< Back What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? What are some examples of these schools? Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? How are most kids transported to and from school? When does the typical school year start and end? Is there anything else I should know about local schools? What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? There are many excellent public, private and charter schools available in Miami and its surrounding areas. Public schools are publicly funded, free, and adhere to a standard curriculum. Private schools charge a fee for attending and usually offer a more specialized curriculum. Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their children dependent on the child's needs and interests. ↑ Top For more information on all the schools that are located close to where you are moving to, contact Crown Miami, check the local yellow pages or visit the websites listed below. What are some examples of these schools? For a listing and description of all types of schools you are advised to check the websites listed below for Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. These websites provide a wealth of information including phone numbers, addresses and contacts. ↑ Top Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they are obliged to accept all children within the school zone in which you live. Private schools however, typically have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list. Charter schools, like private schools, require that you register. However, instead of entry requirements they have a "random selection" policy. If you decide this is the choice for your child, it is also recommended that you register as early as possible. ↑ Top Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? Yes, there are many pre-schools available throughout Miami and its surrounding areas. For a complete listing of schools in your area, check out the websites listed below or contact Crown Miami. ↑ Top How are most kids transported to and from school? The public school system provides school bus transportation for kids to and from school. They have specific routes and these are distributed before the start of the school year. Some private schools offer this as well, but this is not always the case. If not, most parents form carpools and take turns taking their children to and from school. To find out specific information on your child's bus schedule, contact the school that they will be attending. ↑ Top When does the typical school year start and end? Generally, the school year begins in mid-August and ends in early June. Typically, this information is mailed to your home address before the start of the school year. If you have not received a school year schedule, contact your child's school and they will provide you with the correct information. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about local schools? There is a grading system in place for all public schools and these grades are based on FCAT (Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test) scores. This is part of Florida's effort to improve the teaching and learning of higher educational standards. The primary purpose of the FCAT is to assess student achievement of the high-order cognitive skills represented in the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. Grades are given to each school dependent on what the school's FCAT scores were. The grades range from A - D, with ‘A’ being the best score possible and D being the worse. It is recommended that when searching for the right school for your child that you inquire what grade the school achieved in the previous year. This will help you decide which school is best for your child. For further information on the FCAT check out the website listed below. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.