I am a parent of a high achieving student who attended Silver Lakes for all six years from Kindergarten through fifth grade. He was challenged academically, and received a lot of recognition for his efforts. His teachers were caring and communicative. He also had opportunities to participate in programs like Teachers of Tomorrow and Flamingo Friends which helped get him out of his shell, and improve his social interactions.
They have programs like Flamingo Friends where children get paired up with special needs students and classes and become their friends. This helped my child develop empathy towards others. Book Buddies partners upper grade classes with lower level classes. Students in the upper class read to and with their buddies. Teachers are sensitive to partner a struggling reader in the upper grade with a child at a lower reading ability level, so that student can experience success and improve their attitude towards reading, as well as their overal self-esteem.
Worst school my child has attended! The office staff treat you like no one with the exception of this one blond lady with curly hair who is super nice. Some of the administration and the school counselor act like the own the school and each and every parent and student at the school. THE PTA promotes they want your help, but when you offer the reject you. Teachers are pretty good, only reason I gave them a three star rating. I would change my child if I could but we are moving back to North Miami soon and its no use. Do not move your children here unless you want to be invisible and be treated unkind.
I wouldn't rate this school the worse but i wouldn't rate it the best. I'm torn with my feelings. I think the academic part could be better, I have mixed feelings on the staff and the level of care and attention to details. I've had to go to the school to many times regarding my son and bullying. I feel like I have to give him extra work because its not challenging enough. I really like his 3rd grade teacher but I think she is restricted by the higher powers on what she is allowed to teach and how she can react to students and their behavior. all and all its ok. Just get involved.
My son was a student since Kindergarten to 2nd grade. The education focuses in the lowest grade students; therefore they do not care about the kids in the average and above average level. For example, the 2nd grade math level was a review of the first grade math course and multiplication and division were not part of the 2nd grade curriculum. My son came back at the end of the school year with all his books with less than 50% completed and his teacher never assigned any single homework during the year (2012-2013). The principal never replies e-mails, letters, phone calls or any request for meetings or questions. I will never recommend this school to any kid in the average or above average level.
I have been very impressed by the teachers in this school. I was amazed at how well they handled all the children, their specific needs and helped them all thrive. I feel very blessed to have been in this Silver Lakes Elementary district! We have never had a problem with discipline/bullying at this school. Large PTSA presence, friendly staff in front office and cafeteria.
I have lived across the street for 11 years and my daughter who will be 15 went to this school, now my two little ones 5 and 7 go here, I love the teachers, they care about their students and they teach them the best!!!!!