Students enrolled 2212
School leader MR. DAVID MCKNIGHT

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2000 Southeast 28th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33035

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3 stars
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September 18, 2014
So far so good children second year at this school. Most teachers are good, counelors have been helpful. The opportunities and well as rules are there, those who choose not to follow or take advantage of what is in place will not benefit, therefore should attend Gateway instead. Lunch could improve. Keep up the good work Knights, let's turn the B school back to an A!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
Terribly organized, hard work goes unrecognized, teachers don't care and show favoritism to athletes. Too much book work instead of actual teaching, students don't learn a thing!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Never come across such a terrible school organization. It is 6/18 and my High School graduate is yet to get his diploma. An email from Ms. Baez stated my son could pick it up today but when I went to pick it up they said they are giving them out in groups as people provide their information so now till next week. My son joined the Marines and deadline for his diploma was two weeks ago. Now my 8th grader got his report card today but while trying to enroll him in Miami Dade Online Academy they say Keys Gate has my son as no grades or attendance for 3rd and 4th quarter. DO NOT send your kids to this school! It is a mess. The principal has no people skills or compassion. Guidance Counselor Ms. Singh is amazing plus several great teachers but unfortunately they don't run the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Denies students educational opportunities. FREE enrollment in summer courses at MDC for college credit - DENIED. At no cost to school or parents - DENIED. We had to repeatedly prompt them to call the college (yes, they denied it before they even understood it) and they still have difficulty understanding the process despite the clear explanations of the director at MDC. Who denies students educational opportunities? These folks. You are welcome to email me about it and other issues we have faced here. We scored them a 1 star because you can't score them 0 stars. They have a lot of areas they can improve upon - I hope they take the opportunity to better themselves.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
Horrible school! Bullying is condoned "life isn't fair. In life we don't have to like everyone we meet or work with or go to school with." This comment was made by the Vice Principal! My daughter was admitted into Miami Childrens and diagnosed with depression at 8 years old by bulling being done at this school and no compensation was received. None of the children responsible reprimanded, suspended, or expelled. My child a straight A gifted student no longer wants to go to school. Keys Gate is just a name and pretty school. The teachers dont communicate, no homework is checked, no class work is sent home as proof work is being done in class. Will be pulling my daughter out ASAP!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2013
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. No student lockers - no student library. Students must carry backpacks FILLED with books and binders to each class - that is horrible for growing spines!!! You think they'd have ipads or other technology in place to protect them. I 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 therefore considered relative, not an indication of being truly 2 star worthy. I am embarrassed to say that we currently attend this school in the middle school area and after moving across the country I actually plan to move my children out of this school at the end of the year. It IS that bad here. Don't be fooled. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This School is really good!!! people who doesn't like this school is because they doesn't like to follow rules! this is not a average school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
The leadership at this school is the worst, in other words there's none. I have my son there, in first grade. They has taken un-thoughtful decision-making about retaining our child without taking our opinion or approval in consideration, not even the option of summer school or any other program available to avoid retention. Watch out parents... do research on how many kids in early grades this school are been retain base on nonsense arguments. This school is playing with our kids future. Assistant Principal Magarino lacks of professionalism and leadership. She is rude and not communicative with parents nor the teachers. Leadership without a doubt is in denial of their ability to lead an educational institution.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
The neputism, double styandard dress codes, bullying, staff beligerancies and the whole spectrum of negative commments cited have been the experiance we've had as well and are reflective off leadership that's in denial of thier inabliity to lead an educationa institution. There are some decent teachers at this school who are unfairly associated with the debacuhery shared on this website. My prediction....on thier current trajectory...this school will be on the news next year as a result of a tragedy, thank God my child won't be part of it!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
