John I. Smith K-8 Center Celebrates its 25th Anniversary.




John I. Smith Elementary opened its doors in the fall of 1996, becoming the first elementary school in Doral, and in 2011 it became a K-8 Center. The school is named after the manager of Cloverleaf Lanes, who was known for his service to the community. Mr. Smith was the first enrollee in the Dade Partners Program. In his honor, the school continues to expand its community partnerships regularly and prides itself in community involvement and parental involvement. 


Parent involvement has always been a primary focus for John I. Smith. Parents have the opportunity to take part in their children’s education in a variety of ways. Whether they are part of the PTSA or attend one of the many family events that take place throughout the school year, parents are always encouraged to support the school. 


As students return to face-to-face instruction this year, they will see quite a different campus. Updates to the Media Center, cafeteria, landscaping, and classroom buildings have been underway all summer, as well as preparations for the 25th Anniversary Celebration. 


This school year, students and staff are excited to welcome a new principal, Mrs. Maribel Rivera. Mrs. Rivera is familiar with the Doral community from her time at Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center. She was named Assistant Principal of the year for the Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School Feeder Pattern. Mrs. Rivera hopes to bring the community, staff, and students to work together as one. More than ever, she feels that unity is crucial during these unprecedented times. 


If you would like to learn more about what is happening at John I. Smith K-8 Center, follow them on Instagram at @johnismith_k8center and their website at 


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