Students enrolled 1430
School leader MS. SILVIA TARAFA
Transportation options Yes
District Dade County School District
After school Yes

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150 West McIntyre Street
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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(305) 361-5418
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4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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November 06, 2014
Key Biscayne is a great place to live if you have children, but the school is overcrowded, teachers from elementary ESOL program( children that are learning to speak english) are very rude, yell a lot and the principal will do nothing about it. I would never recommend this school! Can't wait for the school to finish to get my children out of there.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
My experience with the school was with the ALL DAY Gifted Program (All day CATS), the program uses the non bilingual score to allow access to the program. It is the best kept secret. Classes are small, teachers are really trained to teach the gifted. (children who learn fast without repetition.). Teachers encouraged the children to work in teams and spend more time in creative activities, experiments, etc.. The quality of the teachers in this specific program is outstanding. This program is geared towards children who can learn independently, quickly and well. When evaluated, the children in the program perform at three or four grades above their level. Hard to find something equivalent unless one goes to a private school, and even then..... However, if your child is not 130 or above, he/she will not be able to keep up or remain in the program, the amount of independent reading could be overwhelming for some. A child can be at the top of the class in a regular classroom with two hours of gifted and be totally frustrated in this highly competitive environment. The group forms an incredible bond. Parents and incredibly caring and cooperative. Principle and PTA are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Good school but cannot be compared with schools in Broward or Pinecrest. Private evaluations for CATS are always reviewed by school counselors and are not the only criteria for a child to be placed in CATS! Some teachers at this school are great and some are not so good regardless of CATS. In my opinion the best teachers of this school are not teaching gifted. The principal is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
Dirty, teachers who don't want to be there, lack of hands on teaching, overcrowded with children who do not even live in region, overcrowded CATs classes filled with unqualified children who's parents have paid private testing to get them in. This school maintains a top rating due to parents paying for private tutors rather then the teachers. Saying that there are a few brilliant teachers at the school who work hard with little support.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL VERY MUCH AND I GREATLY RECOMMEND IT. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL TO SEND YOUR CHILD, THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST ONE.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I am a new mom to this school but my family is already loving it. The school principal and teachers show to be deeply involved in the school happenings, there's great communication to keep parents updated with school information, I love the community involvement in the school, the interest of parents in the school's performance, progress and improvements.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
I think it is essential that prospective residents & parents realize there is an effort by a local parent, Manny Cambo, to convert this school to a Charter School. This is why you see so many negative reviews below. You can read about his position in the Herald if you Google "Manny Cambo". I find it extremely unethical to see a local resident jeopardizing home values to promote a personal agenda.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2013
Not a fan of this school. We came from a private school in the NE and this school does not even come close in every aspect. Supposedly a top rated school for district and state??? Academics are solely geared towards the FCATS. Teacher's are hit or miss. Some I will say are very good and caring. Spanish teacher (for non Spanish speaking children) is beyond HORRENDOUS. Had to pull my child out of the class and I am not the only parent to have done that. Elementary facility is in horrible condition and filthy. Bullying is a major and serious problem. I believe they are trying to finally address the problem. In the past, it was never taken care of. The vice principle I will say was the ONLY person who actually did take action. I do know there have been many children here bullied and have left the school or are considering leaving. The plus to the school is, it is a great community and your child can walk safely to school. Academically, it is poor. Most parent's who seem to love the school are coming from a foreign country and barely speak the English language. You get what you pay for here!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
Being as I attended this school for 10 years, I feel as if this school has its flaws just like any other school. I was severely bullied for almost all of elementary and only one teacher actually helped me in my situation. The administration is very relaxed, especially the middle school teachers, however I learned almost everything I know from those teachers and I couldn't have asked for more helpful people such as them during my experience with the magnet programs. Those teachers taught me a lot of useful information to better prepare me for the world. While the administration is on the relaxed side and the bullying was rampant all through out elementary, the teachers there are the most qualified teachers in all of Florida. It would be a mistake not to send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2012
I moved to Key Biscayne from the Northeast, where the schools are phenomenal. I have friends whose children attend Pinecrest & Palmetto (top-rated schools in Miami-Dade) and considered enrolling them in one of those schools, however, I had heard Key Biscayne K-8 Center was pretty good as well. Let me say that I couldn't have been more wrong. This school is TERRIBLE. Of course, there will be parents who ADORE this school..and that's fine (they may have had a good teacher & an uneventful year.) The ofc admin is SLOW, UNORGANIZED, RUDE, & they don't seem to want to be there. The principal pretends to care, but it is evident (to some of us) that her position as principal is just a job that pays the bills. I have a friend who works for the Board of Educ. and he mentioned that this principal has received NUMEROUS complaints. She does not handle most situations to the BEST of her ability. Also, some teachers are verbally abusive, bullying is an issue, and the teaches only teach for fcat. I was angered that my child's teachers constantly changed D & F grades to a C grade (perhaps to save their jobs!) Such a disgraceful situation over there. I DO NOT reccommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
Bullying is case-by-case. One parent may succeed with the bullying problems of their child, while another may not. There are several factors that can help/hurt the fight against bullying (such as a caring/alert teacher, a relentless parent, or perhaps an ineffective principal will be an obstacle, etc.) I have heard of excessive bullying situations from the parents themselves (mainly in 4th & 5th gr.) SOME problems were resolved, but TOO MANY WERE NOT due to the LACK OF DISCIPLINE. Recently, I met with a group of moms (5, to be exact) who spoke of their negative experiences with the school-admin/police on the issue. One subject that kept coming up was that the consequences were/are minimal (or none at all.) Nonetheless, I am very happy for those few students (victims) who were/are able to find resolution (such as the son of the parent who commented that she was "surprised to hear such a one-sided story.") Interesting that her son was "involved in a minor incident" at this school. As I mentioned, bullying is, indeed, a problem at KB K-8 (whether minor or major.) Yes, some situations get taken care of...but the problem is that MOST do not. Bullies have to be held accountable!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2011
The school is OK. I transfered both of my kids (3rd and 5th) from Broward and after 5 months, the school still has not finalized my transfer and paperwork. They are very UNORGANIZED, staff is nice but they seem to be overwhelmed. Good atmosphere for the kids but academics are light. Not a good school for a child that needs constant challenges or advanced programs. I am already looking for other middle school options.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
I have two children at the K8 and arrived as an expat last year. Firstly Key Biscayne is a spanish speaking island and as most of the children who attend the school come from the island there is going to be alot of spanish spoken. My children do not find this a problem. As with all schools you have good teachers and bad teachers. Some are dedicated and try their best for the students, others are pretty awful. All schools in Miami Dade are suffering from cutbacks that they can ill afford. This school has a very good PTA and concerned parents which is a plus . Remember this is a state school

