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South Miami K-8 Center8

Miami, FL | Miami-Dade County

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August 5, 2013


We love this wonderful school , the staff, teachers and the Principal are amazing! Is the best school in the universe !

Submitted by a parent

May 21, 2013


South Miami K-8 Center I'm giving this school a low rating mostly because of the way the administration handles situations. Although I have heard other parents complain, I can only speak for myself and my experience as a parent. My main complaint is the school's administration seemingly unwillingness to listen or validate a parent's concerns. My husband and I just went through quite an unpleasant experience just because we wanted answers as to why our son got hit by another kid during lunch. We made phone calls and sent emails as well as a letter asking for answers, and we were treated with no respect. We were constantly interrupted, and treated with an air of superiority and arrogance. Wow. Our son gets hit on his head hard enough to leave a big bump for a day and when we wanted to know more about the situation and the steps the school would take, we were made to feel like we were a nuisance to them. I find this disheartening and I am totally disappointed in this school's administration. My thoughts on this: if this school's administration doesn't listen and validate parents who are adults, I can only imagine how they treat the kids. A great school is not all about Fcat scores.

Submitted by a parent

September 30, 2012


this is my 5th year in this school awesome i started in 3rd and now im in 7th.my little sis has been going here too since kindergarden and now is in 4th really good school.we dont live close but since its such a good school my parents are willing to drive us that far for a good education.I would reccomend this school to anyone in grades k-8.

July 18, 2012


I am sick and tire of parents from other schools who bring their children here. This school has to stop taking in so many kids who do not live in the surrounding area. My taxes are high enough in this community for me to be paying for someone else s kid. PLEASE I AM BEGGING STOP THIS . ENOUGH! Keep the classes small or SM k-8 will lose its status as a great school. Beyond that is a great school for education above average scores in Florida and it is compared alongside Fairchild and Sunset Elementary.

Submitted by a parent

April 25, 2012


This is my first year at south miami, and i have to say that it has been a wonderful experience. First of all, as a working parent, i have always felt guilty not been able to volunteer more regularly. In our previous school, there was a cliche of parents who would control the few volunteering activities, leaving the rest of us feeling like outsiders. Here at smk-8, the faculty, administration and everyone else welcomes you and appreciates whatever you can do to help; there's always something to do. The administration, in particular the principal, has been phenomenal; doing a lot with the few resources given by the district. The only problem i see is lack of parent involvement outside of the magnet programs. The magnets have great support, but the school's pta doesnt have as much help from parents. On any given pta meeting, you can count 10-15 parents at most. That's sad, considering that this is both an elementary and middle school. That lack of involvement is the parents' fault, not the administration. There are many opportunities to get involved, but it is up to the parents to show interest.

Submitted by a parent

November 7, 2010


This school has been a blessing to me and my daughters. I have had nothing but excellent cooperation from all the teachers and the principal. My older daughter gave me some headaches her first year there but the principal worked with me and heard me out. So rarely do you see such dedication and excellent teachers such as Mrs. Millan, Mrs. Montoya, Mrs. Signori, Mrs. Moreiras, Mrs. Court and all of the others that have been involved in my children's education... This is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to caring and involved teachers, of course there are always exceptions to the rule but like I said for the most part I couldn't have asked for a better school or staff!

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2010


Even though this year I'm very satisfied so far with my son's 1st grade teacher, I've been really disappointed since last year, when he was Kindergartner at this school. The system could work a lot better in many aspects, but as a parent and member of the PTA I don't agree with many of the procedures the Principal Mrs. Court try to set. Parental participation is not encouraged. Parents' suggestions or complaints are not taking into consideration at all. Several times I tried to talk to her and she turns around and walks away, she is such a busy person, not that we all are. For example: first graders go to lunch at 10:30am and then, AFTER LUNCH, they go to PE class. Call me crazy, but I think that is a little RIDICULOUS... maybe they change it once a kid barfs in the middle of the class...

Submitted by a parent

August 21, 2010


this is a verry good school for parent that are looking for some excellent teachers for the most part. but the principal/ leadship is thw wrost. we all know here mane the only thing that lady cares about is here 4inch heels and here 90,000 dollar car there could not be a wrost principal that here.

