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9-12
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Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 1,799
 

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11005 Southwest 84th Street
Miami, FL 33173

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 26, 2015
From my experience as a student in this school, and one who puts forth maximum effort and tries to be involved, I have had, like in any place, good and bad teachers. There's teachers that are inspiring and everyone knows who they are. There's teachers that are ok;they get the job done. Then there's teachers that really don't know what they're doing, and like the good teachers, everyone knows who they are. Make sure that when selecting your classes you inquire about the teachers and the challenges you may faces. Overall, most teachers will be in the "ok" spectrum, an you will then have some bad and a few good. Thinking of it in positive terms, some of the schools that current students of TERRA try to escape, mostly have bad or poor teachers, very few that are ok, and barely any that are good. It never gets too bad or impossible to deal with!

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Amount of homework: Too much
July 26, 2015
Some teachers, I must admit, go a little over board on homework. It would be good to discuss that and get to an agreement of when too much is too much.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 26, 2015
One thing you will absolutely learn here is to not give up. The classes are challenging, but you will develop great determination.

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July 26, 2015
As a freshman here, I have to admit I despised this place. Being involved in a few clubs and with the challenging classes I was taking, I felt disappointed thinking that this place was not meeting my expectations. The first few months took adjustment, and sometimes I would go home crying or stressed. I must say you should give this place a chance. It does get better once you give it the opportunity.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 05, 2015
The kids here are some of the most outstanding I have ever seen from any school. They are constantly pushing themselves and each other to go farther and farther, and they are always succeeding. It's a lot but in the end, I think it's worth it when you're accepted into Princeton, Georgia Teach, Stanford, NYU, UPenn, etc.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 05, 2015
I have had my fair share of teachers here, some GREAT, most good, and a few bad. Most of the time, kids here are spoiled and have always had everything handed to them. It's different in high school; especially a high school as prestigious as TERRA. Most kids fail to see the teacher's side to everything, and I know because I've done it too. A lot of these teachers live for their students and strive to give them the best education. I know more teachers than I can count on my fingers and toes combined that come early and leave late, just to go home and continue grading essays, tests, and papers all through the weekend so that the student can have their paper back within a day or two. I have come across many teachers who are always going out of their way to help a student succeed. They'll even call home and talk to a parent if something is wrong because they ACTUALLY care, believe it or not. I guarantee you will not find that at Killian. All in all, students most of the time are the ones that are wrong when it comes to teachers/workload. I know because I have had a lot of the teachers that students talk bad about and I actually think the world of them because I know how hard they work to do the best job they can possibly do.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 05, 2015
Okay, to the parents complaining: You should know many teachers here are the fairest I have seen. While some are absolutely ridiculous, the 2 or 3 that assign crazy amounts of homework don't make up the entire staff here at TERRA. It all depends on what kind of classes your child is taking. Also, most teachers that assign "ridiculous" amounts of homework give the kids plenty of time and the students just wait until the last minute to fall on their face and blame the school. If your child is taking an AP class, THERE WILL BE WORK!!! Do not be mistaken. This is a tough school but it's what you child signed up for. Also, there are NO regular classes offered here; only Honors and AP.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 05, 2015
The kids here can be downright cruel. Since most kids do come from private school, they are rich and popular. Since I'm neither of these, it was a little hard for me to fit in for a while. You just need to stand up for yourself. DON'T count on administration to do anything about it!

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 05, 2015
I think this school/administration sets a terrible example for all of the above, but if your child is in high school you as a parent should have taught them all of the above by now. If they don't have it now, they probably never will.

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June 05, 2015
There's a lot of good and bad with TERRA. The worst of the worst about it is BY FAR the RUDE administration. Not only the counselors, but especially the APs and Prinicpal herself! It's embarrassing how terribly they treat the students. Since the school is the superintendent's baby, they pretty much get away with anything and are able to easily cover any scandal up, such as their multiple drug busts and arrests that have occurred this school year alone. There is one AP who doesn't show up to his job EVER and when we are graced with his presence, he is extremely rude and disrespectful. The same goes for the principal. To say there is no bullying at TERRA whatsoever is ridiculous, since the bullying here is some of the worst I have seen in my years. Sure, there may not be physical issues here (fights) but the kids here are downright CRUEL. I would know because I have experienced this. Keep in mind most kids that come to TERRA come from private school, so some will be rude and snotty! The school is ridiculous on many levels and over hyped, but there is still a lot of good to this school. I couldn't find another school with so many graduates attending schools such as MIT, Stanford, Duke, NYU, and every Ivy League school. To say this school is not a "sports" school would be a radical statement considering we are back-to-back district champions in both Girls Swimming and Girls Volleyball and GMAC champions in Boys Bowling (this year alone). While I will agree that some teachers are downright AWFUL, we do have some of the BEST there are. Honestly, my freshman year was one of the worst years of my life. I was absolutely miserable, but I'm so happy I stuck around. It has gotten SO much better than I ever thought it would. If you're a freshman/parent, just know this: IT WILL GET BETTER. Don't get hyped up and have a miserable freshman year and leave. I was more excited than anyone to come to TERRA and had one of the worst years. But I stuck around and found my niche and while sometimes I absolutely hate it here, I couldn't be happier than I am now. My advice: If you are a freshman and hate it, stick around for your sophomore year. If it doesn't get not even a LITTLE better by then, just go to SAS. My sophomore year wasn't great even though it was a little better, but my junior year is where high school really picked up for me, so just give it some time!

