First, this is my opinion which I am entitled to since it is a free country we live in and there is something called "freedom of speech." I send my child to this school and not the home school because I am choosing the "lesser of the evils." I have the right to send my child here because I pay high taxes and this is a choice school. With that said there is always room for improvement. Less teaching to the test and more teaching children in order for them to think, reason, and make good decisions is one of the improvements that would be a good one for not just this school but schools in general. Next, this school has too many students. A smaller school with smaller class sizes would be an improvement. Other parents that handle the opinions of other parents that differ from them in a mature and respectful manner would be another improvement. I think that school is better than a number of other schools but that is not saying too much. The parents that like to keep the same thing going without improvement are not progressive. Instead of attacking someone else why not put that energy into improvement. Also, research studies say homework in elementary school has no value.
Morikami Elementary was described to me as a place everyone wants to be: the teachers and faculty, the students and parents. I have absolutely found this to be the case. This is my family's fourth year at Morikami. We are extremely satisfied here. My son tested gifted but on some good advice, we felt it important to attend to help him be well rounded, immersed in the IB program and to experience all we could here. We have never looked back. As we prepare now for the FCAT for my oldest, of course there is talk about "teaching to the test" but guess what? The information is real life and an important component of learning: math, reading and reading comprehension with writing. I'm OK with that! My second child is an average student but struggled with reading and her teacher addressed where we were, where we needed to be and put a plan in place to achieve it. And she is doing it. I am thankful for my children's learning, experiences, friends, their teachers, and they are safe and happy every day. Further, I am very impressed with the level of parent involvement. . People are happy and proud to be here. Apply if you can, take it if you get it.
I hate how parents are saying they hate the school, it's in my opinion totally rude to put it on the internet!!! Just take your students out of the CHOICE program you put them in and try a different school!!! Now, in my opinion, I loved morikami!!! I am now in 7th grade, but I went to morikami from Kindergarten all the way to 5th grade! I loved all ofmy teachers! Esspecially Ms. Sanford when I had her in 3rd grade!!! She was the BEST!! & all my teachers taught me everything I needed to know for middle school!! When I was in 6th grade, all my teachers were surprised with what I knew! While other kids didn't know how to do anything!!!!! So I rate this school a 5 with all my heart!
For those parents complaining about the school, remember that this school is a CHOICE school. You made the choice to be there. You are more than welcome to leave the school and go to your home school.
The review below saying they declined a child with ASD sounds like bologna. I have a child on the spectrum there and he has all the necessary accommodations to ensure he does well. I know there are several children on the spectrum there. However, depending on how severe your child's condition is, this may not be the best school for him or her because it is a very fast paced and demanding school. It is a public school, it is indeed a lottery program. I knew nobody at that school when we got in and I don't socialize much with anyone there. I applied via the choice program online and yes, it is hard to get in because hundreds of families apply. The teachers are very caring, as is the entire administration. I appreciate that the staff communicates with me frequently and via any and all means necessary (text, emails, calls).
This school is very clicky- the parents not the students. It's rediculous, if you don't have the time to volunteer like every day and brown nose the teachers and admin then you don't belong here. They made me decline my entrance for my ASD child because THEY don't take THOSE certain TYPE of kids. Is it really they can't accommodate or they're just to lazy with pre-conceived notions of discrimination. They didn't even give my Aspergers child a chance. Shameful... I was in tears, so now I have two kids at two different schools. The IB program is great and impressive. You have to work hard or you don't make it. It shows that they only want the cream of crop at this school.
This school is for people that have friends in the district so that they can get into the so called "lottery." It is for those parents that are too cheap to pay for or can't afford private school. They use standard textbooks just like every other public school even though in the orientation the principal will say they don't use standard textbooks. They don't use standard tear out workbooks pages either but they are just computer generated workbook pages. Parents are involved but I think it is to the point of being overinvolved at times. Some teachers are nice and some are downright nasty just like at any other school. I just don't see all the "bragging" points that this school is promoted upon. It is a newer school and ok inside. Good test scores but if you pick and choose students that is not a shock. I am just not impressed. School is average overall. You can find the same thing at many schools. It just depends upon your location. I see why Florida has such a large amount of homeschoolers.