Would not recommend this school. NO leadership. They are not out for the children, just for the numbers and themselves. Bullying is a real issue and not addressed. SIS is a joke because teachers don't use it right. In regards to the comments about "if you don't like it, pull your kids"...well...I am!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
The teachers are great, the leadership is ok. I don't know where people get the idea that no one cares if a kid is lost. I saw in the office one kid who left the school on his own (without permission.) The office freaked looking for the kid. The school is great, it's only rough spots are when you hit the high school (that's when you should run away) The education is great and the staff cares about their students. If there is any flaw it is that the school is overcrowded, and they seem to pull a lot of students from bad areas, or bad schools. For those who keep putting bullying is a problem.....send your kids to Campbell and lets see how bad the bullying compares, of course bullying is a problem, its a problem in every school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Keys Gate K-2 is a great place to send your child. Your welcomed everyday with friendly staff members who truly care about your child. The front office staff are always friendly and willing to help you with whatever is asked of them. The leadership team at the building takes care of any issues that come up and are always willing to see you at a moments notice. The teachers are very caring and willing to go above and beyond to help their students.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
I am so happy that Keys Gate Charter School is in Homestead! They continue to raise the bar with great teachers and an excellent environment for learning! I was at their Veteran's Day Celebration and I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it at any school my child has attended. It was an amazing ceremony and what it is teaching our children is beyond words. Thank you to the Principal and his administration fro always putting his students first!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
THIS SCHOOL IS THE WORST!!! As a military family we have been to many schools and this is by far the worst school ever. If your child has special needs or an IEP the teachers do not communicate with you or your child and they dont know how to provide assistance to that child. They dont care but act like they do. Motto "no child left behind" does not apply at this school. The front office people are lost, the vice principal is not involved, I can go on and on. THIS NEEDS TO BE AN F SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
I am finally able to remove my children from this dreadful place. They lost my 9 year old last year and never called to tell me she was missing, they traumatized my 10 year old by misplacing her sister and then telling her to go back to class and stop disrupting class. Luckily my eldest daughters teacher has a conciouss and went door to door through the school until my youngest was safely found and then called me to reassure me that she was safe. Meanwhile no one else from the entire staff bothered to even call, or acknowledge my anger at their nonchalant behavior towards a missing child. I demanded a confrence with the "always absent" principal and he passed it off to the assistant principal who did nothing. Due to the bullying both my children and many other children experience, the loosing of ones children (it has happened 3 more times that I know of to other kids), the nepitism if your parent has money or the advanced placement if your mom/dad is a teacher, and the complete reverse racism you recieve if your not hispanic you are truly putting your kids in harm if you allow them to attend this place! As easy as it is to homeschool in this state you are much better that way.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
I transferred my daughter into this school because of all the great reviews I heard. HA. I had a meeting with administration and was told that she would be placed in advance classes, even gifted once they tested her. My daughter was not placed in advanced placement nor tested. Was told that advanced classes were to full. As for the testing for gifted the teacher didnt make the recommendation until the end of the school year meaning that it cannot take place till next year and another year of waiting. Yet my daughter has the highest record of reading scores for the second grade class. I had several parent teacher meetings in regard to the school meeting her educational needs. I was often told take it up with admisinstration. You just get a runaround. The assistant prinicple is unprofessional and not very qualified for her position. The afterschool pick up is best compared to a stampeed in the amazon. Disorganized and unsafe. RUN from this school. There is favoritism between volunteer parents and teachers. Not every parent can volunteer daily. This school is joke. I regret ever putting my daugheter here.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2012
I have been reading some of the negative comments related to KGCS and I feel that they certainly are not warranted. The school has grown tremendously in the last several years based on high demand. This seems to be a very strong indicator that the school is doing many things right! The new principal and his administrative team are very responsive to any concerns (try getting return phone calls at a District school!). In spite of all the growth and constant changes demanded in the curriculum by the State of Florida, the school still manages to keep pace, and, in many instances, surpass District scores! Keep up the great work KGCS Administration and Faculty!

