Miami’s 10 Best Private Preschools
Nov 23, 2020 November 23, 2020
This article was updated November 12, 2020.
For parents looking for the best private preschools and daycare facilities for their toddlers and pre-kindergarteners, Miami has a variety of options to choose from, with a wide array of schools that follow diverse teaching philosophies and approaches.
Note that the average cost of private preschool or daycare for a child in Miami-Dade County ranges from about $7,000 to $20,000 yearly, with some schools offering discounts for multiple siblings, and others allowing part-time scheduling to help parents keep tuition costs down. Many private schools also provide scholarships for eligible students.
To help you get an idea of your options, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten preschools in the area, ranging from those that serve only infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, all the way to those where a child can grow up in the same learning environment, from preschool all the way through elementary school or even high school.
These schools have received the highest rankings and best parent reviews on sites such as Private School Review, GreatSchools, and niche.com, as well as Yelp reviews written directly by local parents. They are listed by chronological order according to the age that you may register your child.
1. KLA Schools of Coral Gables
4573 Ponce de Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone number (305) 668-0552
Ages 3 months - 5 years
KLA Schools of Coral Gables is a progressive educational environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and providing excellence in early childhood education. KLA Schools of Coral Gables was founded in 2009 by a small team of committed educators to provide a top-quality preschool program for neighborhood families, and features specialized education for kids from 3 months to age 5 with a focus on helping children learn from past experiences as well as from multisensory stimuli and an enriched learning environment that encourages self-sufficiency.
2. Brickell International Academy
1101 Brickell Ave Fl 8 North Tower, Miami, FL 33131
Ages 3 months - 5 years
Brickell International Academy is a bilingual preschool program for children aged 3 months to 5 years, along with a Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) and an Afterschool Program. BIA is a full-service preschool that operates for year-round, with Spanish immersion, challenging academics, creative arts and athletic activities in a nurturing and caring student-centered environment.
3. The Learning Nest
1801 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132
786 414 8968 and 305 375 0770
Ages 18 months - 6 years
The Learning Nest is a bilingual preschool based on the Montessori philosophy operating in a spacious state-of-the-art facility serving children ages 18 months to 6 years old. The program’s core Montessori Academic Program is complemented by an art program modeled after the Reggio Emilia philosophy, a Music and Movement Program inspired by Sanford Jones, Spanish-immersion, physical education, organic nutrition and gardening, and such studies as aromatherapy, all provided in an environmentally conscious context.
4. Coconut Grove Montessori School
Toddler Campus 3280 Bird Ave Coconut Grove FL 33133
Preschool & Elementary Campus 2850 SW 27th Ave Coconut Grove FL 33133
Ages 18 months - Grade 5
Coconut Grove Montessori School is among the least expensive private schools in Miami, and also offers rolling admission so students may apply year-round. The school provides nursery education for children as young as 18 months through Grade 5 based on the Montessori Method of education as developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, which has been used globally for over 100 years successfully, providing holistic, child-centered education that is based on the natural developmental process of children from birth to adulthood.
5. The Roig Academy
8000 SW 112st, Miami, FL 33156
Ages 2-4 PreK + K-8 International Baccalaureate Programme
The Roig Academy is a small, selective school with only 100 students. The school provides a rolling admissions policy and an impressive 7:1 student-teacher ratio. The Roig Academy provides fully bilingual Spanish/English education for students from age 2-4 in their Pre-K program and for Kindergarten through 8th grade students in their International Baccalaureate Programme, with a focus on a global approach to education. The Roig Academy also accommodates gifted students and students with special needs.
6. Centner Academy
4136 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: 786 378 8646
Ages 2.5 - 5 years
Centner Academy is a progressive independent school that provides foreign language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin, along with a conscience-building, values-based education for children from as young as 2.5 years to 5 years of age in an innovative environment focusing on five key educational pillars: language mastery, leadership, mindfulness, character, and life skills. The Academy incorporates a variety of progressive and child-centered educational approaches, including inquiry-based, multidisciplinary, project-based, and self-directed learning opportunities by means of personalized instruction, small classrooms, and low student-teacher ratios.
