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Coral Gables, FL
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5801 Augusto Street
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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(305) 661-1611
(305) 666-3140
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September 14, 2014
Ponce is a great school by any measure. The Principal, Ms. Chang, is an amazing leader and has beautified the grounds and atmosphere enormously. There are not a lot of involved parents but the ones who do show up to help out are great. The IB Program has a lot of solid teachers and the staff at Ponce is second to none. Don't hesitate to send you child to school here- it is a really great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Whenever you walk into the school, the staff has a smile on the face. They are very helpful and care for their students. The director is incredible and met the challenge of transforming a school catering a very diverse student population, teaching kids from any disadvantaged neighborhood together with gifted children in an IB middle school program. Yes, there is way to improve on the organization, but the most important is that the heart of the staff is on the right place. Students get a hug when they need it but they are also taught discipline and self confidence. Students that get kicked out of neighboring schools, such as Carver, tend to regain confidence and growth at Ponce de Leon. This is not because Ponce de Leon is an easier school, it is just because the school philosophy is warm and welcoming, valuing each student at a fundamental level. This is what encourages students to give their best and regain confidence in themselves. I appreciate the individual approach to counseling, which high school is best for your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I remember sitting at the classroom and learning through multiple lectures. Meeting teachers and students alike in which are peculiar and yet cunning. I remember meeting friends and friends of friends that have multiple characteristics. Some per say can be a bit annoying. Others are what you can say a wisecrack. Some are shy and others are outspoken. I remember the memories we shared. Through thick and thin, we stand our ground. I remembered the trouble makers and the happy go lucky people. (ei. Fieldtripper, point dexter, skipper, vultures, chicken foot gang, g the loudest, Einstein, et cetera) All I can say is that there are times when you are paired up with people whom can be a great asset and others not so much. There are times when you are pit into real life situations and such which can prepare you for the future. To the kiddos going to the school, let me give you and advice. Whenever you get the chance to do something, do it. Do not procrastinate! Do not belittle things. Always do your best so in the end you would never regret your actions. Balance your academics, extracurricular, and community services. Whatever you do, face your consequences head on and never complain.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2013
Ponce is a great School for all types of students. I am an 8th grader and this is my third and last year at Ponce. I have enjoyed every year I have spent here, I have learned and grown so much.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
My son started school this year and absolutely loves it. He loves getting up and ready for school now. He cant wait for the chess club to start so he can learn how to master the game. I found the principal to be very knowledgeable and friendly during the craziness of orientation. The school grounds are lovely and well kept. I love the fact that they have maintained the authenticity of the historic buildings but yet are able to provide a great environment for a school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
im very happy with the progress that ,my duagjhter has acquired here at ponce. I pleased with her teachers and class schedule. I will defeneletly will be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My daughter is a 7th grade gifted student in the IB program.She's had a great experience so far at Ponce. Last year i was worried about her entering a big school campus after a fairly cozy elementary program, but her teachers did a great job reaching out to her and made themselves available via email from the beginning of the year, and were great at responding, whenever there were concerns or questions. The lead teacher in the IB program is FABULOUS!!!!!! She is like a mom to the kids: nurturing them, but also giving them the kind of advice they need to navigate middle school. She really knows the kids. Academically, teachers have challenged her with interesting, cross-disciplinary projects, which is what the IB program is all about. Her science teacher last year was amazing and committed - she led a group of kids on a fabulous camping trip to learn about the Everglades! Her Language Arts teacher was a fiercely dedicated burst of energy and creativity. The French program won first place in the county for middle school for I think the 2nd or 3rd year! Math was a great experience too, and she was well prepared to enter the Algebra (for those who qualify). Ask to meet a current parent

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
My son is a student at the IB program of Ponce de Leon Middle. The administrators and teachers of the program are phenomenal. The curriculum is challenging and very globally-oriented. My son is studying hard and very motivated, and I have the school to thank.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
This is our 3rd year at Ponce and we continue to be impressed by not only the curriculum of the IB Program but the quality of the Ponce teachers and administrators. They are a team of motivated and dedicated academics striving to ensure our kids succeed. Our son is very proud of his school, as are we. We highly recommend Ponce to any family looking for an excellent education, administered by a highly professional team.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
Great school. I would not want to work anywhere else. It is a true representation of the excellence that can be produced when everyone works together.

- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2011
My son has excelled at Ponce De Leon Middle School. The teachers are professional, attentive nd serious about teaching. The teachers earnthe respect of the students because it is apparent that they care. The principal is energetic, motivated and positive about the future of the students. The PTSA is envolved and has made great strides in bring community to this schoold. The IB program is challenging and is providing a well rounded view of the world, politics and economics that the students need to be sucessful in the future. I would recommend Ponce De Leon Middle school to any student that is serious about their acedemic future.u

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
An excellent education by a caring teacher group; and advanced curriculum which will be respected when my child applies for college; the chance to play sports, make friends, perform music in concerts; all of this and more is what Ponce offers. My 7th grader has advanced tremendously in the program, and is learning more than I could have imagined. As a result of the excellent teaching in this advanced program (the IB program), my child will complete high school (yes, they plan ahead that far ahead) with much of his first year of college credits completed, saving costs for us, and giving him greater opportunities to advance there, as well. They took a field trip to the Everglades, learn languages, and study guitar. There are art programs and other great opportunities. If you are looking for a school program that can help your child have a well rounded education, and social network building, this school is a wonderful choice. As for the test scores, consider that the school is only partial magnet, so the scores are for the entire school. The magnet only program would have awesome scores, if they could be shown alone. What would I change? More parents getting involved more often.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
I am so proud to say that my daughter chose Ponce, out if her many choices for middle school. I am extremely happy with her performance and mostly for the performance of her teachers! I was concerned about where Skylar would go to middle school and was very confused by our choices. Skylar was very interested in going to South Miami and was accepted but after weighing her options and all the benefits of the IB program she chose Ponce. I wad extremely happy with her decision and really feel she made the right choice! I think Ponce has so much more to offer her than any other option we had and she has had the best two years of het life there! She has amazing, well rounded respectable friends that I am so happy for her to have as piers! I find the program challenging for my intelligent child but also a place where she has made friends for life! I give her experience an "a" and will recommend this school to everyone !

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
As a parent of an incoming seventh grader I give Ponce de Leon Middle an excellent rating. My son excelled academically and made lots of new friends during his sixth grade year. The IB teachers are caring, involved, and responsive. The IB coordinator and all the administrators are hands on professionals who will strive to help your child on an individual basis. Ponce is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
Ponce is an exceptional school. The teachers are caring and proactive. The leadership team is also exceptional and extremely student and parent centered. It is one of the finest schools in teh area. The IB programme is a notch above all the rest.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
this school in all honesty is filled with empty minded students, trust me i wasted 3 years of my teenage life there for no reason...this school does not give student the option to explore the arts, let alone sports. the teachers are lazy most of the times, i attended Ponce since 2005-2006 (6 grade) 2006-2007(7th grade) and 2007-2008 (8th grade) i am now a Senior at South Miami Senior High for the School of the Arts for Fine Art, and DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANY PARENT to send their child to this middle school...my brother is the most recent of our family to have left Ponce, me and my sister and 3 other cousins beofre us have gone there...during the years of my cousins up until my years the school has been moderate enough for a good educaton, but now my parents are truly disappointed that my brother was not challenged enough in his stuides, everything was to easy...and to prove that we're not slaker children, my older sister will now be graduating from FIU with a double major in marketing and accounting, i go to South Miami Senior High for Fine Art and my brother will now be moving on to Miami Coral Park for engineering

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
HI ! its ASHLEY AMAYA & ALEXANDRA VELASCO speaking ! PONCE DE LEON middle is an AMAZING school. We should know , WE GRADUATED from there ! we are class of 2009-2010 <3 which makes us now freshman at coral gables senior high. Well alexandra's favorite part of ponce de leon was the people because their all DOUGIE which means'' fresh '' (: & My favorite part of ponce de leon middle was the teachers and how cool they were with us when 8th graders ruled the schooll ;D & LAST BUT NOT LEAST MINE & ALEXANDRAS favorite part of ponce de leon middle was MR.MELTON ! BEST MATH TEACHER OF LIFE ! without him we would'nt of made it to highschool and yet till this day me & alexandra have intensive math againn <3 well we recommened your students to go to PONCE DE LEON !