We are very happy to be at Morikami Park. The fact that the school is part of the IB foundation is great, as it ensures that the education provided meets international standards. The 2 languages (Spanish and Mandarin) are a great opportunity for my child to learn. Our kindergarten teacher was wonderful and my child ended the year reading, writing, adding and subtracting. The parents I have met have been great, as have been the kids. I am looking forward to more years at Morikami!
i am a 5th grader moving out next year. Morikami park is probably the best school in the state. the teachers are phenomenal!!! i love the playground and the space outside. there are tons of super nice kids to befriend and always the very lovely guidance counsoler to speak with if you need help with things.everything is great except the after care. "saac" (abbrieviation) is not something to enroll your child in. first of all there is the excrusiating noise in the cafeteria. also if you dont bring a book to read and you finish your homework they literaly PUNISH you with note home!! and when we go outside they seriously only let you go 100 feet away from the counsoler. the after care staff always goes where the boys want to go and us poor girls have to sit out in the hot sun doing nothing while sweaty boys jump around play basket ball and have fun. oh and dont forget when they "accidently" drop the ball on your head. i dislike the aftercare only but everything else is fine :)
Have children in 5th grade and 3rd grade. Both children started in K. MPES is AMAZING!!! The teachers are caring, responsive and respectful to parents and students. The PTA is amazing. I wish MPES went through to 8th grade. My son is going into 6th grade after this year and I am sad he has to leave. If you are able to get in.....DO NOT DECLINE.
As a grandparent, I am so impressed with the progress my grandchildren in kindergarten. And the after care program is amazing.
My son graduated MPES last year. He got a 5 on his Math, Reading and Science FCAT and just missed one question on each section (so it was a nearly perfect FCAT, which is probably one of the top scores in Palm Beach County). He got a perfect 4th grade math FCAT (every question correct). He just started middle school at St. Andrews and they placed him in 7th grade honors math and accelerated Spanish). So far, he has gotten an A on every single middle school test and middle school is a piece of case. His MPES education rivals that of his peers who all went to the lower school at St Andrews (and paid over $120K for that same education). My daughter is doing equally well in 5th grade. This is an amazing school with incredible teachers who made meaningful and significant contributions to their kids lives. I have no doubt that my kids will go to top colleges and their education started at MPES!
Lat school year my child was a first grader at MPES.To the parent who posted Aug 9, 2012: I can tell you it isn't the students who are texting during class it's the teachers. My child was in a very large 1st grade classroom with 3 teachers. When the full time teacher did show up to work, she spent alot of time texting, emailing etc. My daughters end of the year portfolio had 9 pages of work. In kindergarden her portfolio was 6 inches thick!! Her homework was very limited. I can tell you she knows how to spell very diffucult words. She just can't write easy sight words, as none of her spelling was ever corrected on paper, just on spelling tests. The highlight of the art program was learning who Leoanardo DiVinci was. Never did art projects. PE in classroom or in bus circle.. Advised she be tested for gifted prog. by kindergarden teacher. By the end of kindergarden the school had never tested her. They tested her at the beginnng of 1st grade, she missed the gifted program by 1 point. The precentage of gifted students at MPES is 0. This is why FCAT scores continue to be high. MPES doesn't want gifted minds to leave the school. My daughter no longer attends MPES.
Hey viewers! I'm a student at MPES. I am going into my last year of Morikami park elementary school. All of the kids are soo nice and are always on their best behavior. Ever since I entered the school, I have gotten AMAZING teachers. My mother is a first grade teacher at Morikami and she works harder than any average teacher at any school, along with all the other teachers at MPES. The principals us students have had are incredible and some of the best things that ever happened to the school. The academic studies given to me are beyond what anybody would think. All of the teachers are incredibly kind. For example, my past teacher gave the whole class personal gifts! Without the encouragement and effort of the teachers and staff, I wouldn't have gotten a perfect score in reading, one Q. wrong in math and a truck load of pride seeping into me when I saw my FCAT scores last year. This is not and average school, so put your kid in the lottery for this MPES!