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April 20, 2015
Terra has unfortunately disappointed us. My biggest regret is that I didn't pay more attention to the negative reviews on this site. There are good reasons for them. It has been a miserable year for my freshman. The above mentioned algebra 2 teacher is beyond ridiculous with the amount of homework that is regularly assigned. There's something seriously wrong with a school that expects still growing and developing teenagers to sacrifice sleep due to all the busy work they have to take home. I'm sure none of the teachers or administrators take home so much work that they sleep 3-4 hours a night. But this is sadly what is done to the students here. My daughter has practically had to teach the subject to herself all year. Don't let the outward appearance deceive you. The reality is that the students are unhappy there. I believe the only reason it has good test scores is because there are many bright and gifted students that attend. The administrators don't really do much despite multiple complaints from parents. There may be a few good teachers there but most of them are just downright awful.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2014
I can tell you. I'm a freshman and I have been here for a little less than 2 months and I absolutely hate it. The algebra 2 teacher is ridiculous and gives pounds of homework even after she had a fight with some parents at open house (including mine.) The counselor Mrs. Miller is very arrogant and likes to make the incoming freshman feel horrible, I know I felt that way. She would not let me take AP World History because I had a 'B' in my U.S History class in the 8th grade. The principal could care less, and administration and staff are incompetent. The BioMedical teacher is the only good teacher. I certainly hope all parents out there realize that TERRA is just a screen. The principal only cares about her precious school. The school lacks the arts and only has a 6 class schedule. I feel that TERRA is okay, not anything special. I should have gone to Coral Reef. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS SCHOOL IS NOT WHAT THEY SAY IT IS, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN AND DON'T LOOK BACK

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September 08, 2014
This is a great school, but it depends what you are looking for..... This is a school that focus that your child have the highest motivation , education and aptitute to assist to the best universities. If your child wants to play a sport and/or if he/she is competitive in one sport, this school is not for him/her. There are sports to participate but not in a competitive way. There are no many activities like other school. For my children, is the best school that I can choose!!!

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August 25, 2014
This school is all HYPE HYPE HYPE!. They make it out to be much better than it really is. The teachers are inexperienced. The counslers are the worst and the prinicipal only looks out for herself. My son was taking dual enrollment classes that were picked by the counslers and they were all wrong and was not able to get credits for them! People it is not what you think. There are masses of students consistently leaving the school daily. My kids were miserable and they Do Not learn anything. I thought my kids would be so happy but life is too short to have your kids and yourself unhappy. People I say Run, Run and Run.

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April 02, 2014
We are very pleased with the school, my son is a senior there and was accepted to an Ivy League school, other Seniors have been awarded prestigious scholarships, including every Ivy League school as well as MIT, Georgia Tech. The principal works really hard to keep high standards...if you forget wearing your bell she will make you wear hers. I know some teachers there I wish every kid could have one like them.

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April 02, 2014
A great environment for students filled with countless opportunities that can make any student feel right at home. While coursework is intensive, its all accounts for excellent preparation for future years.

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March 04, 2014
I used to attend Terra and I disliked my experience there so much I transferred after 2 years. Honestly the school is all hype. The principal only cares about the image of her precious school and doesn't care about her students. The counselors aren't much help and it's impossible to find a decent teacher.. This school may have excellent academic ratings but the students aren't happy there.

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February 25, 2014
My son is currently a Junior at this great school. I can only say good things about the school. My son loves it, he says that he likes the fact that the school has a zero tolerance on bullying. We also had an issues at the end of his sophomore year but the principal and assitant principal were very helpful and rectified their error. I recommend this school to any kid that is interested in the Biomedical, Robotics and Environmental. Kudos to Ms. Carie Montano, the Principal.

