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Ideal School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $97,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 27, 2014

I am proud to say I am a teacher at IDEAL Elementary school. After working in a variety of public and private school settings, IDEAL stands out for its dedicated team, challenging curriculum, and the commitment to providing a safe and enchanting environment everyday. The team of teachers are collaborative and dedicated professionals who put the children's emotional and intellectual learning first. We work hard in every lesson we produce and have wonderful support from Administration. I firmly believe IDEAL & Dream school is a wonderful learning environment that is inclusive of critical thinking while connecting real life learning to every lesson. I cannot think of a better place I would rather teach, and I look forward to sending my own children there when I start a family!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 9, 2014

The school should only be elementary. You can't use the same ways of teaching elementary in middle school. Middle schoolers don't need chants and singing. The middle school doesn't need to line up like little kids in PE. Treating them like kids doesn't prepare them for high school. There is no such thing of being kind and multiple intelligent in high school. Walk aroung like that and you are sure to get beat up. Also, most of the middle schoolers don't even pay attention to Heart to Heart's and Mind Up. Mind Up was a complete waste of money to me and many others because the middle schoolers simply don't care. And simply for the sake of the students, no middle schooler is going to pay 1000 dollars to get on stage with "Wonderama" because with 1000 dollars they can get meet and greet tickets to see a band that is actually famous and that can actually sing. What do you guys do with the 12k you receive from the students? Because middle school has books from 2004 while 5th graders get I-Pads. Middle Schoolers has no new books and you guys ask to bring in supplies. Stop wasting money on bands and actually by the Middle Schoolers some new books.


Posted January 7, 2014

I can with full confidence recommend IDEAL and Dream Middle School to any family that is looking for, not just a place their child can get a "wonderful" education, but a place a child can feel welcomed, care for, and supported. Teachers there get to know each child, they know how they learn and can guide each student to be aware of their skills and encourage them to use their talents. I have a child that needs to be challenged and gently guided she is self-driven and works hard to achieve her personal best. My other child is the complete opposite he needs a lot of hands on help and guidance. I can happily say they are both getting what they need and as a parent I am well informed and I can call for information whenever I need to. Five stars from me for IDEAL and Dream school. From a parent of four years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

My children have been transformed into happy, excited, and passionate children. They were awesome before, but it is evident that they thrive on the positive, kind, and upbeat environment that IDEAL fosters. I am so thankful to the staff of IDEAL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

We LOVE our school! All four of my daughters ages 5, 10, 12 and 24 have gone to IDEAL over the past 20 years. My oldest, started in IDEAL preschool which set the tone for her never ending enthusiasm for reading and learning. My youngest has just entered Kindergarten and I see the same excitement and energy in her as I did 20 years ago in my oldest. The children develop a profound understanding of what method works best for them when learning each subject. They understand at a young age that one method may work for math, but they need to use a different approach with science, wether it's through song, dance, writing, reading, powerpoint, theatrics, just about anything goes. The teachers are so amazing, animated in everything they do. This energy is contagious and keeps our children and families engaged. Our children are confident. The Principals are completely involved. They are compassionate and all-embracing, offering discounts to families of the service, fire & police departments. I could not imagine a more nurturing and positive environment. Thank you IDEAL and Dream School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I am proud to be a part of the IDEAL and Dream School team. I work hard everyday to plan lessons that reach every student. All that I do is supported and encouraged by the administration. I feel supported and heard on a daily basis. Going to "work" everyday is enjoyable! The administration provides me with the resources I need to make everyday the best it can me for both my students and for myself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 14, 2013

My son has been going to IDEAL and DREAM School for the past 9 years! He loves it !!! He is excited to learn, to be challenged and is respected by the teachers, administration and his peers. I would not have him go anywhere else!! I am sad that he only has two more years but am confident that he will have the emotional and cognitive foundation to carry him through the high school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Administration truly cares about their staff's success and well-being. The teachers always put their students' needs first, and you can really see their passion for what they do. As a new staff member this year, I felt welcome and a part of the team right away. The curriculum and the way it's presented is fantastic.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 12, 2013

I have chosen the best of the best for my children's education. The teachers are absolutely commited and dedicated to give your child an amazing experience in everything they do. They truly care about each individual's needs. Looking forward to see my children making a difference thanks to Ideal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

IDEAL and DREAM schools are exactly what the name says, Ideal and Dream!! I have always been a believer in the public school system until I took the tour with Dr. And Mrs. Soderman. The passion that this family has in making my children independent, confident, and enthusiastic not only towards school, but towards life in general is astounding. And it starts as soon as I pull in for drop off in the morning...the teachers actually appear to WANT TO BE THERE!!! I leave knowing my children are safe, happy, and WILL be challenged everyday, and their teacher will make school fun!! My children learn differently and the Multiple Intelligence curriculum content enables the different styles of learning to be addressed. The children truly enjoy being at school with their friends, and genuinely love all of their teachers! I just know that they must sing a lot because my daughter sings the content of her homework when she is completing it at night. Please come check out a day at Ideal and Dream Schools, you will leave wishing you would have come by sooner. The product (school) I was sold on my tour is exactly what I am getting everyday for my child! So excited I found Ideal and Dream!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Very Very Disappointed. I have 3 kids who attended school there. It is not a one size fits all type of place, although they claim to be. They weren't able to tap into their intelligences and many of the parents were angry and left. This is long after the school collects enough money to not invite your child back the next year. Many kids who went there for years were put on "waiting lists" until they could enter the advanced program which costs more. It's sad when this school competes with public schools that are 100% free and academically equivalent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