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2012
Last summer we moved from the Northeast to Homestead and luckily my 8 year old got accepted into the 3rd grade at Keys Gate Charter School. I was warned that my child might be ahead of the class because Florida schools are not as good as the ones in the Northeast. Those who said that were mistaken. My child had an amazing year with tremendous challenges. They offered free tutoring for FCAT prep and worked with very good teachers. My child had a wonderful teacher and she always responded to my emails and addressed any of the day to day concerns that I had. I fulfilled my volunteer obligations with no problem. This has been a great experience for my child and I look forward to seeing my younger one attend Kindergarten next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
My child has attended this school for several years. As for the person whose response is "find another school"... it sounds like someone in the administration wrote that. It's a familiar approach from those in leadership at KG. This school certainly doeas lack leadership. I am a parent but have even heard teachers complain about the lack of support and receptiveness. Teachers are not heard and parents are heard even less. Some examples: Parents are mandated to participate in a Harvest Fest but my childs teacher had no part in helping in this event and showed up for merely 1/2 hour. The school encourages parent involvment when it pertains to volunteering time, $, and materials but discourages too much invovment if you are questioning cirricuum or the educational methods????

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
My daughters ages 8 & 11 began kgcs this year. I thought this was a great choice based on what I heard about this school. My oldest is being bullied both in school and online. Although this issue has repeatedly been brought to the attention of the asst. principle (I've sent emails to the principle but only get response from the asst. principle) it continues as if nothing has been done. I am so disappointed with the handling of this issue. My kids will not be attending this school next year. As for the parents that rate this school a five and then tell the unsatisfied parents to send them to another school, your missing the entire point. BULLYING is a PROBLEM in this school that desperately needs attention. Although my kids will be gone, there are other children that need this to be addressed and stopped.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
First off for South FL. this is a great school, but for the rest of the country this school wouldnt even top mediocre. SIS is there supposed "teacher, student, and parent" communication tool,that as parents you are required to sign up for and check often, but that only works if the teachers actually fill in anything. One of my childrens teachers has yet to even enter here name and its Feb. The Office staff is rude and that is being nice. As for bringing concerns to the staff you can forget it they could care less. Aside from all of this there is a true lack of proper leadership, the old saying lead by example, isnt even considered here. Children are to wear uniforms every day and be neatly groomed, they even outlawed mohawks this month, but teachers are allowed to dress as they feal and wear there hair anyway they feel, example one teacher had purple streaks in her hair and there are at least 2 that I have seen that wear clothes inapropriate for streetwalkers, much less a teacher. This school is a blight on Charter Schools everywhere!!! My suggestion is Homeschool or stay out of this part of Florida!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
I was a teacher at Keys Gate, I left because of the lack of support and resources offered to teachers. It's very much run like a business, referring to parents as customers, seeing every student as a dollar sign, and not having a family like atmosphere. I tried out Keys Gate, coming from a very prestigious school in Coral Gables. I eventually went back to where my home was as an educator.

