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.
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??
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!
The worst principle ever! Nobody like her and she doesn't care. She has her job because of her husband.
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.
This school has a terrible aftercare program, they do nothing with the children and they are unsupervised. The aftercare is run terrible
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very dissapointed of this school, it is good but unfortunately they are not giving the encouragement to the kids like they should
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.
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!
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.
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