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2010
it is awesome. so many clubs , great teachers, and a nice staff.

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March 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
I have been substituting at Ponce for the 2009-2010 School Year and I find it to be excellent! A very positive environment, great students and adm/faculty, and a beautiful campus!

- submitted by a teacher
April 12, 2009
This school is great. This is my last year at this school and i can honestly say that i do not want to leave. The teachers are very caring, and are just simply amazing. Each student finds ways to bond with each teacher here, which makes the whole experience way smoother. The teachers are willing to motivate and push every single student to do better instead of just punishing them right away. The school has a big campus, and has strong security. The administration, apart from a select few, are very caring, but at the same time do not let students walk all over them. The principle, though, is another issue. She's doing fine with the school, but she really wasn't the best choice.Its got alot of extracurricular activities, lots of educational but fun field trips, and you will make lasting memories & friendships. But great school.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
this is school is very caring they treat every single student like family...i would recommend this school highly...i just left ofor high school, on early relase i had to go back to thank every single one of my teachers form 6-8th grade!!! the advanced teachers are the best!!!

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2008
This is the end of the grading period and the teachers are calling even before I get the report card. The teachers are very proactive in communicating with the parents. This has been a wonderful transition from elementary.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
I think Ponce is a great scool I was there for two years and it's been wonderful.The teachers are very nice and helpful.The kids are like family I suggest parents should take a look at this school after all it is an ''A'' school.

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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
Ponce de Leon's staff is the best in Miami Dade County. My daughter loves going to school everyday. Everyone from her full time gifted teachers her counselors to the office staff is loving and caring. The sense of family can be felt throughout the entire beautiful campus. I urge all interested community members to call and make an appointment for a tour of the school, you will be impressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 07, 2008
This school is great. I am leaving to high school and I have to say that this school is the best Middle School in the area, there are great clubs, great teachers. The teachers care and everyone is like a family in that school. Those years were the best.

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June 17, 2008
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June 01, 2008
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no rating May 07, 2008
Congratulations ponce!!...On the accreditation of the 'ibmyp'. This is my son's first year at the school and he is triving, learning and being challenged. I belive in ponce, in its adminstration, and faculty .... They made things happen. The principal is eager to bring change for the better of the students and school. Keep up the good work!

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February 26, 2008
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October 24, 2007
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October 23, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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August 23, 2007
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August 23, 2007
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August 18, 2007
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July 16, 2007
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no rating July 13, 2007
this skool is a good skool but very un orgnized i had a fun time cuz the teachers helped me bewat i felt like being!

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June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
When I went to school there it was great. We were tought to be who we wanted to be. and I had the best teachers. If I hade a chance to go back and do it all over again I would.

- submitted by a former student
no rating May 09, 2007
We've been at this school three years and are glad to be leaving. Some teachers have left a mark for the better with my kids and me. The gifted and advance programs are good, as well as the teachers. Some other teachers are rude and can be over demanding, and some could have better english communication abilities. A lot of agressive kids. The new principal and asst principal is not going over very well with staff; teachers are leaving, some of whom are very caring and wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
If you haven't been to Ponce lately, you don't know Ponce. There have been magnanimous improvements. Granted, the previous principal was there only 3 years but managed to raise the school from a C to an A. The new principal is already setting her high standards in behavior and academics. Ask Coral Gables police if it's not one of the safest and least problematic schools in the area. The teachers are dedicated and respond qickly. There is an 'open door' policy with the administration. There are ree after school programs and a free bus for students in this program. Students can choose from many clubs.There are intramural sports. Soon it will be one of the few middle schools with a real gym. PTSA is very involved. Make an appointment and see for yourself why some are calling it the best kept secret in the Gables. 'Satisfied parent of 3 Ponce kids'

