I have read some of the comments of parents who do not seem to understand how lucky they are to have their child attend this school. Who cares if you have to drive two hours, deal with disgruntled teachers and an overload of homework? Shame on you!! You knew what you were getting into when you accepted the seat. Do you know how many parents wish their child could get into that school only to find out that you are number 252 on the waitlist? Waiting in traffic for two hours- you must not be use to South Florida traffic. Teachers that complain and moan- everyone does when they aren't satisfied with what they are getting. The kids should try harder. Homework overload- again..your child is taking honors or AP classes in middle school. What do you expect? Please parents don't accept the seat at Carver if you know your child or you can't handle it. Save it for someone who will appreciate it and deal with the good and the bad.
My child no longer attends Carver but hearing from parents whose children currently attend and their comments reminded me of my experience. My child says Carver was fine, I guess the children eventually found it normal to be called names such as stupid and idiot by the french teachers who assumed no one understood. The school is an American school with a french program, not a french school for french nationals only. And if people can stop drooling long enough pass the french accent they will realize something is very wrong. The teachers need to keep their moodiness and personal lives out of the school. It is not the students fault that they are overloaded with too many classes, it's poor planning and management. There are plenty of people who would appreciate a teaching position. I think the children suffer when they have the same disgruntled teachers 2-3yrs in a row. There is also the complete lack of discipline. When I hear a teacher or parent complain about a class overall or pointing out students whom they find disruptive, I want to ask where was the teacher and why did they lose control of their class. If a parent raises a concern, the teachers take it out on the student and intimidate the parent, that's bullying...The administration needs to pay more attention to the complaints. My child is in high school IB and not everyone in the class comes from an IB middle school or Carver. Carver is not the only choice to get into IB. Carver is rated 979th in the state. I still feel strongly enough to take the time to write this review....
All comments are relative to the individual child and family. I have had had two children educated by Carver....my first child had not gone through Sunset first so struggled with friends but the three years prepared her for the IB Program at Coral Reef High School.My second child thoroughly enjoyed Sunset Elementary and seems to be involved and doing well academically at Carver. She has become self reliant with a strong sense of her own opinion - thanks to the great Civics teacher this year. This is a great school if your child is bright and disciplined. The educators are lying the foundation for high school and college - a subject topic that is relevant as the students on the IS language program will take an AP exam in 8th grade.
This is the perfect school for the people that doesn't have a family life. I totally agree with Natalia. This school is overwhelming with the homework, to the point that is ridiculous since,It is proven that excessive homework doesn't make a kid smarter. I also agree that, if you compare Carver or Sunset Elementary with the rest of the schools from Miami, both schools will be outstanding but I would like both schools to be compared with other schools north of Fort Lauderdale. I am sure that up north, there are schools much better than both of them . They can brag in Miami because the rest of the schools are super bad.If you want a school to ruin your family life and give extra unnecessary stress to your kids, Carver and Sunset Elementary are the right schools for you. To my understanding, they do not do that much work in school and then send all the work to be done at home. It will be much better to do home schooling. Home schooling can take you around 3 hours daily. At Carver the daily homework can take from 4 to 5 hours daily plus the 7 hours that the kids spend at school. To me this is child abuse and I don't understand how this has been allowed for so many years.
I drive my children nearly TWO HOURS in rush hour traffic each morning to get them to Carver--a monumental sacrifice--just because I'm adamant about the value of a good education. I just don't have a good, fuzzy feeling about this school. They care about their "A" and their reputation, but not necessarily about what the children or families need. Because it's a Magnet program, I cannot transfer them to another school, unless I put them at their local middle school, which is NOT a choice. So, I'm stuck with Carver. I'm looking into private schools. I'm SO, SO, SO disappointed.
This is a magnet school with advanced level for each class. My son is a 7th grader in IE French program and mastered the language in two years thanks to his teachers and self motivation to learn French. He had excellent teachers in French, Science, World History, Gifted, and Algebra. The school provides the opportunity to advance further into math and science if the student passes a test. I strongly recommend this school for kids who get bored in regular classes and are willing to learn/improve a second language (French/Spanish/Italian/German).