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Pembroke Pines, FL
 

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20801 Johnson Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

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(954) 442-0233
(954) 442-0813
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August 21, 2014
We came to Somerset in Kindergarten and had both of our children in school for nearly four years. If you are a parent considering charter, PLEASE think before you do. I regret not learning more about our neighborhood school and now after a year in our neighborhood school after removing our kids from Somerset I can see the difference. Charter doesn't mean better! It just means Charter and please tour the school and compare. The school is run like a business. It is run down, equipment is battered, text books are old. There are some good teachers but there are good teachers everywhere and Somerset has more turnover than any other school I've seen. If you are a good parent, who cares about your child's education they will thrive in a traditional public school, mine have and I can see the difference between a charter and public school environment. Public has more programs, better tools, more specials and I am thrilled we made the switch. Should have done it years ago! My children have said they never ever want to go back to "that school" and that was a very telling statement. Do your research and go with your gut! I did and am happy we're not at Somerset anymore.

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June 04, 2014
This school has a very faulty administration. There are four that are set to run the high school and they constantly contradict one another. This leaves both the teachers and students confused at times. Discipline at this school is either handled in an uneducated manner or the students are treated like they are members of a country club. To elaborate on the schools inefficiency some teachers are given extreme sums of power over others. The bad mouthing of teachers is something that constantly goes on and petty vendettas that higher ranked teachers have can be used to terminate the employment of another teacher who does not hold a high position. Somerset also underpays teachers who have a specialiazation in an area. Those who have obtained masters do not get their well deserved pay if one who has a say in their payment does not like them. This is one of the most unprofessional schools that I have seen over the years. I am appalled at what I have seen at this school. The fact that there is even more to go on regarding the administration is extremely horrifying in my eyes.

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2014
A great school and family-friendly environment. The best part of Somerset Academy is the bullying intolerance and the nonviolence. Fights are a rare occurrence. The teachers are great, willing to explain anything and all the staff are caring and understanding. Clubs and extra-curricular activities are a major plus point and highlight of this wonderful school. Lunch is a bit overpriced though.

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2014
My school is incredible. The staff cares about their students. They know their students by name, not number and do what they can to make each day count for their students. The principal is number one in my book.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2013
As a student myself in my first year of high school I have been attending somerset for 4 years now an I can honestly say it has been the best experience.We are a family. The teachers and staff are phenomenal and I love all my teachers to death and can speak to them about anything. Mr.montero our principle is the best we all love him he's still a high schooler at heart and understands us I mean what other principle is going to do the Harlem shake with the other high schoolers?! As fun as he is he keeps our school in line and tends to each and every student as best as he can be very professional and funny whenever he wants. At somerset there are many clubs and societies you can join which keeps me on my toes and keeps me busy. This selection of clubs allow anyone with any type of interest to be accepted and allowed to do the things they would like. Not to mention our arts conservatory program which although I am not included is spectacular for students who wish to continue their dreams in the arts and become painters, dancers, actors,and musicians. Overall somerset is a spectacular school and I highly reccomend it to any newcomer.

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2013
My child is new to this school (Kindergarten). I am pulling her out and putting her in the public elementary school. The teachers here are inexperienced and if your child is gifted forget about them being challenged in anyway. My daughter went into this school reading at a first grade level. She's in a class with children who don't know how to read because they place kids at all different levels and do not offer anything extra for advanced students. This is a charter school, which means it is owned by investors. You can tell because the school is not well maintained. All they care about is money, not the kid's educational growth.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
my kids are new to this school. teachers and staff are really good. welcoming atmosphere. my kids are happy and they are excited.

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July 09, 2013
We transferred my son from a private school to Somerset mid Kindergarten year and love it. This school is a small school and has Elementary, Middle School and High School in the same campus. We love the school, the Principal Mr Montero and the school staff and teachers. Great High School program!

