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PK-8
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Coral Gables, FL
Students enrolled: 758
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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105 Minorca Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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(305) 448-1731
(305) 442-2075
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October 13, 2014
Horrible, horrible, horrible, top to bottom. I am assuming that all of the five star reviews are either from employees of the school or parents that have never had any experience with other school systems.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
I am at my third year now at CGPA and I can honestly say that it is a great school! The curriculum is amazing at the teachers are excellent! Its great that the school is small and everybody knows each other. The only problems are that the security officers are very strict and the principal is horrible!! The vice principal at the middle campus drives me crazy!! The best vice principal to contact would be the one for the elementary campus, she's a saint. I am taking honors classes and I can honestly say, that, thanks to my teachers, I am keeping up with the curriculum and thanks to them, I got a high score on my Algebra 1 Honors EOC last year. I highly suggest you apply your child to this school. Sure, it has it's flaws, but doesn't every school??

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2014
Note: I'm writing a review mainly about the middle school experience at Gables K-8 I went to this school from Kindergarten all the way through 8th grade. Let me tell you guys something... I've been wanting to leave that school since 7th grade! It got to the point where I was crying almost every night. Sooo many rude people that don't care about what you have to say, almost no teachers taught at the school, horrible students that made others feel bad in the meanest ways possible, etc. I only had several TRUE friends at gables though... I'm so happy I left! At the moment, I'm in high school (not going to say where due to security reasons) and I can wake up every morning and ACTUALLY looking forward to going to school. I love ALL my teachers, I LOVE all my new FRIENDS, the campus is beautiful, etc. If you want to have a good middle school experience, go ANYWHERE else that isn't Gables K-8!

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2014
The worst principle ever! Nobody like her and she doesn't care. She has her job because of her husband.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
To the parent who posted on May 23, 2014: my son is attending another after care one block away, on Douglas Rd, and they are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
This school has a terrible aftercare program, they do nothing with the children and they are unsupervised. The aftercare is run terrible

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
My son had been bullied all of last year and the beginning of this year and nobody did anything about it! He got to the point where he was not eating. To make matters worse the counselor ridiculed him in front of the bully. The principle runs the school like a dictatorship. She is rude to everyone including the parents. This principle is where she is because her husband is a lobbyist for the school board. I thank GD everyday that my son and daughter were excepted into SOMI Academy! YES, I pulled them out as fast as possible and now they are thriving and HAPPY!!! the principle's last words to me me were "I just have to let you know that once you children leave, it is very hard to come back." I'll never forget those evil words. Yes, They make sure they get the "scores" they need but nobody is truly happy. I want my kids to be HAPPY no matter what. They are now!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
This school provides an outstanding educational experience for our students. We have an accelerated academic program that is unmatched in the district with a higher percentage of our 7th graders taking the Algebra I high school course and of our 8th graders taking the high school Geometry course than any other school in the area. Only our regular program students take the FCAT for math; 48% of our 7th graders took the Algebra I EOC exam instead. The small school size insures that no student is left out or left behind, and we have very few discipline issues. My colleagues are topnotch--many were school and curriculum leaders before coming to CGPA and have been recognized by the district and state for superior curriculum development, delivery, and assessment. Overall, we provide a unique and high-quality preparatory experience for our middle school students as our numerous former students who are now enrolled in some of the top magnet high school programs in the district will attest.