- submitted by a teacher
January 27, 2011
Ive been a student at Keys Gate for 4 years, and FINALLY GRADUATED. Its a great school but there are flaws. The cafeteria is small, and crowded, and the halls are only 5 feet across. The uniform policy is ridiculous though. Every year my family spends 600 dollars buying the shirts, and getting them embroidered. Also the whole "3 NTI's" result in detention is ridiculous as well(NTI- Not turned in assignments). The education on the other hand, is great. Although I wish they offered Biology,Geometry, and other Advanced subject like public schools. Teachers are great with helping in understanding concepts, and they even offer to help after school. Thank goodness I graduated.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2010
To the parent that is not happy with the leadership-you should not keep your child there. That's the great thing about charter schools-they are a choice. My recommendation is to find another school. As a parent in the school, that's what I would do. I keep my children at Keys Gate because I feel they are providing the best education. This includes the teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
I really think that this school could be a great school if it had differant Principal and vice principle. A school is only as good as it's leadership is and from what I here about the principal before Mrs. Sadler I really think the problems stem from the the leader ship. I feel that parents should rally and call Charter Schools USA if you agree. Let's get some better leadership for the next year. Unsatisfied Parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My daughter is new to this school this year and is in Ms. Montero's 3rd grade class. She was at a private school last year and was incredibly miserable. The school was very 'clique-ish' and her grades suffered. Ever since she started at KGCS, she has consistently been on the honor roll. Her teacher is great at communicating on the school's SIS program. And when my daughter needed help in getting through the FCAT testing, she was offered after-school tutoring...AT NO COST! Congratulations to Mrs. Sandler on a job well done this year. I look forward to having my daughter here and onward into the new high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I was amazed to see how the children are not all treated the same in this school. I thought the rules in the handbook applied to everyone, but I guess some students don't need to follow the rules. Well, it's not the students fault, it is the administrations for not enforcing the rules the same for each student.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
This is a great school. Rules are enforced and academics are a priority. It is a very orderly environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
We put our children in KG Charter School because we heard it was the best school in the area. Wow! If this is the best shool I would hate to see the worst! There are two sets of rules at this school, one for the children and one for the staff! What happened to lead by example! Most teachers do not use the SIS website to communicate with parents or post homework assignments. When I brought my concerns to the attention of the principal I was told 'maybe this isn't the right school for your children'. Now my children are getting in trouble for every little thing and are being singled out because we voiced our concerns. I know we are not the only parents displeased, more parents need to voice thir concerns, that is how things get changed. It is not always about the 'A' rating. DOUBLE STANDARDS AT KGCS!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
I am very dissapointed with the curriculm at this school. My child started last year in kinder and learned nothing. We are struggling this year to get her the help she needs outside of the school just to catch up to grade level.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
i have been attending kgcs for 4 years and im in the 7th grade. the hallways are toooo small and we dont have lockers so are book bags are sooooo heavy

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2009
Wow! I cannot believe all the negativity. My daughter started at KGCS in the 2nd grade - the day it first opened. She is now in the 8th Grade. She has been in the ESE program since day one. I wouldn't want her in any other K-8 school in South Dade. She struggles every day with learning disabilities and her teachers have been great - all communicating with one another to help her out. The ESE program was not real consistent in early elementary, however, the middle school ESE teacher is excellent. My only wish is that they are able to build a charter high school in Homestead that is run as well as KGCS - before my daughter graduates the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
KGCS has many flaws; however, it's much better than the alternative local-district schools. My children's teacher(s) do not communicate with the parents, even though the school has its own 'SIS' website, they do not use it!! Additionly, they barely use the required 'agendas' to communicate. Yes, there is preferential treatment of the children whose parents teach or are staff members there. If you are a single parent, get ready to be stressed about taking time off from work in order to do 20 mandatory service hours, attend honor roll assemblies in the a.m., etc. If your child has special needs, like ADD or a learning disability, this is NOT the school to be at-very limited services. I understand that teaching is a difficult job/ teachers are underpaid for the many hours they submit to KGCS; however, it is not the children's or parents' fault. PTSO helps teachers w/alot supply $$

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
I love KGCS! I would not put my children anywhere else. The staff and teachers are top notch!

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- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
I love working at Keys Gate Charter!! I've been a teacher since last year, and I have gotten a lot of support from my colleagues and administration. The parents are very involved. I arrive to school every day with a smile and leave it with a smile! How can anyone beat that??

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April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
February 18, 2009
I am a special ed teacher in the public school system. I pulled my daughter out of the gifted program at an 'A' school in order to have her go to Keys Gate Charter. What a rude awakening. She is actually working for her grades. I am happy for her academic growth. I am not to happy with the little bullying behaviors that have taken place. I have seen preferential treatment. It all depends if your mom volunteers or works at the school. Other than that, I really like the school.

