All the lower ratings are CORRECT. This is my 4th year (I'm a Senior) and it's honestly a bad school. The only reason it's even rated so high is because the close-knit families among the students and parents(like the people below me pointed out). The school IS bad. Last year I had a chemistry teacher who was very knowledgeable on the subject - but just COULDN'T teach, or control the students. I barely learned a thing, and honestly I was trying to learn. The academic rigor is terrible, and pretty much the school as a whole is -- few programs offered - no sports such as lacrosse, or hockey like most high schools have. The student body as a whole is very unreserved and contributes to the poor academic rigor. PLEASE understand my review that this is (very honestly) not a good school. Ignore the biased positive ratings. They are only rated so, because of the close knit communities - who contribute to the terrible academics, and lack of programs.
I didn't like this school at all... I was super excited when I got accepted but after, I regretted even going. I went for 9th grade and left in the beginning of 10th grade, I'm now online schooled until I find a better school for myself because I didn't want to go to this school anymore. The teachers act like they care about our educations but they really don't because they do a very bad job at teaching and then they'll give you a quiz with little information on the lesson. They have a very strict policy on uniform which I hate and its ridiculous how they don't have a nurse or a nurse office, they also make you take these bathroom passes every time you go to the bathroom which basically, if you go to the wrong bathroom then you get into trouble which is horrible because its like elementary all over again. They'll give you a detention for anything you do and the school doesn't even give you textbooks.. they put the textbooks on the USB which isn't good because I like to use a textbook. The only good thing that I like about the school was the lunch food, that was honestly the only good thing that they had...
I understand why many people are giving this school a high rating due to the close-knit community and the friendliness of the teachers. I can't say that is not true. But if you're looking for an academically rigorous school, look somewhere else. The teachers do not know what they are doing (well, most of them... there are some diamonds in there somewhere). If your student actually wants to learn, they will suffer and have to teach themselves. My student (son) literally has stayed home because he will learn more by himself that with the teachers. The teachers are NOT prepared. The administrators do not care about fixing these problems: as long as the school is growing, who cares if the kids learn or not?
Honestly, due to it high ratings by others, I expected it to be a good school,yet that changed when I started as a new student in 9th grade last year. It is a terrible school, the staff is not very friendly, and most of the staff speaks broken English and mostly Spanish. The teachers are mostly young, and have no experience or caring about us. My Algebra 1 teacher, was horrendous, he would mostly talk about how great Jamiaca is more than math, he would also, not inform us when we had our chapter tests. I barely learned in there. My mother had to straighten him out a few times. He still was stubborn and kept talking about the benefits of being a teacher,(insurance, paid during summer,etc.). The students are not very welcoming. I swear, I was lucky that I made 3 friends there. They are just rude and not very including. The only good thing about the school, is that they have a dance program. That is the only reason I sort of wanted to go there. The dance teacher is amazing, and all that. My English teacher wa okay, but she was really nice am she actually taught, except she spoke REALLY broken English. I mean, she could barely pronounce the words on our spelling bee.
Principal works out with the teacher exercising which makes it harder to communicate with either some of the teachers or the principal. Teacher leave when they find a better job that is part of the Florida Retirement System (Pines Charter). Thus, a high turnover rate, lots of students take public transportation from North Dade County to attend school here. Some teachers are dictators and can not teach. They are fresh out of college and give lots of busy work, but do not teach!!!!!
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 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.
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. 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.
I am the parent of two children who have been attending Somerset since elementary school. Sticking with Somerset as they went through their growing pains was well worth it for me. My daughters have grown both socially and academically with the help of Mr. Montero (the school's principal) and his staff at Somerset. Mr. Montero knows all of his students by names and faces, not by numbers or statistics. The students don't get lost in the shuffle as they do in larger public schools where they could easily even leave campus and never be missed. All who leave Somerset, whether they care to admit it or not, do well in whatever their endeavors are. The desire to do well is contagious at Somerset, and this is what the students take with them. The friendly competition and desire for success among the students at Somerset is very impressive.
This school is excellent mainly because of the involvement of the Grand Master Mr. Montero and his Principal Ms Kaye. It is wonderful to see them walking around the school they have a watchful eye, all the kid know and 'LIKE' them which is even more astonishing. IT Programs like Cognitive Tutor, Accelerated Reader, STI, School notes closes the loop between parent, student, teacher, administrators, school and home. I had 3 older children before my 2 youngest attended Somerset I can only compare it to other Prep Schools I attended and my olders attended. With one exception the administrators and teachers.!!!!