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January 15, 2014
I go 2 dis scuul not very challenging but den agen I'm pretteh smart ^.^.^ xoxox I LUV it so fun much nice people not many mean many pokemon players! Hehe! Xoxoxo baieee

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October 28, 2013
TERRA has exellents programs and good teachers, my son is in Biomedical Academic and he loves the program, also he loves the food!!!

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October 08, 2013
Terra is a great school ! I was very reluctant coming from private school to enroll my son. He is a very happy sophomore. The parents are very involved and the Principal is feared !!! I am sooo happy about that ; she runs a tight ship.

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September 27, 2013
My daughter is new to Terra & the public school system. She couldn't be happier, she states that she feels she is really learning. The teachers have her respect because she feels they really know the material, not having to rely on notes & textbooks to lecture. They present the material in a manner that keeps the students involved. The teachers & policies are strict, which keeps everyone in check. The students are friendly, she made friends the first day. All of her teachers are young & vivacious with a no nonsense attitude, and I am very pleased! I can't give it 5 stars yet because time will tell

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September 15, 2013
This school is most likely the best school i have ever been to cosidering my home school is horrible this is like a castle to me. The minute you walk in you can't just go in without a smile on your face it has a learning atmosphere and is great in technology use. My teachers love to teach they are great and they try to do their best in letting you understand the subject. Yes the school is strict but it wouldn't be such a good school if it wasn't. We are a nerd school and im proud. Not only are we nerdy we are athletic and we have enough motivation to move the country. Dont ever doubt that this school is bad we have lots of clubs and sports to choose from. Fun electives and alot more. The teachers love to reach. They we made for it. Dont ever doubt this school and im happy i didn't

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September 12, 2013
This is an excellent school. I believe it is one of the best schools in Miami-Dade County. I recently attended open house to meet my daughter's teachers and for the second year in a row, I left the school stunned by the caliber of educators this amazing principle has been able to join together. The teachers are gifted in their ability to connect with the kids, motivate them, and allow their character and self confidence to develop. The kids, themselves, motivate each other to do better. They are students that are interested in learning and doing well; good influences all around. Honestly, this school is a rare gem. Its better than private.

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September 11, 2013
I've avoided writing an reviews of my school to 3 years because I know things change from year to year. For better or for worse. As a senior now in TERRA I can say that past the occasional kinks and mishaps that you'd expect from any school (especially one that is as new as TERRA) I'd have to say our school is everything a high school SHOULD be. I won't go to the extent to say that 100% of our faculty and staff are incredible, sharp, and experienced people but it wouldn't be any exaggeration if I said 90% of them are. The few teachers and counselors that aren't exactly welcoming and knowledgable are still helpful overall. Quite a few of my teachers over the years have doctorates and nearly all of them have advanced degrees and field experience in their study. I can understand how there's a big gap between positive ratings and negative ratings for this school because either you love it, or you can't handle it! The classes are intense, and the work is challenging but if you're at TERRA you're expected to be the very best you can be. We may not have that "high school experience" but it's something different, new, and ultimately better! The TERRA experience.

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June 06, 2013
To those of you doubting the school: Look at the matriculation list posted on the website for the Class of 2013. Multiple students were accepted to the country's top institutions including MIT, Yale, and Dartmouth. That will show you that while the school can be a pain sometimes, there's a reason for the strictness that has actually paid off.

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May 15, 2013
This school is quite good, of course not the best but at least it is worth going to. I see heavy criticism from most parents, and I find that funny because they aren't the ones going to that school. Bullying in Terra is quite minor, and the highest level of bullying you may see is verbal, usually of minor affect. According to one parent we, the students of terra, do not have a social life, I find this statement quite funny and actually somewhat stupid. School is not meant for what you call "social life", in fact those schools that have "social life" are the ones with true bullying and drugs and drama that disturbs those students that are in school to learn. Anyways, I read a statement from a parent that said that Terra's staff shows prejudice against homosexuals, this is hilarious, if you knew the staff you would know it is quite the opposite. All these parents are lacking true information about the school, and it is true that the advertisement is great, but it surely is not false. For those parents transferring their children, I wish you and your children good luck at choosing a better school in Miami, you will truly need it because most of them have a high delinquent population.

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April 21, 2013
TERRA is probably one of the best schools in the county right now. As a freshman this year, I am honored to be attending this school. The moment you walk into the school, you can tell that it is not your ordinary school. The environment is like nothing I would have ever expected in high school. And for anyone who says that we have a bullying problem, they are TERRIBLY misinformed, Everybody at TERRA looks out for each other. Bullying is definitely not a problem at our school. As for academics, TERRA excels. Courses are rigorous, and challenging, but that is the reason I go to TERRA; to get a good education. If you are not willing to put in the dedication and effort it takes to attend this school, then it is not the school for you. As far as sports, so what if we don't have a football team? If this aspect is THAT important to you, then find a school that has one. I am one month away from becoming a sophomore and I can proudly say that I will not be transferring. I am extremely happy with my accomplishments my freshman year and intend on staying at TERRA until I graduate, Class of 2016!