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2013
Our Child was at a Broward County Public Elementary School for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. During this time, we were told our child was above grade level and was doing great, however we suspected that there were issues with her reading and comprehension. We were told repeatedly that she was reading on 2nd grade level, even though she was in 1st grade. Within two weeks of transferring to Somerset Elementary, we were told there was indeed an issue with reading and comprehension and that she was below grade level in reading. For 2 years in the Broward County Public Schools her issues were hidden from us, when during this time we could have worked with her, but instead she fell further behind. The teachers and staff at Somerset have been instrumental in turning her around. She was put in specialized programs; there was continuous communication with her teachers and us. My child is now in 4th grade and is truly reading at grade level. Also, I am proud to say, she is an honor student at Somerset. She has worked hard, but this could not have been achieved without the commitment and dedication of the Somerset Staff.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2013
The quality of education is really poor in elementary. Some teachers don't explain lessons and don t check homework. It is all about submitting papers and exercises online and they don't check the learning process.... just the grade. My kid came from a good public school as an honor roll and ended up failing two classes and getting lost with concepts at Somerset. I had to hire tutors outside of school! They promote the school as one of the best with a nice image and cool website but good education is not in the program yet. Public schools in the area are much better. Be aware!!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2013
Great school!! I am so happy my daughter goes to somerset, she is in Kindergarden and her teacher is nothing but excellent, always on top of everything, sending emails, notes; I can see the improvement in my daughter. The principal Mr. Montero is always accessible, committed in every aspect of the school. Im glad.

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January 24, 2013
An lot of overachieving students, teachers, and administrators! I feel fortunate to have my fifth grader son attending Somerset Academy. This school exemplifies what a school can achieve under superior leadership. Principal extraordinaire,Mr. Montero, is by far the most impressive principal I have witnessed. The elementary school has exceeded our expectations. The parental involvement is incredible as are the amenities and facilities.

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January 23, 2013
My daughter started Kinder this year at Somerset. After much thought, as to which school she should attend we chose this one and I am SO happy that we did. My daughter's teacher is great at communicating with parents. Every email I've sent her has been answered in much much less than 24 hrs. The curriculum is demanding and keeps my kid motivated. I am so glad that she's in this school !

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August 16, 2012
I have nothing but praise for Somerset Academy. My daughter started kindergarten here last year, and has made remarkable improvements both academically and socially. She is even reading chapter books at a second grade level! The staff and administration are helpful, friendly, and organized. Looking forward to another school year at this excellent school!

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
my kid begged to get out of this school and I sent him to a "rough" public High school nearby worried that we had made a mistake leaving somerset Acedemy (PP) high. Well, it was no mistake. The school has a lot of turn over in teachers, the security was allowed to "sag his pants" even though the uniform policy doesn't allow it for the students. Some of the "dance team" looked like 29 year old professional "working girls". The girls in particular just seemed way to "fast" . The public school nearby has provided a better education, more ap classes and more sports and clubs. We're done with somerset.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2011
An abundant of overachieving students, teachers, and administrators! We feel extremely fortunate to have three children attending Somerset Academy. This school exemplifies what a school can achieve under superior leadership. Principal extraordinaire,Mr. Bernardo Montero, is by far the most impressive principal I have witnessed, yielding tremendous accolades for this school. My husband is an Attorney and I am a former teacher and we feel the school is affording our children top notch academics in superb environment. The elementary school has exceeded our expectations. The parental involvement is incredible as are the amenities and facilities. They have award-winning programs including: a Pre-Law Academy complete with a real Mock court room, a Pre-Med Academy, a Fine Arts Conservatory complete with a Dance Studio and a professional Martial Arts program. The school is constantly triumphant in all kinds of competitions...From debate events to athletics events. They strive to excel in ALL endeavors and activities, big or small. Prior to Somerset, our children attended an excellent charter school and private school in Weston. Somerset has undoubtedly surpassed both of these schools.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2011
Somerset is not for the mediocre! If you or your child are driven to aspire to be the best, then this school is for you. The excellence begins from the administration and infused into teachers and curriculum. Head Principal, Mr. Montero aspires to be the best and it shows. He is involved in all aspects of the school and knows every family. Strong parent involvement enhances this special school. It is a unique charter school with Elementary, Middle, and High School in separate buildings but on the same campus. Our children look forward to attending school and we are confident they are receiving an accelerated education second to none.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2011
My children have been in this School for the past 6 years, and I have nothing but good to say . The Teachers are caring, nurturing, loving, patient, and really involved. The parent involvemement by far is the best. The staff is very responsive and helpful. It's almost like a Family, everyone knows everyone, which is why the students have alot of respect for teachers and other students. The higher the grade the more control the School has, which I think is great. The Teachers , principle, staff, and student Counselor really take parents concerns seriously and take the time to care and correct any given situation. Just like everywhere , there is always a bit of everything in any School, but I as a Parent have to say this is a great School

