I'm neutral on this one. They are trying to install these values but I'm not hearing it in my home in the nightly,'what happened in your day'. I also believe that its our job as parents to install these values and for the school to only reinforce.
There is a lot of homework - well more than we are used to. But if you take the approach that a teacher explained to me, that the children are just reinforcing what they have learnt in class that day. Then its a good approach.
We are an overseas family recently relocated to Miami for a period of time. We chose KBCS because of its Grading on this website and for the community. Coming from a different schooling system, the Registrar was nothing but helpful in assisting us with meeting Miami-Dade regulations and was supportive all the way through. The teachers, I believe , are trying the best and as with any school, parents need to support them with what they need not bully them. I couldn't handle a class the size they are given with English at different levels. My girls only speak English and are doing well. First 3 months were spent 'catching up' to the level required, but when we go return, this school will make them better students and people.
I do wish they had a recess, as its very hard for staff to manage children during PE when they have energy to burn. Also wish more sporting groups, but there is a great Community Centre for this, 1 block away if you are considering Key Biscayne as your new home.
With my experience, my opinion is that School is dirty;cafeteria more dirty;;the teachers some great and some horrible; big problem " bullies " no body care about They got a 10, is because they work ONLY FOR SAT AND FSA.Not second language(but almost all the class has half on esol for spanish) ( so if you have a kid not Spanish talking is a huge problem). Not art,not sports,not real music,,, I love key biscayne for to be, but sorry the school for my kids was wrong .
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.
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.
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.