and analyzation skills, not their memorization skills.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Availability of sports and art is very good.They have many differnt activities to keep kids away from trouble.However the quality of their academic programs is very poor . the classes are overcrowded and they focus more on practicing the fCAT Then helping them learn the rudimentary skills needed to apss it. Their staff is also of very low quality, and do not give their kids incentives or patience.

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November 07, 2005
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October 31, 2005
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October 18, 2005
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October 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2005
I recently graduated from South Miami High as a very active member of the studeny body. I can say that this school is one of the better schools in Miami, even though it is not highly recognized as such. Most of the Magnet Programs are excellent, especially the commercial arts, graphic design, and photography programs. The higher level courses are taught by extremely qualified and knowledgeable teachers, especially the Advanced Placement sections. The regular programs are not great and there are many 'slack' teachers teaching to that level. But for the serious student, South Miami is an excellent choice. In dealing with officials: they will help you out if approached the right way.

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August 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
Hello I am an student at this school and I can say that is one of the best ones in mismi-dade county. I came from cuba a year ago and this year I'm going to be a senior. Cinse I came I become a student at this school and I don't have anything bad to say about it.

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July 27, 2005
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June 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 10, 2005
This is really a good school, I can say that the teachers are excellent- especially it's foreign language and AP programs.

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April 03, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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February 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
This is school is terrible. My child complained about it constantly.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
I am a student in this school and it is like hell in this school it is boring, no field trips, activities or anything. Lunch is horrible. 80% Of the math teachers can't speak good english making learning impossible. All I have to say is please help.

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2004
Ok school but needs to have more security for students

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
If you can, do not send your child to South Miami. There are better schools in the district. While one of the parents claim that the counselor staff is excellent, it is not true; rather the counselors would rather just get their work over with instead of actually helping a child. Handing out a tutoring schedule every nine-weeks to a child that has failed a class does NOT help. As for the principal, trying to institute a prison-like atmosphere, where the students are not allowed to decorate their schools or maintain any sort of school spirit whatsoever, sending students to SCSI for just about any reason (mind you, making them miss a whole day of class for a tiny reason) does not help the matter either. The last time the school was ever enjoyable to attend and was at its peak was under the leadership of the principal before last.

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2004
This school provides a large amount of opportunities most schools of the district (except Palmetto Senior High) do not provide. First of all, it has an excelling Magnet School Program offering all types of classes in the arts. Secondly, the school provides high quality and challenging Advanced Placement and Honors classes in Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language. The school also provides an excellent agenda for after school activities...from sports to clubs the school has over 100 clubs! Enough to fit every type of personality and ethnic group. South Miami Senior High also provides phenomanol teaching in ESOL and ESE. A large majority of the school is in ESOL and many students I know who work hard are able to learn English in 1 or 2 years, including reading and writing. ESE also has a large staff the provides care and learning for the mentally and physically handicap. Although the school has had weak principals for the past 2 or 3 years, discipline and stability rule over the school. Including a school ID program and a reviewed school dress code. The school also has a great counseling system with counselors for almost every last name. They provide assistance in personal problems and even graduation requirements and information on Colleges and Universities nationwide. They also provide ways to excel in studies and social situations and help teach students qualities of leadership. In my opinion, this is a great if not the best school in Miami-Dade County Public high schools. I suggest enrolling your students in this great educational center.

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February 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2004
I have had 3 children at South West. The oldest is a College student, and a very poor one, the middle one is an honor student still a Jr. at South West and the youngest is a freshman with average grades. They all have had most of the same teachers. A lot of it has to do with the students ability to focus and learn. As far as safety it is a good school with qualifyed personnel, and if parents wish to get involved all they have to do is contact their counselor. The sports program should be more versatile.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
One very important comment about this school is that they do not have an 'at risk program' I'm sure the drop out rate is bigger because it's a school where the majority are hispanics, they should also have a system in place for better one on one communication with parents (maybe using counselors). Most teachers do CARE about their students.

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August 28, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2003
This is a very good school with many opportunities for the students.

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South Miami Senior High School
6856 Southwest 53rd Street, Miami, FL  33155
(305) 666-5871
Last modified South Miami Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Miami Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top