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January 20, 2011
The truth is this school has yet to achieve effective contol. Everything is incredibly disorganized, and i often find myself thinking "how could this possibly meet the requirements to become a school?". As i feel the teachers are truly amazing, the administration is lacking. it seems like a group of friends just decided to take on the role of governing the school without taking it seriously, they are all 'pals'. And i can assure you that they in no way follow a normal protocal. if the entire administration were to be fired, and replaced that would be the key to making this school a succese. I am a student, so i experiance this first hand. As im sure youve read in a couple of the reviews this s'hool is like a family, which is true, but a few of the students are favored by the office employees, they dont know where to draw the line. Some of the favored students have gone as far as complaining about some teachers enough to get them fired. Ultimately i feel the lack of effective decision making on the administration's part is preventing the success that should be taking place. I honestly have no idea how the school board can deem the administration fit to handle a school.

- submitted by a community member

September 10, 2010
This is my kids second year at this school and I'm hating it. My kids have been dumped into classrooms with 28-35 students. this is really ridiculous. The teachers can't teach effectively because of the overcrowding and they don't encourage the kids to take home books to study. Really ridiculous again. There's no organized sports available for elementary students, and God forbid if your child wants to join a team, the Atheletic Director won't even pick up his phone to answer phone calls. There's hardly ever anyone available in the Elementary and Middle School office to answer questions. It's a joke. Can't wait to transfer my kids to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
My son has been at Somerset for 2 years, and he loves it. The teachers, staff and VP are always involved with patient, respect and love. It is a healthy environment for a child to learn and grow.

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no rating
May 20, 2010
Is the first year in this school and my son loves it, his teacher is so nice and patient. All the staff are very kind, they maintain a high discipline.

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May 02, 2010
my children hhave been at somerset for 6 years. love the school, teachers and all the staff. love the fact that somerset academy is an accredited charter school.

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April 28, 2010
This was my daughters first year and we love it. The teachers are all active. Ms. Kaye is an amazing administrator who interacts with the students and children well. I would highly recommend this school.

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March 13, 2010
I have my kids in the High and Elementary schools...nephews are in Middle as well. My daughter has been there for 5 years and it was the best decision we have ever made. The principal and vps are amazing. They know the kids by name and treat them w respect. They teach them, not only the curriculum, but also how to treat others and have a no-nonsense style. Sure, there is always room for improvement but thats at every school, work, organization...nothing is ever perfect. How can anyone prefer a huge public school where your child is just a number when you can have a school where every child counts as a person and the staff cares for each...I am sure if the staff was not helpful, then it must have been a reaction to how they were being treated...some parents can be rude and offensive.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2010
I believe the school has great leadership starting from the principal. The teachers are great and the security in the school is improving. They currently installed cameras all around the school. Which makes me feel safer for my daughter. The school also offers extracurricular activities for all ages. They offer a great Judo program after school plus other sports to all ages.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2010
Somerset Academy offers small classrooms, large class sizes, and outdated curriculum to its students. Administration is hard to reach and is not very friendly when you do. Most of the teachers are nice, however there is a constant turnover rate every year leaving only a few veteran teachers. I pulled my son out after two years and am very pleased with the nearby public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 06, 2009
I have been with Somerset Academy since my 9th grader entered 1st grade. All my children are attending and have had great teachers. I am proud of the prestigious SACS Regional Accreditaton Somerset holds. Keep it up!

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October 26, 2009
Both my boys go to Somerset and they are both metally stimulated from the criculum as well as the indivdual treatment from their teachers. I appreciate all the efforts from the faculity there

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October 24, 2009
I have three children, the oldest now being in middle school. All three have attended Somerset Academy since Pre K 4. The teachers are wonderful and committed and the administration is responsive and caring. Academically, I've witnessed my children soar. I plan on my children all completing high school at Somerset, their home away from home.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2009
Great school so far for my kids. I have been a very involved and vocal parent and at Somerset Academy - pembroke pines, it is always open door for me to talk to teachers and the principal. I moved my kids from Private School and have no regrets and have been there 4 years now with my kids.

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October 18, 2009
Excellent school! My son's in 2nd grade and has been here since K and he loves it. The people, the academics everything is great.