Submitted by a parent

April 19, 2010


We can not believe that in two months our daughter will have to leave SMk-8 center!!!! This school had been wonderful for our daughter, since she entered at grade 4. Now that she's ending 8th grade, we feel really sad. She had the privilege to be supported by wonderful and very dedicated teachers, and a very efficient administration staff. Now that she bloomed in a confident and successful art student, we are sure that she is ready to go on this successful path. Thanks to the special dedication of Mrs Polin and Mrs Beard the head teachers for the magnet CAT program, our daughter was accepted into DASH after 100% acceptance in all the Magnet high schools she applied to. So thousands thanks to all the teachers and staff. You can be proud of the work and education you bring to all the students of SMK-8!! THANK YOU>>>

Submitted by a parent

April 3, 2010


My children attend this school and they do a really good job at blaming parents if the children aren't successful. They seem to be more concerned about their image than about the student's. They make parent's feel like they aren't doing their job's and they rarely give good reports.

Submitted by a parent

February 5, 2010


Every child should have an opportunity to attend a school similar to South Miami. The diversity is representative of the real world both culturally and economically. My sons are completly excited about school. Ms. Signori, Ms. Montoya, Ms. Gonzalez, Mr. Djurik and Ms. Coscuella and Ms. Gonzalez (5th grade) are very dedicated and attentive to their students. Traveling to South Miami is definetly worth the drive. As for volunteering, I have never encountered any problems. Parents are welcomed and encouraged almost weekly via emails to support the school programs. The assistant principal is professional and knowledgeable. However, my only complaint is that there should be more administrators for such a large school. One rarely sees the principal because she is probably overwhelmed managing both an elementary and middle school. Hopefully, the budget crisis will ease providing more funds for additional administrators. South Miami is a wonderful school.

Submitted by a parent

February 1, 2010


I feel very blessed to have my daughter attend South Miami K-8 Center.She is in Mrs. Kuentzel's 3rd grade gifted class and I feel as if she won the lottery! Mrs. Kuentzel is extremely caring, listens to the students and parents and truly makes learning fun.She even does educational activities with her class on weekends! My daughter loves her and loves this school.My daughter is also in the theatre magnet program with Mrs. Montoya who does an amazing job in teaching the drama students.She is very creative and energetic.The academics are excellent and so are the arts. Mrs. Pinkcombe (art), Mrs. Harrel (music) and Mr. Whitley (P.E.) are outstanding,as well.The administration is visible throughout the school and I always feel welcome to volunteer and informed thanks to the PTA.I have only great things to say about South Miami, its teachers, administration, parents and students. It gets an A+ from me.

Submitted by a parent

December 2, 2009


This school has a big problem in that parental involvement is discouraged rather than encouraged. The obstacles that are placed upon parents, all in the name of 'school policy,' are ridiculous. The parking situation is impossible, and the parents are truly made to feel as if they are a disturbance. We as parents must be involved in our children's lives and education, but the administration seems not to care about that at all. The shocking part about it is that this is a Title I school! A parent cannot even attend an honor roll assembly without being made to feel as if they were the grade school students that must sit down and shut up. It is sad that such good teachers are not supported by a good administration.

Submitted by a parent

November 28, 2009


I personally feel that in lieu of all these 'budget cuts' which is no secret, the administration has done their best to keep parents informed and students motivated. I remember when the dismissal was a disaster! Now it's very safe and orderly. I believe anywhere you send your child there are good and great teachers. I truley believe parents have a responsibility to get to know the staff and teachers and bring the great out of them. Even for adults it's hard not to be discouraged. ($$) I recommend this school because of the commitment the staff has to the safety of these kids

Submitted by a parent

November 12, 2009


There are some really good teachers, especially in the younger grades. However, the administration does a poor job at making it a school where you want to volunteer or help out. The principal is not a good leader, and she does not listen to parental concerns. If you have a problem with something, don't think that she will be part of the solution. I don't recommend this school--because of its administration.

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