Hurray for the new school opening in Sunny Isles Beach this year! Conveniently opening across from Trump Palace and Trump Royale, the school will encompass grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Standing 4 stories tall, this will be home to about 1,600 ambitious children and the first public school in Sunny Isles. The City’s Commission Chambers were opened to the excited public with a record number turnout as crowds had to watch from a television outside.
”It’s the biggest turnout that I remember our city having since, I think, the day the city incorporated,” said Mayor Norman Edelcup.
Parents and children asked the most important questions like “Will we have recess?” and “Do we have to go to School?” Answered as a firm Yes,was the new schools new principal Annette Weissman. Formerly the principal at Ojus Elementary spending 8 years there and received an A rating from the state every year during that time. ”My plan is to have Sunny Isles Beach Community School be an A school the first year out,” she said, adding that the school will focus on math, science and technology.
Registration will open in two months so parents get ready! Students from the established school zone will be able to transfer automatically as Highland Oaks, Bay Harbor schools and Ojus qualify. The school also will take in students from Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and North Miami Beach’s Eastern Shores subdivision. Those outside the area can seek a transfer through their current schools, but a spot is not guaranteed. The school will stop taking transfers when it reaches 100 percent capacity. Classroom sizes will be capped at 18 students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grades and 20 students in grades 4th through 8th as mandated by law. Required for your child’s registration is proof of address and immunizations along with the student’s last report card. The school will offer the encompassing curriculum required at all county public schools, including Spanish classes, art and music, a gifted program and many after school opportunities through a joint use agreement with the city’s community center, which has a gymnasium and a baseball field for your children.
“Everything will be functioning by the time the school opens, including a cafeteria, library, media center and a bevy of interactive smart boards,”said project manager Dennis Caserta. ”You will be shocked and surprised by all the extras and the size of the rooms,”said Vice Mayor Lewis Thaler, who took a tour of the building.
The students will be separated by ages Kindergarten through 1st on the first floor, grades 2 through 3 on the second, 4th through 5th on the third and 6ththrough 8th on the fourth floor. A free pre K program will start in August as well and run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. For an extra fee, kids can stay until 2:30 p.m. The school will initially open as a Kindergarten through 6th. In the fall of 2009, 7th grade will be added. Eighth grade will come the year after. Parents, who eagerly have been awaiting the school for years as the city evolved from a retirement community to a family based environment, clapped approvingly during the meeting and were optimistic about the school’s possibilities. Feel free to add any additional comments you may have regarding this new school in Sunny Isles Beach! Please Call the School Directly at CONTACT NUMBER IS (305) 792-1807