John I. Smith K-8 Center was founded in 1996. Today, we educate over 1,300 students with a staff of more than 120 teachers and support personnel. We were the first elementary school in Doral. In 2011 we began the transformation into a K-8 Center. In 2013-14, with the addition of our first eighth grade class, the transition is complete.
Our school was named after John I. Smith, General Manager at the Cloverleaf Bowling Lanes from 1958 until his retirement in 1990. He would bring in groups of special-education students on Saturdays. He began an Outstanding Scholarship award at several North Dade schools, a Turnaround award for those students who made positive changes, and a Community Service award at many schools. When the district began its Dade Partners program nearly 20 years ago, Smith was its first enrollee; today there are nearly 3000 partners.
John I. Smith
First Dade Partner
We, as citizens of JIS K-8 Center, pledge to create a city within a school where students, staff, parents and community members work cooperatively to create an environment in which all students will discover their niche and realize their personal and academic potential. We pledge to create a city where there are no homeless, no rejected, no unwanted, and no resented. A city where every person is valued and every person?s talents are needed. We pledge to create productive citizens for tomorrow by being productive citizens today.