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April 21, 2013
I refuse to reveal rather or not I'm a parent or a student. What I have experienced in the past four years with the school is a gross level of political strategy only comparable to the gross campaign strategies used by ruthless politicians to gain a government executive position. Don't think that this is bad though....Why? The more politics in this school, the more money the students will get. Grants have been flying into this school sense day one, and with this Principle, I expect them to keep coming. Two stars have been taken off though because of deception, lies, and horrible counselors and policies in the school. Every year the school has had to have a new counselor due to complaints of the previous one. Every year the school hosts an orientation of lies boasting about how amazing the school is and how environmentally based the education is. After year one of its opening, the school gave up the environmental curriculum. The administration simply wanted too much and had too many strict rules to keep everything they wanted. Someone I know has 10 EXCUSED tardies, and got their senior privileges taken away. Tardies for meeting with counselors in the mornings or doctors appointments

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April 13, 2013
Im a freshman at TERRA and I have to say that the rules there are exaggerating ,the Principle has to much Pride and cares for her own job and record rather than help the students. There are only two security guards. Many teachers are strict or dont even know how to teach. Ive been struggling in the school, I recommend thinking over and see if your really up to it.

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April 02, 2013
My daughter is very fortunate to be able to go to this school. The teachers are great and they make learning fun. The principal is verry hands on. If you send her an email she responds the same day. I don' t know why some parents ( i believe its the same parent) talks about indocrination. NOthing is further from the truth. I believe this school will very soon become one of the top rated schools in Florida

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April 01, 2013
There is no room today for political indoctrination of our children. Leave that stuff out of the curriculum, assignments, projects etc. There us no place for bullying, and you get hit by the double-whammy should your child defend himself against such actions. This school is not a nurturing place for gifted minds. Go elsewhere.

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February 22, 2013
Instead of teaching our kids how to think critically and examine all sides of an issue, this school is indoctrinating our kids and pushing particular social and political agendas on them. Main office staff is overly authoritative, arrogant, overcritical to students and not to mention belligerent-ing and eagerly threatening parents. Suspending and expelling students left and right because their nonsensical rules, mustering up an aura of fascism. Staff shows prejudice against homosexuals and in addition to this schools' infamy in manipulation and exploitiation of teachers and parents. Principal is overly prideful and exaggeratingly claims to have a long waiting list all the meanwhile TERRA is mainly a billboard of false advertisment.

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January 04, 2013
This is a great school. The environment around the school is the best I have ever seen, I go jogging around the school before picking my daughter from sports and I don;t even see a kid smoking. My son went to Belen and my daughter which is currently a freshman at Terra, went to private school all her life. The kids at those ritzy private schools have nothing on the kids at Terra when it comes to good behavior. My daughters algebra teacher is mr. Garland which used to be the head of the math department at Belen and my son favorite teacher there. All the people complaining are mediocre students which never went to schools that required discipline. And for those that complain about Mrs. Montalvo, I don't have a problem with a dictator as a principal.

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January 02, 2013
This is one of the worst schools ever. Yes I understand it is very important for our kids to have a great education and environment but this school takes it to a whole other level. When I went for their orientation EVERYTHING seemed perfect but once my daughter started higschool everything flipped around. The staff if horrible, when you need help they are not even there. And don't get me started on the principle Mrs. Botan, that lady is horrible. Not even to mention the security is really poor when they only have one security guard. I know there can be bullying in every school you go to but Terra as the worst kids ever, thinking there all that. Two of my children went there for freshman year and by their third day of school I transferred them to a different school because the bullying there is horrible. And not only did this happen to my two children, It also happen to three of my nieces and a bunch of friends I know that their kids were getting bullied too by the students ans staff! The kids have no social life here. This is definitely not a save environment.

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October 07, 2012
I disagree with many of the low ratings and comments given to TERRA from parents who appear to be extremely uninformed. As a senior at TERRA i can tell you we're not perfect but when given the choice to go elsewhere TERRA is definitely the place to be. We have two counselors, three assistance principles and a great principle leading the school. Our office staff is very helpful, contrary to what others have commented. I'm a student aid and when anyone come into the office asking for help, they immediately receive it. We are an extremely safe school, our cameras are always on and can be accessed whenever necessary, yet we don't find the need because the student body is always at their best. We have a small level of security and it is more than sufficient. Having the opportunity to have left TERRA countless times, I know I wouldn't preference being elsewhere.