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
A good public school is not "free". Key Biscayne K-8 Community School is a good school because of the partnership we have with school and community. Is it perfect, no, please someone share with us a perfect school. Take your criticism to the polls and vote for Florida politicians that will fight to increase the Miami-Dade Public School's budget. Get involved, make a difference. Rating schools like this is petty.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2010
As a parent of 2 at KBCS,PTA member,and volunteer at the school,I can say that the school has some AMAZING people working there,and some others that fall VERY short of average -at best.The principal is a cheerleader who is very supportive of her staff.She cares about the students and tries to help them where they need it.She could use to weed out the teachers that "phone it in",the ones that clearly don't want to be there.I've been volunteering in a classroom and watched the teacher on her cell phone for one call after another, for the 4 hours I've been there, doing the work that she complains she doesn't have time to do. Principal also caters too much to parents who think its a private school. That school would NOT RUN, were it not for the PTA. This site only allows 150 words,but I have plenty more to say...

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
It's really awful. My kids have gone to private school and public school elsewhere in the state. This is by far the worst school they've attended. Disorganized, DISORGANIZED, and did I mention disorganized? Horrible specials teachers (music teacher is verbally abusive to the children and the administration does nothing). The curriculum is weak - but that is the fault of the Miami-Dade county school system, not this particular school. There is virtually no supervision in the lunch room - no teachers at all and only 2 lone cafeteria workers there. It is very remniscent of Lord of the Flies. The children are given way too much independence at too young an age at this school - and the teacher/parent communication in grades above kindergarten is nothing short of negligent.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Both our girls attend KB K-8 and are getting a superb education. Teachers are well prepared, have been teaching a long time, are caring and always available. The assignments are meaningful. And we couldn't ask for more when our kids want to attend school in the morning. Parents are very supportive too. Administration is excellent as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Excellent education, great teachers, parents that care, all in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the island paradise of Key Biscayne.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
My kids attend KB K-8 Center and we have a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
i went to this school from a young age until i completed 8th grade and the environment was very close knit. Great school, Great teachers, so all around Good school for anybody

