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.
Firstly, 98% of the reviews on this site are written by the same person- likely an administrator. CGSH may have been a great school at one point but it is by no means "great" now. The teachers are indifferent, the administration weak and the general population of students downright scary. There is no way I could recommend this school. We initially met a horrid counselor at orientation who spoke to the students like they were idiots, followed by incompetent teachers who regularly insult students, numerous "movie days" and utterly dilapidated building conditions. The attendance office is run by sassy older women &students- my first time there, I honestly wondered if I was being "Punk'd!" The main office is a dingy place where you will feel like an inconvenience if someone decides to notice you. Furthermore, I called the office on more than one occasion and NO ONE answered the phone during normal school hours. While I was hugely disappointed with Gables, I am not a complainer. I have sat on countless Boards and my daughter is a good student, has never been in trouble at any school and is a junior Olympic athlete. Do NOT send a child here if you have other options.
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.
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!!!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is still the best school in Miami !!! Excellent IB (International Baccalaureate) Program.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IB program is a great thing but there are many problems withing the larger school context.
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