I used to work at this school. It has its hiccups. discipline could be more evenly spread but it's a good school. teachers are under a microscope but they care a lot about the students and do their best. I witnessed the administration deal with a victim of bullying with much care. Later, the bully was dealt with immediately. The VP knows EVERY kid by name. However, I have also seen "certain" students in the hall without ever getting in trouble and heard of things that students would be suspended or expelled for getting only a minor consequence. I've seen some kids get called out of class and be given take out or delivery food from a STAFF MEMBER and eat it in class. I do know the teachers have definitely been trained in Cambridge. It is a young program and is developing. There is no "Cambridge Certificate". Honestly, it is probably the best, if not one of the best schools in homestead. that means its average at best compared to other better FL schools. It could be more academically rigorous but teachers have to accept late work whenever the student want to turn it in and they are discouraged from failing students so grades are inflated and they're not pushed very hard.
Keys Gate Charter High School is a joke!!!!! As a parent I see and hear about Bullying, bullying, bullying it's SO sad 75% of students are coming from schools where they have been kicked out for drugs or discipline issues .....faculty does not protect the good students at all. A lot of faculty have their children attending and they don't have rules like the other students they get away with everything!!!!! The disrespect to adults is horrible do not put your children here the Cambridge program is a joke most teachers aren't even certified!!!! Good luck..... Stick with Public Schools where it's not a business!!!
I have been going to this school for 6 years. Now the first two years were okay (started to get bullied seriously for the first time). In six grade all of the kids were ruthless, horrible, unfriendly. Thank god I'm in high school now. I still get bullied but very little now. Those kids that did those horrible things to me ended up making me go to a therapist. These students don't care for their future, smoking, drugs, drunk, high, sexual references. This is all I listen to all day long. These faculty don't care for us, they just want money. They have all the money for apple computers and technology but they can't get a real auditorium, gym, SCHOOL FOOD. They are very very strict on uniforms. Get caught with a jacket, taken away. No i.d. badge, detention. Faculty cursing, called me a retard before and deaf. They treat us like babies. I have work to do on a computer but I can't do it because they have to block every website there is. In all, hostile kids, cheap, don't care for us, dope head kids, faculty. Magnet school? No. If you want to go to a school better than this then go to Coral Reef.
Horrible leadership within this school. Poor communication between teachers, leaders, and parents. Selectively enforced policies, rules, and guidelines. Teaches the wrong life lessons to children from examples set. On the other hand, you can rest assured that it reinforces that life isn't fair, some people just aren't nice, and not all role models should be considered, well, role models. Stay away from this place. Very disappointing. Only gave them a 1 star because you couldn't give zero stars, 2 star items should be viewed as "in comparison to" the one star items, and considered relative, not an indication of being truly 2 star worthy. We currently attend this school.
Im currently going to Keys Gate charter high right now and let me tell you for my first year being here I think this school is horrible. all the staff care about is having perfect kids and perfect grades and perfect scores , they don't care about anything else but that , they want us to be their shiny student , it's ridiculous , but I must say that the teacher are very nice and caring & if parents want to attend their kids in this school I thi k you should think about it wisely if you don't want your child to have sucky high school years
I've been going to keys fare for about 5 years now & I'm starting high school this year. The high school is a pure joke. As said before, the school only cares for its perfection, which it is not at all. A real high school has lockers, auditorium, football field, and easier uniform. They want us to be shiny and perfect students, and because of that all the students rebel against the principal & faculty. The are only about a dozen teachers there that are actually real and genuine and nice. If I could change schools, I'd do it in a heart beat. If this school could give us a choice to let us eat outside for lunch and put in lockers and give better opportunities to the students, I'd recommend it to everyone.
Who ever did the first two reviews as student's saying they love the school, are clearly lying and must be someone whole works for the school trying to keep the rating up. I've been here for years and I can tell you not a single student is "proud" to go to this school. They care too much of the look of the school rather than the actual students. They want the kids to look nice and shiny and have good test scores and thats about it. I am in class of 2014 and they have barely offered anything to my graduating class, they're even taking away AP classes. Also they don't have enough freedoms for us, we're in high school and we're REQUIRED to stay in the cafeteria for lunch? What is that? The school also lacks a library and auditorium. The only thing I can say I enjoy about this school is the teachers, they're genuine and truly care about the students and I feel like they put in their full effort.
For students, this school may not be your best option for your children. My daughter was picked on repeatedly and whenever she reached out to other students to step in and help her when she was being bullied, nobody helped her. The teachers failed to respond to my daughter's requests for them to scold the bullies. Administration is inadequate with solving bullying issues. Before you allow your child to attend this school, think about it carefully.
As a teacher retired from 45 years teaching in a Public school, I wanted to experience the "Charter" strategy....so I sought a position with KeysGate. I just resigned from them in January 2013. I was disappointed with their obsession for test score prep and their willingness to drop a teacher from employment on a days' notice. I witnessed two teachers in the science department alone dropped the few months I was there; I also found out that their pay scale is lower than other charter schools...they get primarily very young, very enthusiastic teachers. I hear that their employee turnover rate is huge. The administration was caring, professional, and concerned; it seemed like the corporate leaders have a firm hold on them. I wasn't impressed that parents must serve 20 hours volunteer time or pay $10 per hour to supplement the school budget. And finally, I wasn't impressed with the room and class scheduling for me. I had to prepare for two different lessons, and different labs. I had to migrate to a lab room to do labs. The lesson I take away from this is that if you want your money's worth, stay with the public schools. KeysGate is a good school..but....
I really love this school! The whole focus is college readiness. Next year we have our first graduating class. Our scores continue to show why we were an "A" school last year. There is a wide array of athletics and they offer the Cambridge Program for Advanced Studies. I am thankful this school is in Homestead and available for me!
This school is unlike any other.I feel very proud to go to a school where the teachers actually care for their students education.there is the fact that it can be challenging at the same time for example with Cambridge. I must say I really have enjoyed coming to this school.
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