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Miami, FL
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9580 West Calusa Club Drive
Miami, FL 33186

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(305) 385-0589
(305) 383-3829
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September 23, 2013
Continued from above. Are they just rushing through some ambitious curriculum and blaming 'attention deficits' on the kids that aren't up to pace? Because I'm a 32 year old scientist who is having trouble keeping up with his work so I can't even imagine the pressure on my son. Above all I just want my son to like his teacher and enjoy going to school. Is that so much to ask and expect? Apparently so.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Great school.Both of my grandsons totally enjoyed it . A Childs school years should be full of wonderful memories and they have many great ones from Calusa.BUT there is always that "one person" who probably should not be a teacher....like the one named Yanya who went out of her way to make my grandson feel bad, inadequate. Why would an educated person act in such an uneducated way? Why would you intentionally hurt the feelings of a child and leave that imprinted in his mind forever? He left your school last year for middle school....he's doing very well and had since encountered nurturing teachers umpire Ms. Yanya.....maybe she needs A revaluation?????

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2013
My School Is so amazing. The teachers take their time to make sure students understand everything! My school literally cant improve. We have a great Gifted program with one of the most talented teachers ive ever met. Caulas is a great school that all children should attend!

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2013
I have to say that thus far I am yet to be impressed with Calusa. With such a wonderful reputation I was hoping for a great experience but to date it has been anything but. It is significantly over enrolled and limited on space. The students are packed into classes of 30-35 kids but they get around the class sized amendment by implementing co teaching. It seems overall very disorganized and their website provides no information and is updated every 4-5 months. There are few/no extracurricular activities and there are few learning field trips if any. Extremely traditional and no outside of the box thinking. My daughter just started second grade and I am hoping that this will be our last year here.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Calusa Elementary is the very best!! One of my sons just completed 5th grade, and the other has 2 more yrs. in this school. I have to say Ms. Barreiro and Ms. Vargas are the best teachers. Ms. Fuentes is an amazing principal. I love the office staff. Everyone is very caring and involved with the students. I could only wish this was a K-8 center!! Excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
From front office administrative, to cafeteria and in between you could never find a better elementary school. We moved to south Florida from central Florida while in school over there they had A's&B's here they started struggling D's&F's I panic after Christmas tutoring. they pullout and finish even the Fcat was a breeze! I still disagree with all the days off they have every ridiculous holiday! I feel for single moms who work and have no family and more than one child days off are very difficult.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
School has a strong academic program. Teachers really care about their students. Each year has been better than the precvious one.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
The school is great and we have had a good experience so far. We love the fact that headmaster excells in discipline and that it is organized.You will find that the parents complaining are the ones with the badly mannered rugrats who think that their little Johnny is above the law. Nice teachers , great setting and the assistant principal is a gem. Car lane can get a bit frustrating , but so what , everything else makes up for it.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Lots have changed in Calusa Elementary. My third grader has had a horrible year because of his teacher and her sidekick. She has the nerve to recommend a ADHA or ADD evaluation to any parent of any student that she can't teach. My son has been seen by various doctors and No Sign of any ADHA nor ADD has been found. Her lack of patience with certain students should concern parents. My son has been taught nothing and has failed the FCAT and entire school year because of her and her sidekick. Its not what you teach is how you teach. And also in this case its not what you know its who you know that makes a diffrence. Parents be aware.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
This is my twelfth year working at Calusa and the first three reviews on this page are not for our school! The teachers specifically named do not work at Calusa Elementary in Miami! (Your guidelines specify that names will not be published, but that is obviously not the case!) We have an outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff, including administrators who care deeply about the students. Our PTA works tirelessly to assist teachers in maintaining an exceptional level of academic achievement and positive behavior, despite the severe budget cuts that threaten public education. The office staff warmly receives parents and guests and the calibre of our school is evident at the front door. Several of our teachers are National Board Certified, including myself. There's a reason why Calusa has been recognized as a National School of Excellence.

- submitted by a teacher
September 10, 2011
I'm a 6th grader that used to go to Calusa and I miss it already. I'm so glad I went to that school! I went there K-5 and all my teachers cared for me and teached well. I was a saftey patrol and it was amazing! We got to go to Washington D.C. for two nights and it was really fun. My fifth grade teachers prepared me for middle school (Mr. Lewert and Ms. Or'ourke) I also liked Mr. Fisher (Was my 3rd rade teacher now teaches 5th grade) And for our 5th grade field trip we went to epcot! Over all it is an amazing school and i wish they taught middle school.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2011
Our son attained kindergarten this year and we were very fortunate to have Ms. Martin she really cares for her students....Always kept us informed and helped us get involved in helping our son in school..Truly a fantastic teacher and the best part is our son loved being in her class...

