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Coral Way K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 1453 students

 

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Posted January 16, 2014

I have a child going to this school and I have to say that yes the spanish part of it is good since he is able to understand and also write the words and make a sentence ... but see that is all good but the English part of it is my concern the math the science... where is all of that? I have a friend who has a child in a different school that has a CAMBRIDGE program and her son at the same school year he is reading very well in english and also his math is great multiplication problems with no problem in 2nd grade, and they are challanged all the time to reach their goal... I know that some parents with spanish speaking background may feel that their child should know how to talk and write in spanish ... but if I can choose I want my child to be able to be a professional in this country and that means you have to know more ...not just spanish... I am trying to move my child to another school that has the CAMBRIDGE program .. but I am very concern since my child is not up to part to meet those type of schools standards.. and the CAMBRIDGE progam is not provided in a private school is offered in public schools.. ohh and I am hispanic .. but I am a parent that wants more for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

the school its fine, but the kids don't learn to succeed, they are taught to be quiet, they have only two recess days a week. they treat them in an old fashion way. erasing their dreams. the academic methods are so boring that I feel bad for my kid. He's been three month doing the same exercises over and over. No creativity at all. Sports is inexistent ,they have a soccer program that you have to pay, it's not bad, but they don't encourage them to get better. no soccer teams. it's like they have them just to say they have soccer. Self defence program is good, but as soccer it falls short on encouraging kids to be better. It sounds that all the time the politics is to get rid of kids dreams, like if they were an obstacle. they don't let the kids do anything because they are fear they might get hurt. they have a great backyard full of flowers and trees, but no one is allowed to use it. they don;t challenge kids. I think this is because the spanish culture, I'm spanish by the way. but it's the conformist mentality, a lots of boring repetitive not well explained academics. my kid is very smart and he is always frustrated
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

Good academics, poor facilities, but so far so good. My child just started in Kindergarten at the annex. The physical facilities are marginally adequate at best, but that is not a reflection on the teachers or the principal. The Miami-Dade County School Board should be ashamed of the neglect and poor planning to keep Kindergarten in off-site portables -- for years on end. Surprisingly, the children and doing fine and the curriculum is top-notch. So we overlook the poor facilities: lack of any playground on the newly paved square of black-top asphalt (a gift to the school as I understand it), the balance of the campus is a motley field of broken asphalt "sidewalks" rocks and weeds and not a single tree for shade. With that said, the teachers are wonderful, the support staff is attentive and loving and the children are learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

I think this school is great. The kids perform at a very high level in English and Spanish, especially if they are in a specialized program like ISP or gifted. The school ranking is lower than it deserves because they take in all kids. It is a regular school that takes in all the kids in their boundary unlike charter and magnet schools that just pick and choose kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2011

Al Director de SCHOOL CORAL WAY K-8 CENTER La Direcci n de la Escuela N 1-385 "Guillermo Cano", sita en Guaymall n, Mendoza, Rca. Argentina, solicita a Ud. env e a ( la direcci n de correo de esta instituci n o fax 0261420140), el rendimiento (calificaci n num rica) del alumno C RDOBA, PATXI (STUDENT ID 0018816) de 1 a o (agosto 2005 a junio 2006), 2 a o (agosto 2006 a junio 2007) y 3 a o (agosto 2007 a junio 2008) Sin otro particular y a la espera de una pronta respuesta, saludamos a Ud atte
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Posted November 2, 2011

I personally think the school is great. Teachers and all staff are very attentive to your needs or you child's need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2009

My two kids attended CW and it was the best instruction ever. One is already in college and the second one is a senior, their success in school started because of the great foundations received in CW.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

There is a great mix of class sizes at CWE. Our daughter is in 3rd grade gifted and there are 32 students in the class. Our youngest is in 'kinder' and there are less than 20 in class. Obviously we can not speak for the entire school, but the class size does not seem to affect them. The attention paid by the teachers and level of learning thus far is excellent. Being it a bi-lingual school (first in the nation), the child has a double challenge, but it is brought in a very well balanced package, which is very well managed by the staff and teachers. Cornelis Meijaard
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

This school is the worst school ever! They treat our child like they were criminals! And most of the kids lower other kids self-esteem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Overall I am somewhat discourage with the bilingual program. I feel it's taking time from our children to learn more grammar and math in english than in spanish. 60% english it is not suffient time. They should have it at least 80%. Although I am bilingual myself, I see that my son is having difficulties w/both languages at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

Although I was thrilled about the idea that my child learn another language, I am devastated the lack of it has counted against my child. My child failed math (taught completely in Spanish), despite my constant communication with the school and extra tutoring. Tests/projects/assignments are not posted or notified to parents and they are never returned. How can we review mistakes made? We are very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

My child has attended the school since 3rd grade and I am disappointed to say that the overall quality of the school seems to be suffering. The afterschool program is very disorganized and unsafe. On several occasions they have 'lost' my child, not having any idea where he was, unacceptable. Parents have a hard time getting information in a timely manner. The school seems overcrowded and overwhelmed by the vo;lume of students it has. On a good note, the majority of the teachers are excellent and dedicated and are the only reason I accept the administrative shortcomings and do not remove my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

My daughter just finished 1st grade and this school has been great. the teachers were majorly involved. However, the only thing that I did not understand was when a student is out, they can not make up the work. but over all a great school. including the office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2007

Excellent school. Fantastic well prepared teachers. Friendly staff. The international bilingual program is outstanding, as well as the field trips. Excellent parent/teacher communication. My older son is in 4th grade and my younger in Kindergarden under special education (excellent service from OT, teachers).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

Coral way is an average school for me. I believe if your lucky to be blessed with a good teacher than that is all you can rely on. I can say its a safe school and some of the teachers are great but the interaction with parents is miserable. If your a working parent it is difficult to be aware of what is going on in the school you would have to rely on your child to inform you, because notices of projects or school activities are never sent home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2006

I was very disappointed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

This an excellent school which has proven to improve their academics every year. Their scores are getting better and better. The parent involvement is not as high as other schools but the teachers get to know their students very well. It's a pretty big school which can overwhelm younger kids. The intl program is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

Excellent bilingual school. The teachers are all very professional and take their jobs very serious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I think that the bilingual character of Coral Way is its best advantage. Nowadays, it's very important such an education. Don't forget. English and Spanish are the two most spoken lenguages all over the world. Our children will be ready for the future with this short of education. And the teachers and the rest of the staff are working really hard for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

Academic programs were excellent, especially the gifted programs, that are completely bilingual. The school played an important part in making my children bilingual and biliterate. It was actually a bit top-heavy, in that i would have preferred more hands-on activities. The teachers were very dedicated. The principal was also exttremely dedicated, and knew alot of the children by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

189 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 91%
White 7%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%58%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. JOSEPHINE OTERO
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1950 Southwest 13th Avenue
Miami, FL 33145
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