- submitted by a teacher
August 02, 2013
This is a superb school where students thrive at every level. I have two children enrolled in CGPA and every year has been a wonderful experience in every sense. The teachers are professionals who are caring and encouraging.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
My son starts on 6th grade and in this year he has improve a lot in reading and math. I like the school, the discipline. Good teachers, I hope this year will go better!!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
I have been in this school for 6 years (my oldest just completed 7th grade). I have to say that each year has been better than the previous one. The level of education here is incredible. This is clearly demonstrated by the tests/FCATs/competitions that the school participates in each year. There is a reason that this school is ranked so high. Apart from exceptional FCAT scores due to the exceptional and caring teachers, they are the reigning Geography Bee champions, several students were recognized for SAT performances in math and reading via the Duke TIP program, the PE coach won a national award, I could go on and on - but above all the young gentlemen and ladies feel safe, happy and confident - the proof is in the pudding. Seeing these children become young teens teeming with confidence, class and perfect manners both in and out of school while excelling in academics as well as extracurricular activities is all that counts and this school helps them do just that. As a parent that is all I ask for and expect.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
My child was on Pre-K (2011-2012) in this school (only one class, 20 kids, 58 on the lottery!) Mi 5 year old kid now can read and write like a kinder boy(or more), count to 100, he can do basics additions and subtractions up to 10, and more important, he has learned how to be a child socially responsible. But (maybe)we have to move, and he will have to go to another school. I am VERY SAD to leave such a good school. Good luck, teachers!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
this school is horrible. i HAD to leave in 4th grade, (while this school ends in 8th including the middle campus). the lunches are normally a red liquid with some white pads or a good thing like a pack of mini cheeseburgers. im going to wesley matthews elementary for 2012-2013 school year. (5th grade) the reason i hate this school so much is that they dont encourage kids like they should. for example: when i was in second grade, i made my AR goal (a certain number of points you have to make by reading books and taking tests.) so i told my teacher, "i made my goal!" and she just blabbered "good for you. BACK TO WORK!!!!" the one and only teacher that is good is mrs. a.r. martinez. BEST TEACHER EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i highly don't reccomend this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2011
The school offers a decent education, but fails several areas. I am a parent of two children (one still there, one who left). Oversized class-counts. At least one class has more than the law allows (over 20 instead of 18). The principal plays with the number, but this does not change it: they are violating the law. The Principal is rude and mean. She yells at parents, even when they are supporting the school in PTA events. Almost no field trips. Your child will have friends at other schools who go out often, but not your child if you are at CGE. Do not go to complain, because she holds grudges. Does she keep this job because her husband is a lobbyist at the school board? There is NO emphasis on science education except for a once a year science fair. Math education is very bad. The school puts energy into reading, which is great, but it seems very little in math. There are not any electronic resources, but there are several for reading. As a result, my older child struggled with his first weeks in middle school, but we hired a tutor, and he later placed up a grade level. If you have choices, consider them. For middle school- LEAVE. There are many better options.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
The winning recipe for this school's success is the level of parental involvement, typically lacking in the public school system. The teachers are indeed wonderful and do their best within the constraints of a public school curriculum and the bureaucratic non-sense. The Gifted program is good without an inordinate amount of homework. Overall, I am sufficiently pleased with the education my son has received, although I do supplement his learning in the areas of geography, music, and sports.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
This is a great school. I graduated in 2009 and entered the school in pre k. All my teachers were so supportive and just great. I wouldn't have gone to any other school. both of my bothers also went to this school and are now two bright high schoolers. One of them attends the IB program in Coral Gables high school and the other goes to dash. Two great schools.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2010
Very dissapointed of this school, it is good but unfortunately they are not giving the encouragement to the kids like they should

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
This year my daughter's teacher is not like the others she had in the past. She is a good teacher but I do not feel the same caring and involvement with parents like other teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
The first year of the NEW middle school! How lucky we are to have a class of 35 students! With the blessing of our school superintendent, Mr. Carvalho. We have an incredible group of students with excellent teachers to grow and expand the horizon of our children. The kids are loving their environment and learning so much! Thank you Ms. Gutierrez (Vice Principal) for learning our children s names. And thank you for giving them close to two hours of Spanish! Technology is forthcoming and we are as excited as the school and I have no regrets of taking our child out of the other middle school. We can see the excitement and a wonderful future for our kids. Here at Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory School!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
I am very happy about this school. Miss Ribas has been a great teacher for my daughter Salome in PK. She always was available to answer any of my concerns about my daughter's education. Her enthusiasm, discipline and support are qualities that I am sure marked the beginning of my daughter performance.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Excellent School! Mrs. Buznego on the first grade, is an example of teacher! My daughter has learned so much! She amazes me every day!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Fantastic in every way. Parents and teachers interact well. Students are the focus. New fencing has improved security a great deal. The gifted program is phenomenal. Has to be the best elementary school in the state.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
This is a wonderful school. My son graduated from here last year and it was by far the best experience that he could have ever had. Since kindergarten he was blessed to have wonderful,caring teachers that care about what they do and love it. His favorite teacher and ours was Mrs. Lali Gonzalez...I can't say enough about her. Caring, loving, disciplinary, smart and attentive to the needs of every individual child. A true gem! The administration, staff and parents work together hand in hand for the benefit of all the children! My son and our family will always treasure the years at Coral Gables Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
This school has been the best experience for my son. From the administration on down they really care about our kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2009
This is a great school. My daugther has Mrs. Elder as teacher ane the progress and atmosphere is amazing

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
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March 05, 2009
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December 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2008
CGE continues to be an excellent school. Thank God that Mrs.Revman-Fox provided a GREAT foundation because unfortunately, most of the great teachers that were around for a while have moved on. I believe that it is the parents who help keep this school's administration on its toes. This school is known to have high expectations of the students so why not the administration. I LOVE THIS PLACE

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
the teachers are the best .Ms.wolf and Ms.garcia are excellent

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2007
all the teachers are very good... especially ms.garcia and ms.piedra

- submitted by a student
no rating November 28, 2007
CGE has wonderful teachers who take an interest in the child as an individual. As a retired school administrator in another state, I have found my granddaughter's second grade teacher, Mrs. Torres, to be all that a parent or grandparent could ask in regards to the caring and academic environment. We did find, however, that the principal needs to give a more timely response to attempts to reach her. Office staff are friendly and helpful. Some of the cafeteria staff do not reflect a caring, helpful attitude toward students and need to be reassigned or replaced.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
CGE is part of a 'school of choice' program, meaning you get to choose between 3 schools depending on your child's goals. CGE has a full time gifted program which is why I chose this school. Both of my kids (1 has graduated and 1 is still there) have had a very high quality education. The other 2 schools of choice have language programs so if that is your focal point, then please don't put down this school. All schools can't be everything, but this is a great 'well rounded' school. My child who graduated attends a nationally recognized college prep (private) school and the knowledge received at CGE more than prepared him.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
Since coming here four years ago, I find that this school is not what it used to be at all. Until the staff infrastructure is back to its usually high, pleasant standards, I would think twice about putting my kids in a great school turned upside down. 3.2stars