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
My son goes to kindergarden and his teacher is Ms Cammack. I am so happy because she has a lot of patience and she knows her job very well.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
Not impressed. School moved my daughter to another classroom the second wk. Her first teacher was really nice & now her teacher she has now is an mean old women. Asked to have her moved back as my child is going through allot of stressful personl issues & principal refuses telling me they are issues at home & she knows whats best for my child. She dont know my child. With her situation she dont need the added stress. I told her shes crying when she gets home stressed out more now. Prinicipal dont care. Not only that my daughter gets 2 1/2 hrs of home work daily and no recess time to speak of. None on days they have gym. Teacher wonders why shes having prob. concentrating? Duh NO RECESS. Kids are still supposed to play. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND another school if you have a choice!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Calusa teacher's and staff are top notch! Extremely caring, familiy enviorment. The truly want the kids to suceed and do all possible to ensure that they do. I am very happy that my children have been blessed with such a great school. It is a true relief for any parent to know their kids are in the best hands when they are not with them and that they are learning as they should - at their level or above.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
If your child suffers from adhd or any learning disability then you should think twice about enrolling your child in Calusa.. Not enough patients or enough creativity on reaching these children that are gifted in there own way...They are an 'A' school but they dont mean children with adhd or learning disabilities... and yes i am a very involved parent and volunteer when possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
My son has been in Calusa since Kindergarten I must say its been a good school eventhough this school does not provide any activities afterschool. Being that its his last year there I thought it would be a memorable year. I must say so far out of all years at Calusa this has been the most dissappointing year as a parent at Calusa.... What a shame....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I'm retired from 25 years of teaching at Calusa Elementary. It's one Miami Dade County's top Elementary Schools. It was an honor to be a member of one of the best staffs in Miami Dade County schools.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2009
Calusa is a great school with a wonderful staff, great students, helpful and involved parents.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
Excellent improvement with the new Principal (Mrs. Fuentes) Mrs. Palomo was never available. Great Gifted program. But there are no after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 01, 2009
I love the way the teachers care and focus on our kids education.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I have my son at Calusa and he absolutely loves the school. My daughter graduated and was very happy, she still misses the school and teachers. As a parent I think its simply one of the best schools in Florida.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
My daughter is a former student of Calusa who is now attending another Florida School. The difference is these 2 schools is amazing. At Calusa she was challenged daily. She was in the Quest Program and was excelling. Now she is bored, not challenged and seems to not be moving forward. If I could I would pick up Calusa and take it wherever my daughter attends school.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
I have a Daughter going into 2nd grade and a boy going in into Pre-k and I was the kind of parent that worried about choosing the right school for my kids (Public or Private) and I must say I am very happy with the teachers at Calusa they are caring,helpful and most of all loving! to name a few Ms.Mira,Ms.Patterson, Ms.Rubin and Ms.Thorpe.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
Disappointed with bullying problems at the school that are brushed under the carpet. No one wants to deal with these problems.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Calusa is a wonderful school full of wonderful teachers and a great Principal (Ms. Palomo). I have a fifth grader who just graduated. She had excellent teachers: Dr. Cohen, Ms. Lockhart and Mr. Sosa who really get involved and care about their students. My youngest just finished Kindergarten and had a wonderful teacher in Mrs. Hirsch. She's already reading at the level of a first grader thanks to her teacher and her dedication to her students.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2006
I have two children in Calusa Elementary. The first one, a fifth grade gifted boy, the second a daughter,Special Ed (ADHD, dislexia) third grader. I love the environment of the school. Everyone is very pleasant. It has been an A school for a while and they work very hard on keeping it. My son Loves it. My daughter is having a really hard time. I am not pleased with the way her case is handled. I wish Special Ed children could be kept together. The fact of joining the regular classes, makes avoiding the bullying almost impossible. Nothing is perfect...