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October 07, 2012
TERRA Environmental Research Institute is so far the best school I ever seen!! The Principle is so nice and outgoing with her students. The kids over there dedicate there time to help each other out! There is NO bullying those are just lies that people say. The classrooms are equipped with the latest technological equipment such as multiple computer labs, Promethean boards, classroom surround sound systems, greenhouses, and state-of-the-art research laboratories. TERRA offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum accessible to all students in the Miami-Dade County. Everything happens at TERRA with a deep consciousness of our global community, and we consider our students to be future-global problem solvers!!! TERRA's teacher stay after school to help their students and/or if they still need more help they even come during the weekends to help! They dedicated to empower students with the knowledge required to understand and care for the environment and become problem solvers of our global concerns. TERRA provides students with preparation, encouragement and inspiration for higher learning. All I can say is that TERRA IS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL THERE IS!!!!!!

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October 07, 2012
My daughter goes to TERRA and I think she has had more opportunities at a school like TERRA than elsewhere. She's been able to do internships, she's been in a great learning environment with great teachers and student, and never once have I heard her complain about bullying; rather, she loves the school and its people. Not to mention, there are tons of extracurricular activities to get involved in, the school has pep rallies, dances, movie events, etc. Maybe some complain that TERRA's "not like a real high school", but as far as education and safety go, it's a whole lot better than what a "real high school" would be and I feel content sending her to TERRA.

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September 20, 2012
This school is an amazing school. Very friendly, no one ever steals or bullies. Very rigorous academics. Many extra-circular activities, involved teachers/staff, and only the best of the best go here, very safe high school - send your child!!!

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2012
i am a parent looking for a safe high school for my child to attend. next school year. terra was/is in my #1 choice, but after reading commments i am a bit confused. we toured the school last school year inpressed with the classrooms and conduct displayed by the students. i did feel a bit of arrogance by the school principal. wondering if we can have more commnets based on the "other importance" like security, i read bulling, i a comment, traffic, no one assisting in the traffic, student parking lot car vadelism, cameras not working, office staff careless. i am trying to understand, i had a differrent prospective about the school. is it just a public scam?

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August 26, 2012
What I've in this page is that every comment that has to do about the reality about the school is gone. No matter how many times someone tries to earse the comments about the truth of this school. Ether way the truth will come out and everyone will know how horrible this school is.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2012
Obviously there has been a campaign to increase the school's rating due to confluence of high student ratings with a day or two of one another. This at the start of the school year too. Shame they can't have opinions of their own on separate days. makes you wonder if the school administration is behind this?

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August 18, 2012
As a student who has been at Terra for what will be 4 years, I can confidently tell you these negative reviews are radical and extremely biased. This school offers so many outstanding opportunities and coming to this school will look great on college applications. They provide biomedical internships, robotics competitions, and environmental teachers that are the best at what they teach. As far as pep rallies and football team, those aren't NEARLY as important as a GOOD education. If you REALLY want your child to go to a school that has a football team then I'm sorry but that's ridiculous on so many levels. If you think things like your children failing their AP exams make Terra a bad school then you are seriously mistaken. I have heard children complain about how hard their teachers are, and I've even heard that some teachers make their students scared of the AP exam due to how much they exaggerate about the difficulty of it. But with every single kid who has complained, they've ALL passed. This school is definitely the place to send a child who strives for excellence. Terra is a great school and you can trust a student on that.

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August 18, 2012
If you want a great social life and an easy time as your high school experience this school is not for you, so transfer out, instead of posting negative comments. It's a choice school for a reason. However if you want a rigorous academic experience that will prepare you for a top university, TERRA is great. Academically the school is extremely advanced when compared to most public high schools in Miami. Of course since the school is new it does have some quirks and problems, but nothing major. As to those who say the school is unsafe, have you ever heard of a fight at TERRA? Probably not. At Killain, Palmetto or most other MDCPS you hear of one every week. We will have a prom, when we have seniors(this year)! We do have clubs, sports and activities but you have to keep in mind that it's an academically focused school! Te academics opportunities are endless, we have students working at biotech labs at FIU, at UM, at Fairchild and the USDA. Point is, we have won more academi competitions than sports games but I love that because I'd rather debate someone than play them in basketball anyday. (I'm not ragging on our sports, they are good and plentiful, they are just not the main focus)

- submitted by a student

August 17, 2012
First of all I would like to start off by saying, no person nor school is EVER perfect. TERRA is an amazing school with amazing opportunities. It is rare for a student to say such things about a school. TERRA has its quirks and in the process of figuring it out... It has only been open for a good 3 years (going into its 4th) Other schools have been open for decades and still can't get it right. Plus, while reading this you can take the time to ponder about how many times TERRA has been featured on national television, just saying. You can not blame the school for not having some type of sport, or having the occasional bad teacher... Because I assure you, I feel better being a "TERRA NERD" than a nerd from some other school.

