From people moving to Florida, you will only find 5 schools with the International Bachelor Organization certification. Amongst these five, there's only Morikami rates with 94% FCAT and is within the Boca Raton area.
Nice environment - very academic, not enough recess or special activities to break up the day
Academically rigorous program, caring staff, welcomes parent involvement, well-run administratively, good school-to-home communications, stresses inquiry based learning, IBO certified Primary Years Programme, strict discipline, uniforms, well maintained building and good level of supplies for teachers due to PTA strength, Rivals area gifted magnet schools in test scores but is open to all students based on lottery system. Writing FCAT scores were 13th in the State in 2004-5!
We have two children at MPE and it's a fantastic school. It seems more like a private school than a public one. The kids have access to so many resources, not the least of which are parents who are very 'into it' and support everything the kids do, both academically and in other school activities. The teachers get everything they need in terms of materials (high tech copiers, clean, new textbooks, etc.) and help from the parents (there are lots of volunteers). They all learn French and Spanish; the signs around the school are in multiple languages; the IB program is inquiry based and centered around units, so all the students in each grade learn the same thing at the same time. It's a very interesting, effective system that our kids really love.
I have had two children go thru the IB program, it's wonderful. I wish Morikami went through 12th grade. The specials are great and there is tremdous parental support and volunteers. I'm going to miss Morikami this year as my son graduates. You feel like your at a private school! Keep up the excellent work Morikami!
This school is one of the highest rated in the county. It's international baacalureate program and its dedicated teaching staff make it a must for area children to get the best public education around.
We love this school. The teachers are excellent. The principal is very detailed and runs a tight ship. The students are respectful.
great school. Really hard to get into but well worth the wait. Wish it went to middle school.
Morikami Park Elementary is an exceptional school! No child will 'fall through the cracks'. They pay attention to each and every child. Parents are highly involved and teachers are always available to speak with a parent about his or her child. The units of inquiry give children a well-rounded, holistic education and make learning more fun and interesting. At Morikami, the staff is not just concerned about strictly academics, but also care about the qualities of each individual (creativity, empathy, respect etc.) It is an incredible school!
I think Morikami Park has to best academic possible for elementary students in the area. They have Spanish and French!!!....The parent involvement is the best. In allI wish there was more scholls like Morikami park Elementary.
All three of my children have gone there since the school opened. I love the school, all teachers were great. You have to buy a uniform but is is easy and the kids don't seem to mind. The school is beautiful, well kept, and all indoors. The classrooms are large and bright. The principal seems to support the parents all said its a great school and I feel lucky to have gotten in.
My daughter is in mrs Miller class.She is doing very well,I wish the school board would build a middle school with the same method of teaching.
Parents: You could not ask for a better school to start your child's education. Morikami is giving my child an educational head start in a future that most certainly will be demanded it. Morikami's teaching program is simply 'mind blowing' to me compared to what I remember of my first years of school. My child is learning French, Spanish, technology, music, arts, math, and reading skills that have simply amazed my wife and I. Yes, Parent participation is key, but what school shouldn't be. The teachers are dedicated and love what they do. Mrs. Orlove is 'The Best' kindergarden teacher, and I am proud to have my child in her class. Mrs. Orlove's dedication and love-of-job surpasses anything I have seen at any teach level. Morikami is exceptional. Take a tour, ask questions, apply, and if the lottery powers come your way...you won't regret a single day. Thank you Morikami.
My kids have been/are attending since Morikami opened. It's a wonderful school with excellent teachers who work extremely hard for everyone. Some children & parents may find the school intimidating, but it's a model school and what it provides is so much more than any other school can offer in Palm Beach County Public schools. I am very pleased to have had 2 children already finish at Morikami and my 3rd child is doing very well too. I wish there were more schools like Morikami available to all children.
This school has a beautiful campus and spends more money per child since it is a special school. They teach above grade level and do not tell you that. They teach mainstream and if you don't fit that type you will be lost in the shuffle. The principle is not well liked and I believe inaffective. Several teachers have left while a few should have they lost some really good ones. The classrooms are not broken down into groups by ability. You either follow one way of teaching and if you can't keep up or if you are bored, you are lost. There is a lot of homework. I pulled both my children from this school. I was disappointed.
I am very pleased with Morikami Park Elementary. My daughter is in the 1st grade and loves her teacher Mrs. Tribble. We were very excited to get in last year for Kindergarten. The teachers are very enthusiastic about teaching and parent volunteers in the classroom are always welcome. My daughter loves taking spanish and french and tries to teach me what she has learned. Unfortunately, we are relocating to Orlando, FL. I hope to find a school as great as Morikami Park.
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