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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


As the proud Principal of David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, it is an honor to welcome you to our school.  Serving as an educator in northeastern Miami-Dade County for 25 years, I have taught and worked with many local families; sharing your commitment to our wonderful school.  We are incredibly proud of our continued success and have truly grown as a dynamic community of learners. Earning many honors in academics and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), our school is a leader in providing an academically challenging academy experience to children in grades Pre-K through eighth grade. On behalf of our entire learning community - faculty, staff, administration and PTSA, Welcome!


Established in 2006, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center is a state-of-the-art school, celebrating over fifteen years of Inspiring Excellence in our young learners.  Our mission is to enrich the lives of children through research-based curriculum so our students may achieve their academic potential.  As a professional development center for Florida International University’s Colleges of Education and Marine Biology, your child will receive a quality research-driven education. The curriculum at David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center is taught by highly qualified teachers who engage children in meaningful lessons utilizing both hands-on activities and the latest in technology.  The high academic standards will continue to exemplify our school’s core values of Knowledge, Honor and Wisdom.


Our greatest strength is our community of learners, with our students coming from many different cultures and backgrounds. The support our school receives from our neighborhood families and PTSA is simply extraordinary. Truly, David Lawrence’s remarkable legacy of service to others begins right here -  with you.


On behalf of the entire administrative team, I wish you a wonderful school year of growth and learning!



Mrs. Mary Kate Parton, Principal


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