7. The Cushman School
592 NE 60th St Miami, FL 33137
Ages 2 - Grade 12
Established in 1924, The Cushman School is an exclusive and respected private school in Miami’s residential Buena Vista District, with approximately 550 students ranging in age from 2 all the way through grade 12, and an impressive student-teacher ratio of 7:1. Cushman has earned national recognition for its challenging academic environment with a focus on global studies, advanced STEM courses, visual and performing arts, as well as Cushman’s diverse student body and charming campus.
8. Riviera Day School
6800 Nervia St. Coral Gables, FL 33146
Ages Toddlers - Grade 5
Founded in 1950, Riviera is a co-educational day school for students from Pre-Kindergarten through High School. Riviera is renowned for excellence in academic offerings, low student-teacher ratios, and creative and child-centered teaching approach, as well as its leading role in community advocacy. Small classes and a highly qualified staff help each student to develop at their own pace with personalized attention every step of the way.
9. Gulliver Academy
12595 Red Road Miami, FL 33156
Ages 3 - Grade 12
Gulliver Academy is a top rated, private school with four campuses, some 2,200 students enrolled in grades PK and K-12, and a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Gulliver is nationally and internationally renowned for its state-of-the-art academic and athletic offerings, as well as multidisciplinary arts education, and progressive approach to education that builds confidence and brings out the best in each student.
10. Miami Country Day School
601 NE 107th Street | Miami, FL 33161
Ages 3 - Grade 12
Miami Country Day School is a nonprofit interdenominational community with about 1350 students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade and representing over 40 countries. Founded in 1938 as a residential boarding school for boys, Country Day now provides top-tier education for boys and girls on an inspiring 21-acre campus. The programming at Miami Country Day focuses on culture and artistic expression, as well as athletics and top-level academics, with an outcomes-based and student centered teaching approach.
Other Notable Miami Preschools
5960 S.W. 71st Street | South Miami, FL 33143
Ages 1-6, Grouped by Age
Established in 1994, L'Atelier School bases its educational philosophy on the Reggio Emilia method, emphasizing self-guided education that encourages learning through exploration and creativity, with creativity being the innate intelligence that connects all human beings and their diverse ideas. At L’Atelier, each classroom is staffed with a minimum of two teachers, and curriculums focus on creative exploration and expression, helping children learn at their own pace and focus on their own interests, expanding their potential for academic success and personal fulfillment.
Key Point Academy
609 Brickell Avenue | Miami, FL 33131
Age 3 - Grade 8
Key Point Christian Academy is located at First Miami Presbyterian Church in Brickell and provides a diverse Christian-based curriculum for children from pre-school through middle school. The preschool curriculum is called “Splash into Preschool” and encompasses a comprehensive and integrated program based on Conscious Discipline Strategies that focus on emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic learning, while also developing a healthy social-emotional core. The pre-K program immerses children in activities that prepare them for kindergarten and elementary school, covering such basic subjects as reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, health, and creative arts.
La Piazza Academy
3100 S Dixie Hwy | Miami, FL 33133
Age Toddlers - Grade 5
LaPiazza Academy (LPA) is a unique private school that accommodates students from toddlers to 5th grade, with a progressive education curriculum that combines Social Constructivism, the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and Montessori education. The school focuses on community and social responsibility while nurturing the socio-emotional well-being of each child to help each one become a well-rounded world citizen. With focused guidance, students learn to master major concepts, processes, and skills through self-directed exploration as well as by engaging in collaboration with teachers and peers. Closely tracking the natural developmental stages of early childhood, the school’s yearly curriculums build upon the previous year’s curriculum in order to help children develop in naturally appropriate ways.