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PK-8|Private
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The recent negative reviews were all written on the same day by the same disgruntled Parent that we know was very upset because we referred her to our Coral Way Campus, an outstanding school for children with learning differences. Although we did everything possible to help her son at our Main Campus, regretfully, he was just was not able to keep up with our advanced curriculum. We are a fully accredited school that was founded 40 years ago. We're very proud of the high quality all-around education we offer, the 5-star reviews that we've always received, the excellent academic programs that we provide at both of our campuses, and our wonderful family environment where children are taught with love. Our reputation and our success stands for itself. It's very sad that one Parent is capable of writing these unfounded, unfair and defamatory comments which could potentially blemish all that we work so hard for. We hope these negative comments, written by the same person, can be ignored or deleted. Sincerely, Ms. Alicia A. Casanova Principal/Owner
August 21, 2016

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There are 41 reviews about all of the school topics.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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If the bully is the child of a parent who donates to the school, well, you're out of luck. They will tear your child down trying to get him or her to see things differently, take responsibility, and turn a blind eye to the bully. The greatest hypocrisy of taking responsibility one can witness. Take responsibility. Even if it costs you your precious scholarships and parent donations. Otherwise, you're just riding the waves of a food good choices that have propelled you this far, and false public image.



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This is about their special needs school on Coral Way.  This is nothing more than a clique of teachers and families; if your child truly needs help and crosses anyone in the clique you will find you are out, betrayed, and on your own.  However, if you medicate your child, donate to the school, and host all kinds of events expect the carpet to be rolled out for you.  The teachers are not qualified to address special needs, they humiliate children. My guess is the children who are medicated and not able to function get along just fine.  But if you truly have a high potential, intelligent child, who is unable to focus and needs help navigating social - it's not the place for you.  Don't let the pretty package fool you.  They will take your money, and ask for access to your scholarship account, call you in for lectures and support meetings but they are not able to provide any support.  They will say they are setting up a reward and consequences, but the teachers don't communicate so if your child has a bad experience with a classmate in the first period, and then acts out in the second, he or she is on their own because that second teacher could care less what happened to the child in the first period. Children don't want to be singled out and embarrassed. As our kids get older they are becoming much more self-aware, even if they are not able to comprehend their social relationships.   At needs kids, who have spent their entire lives being punished and singled out, will get the same here.  Your wallet will be about $12,000 lighter half way through the year, and your child will not have learned a thing but they can be bullied by children who have less discipline, and constantly reminded by the teachers of their failure.  All smiles and love, until you close the door behind you.




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I have been a member of the Highpoint Family for several years now and I am so proud of what it stands for. I love Highpoint because it's a school that cherishes each student and values them as individuals. Teachers always strive for excellence in all they do and are always looking for new ways to make the school better for their students. Being supportive and loving seems to be a personality trait that all Highpoint faculty and staff share. I'm glad to be a part of this community and I'm so proud to be a Greyhound!

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SCHOOL LEADER
The recent negative reviews were all written on the same day by the same disgruntled Parent that we know was very upset because we referred her to our Coral Way Campus, an outstanding school for children with learning differences. Although we did everything possible to help her son at our Main Campus, regretfully, he was just was not able to keep up with our advanced curriculum. We are a fully accredited school that was founded 40 years ago. We're very proud of the high quality all-around education we offer, the 5-star reviews that we've always received, the excellent academic programs that we provide at both of our campuses, and our wonderful family environment where children are taught with love. Our reputation and our success stands for itself. It's very sad that one Parent is capable of writing these unfounded, unfair and defamatory comments which could potentially blemish all that we work so hard for. We hope these negative comments, written by the same person, can be ignored or deleted. Sincerely, Ms. Alicia A. Casanova Principal/Owner
Posted August 21, 2016



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Much like the parents who also gave the school a one star, we were very disappointed in the way the school treats certain parents and are only interested in the tuition and McKay school grants. There is definitely something wrong going on at the school when they have to move students around and have them placed in a separate room while the school was being inspected. The school is supposed to have a small group of students in a classroom and it is quite obvious that there is something not right when they have to move students for an inspection. Makes you wonder where all the 5 star ratings are coming from. As to the parent who wrote "Everyone is always willing to help and if you ever have questions, they are always ready to answer them" you must have been an exception. Both Dr. Gigi and Alicia are only concerned about one thing and that is making appearances and cashing in. I have no doubt that most if not all the 5 star reviews here were probably submitted by staff, friends or family members of the school's owner/principal, Alicia Casanova. Do your research and you can see she's involved in many money making businesses that have nothing to do with the school. Advice, do your children and yourself a favor...don't throw your money away on this place.


Amount of homework: Disagree


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The teachers here have no idea what they're doing and their teaching methods and accreditations are questiionable.

Develops character: Disagree


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The staff and the principal, Ms. Alicia are selectively friendly. They do not treat all parents or students alike. It seems as though there is a lot of bias if you're not part of their clique. Ms. Alicia seems to only care about making $$ and focuses predominantly on pushing for school funding through scholarships like Mccay.



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My husband and I did our homework when it was time to chose a school for our son. After many tours & open houses, we had no doubt that Highpoint was our choice for our little one. Highpoint immediately felt like home! We are proud to say that we have been a part of this family for two years now and we can't imagine not having the faculty and staff as a part of our son's daily life. From our morning greeting from Ms. Virginia to our late afternoon pick up, our experience has been one that is unmeasurable. Happy child=Happy parents! :)




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I've been researching lots of schools for over a year for my daughter that's starting school next year and since so many people recommended Highpoint, I went to their Open House this past Saturday. I'm so excited at what I saw and heard! The Principal is amazing since she's had her school forever and she seems so knowledgeable and caring. The programs are awesome and the main campus is beautiful and so clean. They have huge play fields, an adorable city for children to develop their imagination, gardens where kids grow their own fruits and veggies and even a mini golf! I saw lots of student work displayed in the beautiful classrooms and it's incredible to see what these children are learning. I finally found the school for my children and I'm thrilled!



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The Coral Way campus offers one of the best programs in Miami for high functioning students with special needs. The teachers are very caring and the school environment is well structured and nurturing. The Director Dr. Gigi is one of the most dedicated persons we have ever met. She knows every student and parent by name and is always available to speak to you. Our son has made incredible progress in the 2 years he has been there. There are only 7 students in his class and for the first time he feels happy to come to school.

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