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January 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
one of the greatest schools in all of homestead my parents are happy to have me in the school im now in sixth grade and the school deserves that A

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
We are a military family and this is our 7th state. I f you are born and raised here in South Florida I can see why you would think Keys Gate is an exceptional school. But when you come here from out of state, it is a slap in the face. My children are dumbing up in this school. Thier IQ scores have dropped significantly since enrolling them in this school. Because of these results, my military family will have to endure separation, not because of government orders but because of the horrible education system in Florida. I wish you could see Keys Gate through the nations eyes. Florida schools are the worst in the Nation. If you can ...get out of the state, or at least move North.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I feel that this is one of the worst schools I have had to deal with and I took my kids out last year and am so greatful that I did and put them in waterstone school what a relief! At least in waterstone they pass and fail kids accordingly to their progress not pass them because they are told in so many words to do so by the incompetant principal and assistant principal at keys gate if I were them I would be ashamed

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September 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2008
My daughter just enetered the first grade. Safety is my number one priority and I can happily say that I have a peace of mind when I drop her off at school. Her Kindergarten experience was great! She learned how to read very well. She is now reading at second grade level. Thank you KGCS staff for all you do!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
My children love this school. Our family is proud to say that our school was rated an 'A' school this year.

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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 08, 2008
I am quite happy with the school, especially when you factor in the other area schools. My girls have been in the school sinced it opened. There have been many changes, but what new school doesn't have that? The kids are safe, happy and flourishing academically as exhibited by the test scores in comparison to other area schools and the state averages. I have seen very little bullying. The school is reasonably clean, classrooms are by no means overcrowded. There aren't unruly/rude children in the halls, nor is there pushing or children being over-run at dismissal. The school does ask for money for various functions and items for the kids, however, I would prefer that the school ask for the money from us than for the kids to go without, afterall we aren't paying tuition but are getting an environment comparable to a private school. The money is minimal- $5-15 dollars monthly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 14, 2008
I've been a teacher here, so I know the inner workings quite well. To be completely honest, the teachers here are wonderful. They are very hardworking. The workshops held for new teachers are very organized and help the teachers in professional growth however the teachers are so much over burdened with work, meetings, workshops, inclusive students that they are unable to focus on teaching. They waste their energy on paper work when they should have used them for teaching. The administration is very un-cooperative with them and they crticize them all the time. Parents are wonderful and they are ready to work with the teacher. But sadly the teacher does not get that kind of support from the Vice Principal and the Principal.

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May 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My daughter has attended Keys Gate since it opened, she is now in 4th Grade. She has been very happy. She loves her teacher Mrs.Thermes and has learned alot. I hope the staff stays put. The change in staff each year bothers me. When you have happy teachers you have happy students. When someone is unhappy with their job it rubs off on the kids. KGCS is a good school, like every school there is room for improvement.

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March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2008
keys gate is perfect i have strait a's and went to coral reef high school.

