Sunny Isles Beach Community School, the first school in Sunny Isles Beach, will open in August of 2008. This new chapter in Sunny Isles Beach history began in 2004 when the City Commission adopted a resolution approving the concept to build a K-8 public school in Sunny Isles Beach per recommendation of the Education/Schools Committee of the Mayor's Advisory Council. This action acknowledged that SIB had transformed itself from a retirement community to a modern, fast-paced city. In August 2005 the site of the new K-8 school facility was approved and a unique partnership was established between Sunny Isles Beach and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The arrangement was historic because no city in Miami-Dade County has ever contributed municipal funds to the school board for the purpose of building a school. In February 2006, Mayor Norman S. Edelcup explained that the goal to build a school within city limits was a top priority and that having a first class school was priceless.
The following month, March 2006, almost two years after the City of Sunny Isles Beach entered into an informal partnership with the Miami-Dade School Board. The School Board initiated eminent domain proceedings to acquire the school site for the property located between 182nd Drive and 183rd Street at Atlantic Boulevard. At the February 15th, 2007 City Commission meeting the construction presented a status report and noted that the school was expected to open on schedule in August 2008. This was followed by a resolution approved at the April 19th, 2007 City Commission meeting to pay fifty percent, $12 million of the total purchase of the land cost for the site of the school. Less than a month later, on May 8, 2007, the City of Sunny Isles Beach held the groundbreaking for the school and announced that the founding principal of the school would be Dr. Annette Weissman.
The construction team diligently works to meet deadlines for the school which includes a four-story classroom building and two-story administration, media center and cafeteria/auditorium. A three level raised parking building will support the site. The school will share a special use agreement with the City of Sunny Isles Beach to have shared use of the facilities with a (city) park across the street.