The Best Private Schools near Miami Beach – Where Should You Live?

The Best Private Schools Around Miami Beach – Travel Times Between Miami Beach and Miami’s Best Schools

If you are moving to Miami Beach with a family, one of the most (if not THE most) important factors in choosing a neighborhood is whether you are close enough to the right school for your children. Families that are considering a move to Miami Beach often don’t know a lot about the different neighborhoods, let alone the distance from these areas to the best Miami Beach private schools.  Starting with some bad news; Miami Beach doesn’t offer any great private schools. Miami’s best private schools can be found on the mainland and are concentrated in areas such as Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Pinecrest. For this reason many families that live on Miami Beach send their kids to school on the mainland.

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This blog is not written to tell you more about private schools in Miami or to tell you which ones are the best, I am a realtor after all. Choosing a school is a personal decision and so much goes into this decision making that it is not up to me to tell you what school would be best for your child. The focus of this blog is on where to live depending on which school your kids will go to. Whatever school you might prefer for your child, one thing that can be said with universal certainly is that a long school commute is not desirable. This blog is written assuming you have selected some schools already, but if this is not the case and you want more information on Miami schools then call me at 305.508.0899. Although I cannot tell you which one is best for your child, I can tell you which schools are preferred by my friends, colleagues and clients and for what reasons.

In the table below I show you for several Miami Beach areas how long the morning commute will be for Miami’s best private schools. For example families whose children will attend Gulliver will experience a 30-40 min morning commute if they choose to live in the Nautilus area of Miami Beach.  The schools in this list are private and belong to Miami’s most desired schools. We also added Avenues (An elite NYC school opening a campus in Miami), which is a new school that is supposed to open in 2021.  There are two public, but A-Rated elementary schools (K-5) in this list that are located on the beach (South Pointe Elementary and North Beach Elementary). Below this table I added a map indicating the exact location of these schools and the different areas from which we measured the distance to the schools. At the end of this blog I provide you with an overview of all Miami schools mentioned in this blog with their grades, addresses and web links.

The first slide shows you the average travel time from a specific Miami Beach area to any of Miami’s best private schools. The green fields indicate the fastest commute while the red ones indicate the longest commute. These times are based on a 8 AM start time, but that is not always the case for each of these schools. 
The second slide shows the range of time it will take to get to these schools depending on the heaviness of traffic and certain preferred routes

Please find below the list of the best Private Schools in Miami with their grades, addresses and links to their websites.

Miami Country Day School

  • Grades: PK3 to 12.
  • 601 NE 107th St, Miami

Cushman School

  • PreK – 8
  • 592 NE 60th St, Miami

South Pointe Elementary School 

  • PreK – 5
  • 1050 4th St, Miami Beach

North Beach Elementary School

  • K – 5
  • 4100 Prairie Ave, Miami Beach

Riviera Schools

  • Grades PK – 12
  • Grades PK – 5:  Riviera Day School
    6800 Nervia St, Coral Gables
  • Grades 6 – 12: Riviera Preparatory School
    9775 SW 87th Ave, Miami


  • Grades PreK – 12
    • PreK – 5, Academy Marian C. Krutulis Campus
      12595 Red Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156
    • Grades 5-12, Preparatory School
      6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest
    • All grades, Montgomery Drive Campus (Special areas and classes)
      7500 SW 120 Street, Pinecrest

Avenues The World School 

  • Offered grades are unknown still
  • 4949 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

  • Grades PreK – 12
  • 3747 Main Hw, Coconut Grove 

St Thomas Episcopal Parish School

  • Grades: PK – 5
  • 5692 North Kendall Drive, Coral Gables

Ransom Everglades

  • Grades: 6 -12
    • Middle School: 2045 South Bayshore Drive
    • Upper School:  3575 Main Highway

St Phillips Episcopal School

  • Grades: PK3 – 5
  • 1121 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables

ST. Theresa Catholic School

  • Grades: PK – K-8
  • 2701 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

  • Grades: PK – 5
  • 3439 Main Highway

Westminster Christian School

  • Grades: PK, K-12
  • 6855 SW 152nd St, Palmetto Bay

Palmer Trinity

  • Grades: 6 -12
  • 8001 SW 184th St, Miami


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