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John I. Smith K-8 Center8

Doral, FL | Miami-Dade County

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September 2, 2014


Academically is a very good school, teachers are very nice, experienced and my daughter has had an excellent experience since Kindergarten. However the facilities are old and dirty, the school needs improvements and maintenance. PTA is amazing! They work really hard!! The new Principal, Mr. Navarro seems to be a very organized and aware of all this problems and is trying to give his best to help. Parents are very involved and are welcome To participate and collaborate with the school.

Submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014


I think that the teachers are wonderful. They want every kid to do their best. the rigor of the home-learning is a follow-up of the days instruction. I am glad that my kid gets work that relates to grade level skills and not busy work.

Submitted by a parent

February 20, 2014


Mediocre education, lousy teachers and the facilities are completely run down. The school provides a traditional education which does not prepare the kids for the real world. Unfortunately, some parents seem to be thrown-off by the school's rating because it is an A school- but if you actually research the FCAT test scores they are all under 80%, many in the the mid 60 percentile. Also, there are very little resources (music, art, technology, physical education) for the kids to actually be getting something more than just a basic education and the parents have to be on top of their kids homework for them to actually learn.

Submitted by a parent

October 5, 2013


The school is great and my daughter seems very happy and doing great, but some things must change. Security is very weak and school seems a but unprotected. Also, there must be a radical change in dismissal, it is total chaos!! All other schools have car loops and parents dont even have to get out if their cars. That way is safer for our kids and faster to get out if its all in order! They should assign volunteers to help with dismissal traffic. School buses tend to block the exit and nobody does anything to help or change that!

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October 1, 2013


John I Smith offers amazing education in a nurturing and caring environment. Parent involvement is high in this school. They offer amazing after care programs which give the kids options for staying active after school.

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September 7, 2013


Mi experiencia con la escuela no pudo haber sido mejor. Viniendo de una escuela privada, estaba preocupada al ingresar en el sistema publico. Pero JIS no ha sido mas que apoyarme, aliviar todas mis preocupaciones y ayudar a mis hijos en todas las areas. Nos estamos mudando ahora y me siento muy triste de dejar esta escuela. Las maestras son muy buenas, y la subdirectora Piloto es maravillosa. Mis hijos no se quieren ir. Es una escuela que merece mucho mas reconocimiento que el que se le da.

Submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013


My experience of John I smith is excellent ,excellent teachers that that are good at teaching the students. It has a wonderful gifted program that help the kids get good grades.

Submitted by a parent

May 30, 2013


This school is horrible in all aspects. The teachers don't teach, do not care about the kids and are not prepared. There is no communication with the parents, very little use of technology and the after school programs and after care is a joke. The facilities are old, run down and filfthy. Quite honestly there is nothing positive or remotely positive I would say about the school.

Submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013


This school is disgustingly dirty. The bathrooms reek of urine. The floors and walls are filthy. There's mold growing on the tiles of some classrooms. The walls desperately need to be painted. The paint is peeling off. Definitely does not look like a school you would find in the Doral area. There's NO discipline whatsoever. They mix the little ones with the 6th graders. There's no computers. Some of the "teachers" should definitely not be teachers and the administration is terrible. Absolutely would not recommend this school. It's a shame, because this USED to be an excellent school.

Submitted by a parent

February 21, 2013


We moved from Hollywood, so the situation is Hollywood Central Elementary to John I Smith. This has been one of the worst experiences we ever had. I could spend hours describing the whole ordeal and the big mess this school divers its day to day activities, but instead I will focus on the wort issue "Teachers". I don't want to generalize, but sadly our third grade daughter's teacher is somehow (and this is our point of view based on our personal experiences), not qualify to teach anything. I had to spent a lot of time with my daughter everyday to teach her what she is suppose to learn in class, and even though it is impossible to get a good grade from her teacher. She is used to get good grades from her previous school and most important we used to get a good teacher/parent communication channel over there. Here, at John I Smith, impossible. Her planner is never checked, we seldom get her homework revised by her teacher (what we get a lot is medium to bad grades from here). Trying to get a conference with her teacher, a monumental task (on top of that, her teacher does not get emails). She (teacher) has no right ask for her students excellence over such a deficient teaching

Submitted by a parent

November 14, 2012


The teachers are Okay, the level of education is great, the school is safe (no violence), the people at the office are helpful and bilingual, and my kid is happy ... but the walls are dirty, the little playground looks dirty and old , and the public restroom signs have to be replaced (the one between the cafeteria and the media center) ... "women" and "men" are already plural and don't need a "S" at the end ... a big grammar mistake like this one, placed on the wall of an elementary school for every kid too see, doesn't look too good ...

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2012


We have had our kids in this school for 4 years now and are very happy with the level of education, teachers and students. They also have great Spanish, Art and Music Teachers. We have been 'lucky' every year to get excellent teachers. This year was the first time we were very disappointed with one of the classes/teachers. Fortunately this school has a principal and AP who will listen and try to find a solution to any problem you present and our situation has now been resolved. I would recommend this school.

Submitted by a parent

August 20, 2012


The education is "good", but no space in bilingual program, only for few, then the infrastructure is poor, dirty walls, landscaping need to be attend, class rooms walls dirty, bad lights in bathrooms, the park for the little ones is old!.. lunch for after care program is just a juice and a bag of chips?..please it has to be better...I'm sick that I pay school board taxes, and the school is not in the conditions..We need to be sure that our kids are in a good enviroment with good education...

Submitted by a parent

April 24, 2012


My kids are going to JIS for a littles while now. And I have a Excellent teacher for my kinder children, she is very caring, involved and active. Now, the other teacher for my 1 st grader , OMG, the opposite. The office staff are great, principal and assist principal are very involved. So I think it is all about the teachers commitment.

Submitted by a parent

February 28, 2012


i loved this school my son is doing great and the teachers are great too. we are really pleasant to has this school in our community.

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