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2006
My son graduated from Calusa 4 years ago and now my daughter is entering the second grade. My son's teacher, Mr. Cohen, now Dr. Cohen, was the best thing about his 5th grade year.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
Calusa is a great school. It has strong academic program that has been made even better through the leadership of its Principal, Mrs. Palomo. Teachers really care about their students. Emphasis is on academic excellence & it shows in test scores. Gifted program and its teachers is superior!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2006
Excellent gifted program. Needs to improve building

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2006
Excellent school teacher are very involved in the students lives and interest. The best gifted program in miami

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
December 19, 2005
I believe Calusa is a very good school. Parents are very involved there, making it easier for teachers to do their job. They help teachers by becoming 'room parents'. I am glad my two kids attend this school. They have evolved very quickly academically and personally. There is also room for improvement though. I don't think all kids have the same opportunity to higher level of education, i.e. EAP, etc.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
Wonderful caring environment. Involved parents and teachers make this school a great success. For those that have not had good experiences, I suggest you talk to your child's teacher first and if you do not get a resolution, take it to the top. You will be heard!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My son is in 3rd grade this year has been with Calusa since Kindergarten. I believe Calusa is a wonderful school specially now with Mrs. Palombo as Principal. You can really see the difference. She is so much more involved and willing to listen. There are many wonderful teachers that have been around for a long time and despite all the years of service, they still have the children's best interest at heart. I believe the bad apples are the exception not the rule. I also believe that instead of complaining about what's wrong with the school, we as parents should take a more proactive approach, like becoming involved with the PTA if we want to see changes in certain areas.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 06, 2005
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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
I feel that the level of attention given to the chilren at Calusa is exceptional. My Kindergartener is learning at a 1 grade level thanks to teachers like Mrs. Martha Hirsch. I feel that teachers at Calusa genuinely want to teach.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
My daughter graduated from Calusa in 1997 and my son in 2004. Both of them had a good share of experiences with good and bad teachers and good and bad principals. The school is esentioally good because of the concerned teachers AND the concerned parents. We are blessed to live in a community that gets involved so much in their kids education. It is not an inconveneince and there is not such a thing as 'TOO MUCH INVOLVED' parents help and it shows in the school ratings even when we had to endure 'not so good' direction from principals or teachers. the quest progrma, grosly underfunded has a wonderful staff, and the other programs do not exist because we as parents dont get involved in obtaining funds for them. we should compromise our political leaders to get more to this communities that pay a high percentage of taxes. We should get more

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
My daughter attends the Pre-K and I am extremely happy with the teacher. She is very creative and is able to bring our the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
Calusa elementary is an excellent school. the principal and vice-principal are excellent. the gifted teachers are very knowledgable and provide a great learning environment for children. the overall staff of teachers are extremely interested in your child's development. i have been actively involved for the past 3 years and find it an excellent school. the music, art and PE teachers are very enthusiastic with their respective classes. All the staff welcomes parent involvement. we have really enjoyed the years we have been there.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2005
Overall a good Public School. Unfortunately it has to cope with the common problem of large class size.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
This school needs a change of leadership and more teacher supervision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2004
I just came from an Orientation Meeting for Pre-K Registration. I met with the Pre-K teacher and was very impressed (very ebullient, hands on, and actually seemed a little on the wacky side - but you know that silliness is an easy way to reach a toddler) The school grounds did not impress me much since it looks like it needs a lot of work. Although the Pre-K classroom looked roomy enough and cheery. I thought I would be saving money since I currently have my child enrolled in a Learning Center but I found out that this is a 'Fee Supported Program'. I crunched the numbers and having my child at Calusa will actually cost a little more than what I'm paying right now! Nevertheless, I will give this school a try.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2004
I think the teachers are great, at least most of them, the majority are nice with the kids. We have a few young teachers that give to the school different energy,it is great for the children. Most of the parents are highly involved with schools activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2004
My nieces graduated from Calusa and I can say that they are very pleased with the education they received at school, but the school of Yesterday is not the school of TODAY. The majority of the teachers have been with Calusa too long, they don't have patient with the children, the school can't do nothing because these teachers will leave school until they accumulated the enough years for their retirement, and the kids are the one who have to support their bad humors and tiredness. The young teachers give to school positive energy, they feel alive. We need a more involved Principal, someone who care for the school and the children , not someone who wait only for his monthy check. Can you believe that at Calusa the kids do not have , not even a tiny play ground????

