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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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????
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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