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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
My kids had been in this school from the time it opened its doors, I've seen a lot of changes, but I think that this year is the best year overall. It's true that for a while it became very desorganized, specially last year, but since Mrs Sandler took fully charge of the school, everything is falling in place, is a very safe place for the kids, there's very little bullying, and the new teachers seem to be very happy with the new system, they are being rewarded and motivated this year. Thank you Mrs Sandler for the great job you are doing at our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 15, 2007
I feel that all they want is money. However my kids are happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 15, 2007
My daughter has been attending KGCS since it first opened it' s doors. She is now in 6th grade. I enrolled her because there is little alternative in the Homestead area for middle schools. I also find the school is all about the money. They allow the kids to wear jeans every other Friday, but they must pay. Lockers for the middle schoolers would be a plus. Also I find if your child does need a little extra help with classwork they can only get it after school in tutoring and most of the time there is a charge for this. I have seen alot of good teachers leave KGCS over the years. Also the discipline system is not fair.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
Poorly run with regards to student discipline. Lack of supervision, due to too many students! Excessive bullying in this school! Rude children and rude parents. Charter schools are to be small classrooms. Classes are about 40 children to one teacher only. Very small school square footage. Children get trampled in the hallways and smacked with bookbags that weight 30 plus pounds, because you don't have a desk to put your belongings in and no lockers, so you have to pack everything on your back.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
This school only cares about one thing and one thing only, money. The more they save the more CSUSA corporation will get from the money saved. The school loss almost 80% of the faculty and hired a large amount of unexperienced teachers so they can save money. Some students perform under grade level and nothing is being done to help them. Teachers get little support when it comes to student discipline.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
I believe KGCS has improved since Principal Sandler arrived a year ago. It takes more than a school year to turn the school around and increase student performance, parent and teacher satisfaction. All parents must be involved in order to have a sucessful school year. Parent participation is proven to help student performance. I don't have any issues about the dress code, all kids look properly dressed, clean and neat. Once again the school was rated 'B' which shows stability in student scores. My hope is that increases to an 'A' school this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
When Keys Gate first opened its doors there were many obstacles to overcome. But the parents stuck together and worked it out to be the best school they could make it. They started to go downhill after the loss of Ms Valadez and Mr Thompson. Coming up to the 2007-2008 year I have taken my child out and enrolled into a public school. It is truly like night and day and we are very pleased with our new school and all the advantages it has to offer. The Principal in our new school is very warm and outgoing and has a real compassion for the children, unlike the business mind of Ms Sandler.It seems that Keys Gate is just a stepping stone for her as she pursues her career in whatever management level she is seeking, because of her lack of compassion. The past reviews will show dramatic changes over years.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
This school is not at all what it is cracked up to be.Parents can't wait to get their children enrolled only to find out that this place is a mess. Teachers are very unhappy.Substitutes are hard to come by.Administation changes yearly.Dress code has changed for the worse,discipline is a joke.Do your research before jumping into this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
My Son has been attending KGCS since the school open it s Door in 2003. And the School has gone from a very good school to a mediocre school. The principal seems to be clueless of what happening in her school. There isn t much of a difference between KGCS and Campbell it lacking the discipline it had from the beginning. Kids that were problem child were discipline or let go and the teachers care about our children s Education. We lost Ms. Garcia and we hope Mr. Mu oz, Ms Mogenroth and other of the good teachers don t follow suite. All the good teachers are leaving and the replacement leave a lot to desire. When will the Student Code of Conduct Book be enforced and the Dress Code is a Joke as well. Bring back Pizza Friday and Bake Sales good fund raiser.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2007
The school is great school my issues are some of the miss communications and safety in after care.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
I've just withdrawn my children from this school. They attended from the time it opened.Teachers don't stay at this school for long, only a few of the originals are left.You are lucky if you get a teacher you're happy with like Ms Thermes or Ms Lattimore, Ms Brown or Ms Madore believe me they are much in demand and parents will do anything to get the good teacher.Even the admin seem to change yearly. It's always felt like they are just fumbling along. After talking to Miami Dade Public Schools it made Keys Gate seem so dis-organised! I'm moving my kids to public school, there are so many more opportunities. There is no recess at Keys Gate.You will constantly be fund-raising, this is a for profit school with a management company to pay.Most of the new things are from PTSO funding.

