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Coral Gables Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 3340 students

 

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Posted September 14, 2014

Horrible across the board-/ AVOID! Look at FCAT scores with an average of 50% operating below grade level standards-- that speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2014

In response to the parent that posted a comment on Aug 12th about Gables not being "Great" anymore. Well, it seems to me that perhaps you should find a new school for your child. I'm a proud parent of two Gables graduates. My daughter graduated Class of 2009 and my son just graduated May 2014. This is still a great Public School, yes it's not perfect but it offers great learning and athletic experiences for those who want to take the challenges. I hope you, as a parent are involved with the schools PTSA that has a great group of parents that work really work hard to provide much needed funds. If you're not involved, i suggest you do, it's a great way to find out what's going on with the school and have you voice heard. As for the kids in the attendance office, that's is part of the school's program to introduce students to office work, those students are "Office Aids". Gables is still a GREAT School and, in my opinion, the school doesn't make the students, the students make the school. GO CAVS. Vania Vincent, proud Gables Parent, PTSA Member, former Cavaliers Band Treasurer, former Cavalier Football Booster Club President.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Coral Gables senior High School is a great school because it offers many avenues for the kids to succeed later in life. The IB program is an outstanding program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2012

This is my childs first year at Gables and so far we are very happy with the school. I found it to be one of the few High Schools where an adult actually answers the phone. The staff is very attentive and speaks to the kids. My daughter is enjoying the school and clubs. They have all types of programs and activities for the kids. They don't only concentrate on their magnet IB but they also pay attention to the rest of the students. All students have an opportunity at the school. This is what High School is all about. Also the academics is top notch. They have honors, gifted-honors, IP, AP, dual enrollment, etc. When I went to open house, I saw the principal and vice-principal interacting with parents and teachers. The are very proud of their school. She is really enjoying the school. I hope this remains like this for the rest of high school. Also, before school started and I did not know anyone, I emailed a PTA member out of the website, she was great, answered my questions and helped me out. The PTA is great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

Good teachers always bring forth good professionals, I graduated in 1987 and what I learned during those 3 years has been a great base for my professional life.


Posted March 26, 2012

As a Coral Gables High Alumni I can say that this is an amazing school! Excellent AP/IB/Honors Program. The teachers are great. However, there are some teachers that shouldn't be teaching... they have great programs such as the Gablettes and Cheerleaders. Only downfall is how personal the teachers can get with their students... like, no- its not cool for you too be involved in high school gossip...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2012

A great all around school. It is one of the mid-sized ones in Miami and the school is run well. There are some great teachers at Gables (not all are, but there will be bad teachers at every singe school). Most of the teachers are caring and knowledgable and wonderful to work with. The new administration does a great job of running the school. Teachers have academic freedom and there is not the over-focusing on testing that you find at some schools. The students are generally well behaved and follow the rules. IB/AP/Honors program is awesome! I love working here and have happily done so for 5 wonderful years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2010

2 stars - Recently my son had his cell phone stolen. The administration behaved quite apathetic about the whole incident and almost seemed to not want to do anything about it. I e-mailed the principal who never responded. My son's father got a response after a pressing e-mail, however again, the principal never followed through. This is simply unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

Coral Gables is still the best school in Miami ! And with a Primo IB Program, and the best Advanced Placement program in Miami as well. The teachers are very involved and committed. Excellent Security as well. I only wish they offered more computer courses--but they only have One computer teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Both of my daughters attended the IB program at Coral Gables Senior High. They received an outstanding education that has made it possible for them to be accepted at universities throughout the United States, including Ivy League schools. The faculty was always available and very dedicated to my daughters' education. I am extremely satisfied with Coral Gables Senior High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

My daughter graduated from Coral Gables Senior and i truly believe it to be a great school. It has its negatives but above all it is mostly good; staff and students get along well for the most part and it is a safe place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This is still the best school in Miami !!! Excellent IB (International Baccalaureate) Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

Excellent school with excellent magnet programs for advance/honor students. Excellent teachers. Do not go by the test scores, this is a 3, 500 students school. Such a big school and so many students it is hard to compete with the smaller nearby high schools. But, their program would definately prepare your child for the most challenging/competitive and pretigious universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

The school lacks any administrative control of the curriculum. Each teacher teaches what he or she wants totally disregarding what they the assigned curriculum is. Some teachers are good other aren't. No administrator checks on them. All the administration seems to focus on is that the classes are under control by the teachers and the FCAT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

As incoming PTSA President, I am very proud to be a Gables parent and have my children attend CGHS. My children range from ESE to Honors/AP classes and I find the teachers to be of the most excellent quality. Our principal is dedicated, driven, caring and involved. Gables is a GREAT school. Yes, we have an ethnically diverse large population, things are not perfect, but they are GOOD! Sports, extracurriculars, security, dresscode, it's all there. Our weakest area is Parent Involvement. Let me encourage any parent reading this to become involved at your school! The importance is beyond words. Go to your PTSA meetings. Learn what is going on. Go to parent nights. Read the school newspaper, the web site. Communication is there. Use it. At Gables, sign up for our Parent EMail list. Take time to find out. This is for your child, your school. Be there! CGHS PTSA eNews@aol.com cghs.dadeschools.net
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

IB/AP students carry the school academically. Until the overcrowding and infiltration from inferior neighboring school district regions stops the challenges may be too much for the new Principal. She is trying hard , focused and motivated to improve the overall school. Unfortunately, she spends her day trying to fight the fires presented by ESOL, unmotivated, under educated poverty family children and to some extent, ESE situations. The IB/AP students have funding drained to meet these other student's needs when the AP/IB funds should be made available to help make the average and better students students the best they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

I graduated in 2003. At the time, my average class size ranged from 30-35 students, and I was in the AP/IB program. The buildings were disgusting (sticky doors and floors, dead rats in the air vents), the students unmotivated, and the teachers uninterested. It seemed to be much more about baby-sitting, and keeping us quiet. There were a lot of 'movie days' when they weren't focusing on test scores. In my four years there, I saw a lot of general deterioration. I shudder to think of how it could be now. I hear I got out just in time.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 10, 2006

I will be a senior in the IB program in this school and I hate it. The administration generally treats you like delinquents. I dread going here for another year. Spare your child if they actually want to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2006

This is a Great school. The IB programs and students are the best. Classes are fun and understanding. The after school activities and teachings are great. Yes, discipline is low, but its such a big school. Cant blame them. And the security is great. All the staff members are great and the school has Police all around its perimeter in case any troubles happen. This school is the best school to my oppinion. Now we are getting a new principle and uniforms. Things are shaping up great. I see no reason for any student not to go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2006

The IB program is a great thing but there are many problems withing the larger school context.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

818 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

837 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

817 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

789 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

472 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
20%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

779 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

827 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
53%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

694 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 82%
White 11%
Black 6%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 80%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Rated top 1,000 High Schools by Newsweek Magazine (2007)
  • SEIMENS Award (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MR. ADOLFO L COSTA
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 441-8094

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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450 Bird Road
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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