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 30, 2009
I went to this school from the age of 5/6 to 14 years old. it was a great school that taught me all lot and helped me concentrate and focus than any other school. It gave an opportunity to meet people from different areas of race, stature, and creed. It was a place where everybody knew everybody at times from a first name basis. what a great school and it was a great privilege to learn from this wonderful place

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
This is an excellent school with a Strong administration and an excellent office staff which is second to none from some of the other schools I have been to. I have seen them handle many different situations just from standing at the counter. The PTA is excellent. What I have seen actually is that there are too many parents who think this is a private school and they should be catered to and it is not. This is public education and if you have been reading there are alot of budget cuts that have hurt the schools. As far as I am concerned they have done the best they can with the resources they have. Mrs. Tarafa is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 01, 2009
This is an excellent school. One of my children attended the regular program, the other is in 5th grade in the gifted program. They both received an extraordinary education. Recess is erratic and the director is hard to get a hold off--not a good thing. But the support staff--the assistant principal, for example--are always available. They know all the children. The gifted program is fantastic. Few private schools could provide this level of nurturing and preparation. Don't know enough about the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
Weak administration and supporting staff. great FCAT scores..probably some of the best in the state. Curriculum is teach to test oriented. Library facility and staff excellent. Spanish program for non-Spanish speakers is very weak. Very little recess if any and low supervision in cafeteria. PTA is awesome group of families that pulls together to raise money and much needed resources for school.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2009
Key Biscayne is a beautiful community and has so much to offer families. The school has a very long waiting list for the coveted bi-lingual and gifted program. Overall, the academics are good as reflected by their score of 10. Very teach to the test oriented though. We sometimes have 2+ hours of homework (4h grade). Facilities, lack of technology, and lack of supplies are a problem. There is weak leadership at the administrative level here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2007
This is the first year my kids attend kbcs and they absouletly love it. I have one in kindergarden and the other in middle school. They both actually look forward to waking up in the morning and getting ready for school. The teachers are amazing, the staff is extremely helpful and parent involvement is 2nd to none. This is a very welcomed change in venue given the difficulty in finding Great Public Schools here in Miami. My Kids are happy and motivated and I'm very very Happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
I love this school! My kids, PreK and 1st grade have received a great education and soared in a loving, friendly atmosphere. My son was reading by christmas when he was in kindergarten and now that he just finished 1st grade has a reading level comparable to a 4th grader. The A.R. program puts a lot of pressure on the kids but at the end, it's all worth it. The EFL program is A+, they learn in both languages, although spanish is still the weaker of the two. The school's atmosphere is very family oriented, everyone knows each other and we all feel safe and happy. We are relocating to California this summer and I am very sorry my kids will not get to grow up in this incredible school. The office staff is super, Susan and Conchi are the best!!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
My son has been going to KBCS since he was 5 years old and he is now in third grade. This is his third year in the EFL program and although he is not a native Spanish speaker and most of his classmates are, he is doing wonderfully. I have been an active volunteer for the past three years and the school greatly appreciates and encourages all parents to get involved. The students and their well being is the most important factor at our school. This year KBCS received very high rankings...1st in Dade county for a K-8 and 3rd in the entire state. It is currently nominated for a blue ribbon award. The school has maintained an A+ for many years. Our principal is extremely helpful and always makes time to address any issue the parents or students may have. I am very thankful to have such a marvelous school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
The school is excellent, a nurturing environment with excellent staff and teachers and a fabulous PTA. Very high parental involvement.

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September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
This school is great! It has small class sizes, and the children know each other on first name basis. The teachers are also great, they really communicate with the children.

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May 30, 2006
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May 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Convenient with good aftercare. However, not enough recess time especially in the older grades. Very teach to the test oriented.

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July 23, 2005
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July 23, 2005
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June 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
If you are looking for a school where you child won't be invisible, this is the right school for you. Key Biscayne is a small public school, and while it doesn't have the fancy sports programs or the razzle-dazzle of art programs, it does have a caring and dedicated staff. My daughter attended elementary and middle school at Key Biscayne Community School and everyone knew her, from the office staff to the Principal. However, classes tend to be large, and although I was very concerned about it, my child managed to do well and get the attention she needed. It has a good Gifted Program with caring teachers. The students come from well-to-do families, and the majority is bilingual. The school is safe, and generally clean; the bathrooms could use more cleaning.

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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
Excellent school, especially the quality of the teachers.

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Key Biscayne K-8 Center
150 West McIntyre Street, Key Biscayne, FL  33149
(305) 361-5418
Last modified Key Biscayne K-8 Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Key Biscayne K-8 Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top