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Keys Gate Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 2212 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 19, 2014

I am very satisied with this school. When compared to other charter schoosl in the city I like this one. Parent envolvement is very important and expected here, also rules are enforced therefore are to followed and that is the way I like it. Both of my children are still in the K-6 area therefore can't give my opinion on the high school. Afterschool clubs and activites are good, and i have all good experiences with all the administrative staff. Some teachers could improve however from what I hear they are not the best paid in the area so it may have some thing to do with it (just a thought) but most of the sixth grade teachers have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 9, 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


Posted July 1, 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!


Posted June 2, 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

254 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
85%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

285 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

289 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
70%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

218 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
81%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 67%
White 17%
Black 14%
Asian 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/AN/A
Female 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 94%58%61%
Master's degree 5%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2000 Southeast 28th Avenue
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