homework is over rated and at this school it's not over done, more or less an hour/ day! Family life is threated by work, school homework and after school activities, so it's important to maintain a balance between homework - that is practice and homework that is just busy work. I hope that this remains a balance in Coconut Grove Elementary as it's a community school and family life is very important! I vote no home work on week ends!
I am a 5th grade student, and I've been in this this school since Kinder. And I've been loving it. They have great teachers, great field trips. Everything they do is fun.
We explored private school options for our children before deciding to give CGE a chance. Our 2 children, one now a fifth grader and the other a 3rd grader, have attended CGE since kindergarten. Our experience with CGE has been extremely positive. The school is a real treasure for Coconut Grove. The school is very small and intimate and really has the feel of a true community school. Both of our children are fortunate enough to participate in the gifted program which is excellent. The school has a dedicated group of teachers, several of whom are truly as fine as you will find anywhere, and an aggressive principal committed to making the school the best it could be. If you are a grove resident, looking for a school for your kids, you are making a mistake if you do not give CGE a shot!
Great school! So much improvement with this school! Very proud about the academic program and the Oasis gifted. Dedicate teacher and all the staff.
I wasn't sure what to expect at CGE when my son entered kinder this year and I can say I have been nothing but impressed by my experiences so far. His teacher is amazing!!!! My son is learning a ton and happy to go to school everyday! The climate of the school is very welcoming, down to earth, comfortable and friendly. This is a true neighborhood school, and reflects the village-like quality of coconut grove.
Coconut Grove Elementary School is amazing it's probably one of the most excellent schools you could find, I am a parent and, Coconut Grove has marvelous Parent Involvement, I would recommend Coconut Grove to anyone I meet. I give a job well done to all teachers and faculty at Coconut Grove Elementary School !
we love this school, our daughter just started kinder, and she loves to go to school everyday!! The teachers are great, the principal and staff are very professional and friendly at the same time. The language program is great. Our daughter is learning french in kinder 2 hrs daily. They have a veggie garden that was put together by parent volunteers, it was an awesome experience!! This is a great little school that is celebrating 100 years!! congrats coconut grove elementary!! we love you!!
The school is really good, great teachers, and it has a feel that a school should have a home away from home. Most of the time teachers now students name even if they are not their students, or have never been their students, which is nice. The only thing I find not to be up to what it could be is the After Care program. Some of the kids are nice but I know I dont like when one of the staff yells at the children. What do they expect when the kids are running around in the cafeteria. Also more activities for after school should be available such as art classes, ballet, music. They have Karate which is a good start but other things should be available as well. Other than that this is a great school and if you don't have to worry about After school it is even better!
This is an excellent school filled with dedicated and passionate teachers. The rigorous curriculum and international studies program sets it apart from many schools in the district. I am very grateful for the new principal who, with her undying dedication and commitment, has brought back the A the school well deserves! It is because of leaders like her that public education continues to surpass the expectation of many.
Teachers are excellent. The Principal really knows what she is doing when getting new teachers. Very professional. Parents need to step it up and become more involved this year.
TAKE A LOOK AT F-CAT RESULTS on the Test Scores & Stats page. My child will be entering the 2nd Grade. Looking at 3rd grade results, the school did not even meet the State average. I don't believe in the F-CAT as a successful tool to measure a child/teacher, much less the "Letter Grade." It is deceiving when you look at a "B" letter grade for a school, meanwhile it did not even meet and/or exceed the State standards on one or many of the grades. PTA is great, they work hard and have always been iconic participants with CGES. Keep up the good work. The school improvements look great, the bathrooms are a historical land mark :) What can we do to get a roll of toilet paper that rolls? All kidding aside, school is looking good. My biggest complaint goes to the contradiction of healthy snacks. First we educate our children of healthy snacks, how the US is increasing in obesity, diabetes is up and then when we have functions/daily snacks like cookies, brownies, cakes, chips, etc... Don't ask me to help fund raise while contributing in the purchase of high sugar, unhealthy, mystery ingredient foods and beverages. To those parents who provide the healthy snacks, keep it up.
When my daughter first started kindergarten this year, I was quite concerned. Last years principal scandal negatively affected the attitude of parents and school staff alike. In few short months Coconut Grove Elementary has again become a community school. Through the hard work of the PTA and our new Principal Dr. Lopez, CGES has come such a long way. The PTA moms & dads have really come together to make the school better, even donating large checks themselves. There is an organic garden, a new PTA website: coconutgroveelementarypta.org , a Blog! http://coconutgroveelementaryschoolpta.blogspot.com/ On the blog you will find a partial listing of what the PTA has accomplished so far this year. It's extraordinary! There are a few parents who are still upset about last years events and have taken sides. They have chosen to villify PTA members, even as far as accusing them of things that were never done. Harsh words that suggest things other than the truth. The PTA tries its best to get to raise money for each program that needs it , but it is true that they may be unable to give as much as it takes or would like. I would love to see all CGES parents come together for the Children!!
This is my first year at this school, so I won't comment on the previous principle, But I find Dr. Lopez to be an amazing principle. The person who claims that she is unreachable is obviously very biaised for whatever reason. I walked to the office on a tuesday morning after a long week-end with NO APPOINTMENT, and I was able to meet with her in less than 15 min. She is very smart and patient person. As for the PTA, I think that they are doing an amazing job supporting the school and it's a shame that some of the comments undermine their effort. I am personnaly in love with this school; the teachers and office staff are very caring and friendly people. The principle is working very hard on giving the school an IS status in both french and spanish. My kids are very very happy and therefore I am happy to.
Love the school great principal,great teachers ,great parents. As far as the PTA is concerned these are hard working volunteers who earn nothing to help our school.I think they are doing a great job.Don't take my word check them out yourselves www.coconutgroveelementarypta.org .
My kid is in CGE and we used to be happy with the teachers, principle & administration staff. Now we really agree with the previous comment, the new principle runs the school like a tyrant, it is impossible to talk to her or have an approach, she doesn t answer e-mails and is really difficult to get a meeting. My child won't use the restrooms too and is only allowed to go during lunch time, same thing with drinking water. PTA is only asking for money and we don't see any results. We hope CGE will be a great school again!
I am amazed at the transformation going on in this gem school because of the new principal and her dedicated staff! There is a new garden, chess club, improves after care program, great maintenance and plans for continuous improvement. Above all children are happy in a safe and learning environment. I am very please with Coconut Grove Elementary... Great job Dr. Lopez, Teachers and other staff....from a grateful parent! A bit more on parent involvement would not hurt, I see same faces at PTA meetings and events....let's support our children and teachers.
My son is in 5th grade. He has the best teacher he had ever had. He is learning very quickly in English and French. He used to be in private schools and we were looking for a french program school. Excellent!
Because , My Kids are learning everyday , the regular Class , the Gifted program and French Class. Also , they have a After school French. This School is very warming.
I have seen the school turn around after two years of poor administration. Most teachers are veterans and with lots of experience, they are also very caring. Parent involvement is high. And despite being a small school the diversity of the student/teacher population gives children real-world experiences that teach them about respect and tolerance! There is also fieldtrips, afterschool activities and language programs. Overall a safe and positive environment for children.
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.
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