What makes a great school? Strong leadership is a key factor, and unfortunately for those kids attending Coral Gables Prep. Academy, Graciela Cerra is the most incompetent principal ever. Rude, arrogant with a poor overall vision for the school. Cerra tells everyone what he/she wants to hear. She says “yes” to everyone but doesn’t take action. Thanks to people like Graciela Cerra this beautiful traditional school is going down the drain. Love your children, do not send them to CGPA.
Horrible!! Staff is rude, they don't even make an effort to treat people well (I'm just talking about saying "good morning" or "excuse me"-they don't know this words and its meaning). Principal is always stressed out and rushing things, even rush people out of the office instead of trying to help. How can a school full of people lacking those basic skills teach kids? Teachers screaming in the classrooms without patience and so much more…Not to mention how dirty the school is… bathrooms are the worse, auditorium was built in 1923 and it seems that it haven't been cleaned since then.
We came from a different state and a public school with high standards… its been very difficult to adapt to this new school. I just don't want my kids to learn that being rude is normal, because it is not and if you treat kids this way, this will be what they will learn. Sad! I can see the unsatisfaction in the eyes of almost every single person in that school.
This was my first year at this school and was sadly disappointed. The kindergarten teacher my child had was not only insensitive but incompetent to teach. She played the role of a disciplinarian more so than a nurturing educator. Hopefully not all of the teachers in this school follow the same method of teaching. I have heard she will be retiring soon. Wish it had been sooner.
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!
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!