The Growing Place

First United Methodist- The Growing Place is a Christian early childhood center, serving children ages one through Kindergarten. Established in 1963 as a ministry of First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, our school is founded on Christian beliefs, values, and traditions.
We value community and family involvement and take great pride in providing high quality early childhood education in a nurturing, stimulating, and anti-bias environment. First United Methodist- The Growing Place welcomes families from all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities as we value being part of a culturally diverse community in the greater Miami area.

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The Growing Place ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
353 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade
The Growing Place Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Classroom Dress Code
school uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Building on our educational philosophy, First United Methodist-The Growing Place is starting the process of implementing HighScope curriculum, a research based, and innovative approach to learning and development for toddler, preschool and elementary age children.
  • HighScope's educational approach emphasizes "active participatory learning." Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children`s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children`s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Excerpts: HighScope. To read and learn more about HighScope, please visit:
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Growing Place's ranking?
The Growing Place ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for: Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Growing Place?
The application deadline for The Growing Place is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
If your child is quiet, simple, and doesn`t challenge the tired staff then you will be fine. Overall it seems fine but any hint of disruption will not assist and pass the burden. The school seemed more family-oriented 5 years ago but as of recently seems a bit more focused on institutional growth than on nurturing and creating a positive early start for young ones.
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loving, nurturing school, with a great focus on academics and individualization for each child. Small class sizes. They now have an elementary program!
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I had my children at The Growing Place for 5 years (total time between the 2 of them). It is an absolutely wonderful place, the teachers are very caring and motherly towards the children. The religious aspect is as much as you want or as little as you want. I have spoken with many other parents from other schools and I sorta feel sorry for them and especially for their children. Many of the schools just cant compare.....
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The average private school tuition in Miami, FL is $17,229 for elementary schools and $19,595 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Miami, FL is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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