This is a great school! my kids have been here since they were 3! the approach to teaching is amazing! its been my experience that when families can't afford to stay any longer, they pull their kids and put them into public.. and then start bashing the school to rationalize their own decision.... really unfortunate, but at the same time, makes me want to stay in private!!! you get what you pay for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

Yes I was upset with the IDEAL and DREAM school too. I was upset that Dr. and Mrs Soderman s school only goes to 8th grade and not to 12th. My son started Ideal school in Preschool. We could not have found a better place. It might not look that spectacular from the outside, but when we walked through the front door of the IDEAL and DREAM school we already got the feeling of what a fantastic place this was and still is. After meeting the amazing staff we knew we did not need to look any further - we found d the IDEAL place for our son s education. He loved going to school every day and was very sad when 8th grade ended. He is now in one of the highest ranked schools in the Country, in New England and the teachers there say He must have been at a phenomenal school in Florida, to do so well here. And I smile and say He was at the BEST school, Florida has to offer. His grade average in New England is at 93 %. THANK YOU IDEAL AND DREAM SCHOOL for leading our son to success - on your yellow brick road!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2013

My daughter started at the IDEAL preschool last fall. I am amazed at the educational development she has experienced in such a short space of time; her vocabulary, writing, and communication skills have flourished. However, the most pleasing growth has been in her critical thinking and consideration of others. The school has a curriculum that encourages cognitive and emotional development, and I'm so pleased with the impact it has had on my child in such a brief time. I have friends with children in the older grades and I can't wait for my daughter to grow into the happy, engaged, caring young people they have become. If you really want to know how great this school is, take the opportunity to speak to one of their students - they'll convince you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

My kids were at this school for a few years until last year. The overall experience especially in the pre-school is adequate. The multiple intelligence approach is something most kids respond to. However, our experience did not end very well. Since details cannot be given on this review site without breaking some of the rules for posting, all I could say is in the years my kids attended, there were several families that left each year. To lose half of a class or a third of a class goes beyond economics. The academics don't add up, and parents realize this as the kids advance in grades. There's a reason why most parents that leave end up at Binks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

The most amazing school I've ever seen. Go and see and you will know what I am talking about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Wonderful school with multiple intelligence.Children are welcomed and respected. Staff and owners are very involved and go above and beyond. positive environment with no negative statements. Classrooms are beautiful and spotless! Only complaint is the limited choices for pre school.only 5 day per week options. Now there is only an 8:15-2:00 option 5 days per week. You can pick up early, but still pay for the day. I fear that we are becoming a society of drop off your kids at day care, camp and early pre schools. Even this really perfect school cannot replace the value of a Mom and family time. If both parents work full time, than this is the pre school to choose. If you can pay the full price and pick up early I would highly consider it. These early years go so quickly. Spend as much time with your children as you can. I would have preferred a 3 day per week, 9-11 day for my child in pre school and a couple of hours longer for pre K, but could not find a school that compares as well. Again if you work full time or can afford to pay for full day and pick up early I would consider it. It is a wonderful school. Otherwise I would wait and start this school in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

This school takes the basic education standards in South Florida and turns it on it's head. The school is just a phenominal experience for both the children and the parents. The kids are so excited to stay after school to work on projects, or attend Friday night dances. When I was young, there was no way you could get me back to school after I was there all day, especially on a Friday. However, if IDEAL was around when I was in school, I definitely would have felt differently. I have volunteered at some of these functions, and the children are just so energetic and involved, willing to learn new things and just have a great time. The owners are lovely people who bend over backwards to enrich these kid's lives, and they bend over backwards to accomodate their incredible staff. The teachers are not only dedicated, but they truly love these children and take great pride in their success. There are reviews on here talking about how the school's expensive, and it's true what they say: "You get what you pay for". If you don't care about your child's education, throw them in the public system. Want to see them reach thier superstar potential? Then this chool is truly IDEAL.


Posted September 18, 2011

My daughter has attended Dream Middle School for three of the most incredible educational years of her life. The owners are fabulous!! You couldn't ask for better teachers. She told me if only it starter at 11am , she would like to go everyday of her life. Our family has been so blessed to be apart of Dream Middle. We just wish they went to 12th grade.!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

I completely disagree with the last review. Compared to other private schools in the area(one I won't mention is 23k per yr); Ideal Dream School is not overpriced. This school is a gift, and I feel so blessed that my children are able to learn in the environment that Ideal/Dream provides. My daughter that hated school in the past, jumps out of bed to go to school now. I am amazed on how much she learns, We have nicknamed her Encyclopedia Brittianca, because she is a endless source of information on Science,Literature, history, biology..Its wonderful to see her so excited about learning. Teachers are wonderful, Principal is always present. Best Paren involvement I have seen. It's a small school, so you really do get a sense of family.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 44%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Black 3% 29%
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
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