Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies is in transition to becoming a full high school. As an application high school, there are 3 academies available where students may apply. Each academy has at least 1 academy course per year that students must take as part of their coursework. These courses include such classes as Marine Skills, Critical Thinking, and Global Studies. The iPrep Academy is a challenging academy which is in alignment with the District's iPrep program/philosophy of independent, yet guided, 21st century learning. Students more into marine biology and marine science, should consider the COAST program. The more traditional, college prep program is the Liberal Arts program. Cambridge Global Studies, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment are all accelerated course programs available for eligible students. Teachers are highly qualified, very involved, and very enthusiastic about the new programs and opportunities for students. High academic standards in Honors courses, high achievement expectations from students, all while having fun and making lasting friendships are the best way to describe this new school in Cutler Bay.
Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies, Centennial Campus is a competitive secondary school (grades 7-9). This is the last year that the Centennial Campus will house a seventh grade class of students. For the 2013-2014 school year, the Centennial Campus student body will be grades 8-10. One of the exemplary teachers at the Centennial Campus is Mr. Marshall Ruffo, the current MDCPS Teacher of the Year. Biology teacher Mr. Ruffo students passed the End of Course exam (25 students out of 26). If you are looking for a school that promotes academics and extracurricular activities then Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies, Centennial Campus is the right place for your son or daughter. The Centennial Campus has earned District or State awards in: Art, Band, Basketball, Chess, Fairchild Challenge, Project Citizen, and the Student Council/United Way Student Campaign. The Centennial Campus is a No Place for Hate, a program initiated by Mr. Justin Koren to discuss what it truly means to be a bully-free school. The Centennial Campus Student Council is a participant in the Cartoon Network Stop Bullying Speak Up 2013 Campaign facilitated by Ms. La-Shanda West.
I am a student currently at centennal middle school in the seventh and in there COAST magnet program and I am glad to say I am happy to be leaving next school year. The middle school's Magnet program, COAST, expects way to much of the students but then they don't do anything but kayaking trips which only about half of the program gets to go on. And the teachers of the magnet program are also very strict and give to much work. No science experiments just power point notes and book work! Also, with the new high school underway the principle could care a lot less about the middle school. Everything is about the high school! They want to make the school better than coral reef, but that is not going to happen if you have such a disoranized school! And the middle school has no fun activitys or anything! It just really angers me!The regular middle school is full of EXTREAMLY disrespectful students. There teachers do not know how control the students they always run around in the halls and scream and hit people, But the teachers couldn't care less. Take it from me this school is no good.
As a former student I can say this school is horrible. I was bullied like crazy in this school and the faculty never did anything about it when i went up to tell them. The only thing that was fun in this school was the woodshop teacher he was the best! He taught me alot of life lessons and really helped me alot. other than that this school really sucks
As a former student..i am proud of saying that Centennial is an awesome school! i used to go to this school that was horrible and teachers were careless! When i got to CMS i learned soo much its not even funny! Teachers are amazing and the staff is awesome! my FCAT scores were like never before! Too bad i am now leaving Centennial. :( BUT its becoming a High School is that is really good...i really hope i would be accepted because that is another chance for me to stay there and enjoy everyone again! i honestly love Centennial Middle School aka Centennial Senior High!! <3
My child attends the C.O.A.S.T. program and so far she loves it!! The Principle is very dedicated & carrying of her students & is always there. One time my daughter scraped her knee & the principle herself took care of my child ,to me that speaks volumes about how devoted she is to this school. Also the teachers are AMAZING!!! My daughter has never been so invested in school as she is now & I know it's due to the teachers & the curriculum that is being provided. There are fights at this school which is alarming at times but my daughter said that the staff handles it at quickly. I honestly cannot fault the school for this its just a part of living in a big city & a multicultural community. If kids were raised with higher morals & standards with real repercussions for there actions then this would be something we saw less of.