The administration (principal, vice principal and IB coordinator) personally spent every morning tutoring children to help them pass the FCAT. To call them "hands off" is entirely inaccurate. The teachers spend many hours after school working with students to help them pass the FCAT as well. It is a state mandated test and we are fortunate to have an administrative staff and teachers dedicated to ensuring our children are successful,whether we approve of the test or not. To the parents who make copies in the office and anywhere else, thank you for donating your valuable time to help the teachers. Since they do not have to make copies they have more time to dedicate for lesson plans, grading paper and parent/teacher conferencing. Thank you for providing them with this time to help our children reach their full potential. The IB Foundation has purchased items that directly impact our children: additional desktop computers for classrooms, laptops, software, printer cartridges, and math and science lab supplies just to name a few items. Thank you to the administration, staff of teachers and volunteers who make Morikami a truly special and amazing school.
I am curious as a parent of a child who will be starting Kindergarten next year if those that are giving one star to the school can actually comment on the classroom education their child is receiving and what about it is good and what needs improvement. The reason I ask is that the reviews that give one stars are not stating reasons why the school is not a good school for educational purposes (since that is what school is about). The complaints seem more superficial. I have seen a few that have to do with parents being too snobby, perceived favoritism from the principal to those who volunteer/contribute a lot of money, and one to do with what a PE Teacher wears to school which should be irrelevant (although I do and understand and appreciate the argument of their not being enough time given for the children to have PE) I am more interested in the quality of the teachers, and the curriculum taught.
My daughter is just completing Kindergarten. We have been very happy with her teacher and the academics of this school. Even though we had the choice of sending her to a gifted program, we chose Morikami and could not have made a better decision. Her teacher gives her extra projects and work to help keep her interest and help her grow at her own pace. I think parents need to be reminded that school is only part of the learning process for our children. Many parents do not spend quality time helping teach their children and rely only on their teachers...shame on them! Then they blame the schools and teachers for their children falling behind or not learning enough....education is also part of their responsibility as a parent . RESPONSIBILITY is a term that is losing its signifigance in our society. It seems that it always is someone else's fault. Perhaps some people should look in the mirror. This website is for expressive opinions both negative and positive.....the reposnse that that someone made to "keep your opinions to yourself" is ridiculous as that is exactly what this forum is for.
As a 3rd grade parent that is fortunate enough to be able to volunteer, I can without a doubt say that the IB curriculum is being taught continuously and is discussed even when doing unrelated things like fractions. The IB money was crucial in getting technology into the third grade classrooms as well, as well as other projects/items that you did not bother listing or do not know about. As far as the cyber bullying, parents need to be responsible as well. Why a 3rd grader would have access to social networking is beyond me, but if you chose to allow it, you can do more to protect your child from it than the school. It seems as though there is one bitter parent that is hellbent and angry at the school. My suggestion - it's a choice, so choose your home school instead.
I strongly disagree with the prior posting from a dsigruntled parent. Remember Morikami is a choice school and if a parent/family are unhappy they can either request an appointment with administration to resolve issues, or go back to their home school. Since our country's eductaional system is operating with extreme reduced budgets, Morikami is fortunate to have caring parents, a foundation and community who can step up to the plate and at least patially fill in the gaps due to the state of the economy. This parent may not realize that without these generous donations, the school would not have a math/science lab, new technology equipment, new outdoor play equipment, and new sound stage to encourage the performing arts, new educational materials, etc. If this parent is not getting the attention or being "recognized" why not try coming into school and volunteering so the staff can get to know her/him? Diversity does exist and is embraced at Morikami and all students are afforded the same educational opportunities. No child is left behind at Morikami, and all parents are welcomed at Morikami.
School and academic wise this school is great. The school vibe is extremly snobby, most parents are very clicky and stuck up. The school administration and staff seem to treat the parents who donate hundreds and thousands of dollars to the school more superior then the parents who can not afford to do so. Parents who donate money pay for parking spacing in front of the school with their names so they do not have to walk as far to drop or pick their child up. I think everyone should be treated equally and they are not. Another thing is there is no school zone and parents speed in and out of the school with no regard for the walking children and parents. The new principle is horrible. She is not friendly and cares more about directing parking lot traffic then greating the children and parents in the morning (like the old principle Mrs.Elfe did), Honestly I do not even think I have seen the assistant principle. Last year Mrs Elfe and Mrs Schriber were friendly and seemed to put the parents and childrens needs first. There is not a lot of ethnic diversity either.
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