The School Day
Our school is open from 8:30-3:00 pm, Monday through Friday starting August 15, 2018. Drop-off can occur anytime before 10am. Students are only required to be in attendance at school a minimum of 5 hours a day to count as a full day. Before/After Care hours do not count towards the minimum requirement. School dismissal is at 3pm.
Before and After Care are available onsite, run by the Palmetto Christian School (PCS) through the Palmetto Presbyterian Church. Before Care (FREE) starts at 7:00am and After Care ($80/month) runs from 3-6:30 pm. Upon enrollment, we will provide forms for your child(ren) to participate.
Our school is located on the 2nd floor of the Palmetto Presbyterian Church at 6790 SW 56th Street (Miller Drive). In addition to our school’s main room on the second floor, we have access to the onsite computer lab, courtyard, playground, field area, meeting room, and cafeteria. We share the premises cooperatively with the Palmetto Christian School.
If you wish to visit The Miami Sudbury School outside of open house/public events, you must first contact us to request a visit. Visit requests are brought to the School Meeting for approval. If you wish to schedule an Admissions Tour after August 15, please fill out our Application, and we will contact you for a tour appointment.
A "Typical" School Day
Without hours of sitting in desks and standing in lines, there’s much more freedom in a “typical” day at a Sudbury School. What students do will depend a lot on their individual interests and on group dynamics, but there are also important structures built into each day and week. Here’s a general idea:
Thursdays: School Meeting (SM) is at 1pm. Agenda items are submitted before 1pm the day before and the SM agenda is posted Thursday morning. Students are not required to attend the School Meeting, but if they have a proposal on the agenda or strong feelings about an agenda item, they will likely attend and recruit friends to support them.
All students are gathering their things by 2:45pm to sign out for the day.
Since students can spend their time how they like, it’s hard to generalize about what they do. Here are some common activities that might be observed: talking, reading, making art, playing games, playing sports, dancing, discussing... and all the while learning.
When young people are allowed to follow their interests, they often surprise us all in what they become interested in. They may not even realize that by making choices of what to do all throughout their school day, their “typical day” is a robust preparation for the rest of their lives as confident, independent human beings capable of doing just about anything.
Students can bring their own snack and lunches everyday. There is a fridge and microwave in our main room for use by students who receive certification. The fridge is cleared out every Friday. There is also a small pantry space for some non-perishable foods to be stored onsite upon receiving certification from the kitchen corporation.
Meal plans for hot lunches are also available at an additional cost. Upon enrollment, we will provide lunch forms for your child to participate in the hot lunch program that is run by PCS and is offered in the onsite cafeteria.
Students have access to a computer lab at designated times and can sign up for a turn to use a computer. Personal devices? That's a conversation for School Meeting! We will start the 2018-2019 school year without personal devices in order to discuss the complex issue as a school community.