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2012
It's not the BEST but its okay and better then any other public school in the area (Killian and Sunset). I do agree that the pricipal needs a little more knowledge as to what HIGH SCHOOL really is. On the other hand, keep in mind that she comes from a middle school enviornment and doesn't have much expirience to motivate high school students since they are teenagers and what their fun as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
My son is now a Junior and refuses to transfer. He's 2 yrs ahead in math and 1 yr ahead in science plus all his classes have been Honors or AP. He applied bcs of Robotics but last year decided Engineering is not for him. At Terra he realized his passion is history, politics, current events, etc. This occurred BECAUSE OF HIS TEACHERS and the diverse students at the school. This is not a sports school bcs the students are here for academics. However, they do play sports (volleyball, water polo, etc.) and are trying to start lacrosse. It's a new school so it all takes TIME. Is this the best school? It depends on what you want and what your child makes of it. I think it should be more rigorous and challenging academically but my son disagrees. Thankfully, eligible students can do Dual Enrollment which helps if you feel teachers are not up to par. Clubs, internships, volunteering, college advise, etc. are available if you ask. My son met w/his counselor several times so it's available (email works too). School size w/no bullies is great. Using paper & textbooks at a "green" school is not great. As per my son, Terra is not for everyone but it fits him. If he's happy, I'm happy.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2012
Terra has failed to comply with multiple promises made when the school opened. The first graduating class will not receive the industry certifications promised nor the community internships, or creative research projects. The school is very unsafe. They only have two security guards that are not able to supervise lunch or keep an eye on the large campus. The student parking lot is constantly being vandalized and the school adminsitration does not care to protect or do anything about this security problem since Terra's security cameras dont even work. The school adminsitration is never present at school events and games. The principal is a master actress who claims to care about children but after you have had multiple conversations with her, you can easily notice her level of incompetence and lack of confidence. Extracurricular activities are not supervised by any adults. The kids run around the school loose without any adult supervision after 2:30 because the admisnitration leaves the school as soon as the bell rings. They do not offer a healthy social high school life since they dont allow parents to fundraise, no prom, no pep rallies, no homecomming.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2012
Terra's student services department needs improvement. They have only one counselor for 1900 students and she is not a pleasant lady. My child is terrified to ask for an appointment and every time I called her she replies with a defensive-passive-agressive tone. My child is about to graduate and no one in the office knows anything about community service hours or graduation requirements. When I reached out to the administration for help they never got back to me. The office personnel is famous for delegating your problems to the next person and never prioritizing the needs of children. The traffic situation in the mornings is a total nightmare. There is no school personnel directing traffic and there are no clear traffic guidelines established. The worse part about Terra is that my child had no books in the AP American History class for 6 months, in the chemistry class and in the Biomedical class. Terra is advertised to be a technology driven school when in reality not even a third of their teachers have websites. It is sad to attend a PTSA meeting. not only does the administration dont show up but the overall parent attendance is of less than 20 people for such a big school.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2012
This school is great for kids whose parents want them to stay in a relatively middle school environment with a lot of restrictions that will otherwise keep them in 'their minds' as safe. I'm leaving the school and have appreciated all I have come across but definitely don't want to stay here, as it isn't a developed school- I'm not going to sacrifice my education for the reputation of this school! I don't feel that this is a high school experience or encourages healthy normal ideas of high school. Very obsessed with how they look more than how they REALLY are with the student body! The math department is LACKING as well as the arts, some of the administration is rarely there or don't have a good/any relationship with students, which is very sad- especially come college application time! Think about your choices very carefully before applying here, but it is an okay school, which some good teachers (hit or miss) but definitely, appearances are deceiving...

- submitted by a student

April 28, 2012
As a part of the 2013 graduating class, my first two (soon to be three) years at TERRA have been fantastic, but with constant, but minor, exceptions. It should be concerning to any parent with a child wanting to go to a school that advertises itself as STEM-oriented, I should assume, to know that a considerable number of educators in those fields are beyond inadequate. Close to all of the mathematics teachers, are extremely unreasonable, arrogant, and incapable of communicating even the most basic of topics to their students; resulting in a very confused, and very frustrated, student with inhibited potential to do well. Furthermore, the school seems to be much more concerned with maintaining its "pseudo-nerd" look than actually doing it. This includes a uniform policy that is both ridiculous and disruptive, as many a time I have seen administrators call down a student in the middle of interacting and taking notes during a class lecture to scold him for wearing a wrong colored shirt for THE REST OF THE CLASS PERIOD. Finally, to those parents who are taking their child, know that it is much more rewarding to be a proud parent of an intellectual than it is to be of a "TERRA NERD."