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October 17, 2009
Im a student in middle school and I absolutely love my school. Im in eight grade and have been in somerset since it was brand new and in trailers (I was in kindergarten) so far, I have had my share of great teachers, whom I will never forget. they were kind and pateint, and offered as much help as possible. my school might not be perfect, but they are working on it! they just recently added a new building which is used as a media center, basically a library and a quiet place to study and have presentations, and a seperate cafeteria for high school students.

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2009
My name is Tracy Mahoney, and I have been a teacher a Somerset Academy for six years. I also have my two children enrolled there in pre-k and in first grade. I could have sent my children to any school, but I chose Somerset Academy because of it's wonderful staff and because I know my children are being challenged, as well as, nurtured. We are one big family at Somerset, and we care about each other very much. All the teachers at this school treat the students like their own children. Overall, this school is a wonderful environment to send your child all day, everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 15, 2009
My children have been at Somerset since they were in Pre-K. I had several good schools to chose from, but I couldn't have picked a better school than Somerset. It is a great, family atmosphere, the academics meet the children's development needs, the teachers are awesome and the administration is caring and supportive. I recommend Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines to EVERYONE!

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2009
Absolutely top rate!! I would not put my kids any where else!

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October 15, 2009
My son attends Somerset Academy Elementary school and we love it! The teachers and staff are great and there is a good environment for learning which is also very importatn for me. They also do a lot of activities to integrate the families in the school, so you get a chance to know who your kid in relating to.

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October 15, 2009
To me this is a great school. I had trusted my 3 kids's education to this one. they learn, the enjoy and it also has a good discipline

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October 19, 2007
i was in the first graduating class of somerset in 2006, i had been attending the school since 9th grade since the high school first opened and even though there were so many changes it had to have been the best school i've ever attended the adminstration was unbelievable and keeps getting better

- submitted by a student

September 23, 2007
Somerset has an excellent curriculum over and above the standards set by the State. The administration and faculty exhibit compassion, professionalism and an ability to communicate effectively with parents. It is definitely a warm and caring environment for the children and their families. I believe this to be one of Somerset's most notable assets.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 22, 2007
My children have been attending Somerset for 6 years now. The school has grown and continues to show growth overall. It is a small family environment. Students and families become very close. The teachers are outstanding. Administration is very approachable and effective. I am a proud parent and I expect the school's ratings to be on the top for Pembroke Pines.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2007
I am extremely happy with the elementary school. Mr. Taibi is an amazing administrator. The school safety measures that he has implemented have made me feel much more secure about my childens safety. He communicates with all parents through a monthly newsletter which gives parents important information about the school. My children's teachers are all excellent, as I have three children in the school. I am concerned about the atheltic programs that will be available to them once they enter high school.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2006
Good academics,small and caring.

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March 15, 2006
The strongest area of this school is the teachers. When the school first started, there were a few years of adjustment and unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of teacher and staff turnover. But things seem to have settled down, and with new principals in place, it finally seems to be settling down. Not very many extracurricular activities for all grades---elementary, middle and high school. The PTA group tries hard, but parent involvement is dismal.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2006
I love Somerset Academy for my kids. The population of the school is small and the kids are well educated. The principal is involved in the school activities. The parents are really invovled and the teachers quickly respond to any parent concerns.

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October 23, 2005
my son is in the 4th grade and I have to say I am satisfied with the academic material that is being taught. They have focused a lot on their writing skills. He is given lots of homework and I see a big improvement in his writing and vocabulary. He attended 3rd grade also and this year seems to be more intense. Sometimes all that homework can be overwhelming for me and interupts my time but it has been worth it.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2005
Your strongest teachers and assistants have left. No wonder the school has gone down hill. What do you think helps make up your school? Who do you think protects your children academically and socially to the end? We need to start protecting our teachers too, before we lose them all.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
My children were at Somerset for three years. We moved them out this year to a private school where they are much happier. This school's administration has been completely disorganized the entire time we were there. There were 3 different principles. Principles Dr. Ruth and Mr. Montero were definate advocates for the children, however, did not have much impact in creating a educational environment where a parent felt secure in the actual education. There is a high turnover in teachers - NOT GOOD! We liked the smaller environment and the athletics. I think the elementary and middle schools were O.K. but the high school is a little scary. I hope the school can eventually get it together because it has potential. I just didn't want my children to be the pawns while they work out their kinks.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
Too many changes have taken place and it is not the same mom and pop type of environment the kids first had. That's what kept Somerset apart from the rest. Now, things are robotic and impersonal. The best teachers have really gone, and the discipline problemed children from other schools have come in. Things need to be revamped before more parents withdraw their children.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2005
This school is small but with high academic standards.