I am a parent of an elementary student and a highschool student. Both of my children love the school and would not consider going any where else. The schools sports teams are solely funded by the parents or the childs sponsor. The school does not get funding for sports from the school system, despite this set back, I have to say Somerset has the BEST teams! 2008-2009 District champions JV Base ball! My son this year chose to play foot ball and loves it. Sports gives the student a feeling of belonging. The students respect each other and staff. The principals in both the Elementary and Middle/High are TOP NOTCH! This is not a JOB for them, this is their family, they care about their family, their home and ALL of the kids! Check them out at the next foot ball game sporting school jerseys! I love Somerset!
Mr. Montero and Ms. Bernal have truly made Somerset Academy great for us. They are always so visible and not only answer all questions, but follow up as promised. Mr. Montero is at every event and they are both so approachable. I am also impressed with the teachers quick responses to any concern that I may have regarding my daughter. Just being able to communicate with the Principal, Vice Principal and staff at Somerset makes all the difference in the world. That Mr. Montero - he does not pass the buck. If you address him with a problem or a concern, you can bet your life that HE will be the one to get back to you. That too has impressed me tremendously. My daughter loves the school - a happy child is a motivated child. The academics, the schedule, the clubs - so far - Love it!
I think this is an awesome school, my son has been in Somerset since 1st grade and is now in 9th, it is a small school with an awesome headmaster that know all the students by their names, excellent in academics, and the best thing is I have an elementary student and a high school student and they are both in the same school, same location but different buildings. they are very strick with uniforms, no earrings, no long hairs, shirts have to be tucked in at all times. It's like having a private school but free, all we need to do is give 30 volunteer hours wich is nothing. I LOVE SOMERSET...
I was extremely dismayed after reading the former valedictorian's input. In contrast to her libelous words, I feel the need to stress that I give this school credit for everything that I've become. My teachers, such as Dr. Allen or Harvard Graduate Mr. Meyer, were unparrallelable in the education they offered to me, even now at the University level. Our Principal, Mr. Montero, served as a personal mentor for several students, including myself, and made of us the great people we are today. Of the 7 AP classes I took at Somerset, I passed 6 of them, with 4's and 5's, an achievment I owe dearly to the staff. Classrooms and clubs were more than well resourced, as I recall frequent and well done labs in my science classes and a large scope of resources for the SGA to exploit as well. Without question, this is an amazing school.
My child has been attending this school for many years and I have seen her become a wonderful young lady. She loves school and her teachers. The school does not have all the bells and whistles that large public schools have but it has something more important things; administration that cares, teachers that actually teach and most importantly an environment that allows open and honest dialogue. I am proud to be the parent of Somerset Panther!
I am a parent of two students at Somerset Academy. As a professional in the medical field this school offers their students the opportunity to analyze, create and problem solve in all areas of studies. Their staff and parent involvement in the everyday activity of the students is outstanding. This school continues to improve its' standard of education yearly and their staff is readily available. I challenge ever alumni with this quote'If everyone gives back a little we will have enough for everyone'.
I am a student at this school and I have been here since 1st grade. No, it doesn't have a huge audotorium or several sports fields, but it feels like home. I can't see myself going anywhere else. There are tons of good teachers, and let me tell you, this school has improved. I love the administration. They mean business, but they care. You get to actually interact with teachers and administration. Lots of clubs; I am in many. It's really a great school and I like it alot. The academics are great. I really do love Somerset.
there is big family working together to help students achive their goals.
I am a recent graduate from this school. (I was valedictorian and I am now attending Duke University). Unfortunately, I cannot give credit to this school for anything that I accomplished during my years in it. The teachers were not prepared at all, the administration did not care about solving any of the problems, and we did not have enough resources in the class room. Take it from an AP student who had to teach herself everything because the teachers couldn't, put your child in a public school instead.
Somerset gives off a great small community feeling, but its does not have all the same amenities you might find at a regular high school (gym, auditorium). Some of the teachers are a little young and inexperienced.
My child has been at Somerset for years and loves the community feeling. The staff works so hard to ensure that the students are successful. The teachers and administrators truly care. The school is becoming better each year!
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