- submitted by a student

April 09, 2012
I couldn't say that this is the most amazing school in the world. But honestly, how much fun can you have going to school? There are fun moments and I made a few good friends, but to be honest Terra isn't very different from other high schools I've seen. I will however note one thing: A decent portion of Terra students are above average (many taking math or science a year above grade level, some two years ahead. For example Most students of my Geometry class are freshmen while my science class is mostly sophomores) but that is not a very big issue at Terra. The most complaints I see are for uniforms and the lack of social lives. First of all most people I know don't even care about the uniforms, while a lot of students would rather have a choice as to what to wear you don't see anyone rioting in the halls about it. (Though the jacket policy in the winter is almost always an issue as administration is notorious for taking jackets to the office if they aren't school colors AND if they don't have logos) As far a social events, we just got juniors this year. Can you imagine how lame a prom would be with only freshmen and sophomores? If you have some good friends you can *(Continued)*

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March 19, 2012
As a parent Iam very HAPPY to have my son attending to Terra. This a GREAT School with a wonderful teachers. The principal Ms. Montano is the BEST!!!!!

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March 16, 2012
There are many good options for high schoolers in the area - homeschool + dual enrollment, FLVS, SAS, charter schools, etc., but my child chose this school. Because I do not favor the school, only respect my child's right to make educational choice, I think I am unbiased. Here's what I know: The magnet strand teachers are good to awesome; the principal strikes me as phony and political,hiring friends from her previous school,hence the poor math and (some, not all) science teachers; foreign languge teachers (average); social science teachers (good), security (good);english teachers (average-good); uniform code (Rediculous. Excessively strict, and if the students can pay a dollar to wear jeans, it seems more about control or payoff than security, and even less about equality. Also not about less distraction or more dignity as evident by the skimpy outfits cheerleaders are encouraged to wear to class.); gifted classes (just more homework, not more in-depth study); and I don't know about after school activities, as my child spends most after school time doing homework., which includes self- teaching math concepts that the inept math teachers actually make MORE confusing. Choice.

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February 29, 2012
I am in the first graduating class of 2013 at TERRA I think this is a great school that offers many opportunities for students to excel ignore previous rudimentary comments by student who only care about having a football team or more sports, because last time I checked one does not go to school to learn about sports or be in sports one goes to school to learn, so to any parent looking for a good school for their child to go to I would highly recommend TERRA specially now that it has been viewed as the number one magnet school in the US( correct me if I'm wrong just herd about this yesterday :3). The teachers are amazing and are always after school to help their students if help is needed, the staff in general is wonderful. and we also have amazing variety of electives to chose from. So far our school has not had any fights and as far as I am concerned there is very little if no bulling at TERRA. We also have a wide variety of sports such as Water polo, cross country, basketball, baseball , swimming, tennis, badminton, and hopefully next year lacrosse which I look forward to. So I would definitely recommend TERRA.

- submitted by a student

February 11, 2012
I am a parent of a sophomore at this school. I have to agree with parts of all previous post. This school has many excellent teachers, however, it is lacking in the arts and other healthy high school experiences. My daughter is in the gifted classes and for the most part she has excellent teachers, however she did have a very rude chemistry teacher her first year, unfortunately that is part of the real world. I was surprised to learn this school has no auditorium and that is extremely poor planing. Even old high schools in less than desirable areas have an auditorium, where students can perform plays, receive awards and perform musical recitals, etc. On a different note I have to say my daughter hasn't experienced any bullies or any type of social problem, she isn't popular girl, but still hasn't had a altercations. The reason I haven't removed my child from this is school is because it is small and I don't want her to have to start over somewhere else. Advice to principal and staff reading this, remember this is the time for these kids to get prepared but also to have some fun and special moments through high school years. Life is already stressful, let them enjoy themselves.

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January 02, 2012
It's the TERRA in TERRABLE (I know its spelt wrong) anyways I feel so dumb for not leaving freshman year because its been the worse experience of my life. Terra is a prison. The teachers are rude and have no intention of helping any students. They are fake and act like the sweetest people to the parents but in class its completely different. They like to make cruel jokes and humiliate the students for things that they can't control. They also assign pounds of homework and excpect us to have time to complete it all after school. Students are bombarded it is quite pathetic. Another thing is the students that do attend this school are rude and unwelcoming. Bullies and no trude friends exists here. Everyone at Terra thinks they are so amazing and so smart when in reality they are just selfish and impolite. Lastly, where is the high school experience? Where is the homecoming game/dance? Where are the energetic pep rallies? Where is the fun? All the good things that people say about Terra is just a show, No one is happy! THERE IS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT TERRA. IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING THIS SCHOOL DONT DO IT OR SUFFER WITH THE CONSEQUNECES!!! IF YOU ARE THERE NOW LEAVE BEOFRE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!