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- submitted by a former student
May 23, 2007
I have a daughter in Ms. Lattimore's 5th grade academic excellence class and could not be happier. She attended last year but before that was at a Montessori Charter school. I was a bit concerned that going from a 'free-sprit' type of school would inhibit her but no way. She has consistently made either the honor roll or high honor roll every semester since coming there. It is not because the work is too easy either she has had some difficult projects. I believe it is the quality of the teachers and leadership of the school. Not every school is perfect by far, but this one is close. I disagree with the comment on the layout. I am thrilled that there is a middle school and equally thrilled that they are housed in a separate section to that there is truly a separation as you would get if you had two separate schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I have had a wonderful experience with Keys Gate Charter School! My daughter attends Mrs. Thermes K5 Academic Excellence K-5 class and this teacher and the atmosphere for learning is just exemplary. I have constant and consistent communication with her teacher via a classroom flash page, email and phone. My daughter loves her teacher and loves her school. The class size is manageable and acceptable. Keys Gate Charter prompts parents to participate and offers different options for participation if you are a working parent. An example is for every $10 donated to the classroom in supplies, snacks, class parties or events, you are considered donating 1 hour of service to the school. They have a very orderly dismissal and drop off process that allows me to get to work on time and keeps strangers out of the buildings to ensure safety of the children. love the school..recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
The place is a mess - the physical layout is terrible from the parking lot to the lack of space. Discipline is inconsistent and is a daily problem. Bullying is a huge problem. Just volunteer and watch! The only good thing about KGS was their SIS system.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2006
Keys gate is not so open to many things. I think we need a choice but this school has none. I also think we should extend middle school till 8th period and we should be able to have 3 elective and one must require a language they cannot only have French and Spanish how about Latin,Chinese,or even Dutch so that way they can be open to many more things. I do not know about other students but I think we should.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2006
I have given my time money and heart to keys gate charter school for three years. The teachers have come and gone the principal's have come and gone. The education for our children have suffered because of this. We are in need of so many supplies for our children and teachers. The school was so much like a family for the last three years but we have lost it along the way some where. We have also lost many good families and I for one am very sad for that. I want our school to grow and blossom.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Both my children attend this school. One is in fifth grade and another in the third. The school is a much better alternative than the other schools in the area, but there are still many growing pains. The entry and exit into the school is a night mare, there is not much help provided to students needing additional help. The websiste and SIS are a success. Parent involvement is a success and uniforms are a stupendous idea.I do wih that there was less turnover in the staff. Teachers have a tendency to push much of the work on the parents. There is a need for counselors, speech therapists, and again help for children needing assistance in reading or math. I would give the school a C+.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
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June 15, 2006
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May 18, 2006
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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
We have been very happy with the quality of education our son is receiving at Keys Gate Charter School. It has the feel and comfort of a small school. It offers the higher level of courses needed to get a jump on high school. The teachers are open and responsive. We can get a lot of information from the website and online gradebook. Mary

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
The school is not so good with their advance placement classes. They provide chorus, guitar, band I, Band II, and Keyboard. They require parents to do at least 20 hours of community service.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2006
This is a decent school compared to all other public schools in the area, which are uniformly atrocious. Many children come from Keys Gate, an affluent neighborhood. But many also come from elsewhere in Homestead. Uniforms are mandatory. Playground is limited in size; should be larger.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
This school was a disappointment. The loss of a principal and not enough emphasis on all students' education proved to be a big problem. Hopefully they will improve in the future. I pulled my child out of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Keys gate charter is the answer to my prayers when I moved to Homestead 3 yrs ago the choices for schools were not very good. I have four daughters ranging from 13 to 7 yrs old so I needed a place for each. Keys Gate Charter acomodated all of them. They all go to school together and return together. The parent involvement in KGCS is out of this world. Everyone is always willing to help out more than a school KGCS is a community, A family and when it come to help with the kids I would say it is also the village we all need to raise our kids. Thank God for Keys Gate Charter.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
My kids go to this school and I am so happy and feel privileged they do

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Keys Gate has a ways to go. This is my son's second year here and he is in 8th grade. The lunches aren't very tasty, and most of the kids agree so we bring lunch most of the time. The drop off situation is crazy....... long line. But I DID have a good response from the new V.P. in regards to my son's classes. We will really miss Mr. Thompson a lot. He was a great and strong role model for the boys in this school. We wish there were more organized sports, but time will bring that, hopefully. Academically, it's a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
We are so happy with our new keys gate home and our childrens new school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
My children have attended this school since it opened, and this school is significantly more academically advanced than the private school they previously attended. I know that some parents think they are too strict on the dress code and so forth but it is published in advance and people need to realize the dress code will be enforced, there is a reason for it, it's not a suggestion it is a rule. I just wish that they would get rid of children that are continual discipline problems, I think they are lax in this area.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
This was my daughters first year at Keys Gate Charter. She started with the second grade there and I can honestly say that the children were put first. Every child was encouraged to do their best. The teachers worked hard to bring out the best in each child and constantly informed parents of their progress. The principal was warm and kind and communicated with parents as much as possible. I am glad to know my daughter will be there until the 8th grade. Thank you Keys Gate for giving the children the encouragement and confidence they need to succeed in the world.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
This is my childrens first year at Keys Gate and I also have three grandchildren there. Both my daughter and I are very happy with Safety, cleanliness, teachers attitudes,leaders. They are very strict with the kids and I feel thats what makes a school good along with parent involvement. I congratulate Ms.Velades and Mr.Thompson on such a great job. l