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May 25, 2005
This school lacks a lot of organization and administrative skill. There is a lot to be desired. We hope fresh staff comes in to 'unharbor' this stressful environment.

- submitted by a teacher

April 27, 2005
What a difference from last year! Somerset is reaching its full potential!

- submitted by a teacher

April 11, 2005
The school has a progresive attitude and their MIND program for making Math fun is great. Kids love it! The staff and faculty are very organized and proactive.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
We have been part of Somerset for the past two years. The teachers at this school are amazing!. Great changes have ocurred at the administration level, the new Head Master/ Principal is leading in the right direction. The improvements can be observed at all levels. Somerset Academy is one of the BEST schools in the area, and yes there are always aspects that could be enhace, but for that to change, the Level of parent involvement needs to increase. The most important thing is that the quality of the academic programs are outstanding, that our children are in the hands of loving teachers, and that the new administration is doing its best to solve the growing pains of a young school.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
Somerset is continuing to grow. Unfortunately, learning by their mistakes is common. This year seems to be improving with much better communication. As with any non-public school, kids with special needs will not see much support. We had our child in a private school and there were no provisions for special needs children. Just the opportunity to pay hundreds more for private tutoring. There is a tendency by Somerset parents to treat this school as if it was a private school they were paying thousands of dollars for and that rules are not meant for them.

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February 23, 2005
This school is good. Although young, it has reached its goals and more in six years it has existed. It has an excellent sports program, especially in volleyball and basketball.

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February 12, 2005
There is ALWAYS room for improvement at Somerset. The owners have been trying to figure out how to run a real school for more than five years. One of these days they may get there. In the process, several advertised school innovations were eliminated. Always ask questions about changes for the next schoolyear. Yearly student and staff turnover can be huge. Teacher support and professional development have been very weak. If your child has ANY identified disability of any kind, or major cultural differences, make sure the teacher has had experience dealing with that. Support for teacher from school level may not be available. If you have any indications that your child may have a learning disability or be gifted, be proactive. Don't rely solely on school to assess.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 08, 2005
Excellent all the way around.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
December 14, 2004
I have taught at this school for awhile now and it is quite disturbing to see the amount of gossip and lies that curtail the campus on a daily basis. Administration conduct unfair teacher evaluations that are unannounced, fees collected for activities and fundraisers go straight to administration that keeps up to 50%, and command is given to too many undeserving staff members. Somerset fits too many horrendous cliches and the childish up and up that run the place are only assisting in its demise.

- submitted by a teacher

December 11, 2004
Very poor choice of administration, Academica!

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December 07, 2004
The school is adequate. Teachers are a definite bonus. If they weren't here, we would most likely not return.

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December 07, 2004
While the school is very 'cutesy' and offers a lot of holiday fan fare and great extra curricular events throughout the school day, which many schools do not offer, many parents continue to complain that administration is not improving. We need someone stern yet loving to set these children in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2004
My son has been a student at this institution for four years and each year the school has had a new pricipal who has variant views and ideas from his predecessor. The teachers are also transient which tells a lot about how much they view the school. Good luck if you pick this place.

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August 22, 2004
This year I am seeing lots of improvements in all the areas, security, traffic control, dissmisal, etc.

