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5876 Southwest 68th Street
South Miami, FL 33143

(305) 740-0509
(305) 740-0510
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Amount of homework: Just right
October 02, 2015
Homework is on the heavier side, but it has worked for my daughter, so I'm rating it Just Right.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2015
This is my daughter's 3rd year in SOMI. Teachers are amazing and truly care for the children. We love the bilingual program, certainly re-enforces the value of knowing more than one language. Academically it is demanding, but not to the point that my child has ever been frustrated or overwhelmed, we have created a habit of responsibilities at home with homework and she has flourished under these demands. It is great that parents are required to be involved and honestly cannot agree at all with the comments about lack of communication. Every class has their own website and every parent has access to it, so if you wish to be involved, you must make an effort. If you want your children to thrive and are willing to put in the work, and not have the school do all the work for you, than this school is great for you. There are a lot of parents that went to school together, so yes many parents know each other. I didn’t grow up in this country, so I’m new to the cliques, but frankly I haven’t had an issue making friends with parents at all.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
Let me start by saying the teachers at this school are amazing. My daughter has been there since year one and has loved every single one. The school is a charter school. If your child has any special need (including being gifted) this is not for you. If you are low income, this is not for you. The teacher's aides are payed for by the parents. This carries a price tag of $250 per student per year. Some room parents will even disclose your lack of participation in e mails to other parents. Many of the parents went to high school together so it can be very cliquish. Sports are extremely competitive. This is a school for private school families. It is by no means an alternative to poor performing public schools. There is a lot of keeping up with Mr and Mrs Jones here. Education is at par with any high performing public school.

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October 23, 2014
I have to agree nice and clean with young profecionales with lack of experience and like others I did not belong to the clan so after my kid was bully and the other was tag and put down because he had ADD and they had no idea how to deal with him I left for good wish you look!!!

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September 25, 2014
Very difficult to rate this school. First appearances are excellent. Facilities are clean, school shows and events are first rate, many students excel. But... If your child needs extra help, if your child gets lost in large classes, if your child gets bullied, good luck getting support here. This school is focused on improving its numbers. It wants top performers, all others are tacitly encouraged to leave. Principal competent but basically unavailable to parents' concerns. Those related to or friends of the owners, a clan which extends to legislators who happen regulate charter schools for the state, are favored. The clubs and sports are highly competitive to get into. This as a relentlessly Darwinian culture. Those that can thrive in it do well.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2014
This a wonderful school. All of the staff members have the best interest of the children at heart. Their education is top notch. The environment of the school focuses on values, academics and doing the right thing. The principle and vice principle are loving and go above and beyond for the children.

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March 11, 2014
2014: SoMi is a great school, but you need to take the bad with the good. The teachers are caring and love what they do, but communication varies and it is hard to find out what is going on in the school unless you make an effort. The school does many activities to keep the children excited about learning, but parent involvement is limited by rules. For the most part the academics are challenging, but there is WAY too much focus on FCAT and SAT with an excessive amount of drills and worksheets. This creates an obstacle for real learning and a frustration for the students and parents. Home work is OUT OF CONTROL! and while I want my child to be challenged, expectations are not grade level appropriate. On the bright side, the families are great and want to be involved. If you are lucky enough to land with an experienced teacher, SoMi is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2013
2013: The good: teachers, academics, leadership, much improved PE program. The bad: Poor supervision during the after-care program, way too much homework (no good balance and not following MDCPS guidelines on homework), large class sizes, blatant preferencial treatment of administration's children, who attend the school.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2013
This school provides an excellent environment for my child and has a rigorous curriculum. I am very happy yo have my child attend.

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September 09, 2013
I'm lucky my girls got into SoMi before the waiting list. Kim Gilarte Gil does a great job. This school is better than the private schools in South Dade ...

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July 01, 2013
ridiculous man okay whatever they are way too slack you know like way too slack

- submitted by a community member

April 16, 2013
My grandson, who is now seven and in his second year at Somerset elementary loves his scchool. Together with his parents we find the school excellent in every respect. The work load is heavy but that's life! The harder one works the more successful the end result .

