We have children at Gardendale for the past 9 years. It has always been a wonderful school, with fantastic teachers. Both of my children have been in the the performing arts magnet and have excelled both academically and artistically, with credit going to ALL of the teachers they have had since Kindergarten.
Gardendale is great. I changed schools so the kids could attend band, chorus, art and have hands on activities to learn math and science. Kids learn real life experience with MicroSociety. Teachers, Staff and Principal are exceptional.
Gardendale is a true GEM. Even though it meant bussing over SR-520 every day, we decided that their intangible offerings were more important than a newer or higher technology school. By intangible, I mean Reasonable student population size for elementary school Year Round School (9 weeks in school followed by a 3 week mini vacation;summer break is 6 weeks) Practical use of garden maintenance Practical use of banking system with GEMS Dollars Hands on experimentation of various art forms Allowing students to choose a focus of study at 4th grade Morning Mile (running group before school) Great Teachers Great Staffers Student Safety Great Principal Great Parent willing to Volunteer While most of the intangibles are fueled by volunteer teachers(ie. parents), I would like to point to Mrs. Moeller, the principal, as our adventure coordinator. Not many principals would agree to a garden program or morning running program and so forth even if they had volunteers.
Gardendale Elementary Magnet has been a godsend to our family. After moving to Brevard County two years ago and buying a home in an area based on school rankings I was dismayed to find out that one of the top performing schools in this county, while impressive turned out to be a rather sterile learning environment where the vast research on learning styles was acknowledged but not being implemented. After watching my once 'excited to learn child' slowly wilt and doubt her previous success in academics in an environment where they "teach the test" by which repetition/drill/memorize/regurgitate is the favored method, I knew I had to do something to get her excited about learning again. I found Gardendale in a desperate search for a school that encouraged creativity and innovation in addition to maintaining high academic standards. As soon as I read the description, I knew this was where she should have been all along (if only I had known about schools of choice and our options). My daughter's confidence in her academic abilities have been restored as she is once again making stellar grades and she also gets to explore her interests while learning through her magnet program.
Gardendale has great teachers who care about their students. It is a Magnet school and year round so we have different times to plan vacations. It is a Grade A School with a lot of hard working parents and teachers.
Gardendale has an amazing program, offering many choices and paths for its students. The faculty and kids are both awesome!
We are a magnet school that teaches students in a hands-on, integrated manor that keeps kids interested. Students have the opportunity to choose which magnet they are interested in (math and science, microsociety, or performing arts) and generally excel due to the interesting and effective curriculum.
I love the Integrated Thematic Instruction and how the teachers use many hands on activities throughout their classrooms to make an impact on the students. There is also a family atmosphere among the teachers and staff and this helps build community among the students.
Gardendale provides all students with a positive learning environment. Teachers use hands on activities that engage students and promote a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.
For 17 years Gardendale has been going strong as a year round magnet school. The four magnets provide an opportunity for hands-on experiences that allow students to growth in a non-traditional setting. The dedicated faculty and staff goes above the call of duty and the students are the 'Best In Brevard'!
This is the second year that I have had my daughter at GEMS. She is doing great. Her confidence is through the roof. Since she has been there they have noticed her talents and help to cultivate them. This has made her feel very successful. Thanks to the staff they have helped us involve her in some special programs for art and writing that I, as a parent, was not even aware of. It is a very friendly and positive environment.
Gardendale provides an EXCELLENT educational experience for my children! There are NUMEROUS extra-ciricular activities, significant community and parental involvement and good after-care facilities. My daughter LOVES school there and does not want to miss a single day!
We recently left our neighborhood school as my daughter who use to get upset at missing school when she was sick, started begging not to go. At Gardendale, they are driven by the student's needs and interests not jsut FCAT. My daughter has told me many times how much she never wants to go back to her old school and thanks me for going out of my way to take her to Gardendale. We could not be happier!
You need to be involved to make any school successful. Mrs. Moeller cares and wants parent involvment. She really cares about the students and continues to make performing arts show it's best.
This is our first year at Gardendale. I have been very impressed with the schools response to special needs of each child. They trat everyone individually and address each child's different way of learning. I love the variety of classes and ways of learning. I love the communication between administration and parents. We are very happy.
Since starting Gardendale in July of 2005 our children have not enjoyed school more! The teachers are thorough, and seem to really care about their students. The new principal Ms. Moeller has been a great asset this year.
The best school my son ever attended. The availability of music, art and traditional learning wrapped all into a performing arts schedule with superb teachers that cannot be matched anywhere. This school is a 5 star school top to bottom. We love it and were sorry to move away.
Excellent magnet school that combines the basics with 4 specialized centers. The school works on a year round schedule which has proven to be successful with their students (An 'A' school for three years in a row). Teachers are great and really care about their students academic and personal growth. Good job folks!!
I've had two in Gardendale starting in August of 1995. The school was awesome. In the time since Patty Martin the now acting 'Warden, CEO, Boss', I mean elementary school principal has been in power I have seen a huge decrease in volunteers and a decline in the magnets. There was a loss in the Micromagnet lead teacher, Janie Rogers who had gotten grants of over $450,000 this year. There was no Micro program 2003-2004. My opinon as a parent with many volunteer hours is Ms. Martin should be fired! She is not child, parent or staff oriented. She lacks any people skills. She is always right no matter what. Two of the three long time office employees are gone, including parent, PTO, and many good teachers because they all were treated badly. Martin should be a Corporate CEO, not an elementary principal. Sadly, we are done with Gardendale.
Our kids have only attended GEMS.This year was the last year for our oldest and there's only 2 years left for our youngest; she'll finish them there. We've come to value the school's student diversity and it's, overall, inclusionary philosophy. As a 4 magnet school the students can get their 3 R's with an additional emphasis in Arts/Cultures, Microsociety, Math/Science and Performing Arts. This begins in the 4th grade. Magnets offer unique opportunities for appropriately inclined students. However, without thoughtful, consistent guidance from the administration and teaching staff these magnets can unexpectedly create exclusionary thinking in the minds of some of their student members. This can lead to segments of the student body feeling a sort of celebrity based on the perceived value of the magnet they're a part of. Equitable allocation of time/resources with increased intermagnet partnering should bring resolution and I believe this effort to be underway. All things evolve!
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