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2004
If the parents that have enough time to complain about the teachers and the school would spend that time doing something to change what they object to, perhaps the complaints would diminish. As a parent, I am a member of the PTA, class mother every year, FCAT proctor, part of the school's reading program and A Listener. I check my child's backpack every day and am not surprised by interim reports or report cards, because I am very much 'on top' of what is going on. Am I the 'chosen', as one parent put it? I don't think so. I am a parent. I am an advocate for my child. I am informed and I am part of the solution not the problem. Quite frankly, there are not a lot of us around! I am very happy with my child's Calusa experience. This is a public school! FCAT's are a fact of life in Florida! Younger teachers are hardly the answer. Give me someone with experience any time. Channel your anger at the school to change things, I have.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
My children are graduates of Calusa Elementary and I can say that I was very pleased with the education my children received at this school. The majority of the teachers are excellent, very well educated and concerned about the students they teach. I found the teachers to be very hard working not just there for their paychecks.(As was previously stated by a parent.) The teachers' day does not end at 3:00. As I often drive by in the late afternoon, I notice numerous cars still in the parking lot and always see teachers leaving with armfuls of work. It appears these teachers are very dedicated. In defense of the veteran teachers, they have made the school what it is, one of the best in Miami-Dade County. They are the reason the school has received many 'A' ratings over the years and are maintaining the quality of education at Calusa. The neighborhood has changed greatly, whereas the schools academic excellence has remained stable.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
Calusa is a wonderful school. All three of my children have attended Calusa. My sincere gratitude is bestowed upon Calusa and its teachers. There isn't any school in Dade County that you will find the caliber of teachers that Calusa has. Principal Leadership is evidint when the principal takes his time to have breakfast with students. Not only that, the leadership of the school is not only administrative, the principal allows the teachers to use their professionalism and expertise to deal with various educational issues. Until this day, my children quote their teachers and credit them for their academic success. Extra-curricular activities are far beyond what most elementary schools offer. Presently, Calusa participates in student council, Future Teachers of America, Safety Patrol, Science club, Math club, Chorus and several after school programs. Calusa parents are overwhelmingly involved. I felt very secure that my children were in a safe, loving, and educational environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
Parents are one of the biggest problems at Calusa. If parents can't follow rules, how will their children? Morning drop off is digusting, with parents dropping children off anywhere but in carpool lanes. They walk around school without a pass when they know they SHOULD stop at the office and get one. The PTA is strong because of the few who volunteer all of their time because no one else does. Parents need to be involved to make a school PTA successful. It is easy to sit back and critize others when you aren't involved. the teachers are for the most part excellent; however, there are those that let the students slip by and then all of a sudden they are in 3rd grade and lost. We have been at Calusa for 8 years and our children have thrived and maintained high academic grades as well as FCAT scores, have gone on to middle school and are still thriving.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2004
There are so many things wrong with this school that I don't know where to begin. First there's no Principal. Well, he might as well not be there. Then on to the teachers. I am so aggravated with their attitudes. My daughters second grade teacher told me, 'Thank God she is beautiful, she can marry rich.' My girl was an A student and now has gone to a B-C student. The teachers could care less. They are just there for their paycheck. There are no after school activities. The security is a joke. I come and go and I have never been stopped once and asked who I was or why am I on the grounds. The cafateria is a horror. Your childs teacher drops them off and does not see them until she is done her lunch, somewhere else. The children are running, screaming and throwing food all around. It is a mess. Go and visit sometime... If your child is not in Quest, your child is wasting their time in regular classes. Now that it is time for FCAT. That is all they are preparing for - they are not being taught anything new in class. This is an A school by the Grace of God. I would hate to see the rest of Dade County Schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
Principal involvement close to none. Teachers and 'some' parents run the school. Teacher quality is good regarding well educated teachers, however, they have been there way too long and they are almighty. Extracurricular activities are close to non-existent, and there is no way to propose new stuff. There is no school enthusiasm because there is no activites, no alma matter, not even a school mascot. Parent involvement is very very high. Way too high for some, and the chosen ones have all the power. Safety is a real concern. The school is totally open and there is absolutely no control of children and/or strangers walking in/out of campus. The school needs to be fenced in and make one entrance and one exit during school hours. Safety in the morning drop off is terrible, and our Principal will not get involved.....Much attention is paid to FCAT...Fcat should be a reflection of kids/school performance. It is wrong to prepare so much for 'THE TEST' instead of concentrating in the subjects being taught and assimilated by the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2003
the majority of the teachers have been with Calusa too long, therefore they don't have patiente with the children, and look very tired to keep on teaching. Overall I feel the school needs younger teachers and a more involved Principal.

- submitted by a parent
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Calusa Elementary School
9580 West Calusa Club Drive, Miami, FL  33186
(305) 385-0589
Last modified Calusa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Calusa Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top