- submitted by a community member

February 07, 2013
We live nearby and I went in one day last year to find out more about Somerset to see if it would be a good match for our children. I was told I could not see the inside of the facility, or speak with any teacher - - not even on a tour. An admin assistant told me they had stopped doing tours/open houses because the demand was so high that "they didn't need to." I just don't feel comfortable sending my children somewhere 8 hours a day that I have not been allowed to see.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2011
My three children attend Somerset Academy SOMI since it started, 2 are now in elementary and 1 in middle school. I could not be happier with the school. I had come from a private school and was a bit wary about the change to a public school and was extremely surprised by the quality of the teachers, very qualified, loving their profession, enthusiastic, prepared to give their best. The academics are demanding, but I'm all for it. I believe all my children are pushed to their full potential and when the time comes to go into high school they'll be at their individual best. The quality of the principal leadership trickles down throughout the whole faculty.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2011
Our school is a magnificent place to work! Our administration is outstanding and supports our professional decision making abilities. We are constantly encouraged to do our best and make teaching ours. As teachers enjoy learning and providing our students with the most effective and research-based strategies. We differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students while motivating them to do their absolute best. We believe that in order to succeed you must believe and constantly try. All students can rise to meet higher expectations. I love waking up in the morning and seeing my students and knowing that together we make magic happen in the classroom through innovative technologically enhanced projects and hands on learning experiences. Every day is a wonderful day at SoMi where learning is a pleasure and teaching is from the heart.

- submitted by a teacher

April 17, 2011
We were lucky to be accepted into Somerset the first year. My child came from a very good gifted program in another school so we were a bit apprehensive over switiching schools. The school we came from lacked parental involvement. This School has been a gem for South Miami, the school is small and located in an industrial section of South Miami, but the leadership in the school is excellent. I was afraid the school would be too easy for my daughter especially coming from a gifted class. She has been excelling in every class. I love the bilingual program and I find that the homework is just enough. The teachers and assistants are fantastic and so is the staff. My only dissappointment is because of it's size, it does not appear that it will have a gifted program for the kids. We do not have a formalized PTA, but we do have a VIP Parent committee that is awesome. The involvement is pretty amazing. They are not equipped to handle special needs at this time. The sports program is among the best for an elementary school offering many sports and teams for the kids. I would recommend this school to anyone and I am so happy we will have a school to call home until 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2010
90% of students in bilingual Spanish program. We want our child to learn a 2nd language with strong academics, but there is too much negitive reenforcement. 85% of students can speak Spanish, and being taught at college level. Our child kept up with the over-welming amount of home work (2 X other Schools). Adding FCAT Prep with double H.W., our child now in 4th grade feels burned out with no free tme. SOMI needs more accomidation for non-Hispanic students like our child who don't have bilingual parents to help with Spanish. Students can feel alienated from their peers. Student population lacks diversity, and disabled students don't seem welcome. SOMI has no PTA with matriarchal class Mom system. SOMI has good teachers and asst teachers, but with so much H.W., students help grade quizes. SOMI is a good school that needs a PTA and more diversity with the Administration, and student population.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2010
This school is Somserset Academy SoMi, a charter school (grades Pre-k 3 to 8). My child attended this school in it's first year for kindergarten/Mandarin program. I am very happy with the school overall and have no major complaints. Academicallly the school is about as good as it gets. It has all of the latest technology available for all students. Third grade and above are each given laptop computers for use at school. Smart boards in all classrooms. The music and arts programs need improvement but I hope with time this will come. PE is a challenge at this school due to it's roof top outdoor play area. There is a nice playground for the young kids on the ground floor outside. Starting next year there will be an all-day gifted program for select grades. The school lacks a large meeting area so most big school events are held off campus.

- submitted by a parent
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Somerset Academy Elementary School South Miami Campus
5876 Southwest 68th Street, South Miami, FL  33143
(305) 740-0509
Last modified Somerset Academy Elementary School South Miami Campus is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Somerset Academy Elementary School South Miami Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top