- submitted by a student

December 16, 2011
If im lucky hopefully my child would attend this school. This is the time to prepare for a career. Study , learn and grow to become a proffesional. I Will have to disagree with any parent whom is not content with a school that focuses in Science and a proud parent of " A NERD ." There is always time to dance,sing, play sports, music, etc...... out of school. Kids should be pushed academically to there limit, and hopefully use all they have learned to become a proffessional. Not the next contender of X-Factor tv show. If you want amusement, theres always a school out there with a Magnet program that offers (dancing,singing, arts ) waiting for the next lucky entertainer. We have a brain people, lets use it !!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2011
TERRA has many Arts and Humanitys classes. Their art program is exceptional. They have done shows and it is truly fascinating. Their music and choir programs are to die for. The kids put on two or three shows a year and it is very professional. Few schools have the teachers and facilities to do what the TERRA kids do. they have special rooms, that are sound special and for the drama, full stages. Truly a very well rounded school. My daughter loves it. GO WOLVES CLASS 2014

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November 23, 2011
Come here if you don't want a social life. Sure, this schools academically offers amazing courses, but the arts, athletics, real HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE is not here. I'm currently a sophomore and I graduate in 2014, and I hate this school. This is HIGH SCHOOL, not Elementary. Where's the Homecoming Game? Prom? Homecoming? Not here. If you want to go to a football game from YOUR school, have a positive environment and fun, you are better off at Sunset. I haven't left yet but I am trying my best to get out of here and keeping my record clean. The principal is a Saleswoman for her school, her plan is to attract the parents by forcing the students to act happy and show a positive environment when actually there are some kids that cry before coming to school (like me sometimes) because of how bad this school is. NOW, if you don't want school spirit, amazing sport programs, a social life, then TERRA is for you!

- submitted by a student

November 03, 2011
The school's self proclaimed identity is to produce students who are "proud to be nerds". While this may sound noble to a parent desperate to find an academic offering more challenging that the regular high school curriculum or magnet program, in effect it is lamentable. Terra's "academies" are geared only to the sciences . Look at the lack of any (Arts, Athletics, Music et al) courses where creativity or humanity can be learned. This omission of leads to a void of spirit that extends from the curriculum into the sports teams the dances. It is sad to see children preoccupied with science while neglecting humanities studies that can feed a truly balanced student's soul. Unfortunately, this mindset has another manifestation. As a Terra nerd, expect to subordinated and humiliated into conformance by some of the teachers and most of the professional staff. Individual expression is not welcome here, instead rigidity rules from the top dog down to the parking police..... If you are truly exceptional or aspire to be well rounded in the Arts & Sciences, I suggest you find another school which can meet your needs. Otherwise, you will conform to the TERRA norm or be reformed.....

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2011
My son is lucky enough to be part of the Class of 2013 at Terra. The school is exceptional. Even before the school opened, the principal, her staff and the parents were at work full force. The personal attention the principal and her staff give the students and their parents is excellent. While other schools are shunning and cutting ties with parents this school goes beyond their duties in establishing a relationship with its students and their families. I am grateful every day that my son is lucky enough to have been chosen to be part of TERRA!

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2010
Great things start with great leadership and this school is fortunate enough to have the best.. From its Pricipal to it's Educators, to it's Student; even the Secretaries, Cafeteria Staff, Custodians, Guards and the assighned Police Officer are the best.. This school is second to absolutely none!!!!!

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October 13, 2010
TERRA ROCKS!!!!!! IT SIMPLY DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS. Great Principle, Educators, Students, Coaches, Cafeteria Staff, Secretaries, Assistants, Guards, they are all really, really great. The PTSA is super involved and is shows, I am one happy parent, GO WOLVES!!!!!

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September 10, 2010
My son started at this school this year, and I cannot be happier! His teachers are true caring professionals, and the staff and administration are top notch. One great advantage is that it only has 9th and 10th grades this year, which keeps student population to about 900. Amazing for a public high school. My son has learned more these first few weeks than in many years in public school, primarily because they don't "teach to the test"- the philosophy is to teach what they need to learn and they will do well come FCAT. Last year they scored 86% and 76% respectively and earned an "A" their first year - obviously they are doing it right! GO WOLVES!

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Terra Environmental Research Institute
11005 Southwest 84th Street, Miami, FL  33173
(305) 412-5800
Last modified Terra Environmental Research Institute is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Terra Environmental Research Institute Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top