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
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January 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
This school is really on the rise to big and wonderful things. The leadership is great and the faculty and staff are like a family. The children really feel safe and loved here.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
This is the second year that may children have attended Keys Gate. They are learning and loving it everyday. The school also offers several opportunities for parents who would like to become involved. I can truely say that I am pleased with Keys Gate thus far.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
KGCS is very good compared to other schools in South Dade. Not perfect, though. The worst is that we have had an aweful time trying to get responses out of our daughter's teachers. This year is better than last, but there's a long way to go. When my daughter does not complete assignments in class, I expect to hear something from her teacher before the first report card! Fortunately, her teachers have proved responsive and willing to help. The uniform situation is silly, especially the jacket (in South Florida???). Getting kids in and out of the school grounds is horrible, the parking lot is about 50% the size it should be. I realize that it's new, there will be growing pains, but we put in lots of time, so I expect some results soon. I'm done being picky, and I wouldn't send her to any other public school in the area.

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August 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
I am very pleased with the school and even though last year was their first year it did turn out to be a great year. They still need some things improved like the fire ants in the yard and play area but other than that they are good. I am pleased to have sent my daughter there after all these d & f schools in homestead this is definitely a positive improvement. My daughter will be attending again this year and with the help of god will stay through 8th grade. The uniform idea is great and i feel they should continue with this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2004
My step kids are in Keys Gate. Due to communication problems with the kids mom we had asked to be copied on everything the kids did at schools but our request was denied. Thru the year with did not have any one parent teacher conference or open houses. My husband had left many messages to the principal and the vice principal but no phone calls were returned. Since we live in Miami not in Homestead and we work, a quick stop was out of questions and every time we dropped the kids off the staff was to busy to pay attention to us and nobody had the courtesy to return the uncountable messages with left. Therefore we ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Keys Gate Charter school has been great, I can honestly tell you that I have no regrets about choosing to send my son there. I only wish that the playground area had been fully operational so that the children could have gotten some use out of it before the school year ended. My child loves the school and I strongly recommend it and defend it to anyone. I do have one negative comment about the uniform situation, I don't think that it is fair that if we want our child to wear a jacket, that it has to be Uniform Jacket.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
I know its the first year of this school, but they could work on their organizational skills, getting information out to the parents in a timely manner and more staffing-especially to supervise the children in the lunchroom, during bathroom breaks and after school for parent pickup.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
Thank you for finally providing a school for our children that meets the needs of our community, children and enlists the help from the parents of the children attending the school. It is very refreshing to me and my family to see so many caring and involved parents willing to do whatever it takes to make this the best school in our area.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
This school has provided an excellent alternative to the public school options that exist in the area. The required parental involvement improves the school and nurtures a private school atmosphere with dedicated and concerned parents. I appreciate the uniform requirement and code of conduct that tends to add integrity and stability conducive to the overall learning environment. The teaching staff and administration have been compassionate and dedicated to excellence. Our children have all been fortunate to have always been enrolled in the public school gifted programs and I find this to be a pleasant alternative to those wonderful programs. The limited class size is wonderful. Although in its inception, this school appears to be progressing as well as could be expected. A full time gifted program would benefit the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
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- submitted by a student
February 08, 2004
I couldn't have found a better place for my child. This school is the answer to problems in the traditional public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2004
This school has yet to meet any or all of their promises that were mentioned. The always request money/donations to fullfill their 'wish list'. I regret signing my child here. Next year I will return to the regular elem. where there they don't demand donations! I am very dissapointed with this school.

- submitted by a community member
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Keys Gate Charter School
2000 Southeast 28th Avenue, Homestead, FL  33035
(305) 230-1616
Last modified Keys Gate Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Keys Gate Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 112 reviews. Top