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September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
I will make this review short and simple:I think this school is possibly the best schools . Another thing the teachers are just about perfect ( the 'GIFTED' Teachers anyway) the councilors are fantastic and the security is tight,and I haven't came to this school and not see Police officers (for protection and safety reasons)the only bad thing is that every couple years the whole administration changes and the kids can be aggressive but all you have to know is how to ignore. So if you want you child go To a very good school Choose 'PONCE DE LEON MIDDLE SCHOOL'

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
I would not recommend this school. The administration is unorganized.

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February 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
There are a lot of after school activities; but not sure there is enough focus on school work. The magnet program does appear to offer challenging work for the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
I think even though is a good school it need to work more in helping kids whose parents are middle class workers.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
This school has potential to do better, but there are too many changes going on such as old and new educational programs, and new teachers and new administrators. it lacks a stable learning environment. The principal appears to be overwhelmed with the size of the school population and campus. She stammers, fidgets, spoken to, and is extremely difficult to reach. Prepare yourself, you'll probably speak to her secretary who appears to run the school. It's also difficult to reach the assistant principal of curriculum. You'll probably end up speaking to the principal's secretary again or the 6th grade teacher dean. From what I've gathered, she's one of the school's teachers on special assignment in the office.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
Poor leadership-too many changes in administration. New administrators every 2 to 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
I felt that most of my daughters teachers actually did care even though they looked like they were fighting a constant battle.

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March 30, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2004
There is a visible lack of supervision this year, the change of Prinicipals has been noticible and not for the better. Seventh graders, my daughter included have had 3 staff changes in 3 key subjects which have caused caos in their study routine and fostered a lack of interest and continuity in the subjects. I find this years faculty (with a couple of exeptions), disappointing. The school is also over-crowded beyond capacity. The Public school system is going through a serious crisis to procure the best teachers available due to lack of proper funding. Ponce de Leon is a classic example.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
My daughters have attended Ponce Middle. My oldest has been there all 3 years. My husband have decided to pull them out and opt for private school. The current principal does not impress me at all and my husband, who doesn't get involved, has had to talk to the principal on many issues. On many occasions we questioned the lack security, the inability of administration to respond to parents questions and concerns in a timely manner. I agree with other parent there are a lot of aggressive children. The only saving grace are the Gifted Teachers. Unfortunately they are now losing 2 wonderful teachers. So what happens now. My daughters are very worried and I am too.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
I think the education is the best, teachers, security and counselors are great, as far as the environment I am not satisfied at all, a lot of aggressive children, I have seen the action from my car. My daughter has been harrassed several times with no improvement. Lack of communication with teachers. There is no paper towel nor liquid soap in the bathrooms.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
This is a fantastic school! My daughter started there 7 years ago (attended for three years) and my son attended when she finished, so I was there for six years in a row. Every year the school got better and better! The key was increased involvement from the parents and the resulting increase in quality of teaching. (During that time the parents helped get a $1.9 million grant to make the school an international studies magnet and helped raise student expectations.) Both of my children got an excellent foundation for high school (where they are now) and teachers who taught content as well as philosophy of life. They were challenged to do their best, to contribute back to society, and to get along with others. Both of my children had outstanding math teachers and social studies teachers; science teachers were good but kept leaving for HS jobs. The counselors are the best in the county! Middle school is the time parents need to be most involved in their children's lives. The current principal, Ms. Gans, is a gem. This school reflects the diversity of Miami, with a range of incomes, racial groups, and parent experiences. Students who can learn to get along here will have an excellent foundation to succeed in life.

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Ponce De Leon Middle School
5801 Augusto Street, Coral Gables, FL  33146
(305) 661-1611
Last modified Ponce De Leon Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ponce De Leon Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top