I'm a current student at Doral Academy and I must say that overall my experience here has been...meh. Over the years the school has been improving but recently I feel like it's lost what it means to be a school. The library was made smaller last year, and in order to stay, you either do 30 volunteer hours or pay $100. Not to mention how the school will often prevent student from going to class's all day for a simple uniform violation as having black and white shoes or shoes with a single white stripe at the sole. Not ideal. Honestly the only thing keeping me here are the multitude of friends I've managed to acquire. The curriculum is also meh. The teachers, at least mine, are alright. Great even. But sadly they don't get to shine as bright because the school is only focused on getting a higher test score on the EOC. If that weren't the main focus, then perhaps learning would be more fun. Ah well. Also, it's incredible how difficult it is for a smaller club at the school to get any recognition or respect. Similar to the real world I guess. If you do go here, you better hope you have some sort of connection or you won't get very far. It's alright but far from great.
My son doesn't attend the school waiting on raffle to get in but i have freinds that go to the school and i've been their the teachers are great,principal is very respectful and teaching wise it is a very good school my son is looking foward in attending the school
This is my third year at this school. i can't say its amazing, but is better than average in education. but the teachers.. most don't care, some don't even give you the right material to study, the halls are too small, and the lunch is terrible in my opinion. So i guess you can say it s best for middle school students but high school these days is too important to spend here. I've heard they are trying to become one of the best, but for now its not there yet.
I am an ex-student of Doral Academy, I now attend Belen Jesuit, and my god this school is terrible. The curriculum is horrific, most of the teachers don't even speak English. The teachers don't teach they just expect the students to learn, on top of this there is so much favoritism. Overall it is a terrible school and I think of you want a mediocre child, then put him/her in this school, but if you don't then at least put them in Ronald Reagan's Cambridge program.
There are a great variety of programs to choose from at this school including the multiple performing arts opportunities (which will then be subdivided into doral academy performing arts and entertainment academy), the scholars program (which is dual enrollment payed for by the school should one qualify), multiple AP class choices (Such as AP Spanish Language and Literature, AP Biology, AP World History, etc.), expanding campus, huge outdoor sport space, and great benefits for students who truly try. Those who graduate saying that they have learned nothing, is because they got through school with no effort and no interest. Doral Academy is a great middle, high, and performing arts school, with a newly constructed and expanding Performing Arts/ College building.
I have attended this school for a year. To be honest they are very disorganized and the staff regularly disrupts classes.We lose games all the time. The school is really crowded and we shared classes with middle schoolers who are very immature. The good thing is that SOME teachers really do care about our education but that's about it.
I have three children, the oldest is graduating this year in 2012. All of them have been in Doral Academy since their 6th grade. The old principal was nice but the new principal is phenomenal. They are a strict school with their uniform policy and their late policy but it definitely appeased the traffic in the morning. I couldn't be happier! My son will now be graduating at the top of his class and he has almost completed his first two years of college with their Scholars program. They love the school and the teachers are marvelous. I've never had a problem with any of them. Administration is also very helpful and communicative. GREAT JOB DORAL!!
I am a buisness owner in the Doral area and my kids attend the school. It has come a long way from when we first started and the teachers have come a long way. One thing that I have noticed is if you don't do the work, you cannot be prepared for anything. This happens at all schools. If you don't do the work you cannot be prepared for anything. Doral does a great job at educating its students and the communication and information has gone through the roof. Congrats Doral and keep the vision going. There are always going to be dissatisfied people. Maybe they should of pushed themselves during thier time there and they would of been prepared like my children are. GO FIREBIRDS......
As a recent graduate of Doral, I have come o the sad realization that I dod not learn much at the school. While I was there, I was happy and thought I was learning. Now that I have just started my first semester at college, I realize that Doral did not prepare me at all for the future. I never learned how to take notes, how to write a research paper, or how to understand, rather then memorize, the material. I am very dissappointed.
The curriculum is a joke. There are barely any activities. The principal plays favorites and only helps those he likes. Terrible school
Two years I had to endure the nightmares of attending Doral Academy High School. As if lack of resources and space wasn't, this school simply does not have it's priorities straight. Administrators seem to focus on test scores and uniform policy rather than the actual curriculum and education given to their students. Why you ask? Simply for an extra buck. The school is so poorly funded since they have the privilege of being a 'charter' school which means funds come from (or do they come at all?) from Academica. In addition, teachers that actually did motivate me those past two years decided to pack up and leave to pursue better opportunities in 'real' high schools and other careers simply because they are treated like punching bags by the lovely administration. Don't make the mistake I did and go to a real school suchas Ferguson. You'll be amazed of the genuine experience.
I currently attend Doral Academy Charter High School. First of all, the lack of space won't be an issue any longer. It is currently under construction and they are expanding it and making new buildings. I am an honors student. Yes, some teachers are extremely hard to understand but if you study from the book, your perfectly fine. Its not like there is a lack of resources. It is not disorganized. The principal checks the uniform policy on a daily basis and its very strict.
I'm very proud of my daughter, she is her first year at Doral Academy and she is very motivated from her teacher, really I don't have words to say thanks to the teachers, they are outstanding.....Congrats!!
this school is outstanding, i go to it and there programs are the best. The sports and academics are equally extrordinary
im a student in doral acadamy im a 6th grader i think it's alright. A bigger school will help a lot and more teachers. I have music piano and when im in class i have 8th graders 7th and 6th graders in the same class oh and we have a binder for each class and binders so my bookbag is really heavy, i carry some in my hand but still but i love it because it has sprots and competitions so it's cool
It is unfair to compare a small charter school of 1000 students with a public H.S. of 3, 500 students, as Coral Gables H.S. My daughter was attending Doral Academy( she has always been an honor student), Doral was not providing my daughter with the competitive classes to exploit her potential. Coral Gables H.S. is, with their IB Magnet Program. Parents should not be fooled by just test scores alone, do your homework first. As a parent of honor student, I do not recommend Doral Academy. It will not prepare your child for the acceptance/competitiveness of pretigious universities.
My child is graduating from Doral Academy Charter this year I am super happy with the school and the staff she has recieved a full paid scholarship and all the teachers and staff have been great and have comunicated great with us throughout the four years. We would like to say thanks to all the teachers and the Staff. Thank you and I wish the very best for the school.
I moved my kids from Miami Springs to Doral since middle school. I love the school, teachers, and the education. Both my kids are honor kids and they also love the school
This school has failed my expectations being rated A. Academically it is a joke. Principal is never available and is very condescending. School is Very disorganized. Your child's motivation to learn will be destroyed. Terrible school.
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