In my opinion The Grove is a chid unfriendly township. Unlike Key Biscayne, Coral Gables Pinecrest ( just to name a few) The Grove does not have a Communitee Center and or Children's Sports Center. Sadly the schools reflect this lack of interest. Coconut Grove Elemetary used to be a location kids and famillies came together to grow and bond however since this new administration everything has changed. No more field trips ,no more after school programs , enrichment is ditto papers and workbooks.The Winter program used to be and event not anymore and Authors night? give me a break. So if you are looking to move into The Grove with kids make sure you calculate private schooling or have conections to get into a magnet program in the area. Coconut Grove Elementary is no longer an acceptable option.
I have many concerns with this school lately. With the new principal, the school has gone down-hill. The overall morale has plumeted. Parents and teachers seem to be equally frustrated and disappointed with the way things are headed. The teachers and the gifted program were one of the things I really liked about the school. But I'm afraid they are going to lose some of these amazing veteran teachers. There is little communication with the administration and the once-strong PTA is almost non-existant. The school has lost many of it's high achieving students and hence many of it's involved and supportive parents. I think the district has forgotten about this little gem in the Grove. Because of its size, the school has been ignored and has had some incompetent employees dumped into it's staff. The school counselor does absolutely nothing. He isn't even allowed to speak to the children.
Dedicated teachers who helped my children learn in their own style and spoke/disciplined them in respectful ways.
I have the greatest of hopes for this school. I just wish the principal would engage the parents. As it stands, there is a disconect that has quality parents and students leaving the school for Sunset, Sumerset, and West Lab. These parents bring money and enthusiasm that could take this school to the next level. Not adressing this problem will will sink this school.
Horaay! We are now another school only working for the FCAT, no more music, art for almost a month, no more French Program, everything suspended until after FCAT. It is embarrasing the politics in the school. New Principal: no field trips, no afterchool activities, no prep rally for Fcat; only focusing in looks. Painted the classrooms last year and again this year.. talking about wasting or no budget. It used to be a neighborhood friendly school, well no more. Classes are overcrowed (27 students). We miss our old friendly school!
Great school! The change in principal is great but we miss the old AP. The gifted program is great. People bash one teacher over the other but reality is do you prefer a veteran teacher or one that can produce better FCAT scores. Data speaks for itself.
Great school, small classes, and everyone knows your name... wow! Good diverse student population.
the principal is a great leader, she cares about the kids, the school and the staff. It is a pleasure to visit this school.
This school feels like a big family. The size is ideal. Everyone knows eachother. My daughter is very happy.
feels like a private school. kids are all very friendly and from diverse backgrounds. the smaller school size allows for a lot more feild trips and evening events. my son loves it here!
Our child transferred here from a school in a fancier area and we have been extremely happy. There is tremendous parent involvement, excellent teachers, and a great staff!
Some of the teachers are good but not very friendly.The gifted program quality depends on which teacher you get, and that is sad. The music program is excellent, art is not exsiting and PE is also great. The parents who are involve are always the same!!
The quality of the academics programs are outstanding and the parent involvement is increasing every year. The International program will further enhance the school. This school is small and the enviroment is of a private school. Everyone knows each other.
The academic program is outstanding. The teachers are very professional. The school focuses on the educational well-being of all students.
I pulled my child out of a magnent elem. school and put her into coco elem. I am very impressed wih the teacher/administration knowledge of the students. You are not just a number, after 2 weeks, many staff members called my child by name and knew 'her story'. Pick up is wonderful. When your student sees the parent, they walk to their car. There is not an overprotective pick-up system. This gives the kids a sense of responsibility. Some schools, you have to practically show your id when you pick them up and it's almost the end of the year. The staff has been there forever. This is important to me. The teacers and staff have an impressive tenure. When teachers and admin. have frequent changes, that's not a good sign for me. I went to school there over 20 years ago, and there are still the same teachers.
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