If the student is involved, the Centennial experience will be priceless! Principal Carballo is fantastic. Staff is extremely caring and hard-working. Band program rivals any magnet program under Mr. Gross. Dance program is great under Ms. Lang. Marine Skills program (only one like it linked to MAST Academy) under Mr. Ruffo is fantastic. Art, Athletics, Student Government... all exceptional programs. Students of any middle school will have a bad experience if they don't get involved in something they enjoy. Parents need to take an active role as well... the middle school experience is way more difficult a transition than high school and kids still need parental involvement and guidance.
I am a former student here at centennial middle school and I have to agree with the first review all the way above from me. This school is terrible and the teachers here are carless. I have been a victim of constant bullying here at centennial middle school and never got the help I needed. Overall terrible school and I don't miss it a bit.
only a kid understsnds a kid i reccomend yes to this school especially mrs. anderson thus school woyuld give a high chance of giong into coral reef high school. best school ever
Centennial's stars program is horrible and the teachers couldn't care less about the students, they have their own 'agenda' and that's just getting a paycheck. They are prejudiced and have no business being teachers. It's scary that these people are in a classroom 'teaching' students with disabilities or special needs. They should be cleaning toilets in a prison.
If you want your children to go to a no nonsense school...this is it! Ms. Carballo & Mrs. Audain are on the ball. If you have any problem, one of them is quick to fix it. The faculty are involved and easy to talk to. The fact that this school is not an A is due to the students that do not try, not the teachers! My kids went to A schools last year and you know what this diffrence was....nothing! There's good & bad everywhere you go, you just have to teach your kids to steer clear of it.
The gifted program belongs to this school with it its a 5 w/o a 3 Mrs East is the best gifted teacher. The best thing about this school is the math teacher Mrs Oneal
My son graduated this year, and after struggling all through elementary school he finally found the support he needed to reach the potential I always knew he had. Centennial s staff is responsible for this. They were very supportive and were able to motivate him and he is now on the right track. Thank you Centennial.
Can't say enough great things about Centennial. Their Gifted Program is top notch with diversity in the type of instruction and assistance where students need a little extra support. Donna East is an exempliary Language Arts teacher who engages the students in their learning experience which motivates them to increase their skills. The Advanced Academics (Gifted Resourse) classes are out of this world with excellent enrichment activities for the extraordinary child. The Band program is top notch and Mr. Gross is totally 'student' oriented. He is there before & after school so the students can practice and get 'hooked on music'. All special education programs are outstanding with an emphasis on the whole child and student success. The inclusion program is terrific with continued student support throughout the 3 years at the school. This school is a 'gem' tucked away in Cutler Bay.
Potentially, this school can do a lot better than it is doing right now, if only the teachers and administrators would focus on better motivating the students. In my opinion, this school is run more like a boot camp rather that an academic center for learning. I do understand that the teachers have a difficult and challenging task of trying to teach these students that come from a vast diverse group. Maybe better lesson plans, discipline and procedural rules need to be in place to help solve some of these problems, but CSI wouldn't do it! Also, maybe the administrators need to listen to parents a little more.
Centennial has an Academic Loop program that offers high school credit, top of the line teachers, also, good band and sports programs, needs more parent involvement!
I moved from Texas about 5 months ago. When we were looking for a house to buy, we were also looking for a good school for my 2 boys. I have one in middle school and the other one in elementary. I find the school very poor in Miami. I am not happy at all. All I do is worry about them. My son who goes to school in Centennial is the worst school I have ever seen. I am sure they are other schools worst than Centenial but for me compare what they used to go in Texas it's a worst school. I don't know what I should. We bought a house and we cannot move from there until we save money. I wish they can do something about it. The students are out of control. My children and I pray everyday for safety.
Centennial Middle is located in a beautiful upcoming area. New Homeowners should not be fooled. This school is not where you want to send your child. Still bound to old zoning rules that were drawn prior to the construction boom in this area, Centennial buses in students from many other areas. My daughter attended this school in the 6th grade. Out of the 7 teachers teaching my daughter, only one showed an interest in stepping out of the box to offer a challenge to my daughter. There is little parent involvement in this school. The security staff and afterschool staff are the shing stars of this school. Unfortunately the teaching staff leave much to be desired.
Centennial is a very low rated school and they need to have more fun activitys and they need better decorartion in there school and that is an important fact!
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