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2006
Coral Gables Elementary is an excellent school with very involved parents. It is one of the best public elementaries in South Florida.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
This is a great school with great staff. I also have to say that the parent involvement makes this school high quality. I just wish it were more secure since it has too many open environments

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
This is my first year at the school, my kids are in pre-school and 2nd grade and the teachers have been great as well as the principal and VP and staff as a whole. Very friendly and concerned for the education of our children and emphasize importance of parent involvement. I do think they need much more emphasis on the Arts since I think their art classes are not up to par. I also wish they would have permanent bilingual curriculum. Most of the kids would be able to learn both languages but they need more strict classes and probably daily (Spanish) for the kids to get a strong base (grammar/ phonetics) at an early age which is so important in the learning of a second language and would be a big asset for their lives.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
Coral Gables Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in Miami dade. The teachers are very commited to the students and take really seriously the education of your children.

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January 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
High academic expectations, and great teachers to provide it. Principal leadership is outstanding. Always ready to help parents and students alike.

- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2005
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August 22, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
The school is very good as far as quality of academics is concerned. The administration and staff members are highly responsive to parents needs. While it ranks high in academics I found that it is low in extracurricular activities but can be sought externally. Parents involvement is up to the parents. The availability is there.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
I have 2 children who have attended coral gables elem since kindegarten. The staff is very caring and concerned but just like most public shcools it is too crowded. The staff is excellent. The education is superior. They both graduate this year (2005) from the 5th grade. They have been a A++ school for years.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
Coral Gables Elementary is an exceptional school, with exceptional teachers. There are several programs which have shown well worth the funds, such as the violin program and the geography bee. The teachers are well-qualified, warm and caring, and that is probably the one most significant factor to for making it such an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
This school has a wonderful PTA. Parents are very involved with the school, the school have a wonderful reading program. Children are been tested I believe every week based on their readings. They also have a gifted program from 1st grade to 5th grade. It has been a grade A school for 4 years in a row. The school is in a good neighborhood and in a good environment. Coral Gables has an after school program and the teachers a very caring. I don't think the school has extracurricular activities like ballet or karate classes. But part of their curriculum music and art is included for all students. The preschool teacher Mrs. Walker has a good reputation of being a wonderful teacher because she has been there for so many years. Wonderful teacher in so many ways, her method of teaching and her personality that is so caring towards the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
January 11, 2005
This is an excellent school. It is an A+ school for years and it is a blue ribbon winner. Parents at this school are very involved and there is also a great music program now.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
My son has been at Coral Gables Elementary from Kinder-5th grade. I wish there was a 6th grade The teachers and staff are very attentive. There are many activities that are lots of fun. Like the Haloween Carnival and the Nutcraker Play the 5th graders put together. There are academic programs and clubs the kids can join. Parental involvement is secret to this schools success.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
We are very happy with the school in all aspects.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
This school is perfect! Great teachers, staff, afterschool activities. My son can't wait until next year for first grade. He wants Mrs. Ablanedo. Playing favorites, somethings never change!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2004
This is the best school in Dade County. It is unfortunate that there aren't more schools like it.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
When we moved to Florida we had not heard good things about the schools. Our concerns were put to rest when we first entered Coral Gables Elementary. We have been very happy with CGE and my son's first grade teacher is excellent! He has come a long way under her instruction and encouragement. She is wonderful. This is a great school and the parents are very involved. The encouragement by the school adminstrators for parental involvement in the school is evidence that the staff is doing great things and has nothing to hide. This translates to a great education and a safe learning environment for the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
I loved coming to CGE! The environment is the best with all the fun you have and great extra-curricular activities! Last year I participated in the Superintendent's Music Festival. It was the best time I have ever had! My new middle cshool could never amount to what CGE has become.

- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2003
I am a Coral Gables Elem, Alumnus, having attended in the late 80's. CG really shaped who I would become. Because of the support, the teachers, and the environment, I was nurtured to be the best I could be. Now, our little family member has been attending since Kinder, and it really hasn't changed. It's still the best school in Dade County. Several of my old teachers are still there making an important impact on the lives of those kids.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2003
My daughter has been at CG Elem. since Pre-K, she has had loving and supportive teachers every step of the way. She is now in gifted and is a very well rounded young lady. Parent's are always welcomed into the school and are considered a very important part of each child's education. It has been a WONDERFUL experience having my daughter in this remarkable school.

- submitted by a parent
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Coral Gables Preparatory Academy
105 Minorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL  33134
(305) 448-1731
Last modified Coral Gables Preparatory Academy is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coral Gables Preparatory Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top