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May 05, 2004
Somerset Academy has certainly changed over the past year. My wife and I were thrilled when we were able to get our children into the school back in 2002. The school was great and was a very pleasant experience. When we started the 2003-2004 school year I could tell a drastic change for the worse. The school has lost focus on the child and have pushed the business side of the school. The grounds are a mess. Security is a joke. Drop-off and pickup is a disaster. It has become a nightmare. Parental involvement was encouraged last year. This year it is harshly discouraged. The constant request for money is horrible. I wish this school would place their focus back on the student and qulaity of education. By the way, the problem is not with the teachers (they are great) but administration and ownership.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2004
Somerset Academy is a school with little organization. The work seems to be on level, however the learning enviroment is very poor. The physical apperance of the school is in great need for improvement. There is no playground for students, recess is held in the parking lot.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2004
Somerset has offered my daughter an advance style of education I feel that every child in the US should be able to benefit from. The interactions amongst staff and parents are like no other. The non traditional small classroom setting helps teachers focus more on the idividuals in the classroom. The school setting allow the students to feel comfortable and relaxing. My child have improved in many ways including academically, socially, and the best is gaining confidence. I would highly recomment the structure of Somerset for every school in this country.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2004
I was a teacher at Somerset Academy for a short time. In that time not only was I overworked, underpaid, but continuously underminded and disrespected. The only reason I stayed the length of time I did was due to the incredible parent support I recieved as well as faculty support. The administration beginning with the principal needs to be redirected and removed. A school is not a business; teachers are not pawns. We are what makes a school work. This school has chosen to run its quality teachers out and not even stop to question their dismissal. If I were a parent I would not bring my child anywhere near this facility. I would not want them around digruntled teachers, but no where near a principal that instead of showing love omits fear.

- submitted by a teacher

March 22, 2004
I am a parent whose child will not be attending Somerset Academy next year. How can a school claim that it a school of choice when they can't even provide books to its students? The administration cannot (or will not) get what is needed from Academica Schools, its parent company. The teachers are the only reason to be there. They are left hanging by the administration. Too many parents are not aware of what is really going on in the school. Too many teachers are leaving and very few have their own children enrolled. What message does this send? Parents need to take a good long look at what is happening.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2004
I just wanted to thank the fourth and sixth grade teams for doing such a great job with our kids. I've noticed such growth with my own children and those I car pool. We used to go to Chapel Trail Elementary and the change has been enlightening on all of us. Work needs to be done overall. However the teachers are great and the work is challenging :)

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March 11, 2004
Thank goodness for the teachers because the administration needs work!Everything is untruthful that they say, parents are not a priority to them, and they have tremendous attitude.

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February 27, 2004
I feel this school needs alot of work. The communication is the biggest issue. Administration treats the teachers here very poorly. The teachers are the main attraction to this school -not the administration which is still struggling through issues like getting books. I feel that those who do not want to admit there are problems, are not in touch with reality. There were 4 schedule changes in the fall. The ESE kids went through more than that. Teachers were fired from one day to the next, leaving K and first graders devastated. Two ESE teachers left because they were overworked and were not helped. A number of teachers have confided in me of the lack of respect they get from administration. Many are planning on leaving. I have heard compaints that since the bell system does not work properly, kids are running in the hall way and knocking on class doors while other classes are still going on. I have left several messages to the administration and there has not been a phone call back. There are really very little positives.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2004
Many have complained about the new administration. Being in a position to compare the old with the new I say thank heavens for change. The old administration was too much about style over substance. They may have been more accessible but there was nothing going on underneath. The new administration has done an incredible amount of work in fixing a badly broken system, but overall success can't come overnight. I know firsthand that most of the people doing the complaining are doing nothing to get involved to make Somerset a better place. Go directly to the people who can help. You want the fence we were promised? Go to Academica and ask why we don't have it yet. Want books? Ask your local and state legislators why charter schools are treated as second-class institutions when they serve to relieve a badly overcrowded public school system. Have a problem? Fix it! I'm the parent of one elementary-age child and one middle-school age child, and I have nothing but the highest regard for this administration and the potential it represents for this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2004
We have been here for 3 years, I would not put my son anyplace else. The Principle and the administration are wonderful. The teachers are happy now with the 'new' administration then they were last year with the 'old' administration. The curriculmn is the best. They allow us to be involved with our children. What other school can you find that in. In my opinion all those other people that have left negative feedback are the ones that only complain and do not do anything to make a difference and don't want to face that they are the problem not the school. If they are so unhappy it is a school of choice so go somewhere else and leave us educated parents alone that know that 'Somerset' is a great place to be. We are growing and we are proud to be part of Somerset. My child loves his school so stop giving us a bad name over the floor being dirty, every schools floors are dirty. And yes, there were major problems with registration but that was because the 'old' administration left everything hanging for the 'new' administration to clean up. Funding is a problem but what school doesn't have funding problem. We are also growing and people don't like change or they want things to happen right away. Life takes time and all of our children are learning. A+ for Somerset and for our Principle, sure she is strict she cares for her kids!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2004
Somerset Academy has had its downfalls. However, under the new administrator, it's all coming together. The teachers and administrators work very hard for the benefit of the children. The parents are excellent, very involved and always willing to help. As an educator, I feel that if everyone that has made all of the negative comments would employ a little more time trying to fix the problem rather than gripping about it, Somerset would be all that it can be!

