Ms. Mercy Ramirez and Ms. Lily Swanson became business partners in 2001, when they joined their individual talents to run a preschool. In 2006, they were presented with the opportunity of opening a brand new charter school in Pembroke Pines. Together, with the help of educational professionals, city officials, Charter School Support Services’ team guidance, and a knowledgeable mentor, Kidz Choice Charter School opened its doors in the fall of 2007, with 36 students in kindergarten through first grade. Kidz Choice Charter School has continued to grow, and in 2015, the school moved into a larger facility on N. Douglas Road in Pembroke Pines, FL. Kidz Choice is currently a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary charter school. Kidz Choice Charter’s philosophy is that skills learned in Elementary School are foundational and requisite for 21st century success. Ms. Swanson and Ms. Ramirez, along with Kidz Choice Charter School's teachers and staff, believe that, “Success is the ONLY Option;” therefore, they will continue to instill in students the desire to reach a high level of academic success to prepare them for future college-level coursework and careers. Ms. Ramirez and Ms. Swanson’s dedication is based, not only in curriculum implementation, but also in striving to foster in students a positive attitude toward self and peers, character traits of responsibility, tolerance, cooperation and respect to ensure future success in an ever-changing global economy.
This is Our Story
Kidz Choice Charter School, established in 2007, has come a long way since making its grand debut as a K-1 charter school, nestled in the heart of a Pembroke Pines strip mall; which consisted of two kindergarten classrooms, a first grade class, three classroom teachers, 33 children eager to learn, paired with a passionate director, who had a dream of one day transforming her “doll-sized schoolhouse” into what others envisioned as a “real school,” based off looks alone. Mix all of these ingredients together and you have a recipe for success! I am sure you are asking yourself the same question as many others who passed it by, “How successful could a school, ‘nestled’ in a strip mall be, what made it so grand, without sufficient funding, to ensure students were equipped with the tools they need in order to succeed?’ In contrast, what people may not realize, especially those who do not have children or are familiar with today’s education system, based off society alone, it takes a village to raise a child, alongside a tremendous amount of patience, positivity, and integrity, to say the least. Similarly, when the mindset deviates away from the original plan, due to unforeseen obstacles life throws at us, we tend to push our inner victim button. Kidz Choice Charter School is extremely fortunate because they are known as more than a school. They are a team of dedicated teachers, students, staff, parents and community members, comprised of a group of people, who work closely together and share the same vision-“a quality education for all children, regardless of what’s on the outside, where failure is not an option and success is the only option.” Respectively, Kidz Choice Charter School holds true to “good things come in small packages” when those packages consist of a strong leadership team, passionate educators, dedicated staff members, supportive parents, and a community willing to help in any way. “Success is the Only Option."