St. Lawrence School is a Catholic, coeducational, elementary school for children in grades Kindergarten through Eight. The school was originally established in 1957, and will joyfully celebrate its 60th anniversary during the 2016-17 school year. It is located close to Aventura, FL near the northeast corner of Greynolds Park, one mile west of Biscayne Bay and one mile south of the Miami Dade/Broward county lines. Our school is a "living United Nations" model, serving multi-ethnic communities with diverse economic backgrounds.
The school was re-accredited and honored in 2016 by the Florida Catholic Conference, and also holds certification in NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation). We proudly display our re-accreditation certificates in the school office, and continue to provide academic excellence in a caring, family atmosphere. We accept the Step Up for Students scholarship. We seek to continually improve our school through our CIPA (Continuous Improvement Process for Accreditation) work conducted through monthly faculty, and monthly Parent Executive Committee, meetings. Our School Advisory Council meets twice a year.
The ethnic composition is diverse: 51% Black or African American (many from Caribbean Islands), 43% Hispanic / White, 6% Other (Multi-racial / Asian). Approximately 78% of the children are Catholic, and 22% of the children are comprised of different faiths. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or gender.
The school has one class of each grade level. The teacher: student ratio (1:14) is kept much lower than the accreditation standard (1:35) to maximize learning. The staff consists of one principal, twelve full-time teachers, one full-time instructional aide, 2 part-time teachers (including Title 1), and a part-time counselor. Special subjects are part of the regular school schedule, and many after school activities and clubs are offered for an enriched curriculum.