- submitted by a teacher

February 11, 2004
Administration needs a lot of work. They work like it's a factory-not a school. The children need more discipline and direction from the head up. Everything is just overlooked. My child was punched in the head and the other person was simply given one day of IS. They need tougher rules so the children will respect them. Wearing a belt and tucking in your shirt is important. However, safety is not on their list. What gives?

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2004
I have been thoroughly impressed with the administration and staff at Somerset Academy. At what other school are you invited to have coffee with your principal? At what other school is the administration available between 4 pm and 6 pm to meet with parents? At Somerset Academy the assistant principals are there early in the morning helping with traffic, greeting parents and students, and they are there long after the last child goes home from LEAP. The office staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Each one has a can do , how can I help you attitude. Where else will you find such a fine, thorough curriculum? Our kids are continually challenged to think and apply what they learn. I am always pleasantly surprised and grateful when Friday folders come home. I find out that they have had the experience of lying on their backs to paint like Michelangelo. They are reading the newspaper and writing and thinking about current events. The packets they complete in conjunction with the books they read are thought provoking and challenging. Book reports are fun projects. There is nothing rote about instruction at Somerset. Children learn by application and experience. The teaching is first class. Using every modality; teachers capture each child s learning style. The curriculum is comprehensive and integrated in such a way that our children cannot, not learn. Mrs. Olicker is a curriculum expert. The critical skill sets and knowledge needed to prepare our children to succeed from elementary, to middle to high school have been purposefully and consistently integrated throughout our children s experience at Somerset Academic Village.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2003
If it weren't for the awesome teachers (I don't know how they do it!) my kids would be out of this school. The principal runs the place like a business and not a school. Kids fear the environment when she's around. The other administrators lack respect for their employees and do not return phone calls from parents. This school should be closed down and should start up brand new with a new company backing it up.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2003
In my opinion the frustration received from the operational system in this school is no surprise anymore. The address issues are never resolved. All I can say is that my Honor Roll student is now an under average C/D's academic level and I'm very concerned about the FCAT scores. This is not to mention the filthyness in the bathrooms and cafeteria.Good Luck.

- submitted by a parent

November 25, 2003
Somerset is known for the great curriculm. This year with the new administration many parents are concerned about the future of the teachers and also the curriculm signed up for. Budget is also a major issue therefore lack of supplies and school materials are not available. Lack of communication from Adminstration and not agreeing to partnership makes it very difficult to want to continue in this school. If you are thinking about Somerset speak to the parents and do alot of research. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2003
The school management needs work, I believe if you have key people with good qualities and very good managing skills, it will make everyone work harder and better. If our kids are going to compete in a more complex and sophisticated marketplace in their futures, they need the best effort from parents and school.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2003
If you really want to know the truth about our school go to http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/research_evaluation/reports/charter%20school%20report%202001-2002

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2003
Yes the school is still growing and there are still some adjustments to be made, but overall I think that it is a good school. The teachers expectations are high for the students and I believe that that is important. Yes, parents complain that students get to much HW or that it isn't a good school, but it is those same parents that I have seen who don't take a part in their childs education, who do not cooperate or meet with the teacher to help get there child back on track. As with any school yes it has a few quirks to work out, but overall it is a good school and I believe that despite the chaos credit must be given to the teachers for working with the students and pushing them so that they succeed! Isn't that what we want from our kids to be successful?

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
Pro's: Sound teaching of core academics; my child had an excellent teacher and did very well. Con's: Poor organization and communication; also funding problems evident impacting physical environment, teacher training, and availability of materials to effectively teach beyond core subjects

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
This school is always filthy, classrooms and bathrooms are cleaned when parents complain. This school belongs in the inner city not in this area. It is underfunded, teacher/student turnover is tremendous. Academically it leaves much to be desired. The only reason students stay is because all other schools in the area are overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent

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Somerset Academy
20801 Johnson Street, Pembroke Pines, FL  33029
(954) 442-0233
Last modified Somerset Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Somerset Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 116 reviews. Top